Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been knitting mostly shawls while throwing in a couple of socks here and there. It started with knitting Marin by Ysolda Teague almost twice. Still it came out lovely and drapy, and is winging its way to a friend in need of prayer shawl (merino, silk and cashmere should be comforting).


Marin in Zen Gardens  Serenity Silk Single – Ooak Wild Fiber

Then I joined Ysolda’s shawl club this year and got to knit a completely opposite yarn – hearty, hairy, woolen spun loftiness:


Stac Shoaigh in Blacker Yarns Soaz Bronze

The third shawl was from stash, deep stash, as it turns out, in a bright punchy spring green sorta-solid. I added beads in the way that the pattern suggested, made it less circular than the pattern talked about it, and I really, really like it! Airy, blingy, springy!

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Indian Feathers in Scout’s swag fingering – Citronella

And the last one I’ve knit was a yearning that I had for at least a couple of years. I knit a Sherilyn shawl (again by Ysolda) in the amazing Rayon Metallic by Blue Heron for a friend who’d just lost her father and her uncle. It came out really well, and ever since I wanted one for myself. Now I do, in just the perfect colors for me:


Sherilyn in Blue Heron Rayon Metallic – Deep Forest

All these shawls are done, and now I’m onto knitting the sweater kit from Rosemary Hill – but first I have to get gauge~Yeah that. Already down two needle sizes and not sure it’s enough!

And then, there’s the fact that another installment in the shawl club should be coming shortly. Uh-oh…



Shawls by Ysolda

I really like Ysolda Teague’s shawl designs. One of the first that I knit was Ishbel.

I liked it so much that the first decent handspun I made got knit into another one:


And another!

In fact, I know I knit one more that I forgot to take pictures of! Four of them, I really liked that pattern.

Another pattern I really enjoyed was Sherilyn (apparently I didn’t take a post-blocking photo):

This was a gift for a friend. I’ve got more Blue Heron Rayon Metallic to make one for me.

I most recently knit her pattern Marin:

This past fall, Ysolda decided to do a lovely shawl club, with British yarns from local sources. I was totally in, because there is rarely a pattern I don’t like. Let me introduce you to Stac Shoaigh, which is knit from a really cool wool-alpaca blend yarn spun just for the club from Soay sheep from islands in the St Kildaire archipelago. The pattern has this really cute petal shape at the top of the neck:


Before blocking it was ok:


But after blocking, it is really lovely with a lot of drape!


I can’t wait for the next installment!