Neptune’s shawl

Texere Olympia yarn: Zeus

Texere Olympia yarn: Zeus

A few weeks ago I bought some beautiful British wool from Texere yarns, planning to make a triangular shawl – the grey Suffolk wool one I knitted previously is rectangular and, whilst good for some functions, doesn’t keep the small of my back warm. I had a real desire to make a huge half ‘granny square’, but wasn’t certain how to do this. Fortunately, Renate Kirkpatrick’s crochet blog provided a really simple explanation including charts.

So, this has been the project that has been amusing me for the past 10 days. It’s big, but it’s not finished yet. However, as I come to the end of it, I realise that I want a slightly fancier edging than just a row of treble crochets. I am planning, therefore, to use a scalloped edging described by the wonderful ‘Attic24’ here. She notes that it is a ‘yarn guzzler’. so I’m going to keep most of a 100g skein for this part of the shawl.

I love the colours in this yarn

I love the colours in this yarn

The yarn colour is ‘Zeus’, but all those blues make me think of the sea, hence my reference to Neptune in the title. I’m really looking forward to snuggling up in this creation… it has already been keeping my legs warm as I make it, a really important feature since we ran out of bottled gas on Friday night and we can’t order any more until Monday (ah, the joys of rural living… I knew I should have got round to having a wood-burner installed).

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  1. Anything in crochet is pretty much a yarnguzzler, compared to knitting! But we don’t care, right!!! Your shawl is stunning, such dreamy yet vibrant colours.

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  2. Beautiful colours.

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  3. Lovely colours, my favourite palette, and I’m looking forward to seeing the scalloped edge. How big is it, exactly? Sounds as if you need a large one, with no heat at this time of year, and in Wales!

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    • Currently the short sides each measure a bit more than 150cm, I’m just about to start on the edging now. Every time I put it on the floor to measure it, Max comes and sits on it… clearly it has special appeal to terriers.

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      • That’s a good big shawl and should keep you nice and warm. Max has excellent taste! I miss woollens. There is absolutely no opportunity to wear them here, but I have my old ones put away in a moth-proof bag, as I can’t bear to throw them out.

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  4. It is beautiful and isn’t it a unique feeling of something keeping you warm while you are making it to keep yourself or someone else warm? It is a bit special to be able to create a warm and beautiful shawl because everyone likes a warm shawl or blanket when they are cold. 🙂

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