Casting on

Check out this lovely yarn:

Isn’t that something special?  It was a birthday present (for me!) from a great friend.  Not only is it yarn – not only is it hand-dyed yarn – but it is hand spun, too.  That, my dears, is a gift and a half.

It’s a three ply structure, roughly Aran-weight, alpaca and bamboo, and dense in the way that only handspun can be.  The colours – greys, browns and a muted purple – wash across it delightfully.

I knew immediately – or so it seemed – what I was going to knit with it.  A shawl.  A chunky, snuggly shawl for tucking into the collar of a jacket, and warding off the last of Winter’s bite (or, of course, the first nibble of Autumn).  A shawl pattern, furthermore, that I’ve wanted to knit for aaages.  It seems a very long time since I’ve done some knitting ‘just for me’, and I am really relishing the excuse.

Can you guess what it is yet?  And even more tantalisingly, do you think I’ll have enough yarn?


  • No guesses, and, as always, I’m nervous about having enough! Very nice colours, and it looks like you are making great progress.

    6th April 2011
  • clare collier

    I wonder where you got such lovely yarn from ;-p

    I’m glad you like it.

    It looks a little like a brandywine shawl to me?

    27th April 2011
  • […] oldest was Brandywine, which I mentioned briefly here.  Knit in a much thicker yarn than the pattern called for, I realised I was going to run short for […]

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