All wrapped up

Just a quick post today to show off the completed ‘Neptune’s Shawl’. I must have one of the best-dressed garden benches in Wales:

The finished shawl

The finished shawl

Detail of the scalloped edge

Detail of the scalloped edge

With my beautiful shawl pin

With my beautiful shawl pin

And just before completion, when I wanted to measure it, Maxwell decided to take advantage of it:

This is nice!

This is nice!

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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