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Today I’d like to share a picture of my latest project, this is my third shawl and I just love it.

Healing hugs shawl, my third shawl.

Healing hugs shawl, my third shawl.

The yarn is Sirdar, Connemara and the colour way is Wayfarer. Sadly this colourway has now been discontinued and it was thanks to a friend on Pheonix Knitting forum, who told me about Hejhog that I was able to get some to make this shawl. I fell in love with this colour-way when I saw it on a garment but the shop had already sold out of it.

Sirdar Connemara Chunky Colour way Wayfarer

Sirdar: Connemara; Chunky. Colour way Wayfarer

The pattern was a freebie from Lion Brand Yarns. Its called Simple Triangle shawl. If you haven’t knitted for long its a great step up project. The new techniques I learnt with this pattern were yarn overs, which is what creates the holes. Its everso simple to create and the finished result makes it look so much harder and more complex than it is. There was only one row that was one to keep a very close eye on, the rest were either knit, pearl and a few knit two together’s along the way.

Links

Three separate links to Sirdar there, the first will take you to Sirdar website’s home page, the next to details about the Connemara yarn and the last to the colourways available in the yarn.

I see they have also discontinued Horn Pipe which is the lovely natural tones I made my long slipper socks with :(

Have my eye on the next project, but more about that another time.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Regular readers will remember my mentioning that my beloved budgie Tiny passed away in September. I was devastated and still miss him so much. I found a lovely shawl pattern on Ravelry, and after hording some special yarn for ages, managed to grab a bargain of more of the same in John Lewis. Since the  yarn is a lovely blue it reminded me of Tiny’s colouring and ‘needing’ to do something to ease my pain and remember him too, I decided to try making my first shawl.

Here is the finished piece

My first shawl; In Memory of Tiny

My first shawl; In Memory of Tiny

It’s not as long as I’d kinda hoped, but the weight of the yarn for a shawl is lovely and it drapes really well. The base colour of the yarn is blue, then there are lighter blues, lilac and mint colours in there too. I had seen other people on Ravelry make shawls in memory of people or to help them through the grieving process and I have to say it has really helped me too. Its calming and soothing while you create it, enough to give you something else to focus on when all you can otherwise do is cry.

I’ll make another of these, with more repeats of the main pattern to add length, to make something more cozy for the winter. This isn’t the time of year for me to knit tho, winter makes my hands lock up so I’m definitely a fair weather knitter.

Hope you like the shawl and if you are going through some tough times, give a shawl pattern a try, there are some really simple ones, this was my first and if I can knit this when my brain was all over the place in the middle of grief, then I’m sure anyone could knit this too. You Tube is a great resource for video tutorials on knitting the particular stitches if you are a total newbie.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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