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13 January 2015

Green Shawl


I haven't really asked you how all your festive breaks were yet and it already seems so long ago doesn't it?  I hope you enjoyed them, whatever you got up to.  I wanted to come here today and say how lovely my break was, a nice and pretty relaxing one.  Just what I needed, to get away from the normal routine for a bit.  As part of that I was going to show you all the Christmas crafting I've been up to.  I managed to get quite a few little projects off the needles during my down time, so I have stuff collecting up around here, all jostling for a bit of blog space.

But I realised today just how behind I am because I have a few pre-Christmas makes to get through as well.  I was mulling over the idea of maybe making a podcast (if I dare), so if I pluck up the courage, perhaps I could share some with you then.  I've just started to listen to a couple of podcasts and my favourite is Little Bobbins Knits.  I enjoy watching Dani's podcast very much, and was most inspired to have a go myself but getting the other side of the camera?  A pretty strange urge for quite a shy person to have really.  We shall see I guess...

Anyway, let's talk about this piece of finest green that we see before us shall we?  Apparently, if my Ravelry notes are to be believed I was making this way back in November, an eon ago now and this was one of those times where the yarn came first and then inspiration struck afterwards.  I often find that I see a colour and then think, that's just got to be... well whatever... but I find that the colour sometimes seems to determine the sort of thing it should become.


It wasn't the quickest make in the world but it was a relaxing, unhurried make.  It was one that I was quite happy to plod away at, doing a few rows and then maybe switching to something else.  Most unlike me and my usual methods.  Especially odd for me as I knew exactly how I wanted the border to be very early on and I was anxious to see what the crumpled heap I was working on would look like when it was all blocked out and beautiful.  Still, somehow even those thoughts didn't tempt me into my old ways, for this project at least.  Perhaps it's because, having clicked over into the forties, I am so very much more aged and mature these days?  Doesn't seem likely, but a girl can hope.

Fortunately the border went to plan, which was a relief because I was very definite about that part and the exciting finish and blocking arrived.  It didn't disappoint and the pattern opened out beautifully, just how I wanted.  It too - yippee!  Have a look...





Always tricky to get a good shot of things being worn I find.  I do have one of those timers thingys but don't seem to fare any better with it.  I seem to have trouble with focusing when I use it, so I've stuck with the old 'in the mirror' classic.  It gets the job done.

I hope you like it, I'm a little bit in love with it at the moment and it's a favourite to wear.  I love the lovely lightness of the lace and the wonderful drape I got with the yarn (Juniper Moon Farm, Findley) and blocking.... oh and those little buds of colour are just the cherry on the cake, it's enough to nearly push me over the edge!

I'm hoping to find time to get it written up into a pattern before too much time passes.  The only problem is, it really needs a name.  Inspiration is not striking there at all and I can't just keep calling it 'green shawl', how dull that would be.  Maybe something about buds or trellises or... I don't know, something.  Ideas welcome if you have any and let me know what you think about the podcast idea too...


S x




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33 comments:

  1. It's utterly beautiful Sandra! I'm in complete awe of your gorgeous designs- what an inspiration you are to me (and plenty others I imagine). I don't usually favour lacy designs but this is so beautiful I can't help but adding it to my 'to make' list...

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  2. Oh my that is amazing a mermaids net, I adore it and need to make one too pleaseeeeeeeeeee share the pattern it is divine xx

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  3. I really like this one ! especially the small flowers ! That's a fine detail !

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  4. Trellis blooms? It is beautiful whatever you decide to call it! I love the trellis effect combined with the flowers, it would be beautiful anyway, but the flowers really do add a wonderful finishing touch! xx

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  5. I love the drape of your new shawl! It will look great on summer evenings too! The buds are so sweet and just give an extra point of interest. I'm sure you'll find the perfect name for it!

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  6. Gorgeous pattern, lovely delicate edging - a stunner!

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  7. It is very pretty, I adore the edging. It sets it off beautifully.

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  8. Oh wow! You never disappoint, Sandra! This is so so pretty with the little dainty flowers! www.scottys-place.blogspot.com

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  9. It's really making me think of my mother in the garden with her twine in her hand tying up her beautiful climbing roses, so while i'm making it (can't wait 'til you publish the pattern) i'll be thinking of it as the rose caught in twine shawl.

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  10. Wow Sandra it's beautiful :) Also I saw your lampshade design in a magazine today (forgotten which one lol), had to think for ages where I'd seen it before!

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  11. It's beautiful, clever you. The little flowers are perfect, so light and subtle. Good luck with the podcast idea, I'd love to see it if you do make one. CJ xx

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  12. This shawl is gorgeous. Can't wait to get my hands on this pattern. I HAVE to have several in various colors :)

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  13. that is beautiful - the name has to be something to do with the garden and delicate flowers, I like Fairy Garden Shall (combo of the two comments below!) makes it stand out as pretty and delicate :) jenny xx

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  14. I love, love, love this shawl. I can't wait for the pattern. Well, I guess I have to but it will be difficult to wait. thanks for all you do. I would call it Simply Perfection because that is exactly what it is.

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  15. Oh it's a beautiful shawl! The list of cherry heart projects on my to make list is growing longer! It's funny I was looking at the beginning of your shawl yesterday (and wondering how it would turn out) when I followed the link back from your cherry basket mitts post :-) I had a few ideas for names : cherry blossom lattice shawl / lattice blossom shawl / tiny lattice bud shawl/ tiny bud lattice shawl?
    We had a great Christmas thank you, glad to hear you had a lovely relaxing break. I wanted to let you know that I did manage to make some of your pretty sparkly snowflake /felt ball decorations at the 11th hour, yay! They're actually still up as I have deemed them to be "wintery" and therefore not just for Christmas (ie I love them). Thank you again for the inspiration :-) Love Jo xxx

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  16. Ooh I forgot to say, yes please I'd love to see a podcast! :-)

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  17. Beautiful shawl with the little flowers in the border.

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  18. I thought the very same thing! I was also thinking that if the shawl were in another color it could be the "Darling Buds of Grey" ;-)

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  19. Hi Sandra, this is my first time commenting but I have been following for a few weeks now. I love your work, I am a papercrafter that has recently tried my hand at crochet and textiles and I found you somehow through that. Anyway, I think your blog is lovely and I would love to hear a podcast. Thanks, Jen

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  20. I can't wait to see the pattern and make one for myself, it's just beautiful. When I see it I think of "Emerald Isle" as a name. Hope you like it too

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  21. Delicate blossoms! Can't wait for the pattern. This is one of the most beautiful shawls I have ever seen. Wow! Super!

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  22. Everything about it is stunning - the colour, the shape, the drape, the flowers...all gorgeous. And isn't blocking just amazing? It transforms things, I think.


    The green reminds me more of mermaids than gardens - I like what Shoop said below. Mermaid's Net? Mermaid Green Shawl? Mermaid Flower Shawl? xx

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  23. Hi Sandra - this is looking just beautiful - I can see why it is a current favourite! I do like the rich colour of the green contrasting with the pale buds - just lovely. Podcasts? Wow, like you say that is brave but I think you would do well! Your blog and the crochet skill development it offers is outstanding so I can only imagine that podcasts would be a really positive extension of this. Good luck anyway, J9 x

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  24. So beautiful... an amazing pattern, and that wool looks so dreamy!

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