a perfect day

Hello friends, how have you been? Good I hope and maybe you have missed me just a tiny teeny bit?

It’s been a long while since you have heard from me, but a lot has happened since my last post way back at the beginning of March. More on that another time.

Today I want to introduce you to my brand new design – “A perfect day”.

This shawl is my second collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day. You may remember our collaboration of the “Walk the line” shawl last year. Chrissie lives in the bleak, but oh so beautiful, North Pennines, from where she writes, designs and enjoys the amazing landscape she lives in.

Chrissie creates her own range of yarns from the marvellous Blue faced Leicester sheep roaming the fields where she lives, achieving some some stunning earthy colours by adding beautiful chocolate and peat colour from the Zwartbles breed. All the yarn is from the same flock and same clip which adds immense beauty to the fibre.

It was with great pleasure I agreed to design a new shawl for her when she asked me and it is with great joy that I introduce this new design to you today.

The shawl uses two stunning colours of Chrissie’s 100% British Moorland Yarn, powder pink denoting Summer sky pink and dusty inky blue for a stormy Pennine sky. It is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border and the crescent shape is achieved by working short rows, with the result being a long shallow shawl that is very easy to wear.

An accessory to make every day into a perfect day for you.

The shawl is available in kit form directly from Chrissie HERE  and will include the yarn you need to make it plus the pattern.

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend. Until very soon.

Happy knitting, Heike x.

finding my fade

Hello friends from a cold and snowy Wales!

At the end of December last year I came across a lot of photos of a particularly lovely shawl on Instagram. As I was looking for some easy knitting after all the hard work and many hours that went into the “Little Book of Shawls“, I thought it would also be a fabulous way to use up some of my stash of odd hanks of yarn. As it is always fun to knit something in unison with someone else, I asked my ‘little’ sister (find her brand new blog here) if she fancied joining me in this knitting adventure. She was keen and off we went!

First I spent ages looking in my stash for the right colours and after a lot of umming and ahhing…I was ready to wind lots of yummy cakes…lush cakes made up of yarns from Skein Queen, Rowan and Koigu.

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I started knitting during the Christmas break and instantly fell in love with this pattern by Andrea Mowry of dreareneeknits. The ‘how to’ is easily memorised and it was perfect telly knitting for me.

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As the shawl grew it became very clear that a seventh colour was needed to finish it off, so back to my stash I went to find something befitting all this gorgeousness. I could tell this was going to be rather on the large side as far as shawls go, and by the time I finished it was very clear that blocking this ‘monster’ was going to be a challenge. So, unlike my normal blocking method of pinning on the flat, this one was hung over the balustrade to stretch out and open the eyelet pattern.

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It worked a treat and I am totally chuffed with the result.

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A very versatile large shawl that will get a lot of wear. The perfect shawl to use up a lot of stash yarn and a very relaxing knit even a total novice can tackle.

Until soon, enjoy!

X.

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