I love light weight projects to knit or crochet during the summer. Like many of you, I don’t want a lap full of heavy wool when it’s over a 100 degrees outside. One thing I’ve enjoyed knitting during the summer is shawls. Today I want to share a few new designs that I think are quite lovely and worth a mention.
It has been a very long time since I’ve designed anything but for some reason I’ve had the urge to start up again. When I purchase two skeins of Rowan Pure Linen a few months ago, I totally forgot I had one skein in a colorway called Colorado. When I saw the two colors together I immediately thought of a tree that grows here in Arizona.
Today I want to introduce you to my newest design, Desert Sycamore. This design has been created in Rowan Pure Linen in two colors that features two lace panels at each end with a bit of runching in between. My pattern features step by step written instructions and a chart for the lace design.
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This is a very soothing piece to knit that works up quickly. While I designed this for the use of linen yarn, it would be lovely in wool, cotton or blends.
It is a lovely day here in the Valley of the Sun, and even though our weather has been a bit whacky here (as Andi mentioned in her post today). What I found amazing about living in the Phoenix metro area, one side of the valley gets lots of rain and the other side seems to get none and a lot of wind. I can’t complain though as May was a beautiful month and June appears to be starting off cool, fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed us. Here’s a little trivia for you, we’ve received measurable rain this week which hasn’t happen in the month of June in 13 years!!
So about the knitting ….
I’m working on my Amber Waves socks today and should finish sock number one! Better late than never, right.
Yesterday I went to Jessica Knits to see all the new lovely yarns that Tammy has gotten in and to pick out yarn for a project I’ve wanted to make for ages, the Paintbrush Lace Cowl designed by Connie Devlin. This particular project uses Alchemy Yarn. Now for those who do not know about Alchemy Yarn, it is beyond scrumptious, expensive, but so scrumptious! I opted for one skein of Alchemy Tweedy in the color Prairie and one skein of ShiBui Silk Cloud in Trail. I think the combination of the two yarns will be wonderful and I can’t wait to cast on.
I also picked up a skein of Rowan Cocoon in the color Lavender Ice for a pair of Slipper Socks, a design by Veronica Van. I’m hoping this will be a quick knit and if I like them, I’m thinking I might make a few for gifts.
Sundays around our house also means doggie naps, and both munchkins are enjoying their beds today.