Sunday, July 15, 2007

Great Summer Knitting..... a shawl from the very sweet Alison Hyde's new book, "Wrapped in Comfort". If you don't have one, you should get one, if simply for the stories and beautiful pictures alone. I'm venturing into the world of knitted shawls, and I'm so NOT a shawl person. We shall see. Don't knock it 'til you try it, right? I do love long flowy dresses, and what better compliment than a lovely hand knitted shawl.

I'm very happy with the way it is turning out so far. I'm knitting "Kathy's Clover Chain Shawl", using a DK weight yarn, which is helping it to progress fairly rapidly. It's Silky Tweed by Elsebeth Lavold, recommended by a lace lover at my LYS. She also was recommended that hemp yarn (Hempathy maybe?) that I was surprised and the nice feel and look of that. (She had both yarns OTN in her knitting bag and whipped her progress out to show me.) My only concern is the yarn making the shawl too big.

Went for a nice hike this morning along the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to the Applachian Trail. Saw a poor Luna Moth on it's last day. We moved it out of the path so it wouldn't get crushed, since it couldn't fly anymore. Noticed lots of really interesting trees, ever notice how they sometimes look like they have faces? Pretty cool. Sydney hiked and talked a lot and did her little happy girl thing. A nice day, there is nothing better than doing the things you love and spending time with those you love.


Alison said...

That shawl is coming out gorgeous.

And for whatever it's worth, my hubby and I spent our honeymoon in the Blue Ridge mountains.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Alison,

I think you're due for another visit!

knitizen said...

I love the book Wrapped in Comfort. I have turned quite a few people on to it in my shop. They are instantly smitten. Your shawl looks great! I shall have to check out some Silky Tweed.