Blogging? Haven’t done that for months. However, I want to marvel again at what wondrous things shawls are. To think that a mere 5 or 6 years ago I was anxious about starting a shawl lest I should appear (to myself rather than anyone else) of the grandmotherly nature and no good for anything except rocking in a chair.
Moving to Edinburgh has changed all that although I did start the shawl journey before I emigrated from Sussex. Up here shawls are a wonderful way of ensuring that whatever the weather does, there is protection. So many shawls have been born: Victorian Lace, Forest Canopy, Shetland Triangle, Simple (with rather complex adjustments), Ishbel / Fishbel, Ulmus, Lace Shawl, Hamamelis, Day Break, Meandering Vines… and a variation on Day Break which is not on Ravelry yet.
I’m itching to start another one, not sure yet which, but I have in mind Shaelyn or Morlynn Shawl – or maybe Photosynthesis. So many decisions, and so much yarn in the stash to knit up!
Talking about stash, I did clear out the stash cupboard and re-order my yarns into colour boxes, clear blues, duck egg blues, teals, pinks, oranges, reds, deep purples, dusty lilacs, whites blacks and greys, rich greens, sea greens, yellows and golds, browns, and finally sock yarns. Yarns I have acquired in the last couple of years, from K1 in Edinburgh and earlier on this year in Stirling Knitcamp are in baskets rather than hidden away in the yarn cupboard. Rather a lot of lace weight and 4ply appeared. I’ll be knitting until I’m 303 to get through it all, but that’s fine by me.
Cats update: they are both doing fine and enjoying being inside when it’s cold and outside when it’s sunny. Lots of space to play and chase each other, and lots and lots of devoted admirers at our knitting group evenings 🙂