There hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting content on the blog lately, but I have been knitting. I’ve been knitting and procrastinating by doing spinning and knitting other things. I’ve been working on a couple of new designs. One’s almost complete, but I’ve been waiting for sunny days and appropriately happy family members before taking group shots. While I was dithering around on that, I procrastinated by starting a new shawl pattern. It’s based on fields of lavender and lavender flowers.
I’ve had a few shawl ideas based on fields I’ve seen in France, but the one I’ve been the most passionate about has been lavender. I’ve loved the scent since I was a little girl and my great aunt sent a present that included a small bottle of lavender oil. I loved it even more when I visited Provence. Here’s a shot of the prototype for the shawl – just a small version in some cotton I had on hand.
I’m working on the real deal in fingering weight Miranda 4 ply from Posh Yarn in a stunning bright purple(Rav link). I’ve also got some handy testers working away on it in various yarn weights from lace to worsted. Have a look over here on Ravelry if you’d like to give it a try too.
Something else I can show you today is my start on Emily 2, the pattern Joan & Cookie chose for a knit along. I’ve admired lots of Kieran Foley‘s designs, and this one seemed like a good candidate for knitting when my brain is exhausted. There are just lots of beads involved. When I’ve been procrastinating on my other design projects, I’ve been knitting on this.
I chose to use my Sundara Fingering Silky Merino in Carmel Apple. I’ve had this for ages and haven’t known what to make with it. It feels decadent, and while I’m still not convinced the colours are for me, I’m enjoying working with it. Unfortunately the first beads I chose to use didn’t show up at all. So I’ve switched to these gold ones that are subtle but still visible. Please don’t tell me you can’t see them because I’m not starting again.