September 30, 2009
Loopy Friend Lori emailed me this week to say that the Farmer’s Almanac calls for this winter to be “Numbingly Cold” in the Midwest. Can I just get a big “Woohoo!”? I like cold weather just about as much as I like a rainy day! But before we get to Winter, we need to go through Fall. I love the fall. WH took these pictures at a local garden/nursery, just a block from Loopy Central.
I posted a question on our Loopy Ewe page on Facebook over the weekend, asking for everyones favorite shawl patterns. If you’re on Facebook, click over to our Loopy group and read all 53 suggestions. Fall, Winter and Spring are perfect seasons for shawls. (And perhaps summer, depending on where you live. Most days, you would not want a shawl sitting on your shoulders here in Missouri in the summer.) Doesn’t that mean that we ought to be stocking wardrobes with seasonally colored shawls? With that in mind, I walked through Loopy this morning and pulled a few good fall colors that would look pretty done up in shawls. (And I think I just added another project to my list.)
I started my Multnomah over the weekend. It’s an easy knit and has one of my favorite lace patterns on the edging – Feather and Fan. The one I’m working on is gift knitting, but now that I have pulled out Colinette Jitterbug Sahara, I want one of those for my own. Other great Jitterbug fall colors: Autumn Leaves and Chamois. The pattern uses approx. 412 yards, which means 1 1/2 skeins of Jitterbug would work. (Don’t you love it that we sell half skeins of Jitterbug?) If you haven’t done much lace knitting before, the Multnomah is a great place to start. It has a lot of regular garter stitch, until you get to the edging, and it’s a small shawl. (You can make it bigger by adding more repeats, or knitting it in a heavier weight yarn, like Hand Maiden Sea Silk. YUM. I pulled out Fleur, Cezanne, and Autumn Apples for this photo.)
The other shawl I have ready to cast on is Traveling Woman, and quite a few of you mentioned that one over on Facebook, too. It is also made with fingering weight yarn. (Just over 300 yds, unless you want to make it larger.) I think the Hand Maiden Casbah would be gorgeous for this. I’m making mine out of Swiss Mountain Super Sock or Lorna’s Laces Pearl – I haven’t decided yet.
The most popular shawl pattern on Ravelry right now is Damson, by the extremely talented Ysolda Teague. It comes in her book “Whimsical Little Knits 2“. She made the cover one in Malabrigo Sock Yarn, but I also think it would be stunning in Alchemy Juniper Sock, in either the multi colors or the semi-solids. (Shown here in Chickasaw Ground, Hidden Place, Fireburst, and Montreat Path). It takes approx. 440 yds, so you’d need 2 skeins of Alchemy. It’s a fun pattern with a ruffle on the bottom. Come to think of it, that would be a great style for spring, too. We’ll have to talk about that again next March!
I have car time coming up in October, which means extended knitting. This weekend, we visit College Girl for Parents Weekend, up in Indiana. I’m so looking forward to seeing her! She’s good about keeping in touch, but I miss hugging her. That’s a little difficult, long-distance. The last weekend of the month we’re traveling to Ohio for the wedding of two of Web Guy’s friends. I’m really looking forward to that, too. I haven’t seen Web Guy since the end of July, which is entirely too long. We won’t get much time with him that weekend, but I’ll get my hugs in.
Photos of knitted projects coming again soon. I have about forty three in progress. (Or fifty seven. Or eighty nine.) Are you knitting anything up specifically for the fall weather?