The perfect antidote…

As the evenings draw in (it was *dark* at 7:40 here yesterday evening!!) and the mornings start misty and cool I always mourn the passing of another summer. As a ‘yarn peddler’ I have an internal emotional tussle each year as Autumn envelops us, for I am truly a ‘summer soul’… Sandals, blue skies, elderflower cordial, skin warmed by the sun, Swallows & Swifts, paddling in the sea… these are the things that make me truly happy (and knitting of course 😉 ). So, as the inevitable passing of my favourite season becomes more and more apparent I need to look to the little things that remind that Autumn is a wonderful season too…

Of course, I need look no further than my needles. And Autumn is surely the season of the shawl… time to air the myriad that have been carefully stored away for many months, time to be grateful for the cosy warmth as the first cup of tea is still sipped outside whenever possible, time to sit knitting in the evening relishing the additional comfort of some fine gauge shoulder apparel…

And, of course, time to knit some more!

This is the gorgeous Pebble Beach Shawlette

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Designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, it was the winner of the Unwind Brighton Design Competition back in June and I bookmarked it straight away, knowing that it was destined to hit my needles as soon as it was on general release…

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By a serendipitous coincidence, just as the pattern became available we had a surprise delivery (also resulting from the Unwind show in Brighton) of Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love’ Sock yarn and so pattern and yarn became intrinsically linked in my mind and I had no choice but to cast on the first shawl of the ‘season’ in this lovely yarn…

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The yarn is a ‘proper’ sock blend of Superwash Merino (80%) and Nylon (20%) and is hand dyed in a range of layered tonal ‘jewel’ shades that would, of course, make jaw-droppingly beautiful socks but are also absolutely made for shawls, scarves and lightweight sweaters…

DSCF4356I chose ‘Slate’. Imagine wet slate on a Welsh hillside, glimmering with subtle mauves among the charcoal greys and you won’t be far off. This is a wonderfully complex shade that will coordinate with all manner of cardigans, jackets and eventually coats as we head further into ‘knitting season’…

The pattern was a dream to knit. My favourite combination of simple repetition and interesting construction (it starts with a few stitches cast on and knits out from the centre top…) it positively flew off the needles. Go on, knit yourself one and join me in celebrating the arrival of Autumn with a new shawl…

All the details of my knit are here on Ravelry.

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