In the past several months I’ve developed a bit of a shawl addiction. It all started with a photo Lori posted last July when she deemed Wednesday’s “Wear your shawl Wednesday”. I actually had never really considered knitting shawls, I’m not entirely certain why, but that post opened a whole new world for me. All the sudden they were everywhere and everyone was knitting or wearing one. So I cast on a shawl that night, after meticulously finding a very intimidating pattern, full of many charts. I worked on it off and on for a couple months and then ended up frogging it, deciding I needed to start with something simple. Modern, fresh, clean and simple. It was then that one of my favorite designers, Deneise of cabinfour released her “Pure” shawl pattern. It was perfect. I had a stash to use up and a 17hr road trip to knit my little heart out. That was just the beginning.
Next up was the textured shawl by Orlane. I began this as a Christmas for my mother, knit with 3-ply Beaverslide in a beautiful eggplant color. I am nearly done with this one, I made it very large, to help keep her extra cozy with those cold Idaho Winters.
In January we had the first Woolful Knitalong, which featured the Nordic Wind shawl pattern, also by cabinfour. I came across this pattern when looking for one to knit up with the most beautiful Lopi from Greenbow Farms, which I was fortunate enough to have some to carry in the shop. Even better, my friend Annie had picked the same pattern to knit with her Greenbow Lopi…so I knew it would make the perfect knitalong pattern. Boy were we right! There were so many incredible Nordic Wind projects made last month, I couldn’t believe it…and in so many beautiful yarns.
Now it’s February. I was anxious to cast on another shawl for myself and when we got the Moeke yarns in the shop I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them…cabinfour’s Wapiti shawl. It’s the perfect blend of two soft neutral colors and light weight, which is great for living and layering in San Francisco. The Moeke yarns are more rustic than most I knit with, but the Wapiti was a perfect match. Thankfully I’m able to wear the more rustic yarns next to my skin, although most of the time I tend to wear my shawls on my shoulders anyhow.
And this brings us to today. You may have seen a few sneak peeks Deneise shared via her Instagram, of a new pattern she’s been working on, the Farmhouse shawl. I was lucky enough to be a sort of fly on the wall, getting to watch a bit of the journey this shawl took from inspiration and conception to this now stunning design. Deneise, your ability to deliver the most elegant simplicity astounds me. It’s knit up with one of my all time favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed. And fringe! Needless to say, yes, this too has been added to my queue.
So I started a new years resolution…I will always have a shawl or wrap in progress. It’s the perfect project to pickup when you’re in need of good wool therapy or waiting for that sweater swatch to dry. And one can never have too many shawls, I’m convinced.
Sidenote: Farm yarns often come in small batches and so we sold out of the Greenbow quite fast. I’ve started a waiting list for folks who’d like to know when we have it back in stock which will be closer to the Fall. Email me if you’d like to be added to the list, hello ( at ) woolful ( dot ) com