Alternative yarn for Maggiore Wrap

I’ve been asked for alternative suggestions for the ‘Crocus’ shade of Gorgeous 4ply used in the Maggiore shawl as it’s proving hard to get hold of. I know it can be really annoying when a yarn featured in a design isn’t available but we ( myself and those in the know at The Knitter) checked as much as we could that the yarn would be available when the design was published. So having done a bit of research here are a couple of options;

– you could use the Gorgeous DK in ‘Crocus’ but just watch as this will add to the weight of the wrap and you’ll also need more yarn than the pattern states – I make it around 6 balls – so this probably isn’t ideal

– Lang Yarns’ Merino 150 comes in a deep purple sh 0080 and although it’s a pure wool rather than a bamboo mix like the Gorgeous it’s a beautiful yarn to work with and should give great results. Have a look at it here

Hope this helps!

Being productive . ..

I seem to spend a lot of my time at a laptop keyboard these days ( if you’ve ever seen me type you’ll know why) but this week has been set aside for being productive. I’ll be making new stock of needle cases for Make Do And Knit next month  and finally getting round to making up the pin boxes – honest. Making the cases is a lovely process as I can just whack the music up in the studio ( it’s Stevie Wonder today ) and get out the sewing machine, all that lovely fabric, gorgeous buttons and begin playing. I haven’t done any knitted ones for ages so I’ll be on the 10gg  knitting up fabric for those too, that’ll tone up the bingo wings. When I get to the point of choosing the buttons for each case it really feels like putting the final  touch on something I’ve loved making and hope it’s enjoyed almost as much by whoever receives it.

Here’s to a good week . . .

Maggiore shawl, The Knitter Issue 15

The Maggiore shawl is my latest design for The Knitter.

The undulating areas of sheer are created by working variable drop stitch contrasted against bands of slip stitch / garter stitch in combination with 3 different yarns from the same intensely rich purple colour palette. It may appear very easy but sometimes quite nice to show a bit of design restraint and let a simple concept and the yarn do the talking.