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North Sea 7 I’ve been wearing little scarves at work – a small something around my neck that keeps me warm as I go from the stable office to to the barn to the tack room and back again. This little triangle can be worn either as a shawl or a kerchief. It tucks in or wraps around, and is just enough to take the winter chill away. In Clara Yarn Cormo 2.0, it’s luxuriously soft, and the beautiful colors remind me of winter in my neighborhood – North Sea, Southampton, New York.

North Sea welcomes winter – it will make a lovely gift, and it knits up quickly. Cormo 2.0 is available in five dyed colors, as well as undyed – “Sheep” – and as we know, Clara Yarn is always in limited supply. I used Sky, Silver, and Sheep, but you might have another combination in mind! The pattern is available in my Ravelry store.

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Honey Locust 1Things just don’t feel orderly at the moment – my life isn’t out of control, but it’s tumbling like clothes in the dryer, in a good way. One of these days I’ll get to make order – fold the clothes, so to speak – but right now is not the time.

I’ve put the finishing touches on my new shawl pattern. It’s called Honey Locust, after the big old trees that shade my little office at Stony Hill. Though I didn’t get a chance to do a “real” photo shoot with one Remarkable R or the other, the photos I have manage to do the color and the lace some justice.

Honey Locust 4I’m pleased and excited that the pattern will be a part of the Rhinebeck experience at Spirit Trail Fiberworks. When you purchase a skein of Brigantia to make Honey Locust, you’ll receive a coupon code for a free Ravelry download of the pattern! Visit Jen’s booth in Building A early and often, because I hear that she’s debuting lots of new colorways, including this one, Purple Peacock.

There’s a lot of energy left here after the designing and knitting. Honey Locust wasn’t a struggle, but a catalyst. I have ideas, little notes scribbled in my book, and things I’d like to try. I want unspoken-for time, and a clear mind, and able fingers. I have all but the first thing.

I think that’s plenty.

Honey Locust 3Honey Locust Details

Honey Locust is knitted from the top down, with increases that create a gently-curved, wide crescent shawl. The lace panel is set into alternating bands of simple stockinette and Trellis Lace. It’s not complicated to work, and you’ll find a comfortable rhythm in the knitting.

Instructions are written, and a chart is included for the Honey Locust Lace Panel. The Chinese Waitress cast-on is new to me, and it’s perfect for this shawl, so I’ve included links to two instructional videos. Please be brave and try it!

The pattern will be available in my Ravelry Store beginning on Saturday, October 18 . It’s listed there now, so go on over and take a look!

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Brigantia Shawl 5I had to close most of the windows last night, and brought out a pair of wool socks to keep my feet warm. This is my favorite weather — in between seasons. The sun is still strong, but the light is changing, and the temperature is perfect.

Now that summer is over I’ve been knitting again, and happily designing a new shawl. It’s almost finished, and it will be ready in time for Rhinebeck. When Jen asked me to help her debut a new color for Spirit Trail Fiberworks, my work-addled brain came to life.Brigantia Shawl 4

Here it is, in glorious color. It’s called Purple Peacock —and it’s the most beautiful, intense blue/purple that I’ve ever seen. It changes with the light, and I had a hard time photographing it. Jen was inspired by a trip to the zoo that she took with her family this summer.

It will be available in all her yarn bases, but my shawl is in Brigantia, a DK-weight blend of 85% Polwarth and 15% silk. It’s one of my favorite Spirit Trail yarns — sturdy, but with a lovely drape, and that little glow that the silk brings to the surface of the fabric.

I’d had something in mind for Brigantia a while back, and I reworked it a bit, changed some things here and there, and fine-tuned some techniques and stitches to create a generous shawl that will be comfortable and not too bulky, but still substantial. I like substantial shawls, as you might have noticed!Brigantia Shawl 3

I don’t want to show you everything, but this lump of knitting (all shawls have a lump-of-knitting stage) hints at a little lace, some stockinette, and a simple border. It’s a shawl, so it will take some time to knit — but in beautiful Brigantia on #7 needles the time will pass quickly!

You’ll need just one skein of Brigantia to make the shawl, and here’s something exciting: when you purchase a skein of Brigantia to make it at the Spirit Trail booth at Rhinebeck, you’ll receive a coupon for a free Ravelry download of the pattern!

(Stuck in my head right now: Ina Garten saying “How easy is that?”)

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Jen, and to be working with her beautiful yarn in this exciting, vibrant color to bring you a pattern that I hope will be lovely to knit, lovely to wear, and that will make you smile throughout the process.