I think the knitting of the past week or so has made me all giddy headed…finally after being really confused by knitting patterns for years, a little light bulb has come on and I’m sort of understanding the instructions (there’s even been a bit of cabling* going on so I’ve been very excited about)….as a wee celebration (and as I had some money for a treat) I’ve bought some wool for shawl…at this point I must say that I’ve never knitted a shawl before and although I have seen many that I love, I sort of was swept off my feet by this one…..isn’t it lovely….and when I read what Andrea had written about it I thought this would be a good shawl for me to begin with…..so feeling all inspired I’ve purchased the pattern and am all ready with needles aching to start knitting…..
I would never just go into a shop and buy fabric for a dress and just guess how much fabric I’d need but that’s pretty much what I did onThursday at my local yarn shop…(the lady who runs it is very lovely and patient with me and must think I’m a right loon…)…I’ve used Artesano wool before when I edged my grannies paperweight shawl (so I’ve crocheted a shawl just not knitted one) and also last year when I made tif’s lovely warm and woolly scarf….I’ve also got some in a bag upstairs waiting to be knitted in that gorgeous Autumny leaf turning orange……
So never making things easy for myself, I’m going to have a try at knitting this shawl in a completely different weight yarn to the one it advises and am going to try….dah da da dah….(scary horror film music here) to us a pair of circular knitting needles (which I’m fretting about already…I bought some a few years back from Loop in London so they are all fancy, but being metal I’m a bit worried they’re going to make my fingers go all cold…boo hiss for Reynaud’s)…..
The blue wool is Artesano silk and is robin’s egg blue….so while it was a bit of an impulse buy which I try not to do, and wasn’t quite the right weight yarn I’d intended to purchase (actually I had to guess which weight I needed as I’d forgotten to right it down which is why it’s completely different to the one I should have bought)….it made me so happy I was fair skipping out of the shop. It’s been stroked and cosseted to high heaven and I’m just about to wrap it around my feet to wind into a ball (Bernard is snorring on the bed so I think this is safe to do) and then the knitting will begin…….
It’s very rare when I’ve walked into Norwich and don’t manage to find a few minutes to spend pottering about in the St Gregory’s Antique Centre in Pottergate…although I like having a slow amble, looking round all the stalls, quite often I just put my head round the door and see if anything new has appeared in Jenny’s haberdashery which is my favourite stall …..the haberdashery gods must have been smiling indeed as I came away with a proper bundle of loveliness….
First up was this beautiful floral print fabric, I’m pretty sure it’s synthetic but it feels lovely and has such a nice drape…not sure what is going on with my camera as in the picture it looks all coral and apricot but in fact it’s a lovely soft vintagey pink (the palest salmon pink)…there was over 3 metres of it and it’s quite wide, certainly enough for a dottie angle frock (as I’m fast finding I can’t really have enough of those….I’m starting to wonder what on earth I wore before I made mine as I’ve pretty much worn one every day since I’ve started making them…they’re just so comfy)
I’d seen the buttons the other week when I’d been looking around her stall and as there were still a few packets left and I’d rather lost my heart to them as were such pretty colours…..decided on a bird’s egg blue and a soft green.
And it’s hard to resist buying a few reels of thread while I’m there…I’ve chosen rather Spring-like colours, light clematis, moss green, cornflower, wedgewood blue and sugar cane…though a couple of greys found their way into the selection including my favourite light slate as I tend to use the greys a lot with my patchwork (and they seem the hardest colour to source)……
Jenny who has the stall is a really nice lady and in the past when I’ve chatted to her I’d told her all about how I crochet with tapestry yarn and so she’d kindly bought in all these hanks (is that the right word) of tapestry wool and wondered if they’d be suitable…..lovely and soft, beautiful colours (a lot of the wool is Rowan so ooohhh proper posh!!)…and as I’ve been practising my knitting I’m thinking they’d probably knit up rather nicely.
Pretty coral and apricot, mustard and some softer beigy tones…..some of the wool is more for crewel embroidery than tapestry but I liked the colours so much and think they’ll be fine if I use them doubled up.I couldn’t resist these blues, delicate bird’s egg shades (the colour of the day for me I think.)
One of the blues “hanks” is in fact short lengths of crewel wool which is fine, I’ve already got embroidery plans for it and then I’ll just use a few strands together at a time.
*not sure if that is what you call cable knitting…cabling…it sounds right to me anyway.