Monday, February 24, 2014

When Courtney  (of Seed Stitch Yarns in Salem, MA) asked if I'd design something for the 2014 North Shore Yarn Crawl, we thought a shawl would be the perfect project.  I'd been wanting to play with shawls, and the timing seemed right for wearing in March in New England, where the weather can be cold or warm or snowy or wet or even, just maybe - gorgeous.   So jacket or no, a shawl can still be seen, right?

When we wanted to use a local indie dyer's yarn to make it an especially North Shore project, we thought Ana Campos of Toil and Trouble would be the perfect dyer. (And she was. Not only is she talented and charming in the yarn department, but she's the lovely model in these shots!)

Based in Salem, Ana has a great sense of color and style and works with some beautifully bold combinations.  I, however, stayed semi-bold and asked for this pale green and gray that I'd seen on her blog and thought was perfect for early spring.  If you must have the same colorway and yarn, she's set up an Etsy page here to take pre-orders.    I do recommend it, having just made mine ;)

So, that's how Creme de Menthe came to be.  It's a light but cozy shawl in the most beautiful shades of delicate pale pistachio green and subtle dove gray, perfect for this time of year.  You want a little warmth, but need a spring color to remind you that better weather is just around the corner.

The lofty single ply knits up like a dream.  I love the airy, fluffy nature of this fiber.  

A combination of stockinette and garter stitch sections are simple enough to show off the subtle colors, and little lace diamonds accent both the top and bottom edges of the piece.  Just enough detail to keep the knitting fun.  It's a quick, addictive project - and perfect for a beginning shawl knitter, since it works up fast and the lace is nice and basic.

If you are part of the Yarn Crawl Email list, you've already gotten an email with details about the pattern,plus a special discount.  You can purchase the PDF using your code on Ravelry.  If you are not part of the Yarn Crawl, you can still purchase the pattern on Ravelry for $6.50.

Some details are below, but all the information is on the Ravelry page, located here.

Yarn:  Toil and Trouble Single Ply Worsted, shown in Isa.  240 yds per skein, 3 skeins/600 yards.

Gauge:  4 sts/6 rows per 1".  Gauge based on final blocked fabric.

Needles/Notions:   US#8/5.5mm needles, or size to get gauge.  Darning needle, markers.

Size:  60" from tip to tip, 23" deep.

As always, there are notes in the pattern if you want to adjust for another weight of yarn or finished size.  If you substitute yarn,  I suggest a worsted weight with subtle color variations such as this.  A single ply will keep the delicate, airy nature of the shawl, but a distinctly plied yarn could work as well and would just feel a bit distinct and less airy.  A little drape would not be a problem either, so you can play with mixed fibers. 

And for a cocktail with Creme de Menthe,  I can't seem to beat the Girl Scout: 

1 oz Creme de Cacao
1 oz Creme de Menthe
1 oz milk

Shake ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and pour into martini glass.  You can also add a bit more milk and another ounce of vodka for a bit of extra kick :) 

Enjoy and stay tuned -  Ibisco, my date sweater is also ready to go in about a day or two!  


AntiquityTravelers said...

love this! it has been such a 'shawl kinda winter' I have a whole new collection of scarves, and shawl-like objects in the rotation. Enough already with the snow! But this is lovely and would totally be sporting this at the office!

Patty said...

This is gorgeous Thea!