We are experiencing a summer with actual real live sunshine. It has brought
waterpistol-paddling pool-jugs of Pimms meteorological joy. Back in June, before it began, it
was still too cold to venture out without a coat, mittens and long johns worn under jeans. I was still in
wintry crafting mode and buoyed by my modest cowl success using Kat’s design, I decided that I would like to crochet a shawl. I don’t mean a triangular scarf with delusions of grandeur. I mean a proper full-sized warmth-bringing shawl that Miss Pole might wear if her fire went out unexpectedly. I tweeted my shawl plans. Several people, knowing my beginner crocheter status, suggested, very kindly and gently, that it may have been foolhardy. ‘Try some wristwarmers. ‘Try a dishcloth.’ I’m afraid to say that this made me all the more determined.
This area of Europa, called Conamara Chaos, is surely the inspiration for this yarn. Goodness it’s stunning (both the moon and the yarn). I have a short crafting attention span but the colours change every few stitches in a skein of Manos, turning each of those stitchy scallops into a tiny, beautifully subtle rainbow. The marling keeps my eyes happy and my brain interested.
marigold jam says
That yarn is so beautiful. I am sure you will find your shawl very useful I have a small one I made ages ago which I wear round my shoulders in cold weather as an extra layer for warmth and am currently crocheting on in a fine soft yarn to wear on summer evenings or to have with me on warm days in case of chill. Those ladies in Cranford times knew a thing or two I think!
Golly gosh, that is too beautiful, the pattern, the colours and your very brave diving into making this gorgeous shawl. I am feeling rather inspired xox Penny
Swallow Barn says
it's beautiful – the yarn colours are just gorgeous!
crochet is so relaxing isn't it – my favourite craft of all.
Magic Bean says
Oh yes, and double yes. And thank you for reminding me that I have a Cranford box set which will be perfect telly for next week's Not Camping.
Lucy Churchill says
Good you you! I too am crocheting a shawl (I have been ever since I was pregnant with Katinka, whose now 5 :>/ but it's not arriving, it's the journey!)Anyway, you have inspired me onwards. We must get together and shawl up like old ladies
Such a beautiful shawl emma and a real achievement. I marvel at it as I still can not work out crochet but hope I can make something like this one day! Must be the best way to relax, safxxx
That will be lovely. I'm in the process of ordering wool and choosing a pattern for a shawl as well, despite the sunny weather. Hope you have a good weekend Emma.
oh my. I love it. x
Emma, your crocheting has found a very friendly match in that exquisite multi-colored yarn. As that shawl's triangle grows, its beauty multiples.
I agree about the beauty of the treble crochet stitch. It can become a wonderful ingredient to any design.
Do you think it's funny to be enthusiastic about wooly crocheting (or knitting) as August begins. I admit to enjoying my own current wooly knitting.
Best wishes. xo
Mrs. Micawber says
What a stunning yarn and a lovely project. You are so right about colour-changing yarns and the interest they bring to a project.
I think this shawl would be perfect for Miss Matty – it's so delicate and feminine. 🙂
It is even more beautiful in real life! The colours are lovely. They remind me of a moor land. You are obviously very talented to make this so early on in your crocheting career.
It looks so soft and cosy already. Such beautiful yarn.
Scented Sweetpeas says
That looks wonderful Emma! I know exactly what you meant too, you ought to try a ripple blanket next as it gives the same feeling, I think it is the rhythm of it and like you say the colour change keeps your mind pleased too 🙂
The Coffee Lady says
You go girl. I remember my friend telling me about her paper piecing quilt that took 13 years. In your FACE.
Pink Milk says
Absolutely stunning. I've just made the fatal mistake of following your link to that beautiful yarn, uh oh …
Annie @ knitsofacto says
It looks fabulous Emma … well done. I am finally beginning my crochet journey, wish me luck 😀
What a beautiful shawl it is Emma! Lovely pattern & colours. It will look lovely on you when the days get colder. I am working on pillow cases at the moment, but I would love to make a shawl like yours or a cowl for winter as well.
Ah so beautiful! i have been too scared to venture away from grany squares, this pattern may persuade me otherwise, thank you for sharing! x
I'm in awe – just cannot get my fingers round that crochet lark.
And you said the A word – I was in shock when I saw the berries on our rowan tree turning orange. Surely it can't be coming already???
Oooh, beautiful. Also, details re PhD?
It's stunning. And if it is dry on Wednesday maybe it can meet the seaside
Locket Pocket says
That is really gorgeous Emma! I seem to have lost my crafty vibe at the moment but I plan to go looking for it!! The yarn is stunning and you are really going to enjoy wearing your beautiful shawl! Locket xx
That yarn is stunning, I shall have to investigate further.
Your shawl is going to be the best thing you ever made in yarn.
Delightful – and I love the idea of a craft that is equivalent to sniffing lavender!
So, so beautiful! Stunning. Wonderful I am truly inspired!
Whoa, that is beautiful. First of all, I love the yarn and need some for myself ASAP, but more importantly, the final product is a stunning achievement. Why no photo of you wearing it?! I want to see how it looks on a person.
You should post this on Kollabora, the crafting and DIY community. A lot of us there, including me, are amateur yarncrafters and prone to sharing other people's pride in their early crochet successes.
I've just blocked the very same shawl in kidsilk haze…. itsn't it a wonderful pattern?
I love the yarn you used. Beautiful beautiful colours!
Jeanne Frances Klaver says
You have a good eye; great use of yarn for this project. I remember a comment my sister made when she taught me to crochet—start with a washcloth. I made an afghan instead. 🙂
It's beautiful Ms. Pebble! I love the pretty colors in the yarn. And think how far ahead you are — a beuatiful shawl for the fall!
It's quite beautiful!
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