I’m so pleased to finally show you my Autumn Woods Shawl. It was actually finished in May but with so much going on I just haven’t found the right time to remember to photograph it. I really wanted to do it justice and a woodland walk last week was the perfect opportunity. The bracken has turned to it’s beautiful autumn-winter russet colour, the lichen was a soft green, the shadows on the larch bark were deep grey and the skies were blue. It was entirely down to luck that the colours worked so well but I was pretty pleased with myself anyhow.
I wanted to try knitting a shawl, one that would keep me cosy on winter afternoons – when I tend to sit and sew (if I am lucky, Katie sleeps and everything else is caught up on). There’s often an hour or so when the house grows colder but I don’t feel I should have any heating on, so a shawl is the perfect answer. I knew I wanted to use Quince and Co Finch in the following colours:: Kittywake, Pomegranate, Bird’s Egg, and Split Pea (I added Clay later, once I realised I’d like to increase the size ). The colours were inspired by this scarf. Finch is a lovely yarn to knit with, it is soft but feels as if it will last forever and there’s an ever-so-slight halo to it which really makes the pretty colours sing.
The pattern is the Serena Shadow Shawl. After a lot of Ravelry searching I found what I wanted – to match the yarn and the way I wanted to work the stripes. It suited me perfectly – I knit this through our period of renovations and then selling, packing and buying. Long rows and colour changes to anticipate were exactly what I needed at the time. I suspect I should have put more thought into where to make the colour splits so that I ended up with more even depths to the colour bands……I had hoped they’d gradually decrease towards the bottom of the shawl. There’s a few mistakes too, including one whole row knit in the wrong stitch, somehow I didn’t spot that for several more rows. Since it is a workhorse of a shawl, to be worn at home, I really don’t mind – certainly not enough to frog back those long long rows.
Now I’m on the look out for my next shawl pattern. Something a little more fancy I think, and maybe a little smaller to wear under a winter coat. Any suggestions? I’d also like to knit a wee shawl/scarf for each of the girls – again, I’d love some suggestions!
My Ravelry notes are here.