I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for spring when it finally comes. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that January is my least liked month. Usually grey, cold and wet, as rarely do we have a lot of the fluffy white stuff these days, the excitement of Christmas gone and all beautiful decorations packed away for another year.
This calls for some excitement of a different kind, and what better way to brighten up our days than with some beautiful yarn in a bright and cheerful colour. Scheepjeswol Invicta Colour is just that sort of yarn. Available in 21…yes 21 beautiful colours it is sure to but a bit of spring into your knitting.
I know what you are thinking…I only just made my South Bay Shawl using this yarn. Well ok, but you know, I loved it so much that I went ahead and got myself another ball of this loveliness. This time it is shade 964, beautiful pink and purple shades with a little dark grey and black running through. It’s always a little bit of a surprise using this yarn as one never knows exactly what lies in the depth of the yarn ball. But, I like surprises of the good kind and just for good measure I am throwing in some Invicta Extra in shade 1347, a little leftover from my Yarn Kit.
My head is buzzing with ideas! I am thinking semicircular which is an easy shape to wear. Some not too difficult lace, after all this is suppose to be a relaxing cheer me up project.
The possibilities are endless and I hope you will share in my excitement by following the Spring Shawl journey.
In the meantime you can drool over and purchase the yarn here or here.
First of all I want to say a big huge thank you to all you lovely people who have already purchased a copy of the latest Lola Loops book. I hope you enjoy knitting many of the lovely designs over the next few weeks.
Today I want to introduce the remaining four designs to you, so here goes…
MELERI – NECKERCHIEF
This cute little neckerchief bears no resemblance to the utilitarian versions worn by scouts and sailors. Quickly knitted in no more than a couple of evenings, this little frippery will jazz up any spring outfit and the styling fits in perfectly with this year’s preppy look.
BRANWEN – VINTAGE BEANIE
Using the 1920s era and the style of the Flapper girl as inspiration I created this vintage beanie hat. Dainty and quite elegant this style is perfect during the day, knit in fine wool yarn. Using fine cotton yarn with a thread of sparkle, it can easily be worn as a glamorous accessory for evening.
ANNA – NAUTICAL BAG
A girl can never have enough bags and this little number says everything there is to say about summer. Bright and cheerful nautical stripes in classic colours are set off by a sharp green top and gorgeous red leather handles. To make it user-friendly the bag is lined and padded, making it perfect to carry all your essentials right through summer.
ALWEN – SPRING LEAVES SCARF
Darling buds of Spring are winding their way up (or down) this light but cosy scarf. Knit in Rowan’s new Soft Knit Cotton yarn, this scarf is super soft and right on trend in this colour too.
As you can see, all the designs can be knitted quickly and don’t require large amounts of yarn either. They make perfect gifts or you could just spoil yourself and keep them all. Whatever you decide, all of them are colourfully perfect for Spring & Summer.
Just like the first book, this one wouldn’t be the same without the fabulous Lola illustrations all drawn by ‘my man’. I think you will agree that they make the book extra special.
having just finished my latest design, the Rügen Shawl, I needed a rest from mathematical formulars, tension squares and lace samples.
I remembered Angelika, a German friend of mine, wearing a lovely shawl at Wollfest in Backnang and writing down the name of the design on a piece of paper. Of course I couldn’t remember where I put piece of paper in question but I had a vague recollection of Angelika’s mention of designer’s name and after Ravelry came to the rescue I found what I was looking for: color affection by veera välimäki. I realised that this was clearly one of those ‘MUST KNIT’s’ as approx. 12800 people have favourited it and about 2300 projects have been listed by Raveller’s.
I rummaged in my Stash and found plenty left-over yarn from my Baltic Coast Shawl,
Baltic Coast Shawl
beautiful Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Silk Mix 4 ply. I also found a couple of hanks of Debbie Bliss’s Andes, a lovely soft Alpaca/Silk mix, which I knew would be perfect to complement the two other colours.
I started knitting a week or so ago and the shawl grew quickly. As I never seem to be able to follow a pattern completely, always getting the urge to change at least one or two things, this project was no different.
Colour Affection - My Take
I didn’t do stripes and I changed the short row shaping slightly, but apart from that I was a ‘good girl’ and followed the pattern. The shawl was a joy to knit and is a great shape to wear, I can wrap it around my neck a couple of times due to it’s length. As the weather is not set to be improving any time soon I should get quite a bit of wear out of it before summer arrives here in Wales.