I’m so pleased to welcome the New Year with a finished project – my Tales from the Isle of Purbeck Shawl. Or, as I’m calling it my Blacker Tales shawl – the yarn is gorgeous natural Shetland wool from Blacker Yarns and I like the corruption of the shawl and yarn names to give Blacker Tales!
I knit the shawl as part of a Mystery Knit Along (MKAL). I’m not sure when I first became aware of the MKAL, but I think I was drawn by the fact that the designer Annie Rowden (by Annie Claire) was encouraging the use of single-source British yarn. I have a definite connection to the idea of using yarn which hasn’t travelled too far, which is from a know source and which hasn’t had too much treatment while going from sheep to yarn.
I wasn’t able to get any of the Hole and Sons yarn that the pattern was designed for but was very happy to buy undyed Shetland wool from Blacker Yarns. The colour is Katmogit – a Katmogit/Katmoget Shetland sheep is described as ‘having a light coloured body with dark belly and a moget face, the reverse of Gulmoget’ – it is a beautiful warm stoney grey. I don’t see the Katmogit colour on the website at the moment – the closest currently available is a blend called mid-grey.
Knitting this shawl was a definite learning experience. I found the lace pattern tricky at first, there was a lot of ripping out and puzzling over where I had gone wrong, but part-way through clue 2 I got the hang of it and it became much more enjoyable! I didn’t have enough wool left to finish the last repeat and ran so short I couldn’t manage the bind-off either – I did play chicken and try binding-off (ever-optimistic!) but had to accept the obvious and un-do the binding about half-way through. Then I had a hunt through my stash and found some Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK undyed BFL Marl (left over from knitting Katie’s snake – Mr Snakey is still going strong and gets a lot of play). It work’s quite well I think and although I’d have preferred to finish it ‘properly’ I just couldn’t justify buying another ball of wool.
All the details are over here on Ravelry.
I’m looking forward to all that 2016 will bring. I’m certain it will be busy and I’m hoping there will be lots of time out in the woods, beach and hills as well as in the garden. I’m off to a busy start sewing-wise but nothing that I can share just yet unfortunately.
Thank you, as always, for your visits and comments here in the last year. I do love to hear from you and truly appreciate your time in stopping by to comment. Wishing you a happy healthy 2016. Here’s to a good one!