One of my Christmas gift knitting projects was a shawl designed by the talented Charlotte Walford (who blogs at lottieknits). I enjoyed making it so much that I decided to make one for myself! I made the smaller size this time.
Knitting it a second time was very satisfying. It gave me a feeling akin to re-reading a book that I rushed through a bit too quickly the first time around. The lace section looks complex but is actually much easier than the finished item suggests.
The wool, Manos de Uruguay silk blend fino, is very beautiful in its colour variations, and also lovely to handle. I like that it’s made by women who might otherwise not be able to support their families, and who are able to take pride in their work.
The smaller size is perfect for wrapping around your neck, and the crescent design ensures that it stays on your shoulders like a lovely lacy collar.
I am still persevering with my New Leaf Cardigan, in case anyone is wondering. After several attempts, I finally feel I’ve mastered a good knitting technique for the colourwork. ajb had asked about holding the wool in both hands, and I might attempt a bit of a photo tutorial if I can manage it.
April has continued to be very cold here in Scotland – still some snow falling – but we hold firm to the idea that spring WILL come when it’s ready! For the moment, though, there are plenty of opportunities to wear my new shawl. I hope you’re all having a very good week.