I've spoken before about my love for semi-solids. Especially playing around with them and making up color combinations. I could just monkey around with a big bin of yarn playing with combinations all day long. If only! Dye and wool are my big-girl versions of Crayolas and paper. And then I get to wear it!
I saw this pattern on Ravelry last fall on the front page under "Jess's selection" and it was one of those Gotta-Buy-It-Now-And-Start-Knitting-Tonight moments. It was delicious knitting, with that main course of garter stitch and a lace border for dessert.
I made it bigger than the pattern by knitting the main section with my entire skein (350 yds) and then, surprisingly, the feather and fan border took almost a complete skein too. I used Sophie's Toes Midnight Sky and Favorite Jeans. The big square shape with a deep vee is super cozy and wrappable.
So I loved knitting Ruffle My Feathers, (above) and I was officially sucked into the Shawl Vortex. Next up: Flamboyan.
Here it is not yet blocked. I am in love with Stephen West's designs, so clean and modern. This one in Sophie's Toes colors Blackberry and Cranberry. Superfantastic detail in the border ribbing that resembles pleats.
It's a triangle, but instead of a straight-across top, the edges curve up making a nice "vee" shape that stays around the neck better. I have noticed this in many new patterns and it is a most excellent trend. I especially recommend this vee shape for the mom (who is trying to hold a couple of small hands and cross the street to get into church while wearing high heels in snow and keep her shawl from falling off)- crowd.
In progress: Aestlight by the talented designer Gudrun Johnston. I am using two greens that are double dyes (Sophie's Toes Layers of Color collection). The colors are a little washed out in this photo, but it is blocking as we speak, so I'll get a better, finished and modeled shot soon. I know the photo above isn't very exciting but I believe this might be my favorite of all. A person can never have too many green shawls! That's my motto.
I will leave you with those words of wisdom. If you don't have a green shawl, I highly recommend it.