. Colorful Shawl Spotting!

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Colorful Shawl Spotting!

Category: Ravelry

Yes I know. The mention of color? From me? The person you can hardly ever see without at least one article of black clothing?

It’s true. I do have a bit of a soft spot for colors now and then. If you follow our Instagram account you may have seen a photo or two of some brightly colored skeins I picked out amongst our orders from our beloved On The Round— shockers, to be sure! Not only do I peek into the Bright and Colorful camp some of the time, but I also have quite the fascination when it comes to finding eye catching color work shawls! I may enjoy sticking to my knit-and-felted dolls, but I’m starting to build a pattern collection of these beauties. Here’s what I found this week!

Dreamcatcher © Natalia Moreva

I think we have some Malabrigo Sock that would work up nicely with The Dreamcatcher Pattern !

Raindrop Shawl © Ruth Sorensen

I could see the Raindrop Shawl working up nicely in Chickadee, or maybe even some Painted Desert for sure! 

The Durrow Shawl

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Do you ever have one of those days where you browse through your Pinterest board in hopes that there’s an exciting new pattern you forgot about? Today is one of those days for me, and I wanted to share my reunion with this gorgeous shawl: Durrow!  

© Lucy Hague

 

This shawl is absolutely gorgeous, and the projects people have put on Ravelry are a real treat as well! It’s been on my to-knit list for a while, and though I’m not sure if I would end up using all 4 colors it recommends, this Malabrigo and Ultra Alpaca Fine certainly catches my eye.

I’ve been playing with color combinations in the store again, can you tell?

 

What colors would you pick for this shawl? 

 

Happy Pi Day!

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Today is March 14th, which makes it Pi Day! This day, which can be written 3.14, is a fun excuse to celebrate all types of pi(e). Other than the obvious (and delicious) option of making and/or eating a pie, we knitters can also observe Pi Day by casting on a project inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann! Knit author Kate Atherley, writing for Interweave, explains that the Great EZ “realized that the application of a simple fact of geometry could make knitting a circular shawl significantly easier and more fun”. Atherley’s article, “Demystifying The Pi Shawl: Create Your Own One of a Kind Circular Shawl” is a perfect quick read for today.

EZ’s full original pattern for the Pi Shawl is in the Knitter’s Almanac and Knitting Workshop, both of which we have on the shelf at the shop. But one search in Ravelry will show you the influence that she has had on the knitting world. When I searched “pi shawl”, I got eight pages of results! The beauty of EZ’s genius is in the way it empowers knitters, and transforms complicated or tedious concepts into inspirational springboards. One of my favorite designs on Ravelry is Mwaa Knit’s “EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Camping” pattern. The designer pieces together four carefully chosen motifs to create a stunning shawl that is a tribute to EZ’s writings, specifically her tales of wonderful camping experiences. The final piece is a work of art.

© Mwaa

For those of you who want to observe Pi Day but are daunted by the idea of doing a full circle shawl, Over The Rainbow Yarn has the answer: our Pi Hat! Basically a mini pi shawl, our Pi Hat uses a strand of sport weight yarn (like Plymouth Galway Sport) held together with a strand of mohair or other fluffy yarn (like Kidsilk Haze or Andean Mist). The pattern for this soft, slouchy beret is available for purchase either in the store, or through Ravelry.

© Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs

How will you celebrate Pi Day?