Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Next up, the Tulle Shawl...

Still looking through photographs taken of old makes, though this collection of knitvent 2017 aren't actually that old - there are much older finished projects waiting their turn. Maybe I should call these posts makes I've finished but forgotten to post about...

So, the Tulle Shawl was the second pattern released in December as part of knitvent 2017 collection by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. A fairly simple shawl in possibly my favourite garter stitch (cannot choose between garter or moss stitch as my all time favourite...) with a lace border. These patterns were released weekly during the festive period with the idea that they would make great gift knits, so while they have interest for the knitter, they shouldn't be too time consuming
So happy when my woolly make co-ordinates so prettily with my project bag.

As usual when making a shawl I didn't knit a gauge square, though the finished shawl after blocking is slightly smaller than the pattern suggests, not at all something I mind as it is the most delicate shawl. 

Such pretty lace. Mine is knit without beads (though this is optional in the pattern). So pretty... it really does live up to its name.

Happily I found the perfect yarn for this shawl in the basket - the colours made me think of the tulle tutu worn by the sugar plum fairy. The yarn is from fondant fibre, though sadly Debs isn't dyeing yarn at the moment. The colourway is jasmine scented evening and the SW merino mulberry silk mix means it has the most gorgeous drape

Deb also included the sweetest stitch marker...

Other than catching up with unshown makes, life has been gently busy though of the nothing to show general busyness of the lovely everyday. There has been snow - with four happy snow days - a birthday (mine), so many swim meets (my birthday was spent at the pool at UEA), making for World Book Day (the only making this year was a waistcoat as the rest of Newt Scamander's clothes were gathered together), a cancelled World Book Day (aforementioned snow day) and a gentle Mother's Day. Oh, we are also the proud new owners of a slow cooker in an attempt to manage to both cook and eat inbetween Patch's daily swim training. There have been a few really? But why when you are vegetarian moments, but the ease of putting ingredients in a pot and coming home late in the evening to find a yum meal was too tempting. So if anyone has any tempting vegetarian slow cooker recipes, please do share...
 Of course there has also been some time for knitting. Ami of the little tailoress blog is currently hosting a kal for these bonding squares, I now have quite a pile which will be packaged and sent to Royal Berkshire hospital SCBU where Patch spent his first few weeks
 And also some crochet time... this is the beginnings of a test pattern for Picot & Tricot in the most delightful Spring colour. More soon!


  1. Our world book day at school was also postponed due to the snow and we had it a week later. I love the colour of the yarn in your last photo. xxx

    1. Thank you, it is the gentlest duck egg blue. The pattern should be released later this week, so I can show the finished make soon!

  2. I use a lot of Stylecraft acrylic for my charity shop knits, but when I want to do something special for a friend, or even myself, I love to buy the odd skein or two of really beautiful wool. The problem is, it looks and feels so gorgeous, it sits in a basket on my little side table and I can't bear to use it!!
    Your shawl is beautiful and I love the colours you choose, so calming and gentle.

    1. Thank you... I do like gentle colours (though the last photograph of my recent post would suggest otherwise!). Hand dyed yarns are such a treat aren't they, it can be difficult to use them, which does seem silly. And then the perfect pattern presents itself, to tempt them from the basket.