Whilst on holiday in Cumbria last week I finished the South Bay Shawlette I had begun several months ago. Over the course of this project crochet has gradually changed from being something new, slightly daunting and rather like a tricky form of maths, to a soothing, meditative craft that I reach for when I have a spare moment. Finally crochet has become part of the everyday for me which is thrilling.
The Manos del Uruguay silk blend yarn I used (Europa 9695 colourway) is an absolute joy. It has a slight sheen, is as soft as a baby rabbit and changes colour every stitch or two. I’m certain that just the sight of the mossy green changing almost imperceptibly into muted teal then greyish mauve triggered happy chemicals in my noggin.
This is my favourite part of the colour wheel. Add all these subtle colours together and I seem to have crocheted a heathery Scottish hillside.
One of the best things about this shawl is the tiny woolly arches I appear to have made every alternate row. Each arch is made from seven treble crochet stitches worked into a little triangular space made of chain stitches – so satisfying. I’d rather like to live beneath one of these arches. I think the colours, the warmth and the softness would make it a very desirable residence
I’ve been wearing the shawl every day since I completed it. It is making my neck extremely cosy and happy. I admit to felling quite proud to have finished this.
Magic Bean says
Hello there! You are a clever old thing.. the crochet stuff still eludes me and I am green with envy you have made something so beautiful. What next, eh? Ax
You're quite right to be proud of yourself Emma, it's a gorgeous shawl.
marigold jam says
Beautiful and probably really comfy and cosy in wear. Well done!
Just beautiful Emma! Lovely steely heathery color scheme! (like your jewelry) You are so very talented, something surely to be proud to wear! Enjoy, xoRobin
Emma, those colors are dreamily beautiful, your crocheting is rather fabulous, and I can well imagine just how warmingly soft and cozy that scarf feels.
Perfect to have ready as the air turns cooler….
It's beautiful Emma! I'm so happy that you've been sucked into the crochet vortex — you'll have a lot of fun with it!
Amy at love made my home says
Your shawl is lovely, and I really like the colours. It looks great on you, I can quite see why you have been wearing it a lot! xx
Your shawl is lovely and a gorgeous colour.I can see others following.
It looks so lovely on you Emma, it must be a very satisfying feeling to knowing you have made it 🙂 It is beautiful and I especially love the colors in the wool. I want to learn to crochet and if I do I shall have to try to make my own shawl as it looks like the cosiest thing! safxxx
You make me want to whip up a heathery Scottish hillside. Just lovely.
Just a real beauty, well done in completing it and I hope it brings many cosy days for you. I have also just finished my first crochet shawl, I normally knit them, but crocheting it was such fun xox Penny
Alice Auperin says
Well done, it looks beautiful!
Wonderful…love that yarn and LOVE your shawlette….it's gorgeous .
Absolutely gorgeous – the yarn and the pattern are a perfect combination. So glad you've got the crochet bug and I can't wait to see what your next project will be 🙂
It does look good – snuggly and beautifully coloured!
It's quite beautiful.
It's beautiful, a lovely pattern and exquisite wool. The stitches look quite tricky, I'm very impressed. I love shawls, I often have a flick through the patterns on Ravelry looking for one to make.
Jacqui Galloway says
The shawl is lovely and such a beautiful colour.
Looks so so cozy, thank you so much for this lovely post! Beautiful finished piece
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it looks great, and I am jealous that the craft has become so natural and meditative to you. I still crochet with a furrowed brow and my tongue sticking out.
Very pretty… and such a lovely colour.
Pink Milk says
Oh, it's just gorgeous! So beautifully neat too.
You're clearly completely hooked – love it – mwahahahaha!
Absolutely gorgeous, well done.
Brilliant Emma, both the gorgeous shawl and your obvious joy in the making of it. I'm so glad that crochet has become such a pleasure for you x
I love that scarf, your choice of yarn is perfect too. Was it very difficult I wonder, it looks very accomplished.
oh it's just as lovely as I remembered x
Carol Battell says
I'd love to make this Shawlette too – I'm just wondering how many 'balls' of the yarn did you use as I'd like to get the same yarn. I generally crochet huge blankets so it would be lovely to crochet something more delicate and just for me :O)
Annie @ knitsofacto says
It's gorgeous Emma, well done 🙂
Tammy@T's Daily Treasures says
Really pretty and love the color. Best wishes, Tammy
It is really beautiful. Well done you :). Must meet for a cuppa soon. xx
Beautiful – such a lot of work and skill has gone into the shawl. I hope you are justly proud of yourself!
( I wear my South Bay all the time too… perhaps I need to make another one?)
Brian Lee says
that was so beautiful.. it looks good on you 🙂 jewelry
walter and me says
And so you should feel proud, it's beautiful!
my little red suitcase says
your shawl looks so lovely and soft, i'm tempted to make another one with the wool you have used! Heather x
Liz King says
Great scarf! I've never even tried crocheting. The lacy-ness with varigated colours looks stunning.
Jake P. says
A shawl is the most simple yet versatile piece of clothing. Shawls are mostly squares or rectangles of fabric which can be folded and tied to provide warmth and protection or worn with neutral outfits to add flair and stylish accent color. In a symbolic sense a shawl may mean a mother's embrace, a loving God or a kind of warm hug we give ourselves. They make perfect gifts of caring.
Taciana Simmons says
So pretty and the color goes just perfect with your skin… Keep enjoying and have fun !
very interesting color. is great aquamarine rings
Prawn and pebble says
Just love the stitch pattern and changing colours. Beautifully done.
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