Monthly Archives: February 2011

Winter Weather, Fall Shawl, Dreaming of Spring

Though it’s snowing again, and though spring by the calendar will be here in less than a month(HA!), I recently finished a small shawl that evokes autumn.  Majorly.

I haven’t showed you this shawl yet.  I’ve knit it in stolen time here and there.  It’s a quick knit, but I waited until after the holidays to start it, and have been knitting the Peace and Love mittens and other projects also.

The backstory is that I received some amazing yarn from Meg at Twisted Fiber Art as the last shipment in the fall Survey Club.  It was a completely luscious merino/cashmere/nylon (MCN) blend in a worsted weight, dyed in a club colorway called Maple that sang to me.

Madrona shawl in the snow

The colorway starts out with fresh leafy green, shades through rich golds and deep oranges, then through all shades of reds to end with an almost-black. Fittingly, it’s called “Maple”.

I found out later that the colorway was inspired by some color comments I made on the club survey. No wonder I love this colorway SO much!

I pondered the perfect project. The yardage wasn’t enough for many shawl projects. But I didn’t want to make a scarf. And it was generous for a typical cowl.

Ravelry
to the rescue!

On Ravelry, I could search by yardage and yarn weight and project type, among other parameters. I narrowed down hundreds of patterns to one: a lovely little shawl by Orianna Eklund called the Madrona Shawl (Ravelry link; the pattern is only available on Ravelry). The weight and yardage were close to what I needed, anyway.

I ended up modifying the pattern slightly by extending the second leaf lace section by a half repeat, to make sure I used all my yarn, given the gorgeous color changes (I wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the amazing dark red!). To good effect. Here is the final result!

Maple Madrona Shawl

It’s lovely, hanging, laying out, with the sun shining through it, any way you look at it.

Maple Madrona Shawl full view

Maple Madrona, sun shining through

Maple Madrona Shawl in the corner

And it feels AMAZING on. Mmm, MCN.

Maple Madrona Modeled

It may be autumnal in color, but I think I’ll be wearing this well into the spring!

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Clearance Eye Candy Friday

Purchased on February 15, also known as Cheap Chocolate Day:

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This secondhand rose is still the only color around.
But late next month, crocuses should be spotted outside. One can only hope.

I’ve been busy every weekend with music-and-daughter things. Some knitting as well. More to come!

Leafy Eye Candy Friday

With the recent weather (though we missed the worst of it up here, it’s still frigid now), it’s a good time to stay inside.  And knit.

And look at the sun shining on the plants I’m plant-sitting, and pretend spring is almost here.