Tina was such a big part of my life. I am grateful for the years and for the things she taught me. I will treasure the memories, as the dark cloud is lifting and the world will regain its colors once again.
While writing this I am listening to the waves breaking, wind in the birch trees and heavy rain drumming the roof and knitting a cowl with the Old Shale pattern. I love the wave edge this pattern produces. The soft curves are just beautiful and while knitting the simple cowl, I am all the time trying to think of other ways to use this pattern.
Thank you Diane for pointing out the Ravelry link for all the different Old Shale variations.
What else can you make with this pattern but simple cowl? Mittens? Socks? Shawl and blanket? (I think this has been used in these contexts widely) Sweater? Cardigan? Long johns? Hat? This is such a well loved pattern and the repetition is easy to memorize. One has to pay little bit attention to the pattern as it is easy to leave the decreases too far apart and thus make sloppy waves.
Instead of having pictures of the cowl, here are finally pictures of the finished socks. I have two more unfinished pairs on the needles, have had them since last spring and they just don’t tempt me in any way.
Then there is also the shawl… I am already decreasing the stitches but the progress seems to be slow there as well although it is difficult to tell, it looks all the same no matter how many rows I put to it. I love the fabric. It is squishy and light, the yarn is just lovely, all wool. But it is all garter stitch and we all know how that is… you can knit it with eyes closed and that seems to happen to me a lot with the shawl and it literally puts me to sleep. And then I forget to decrease, I am afraid this will not end up being symmetrical.
I have plans to visit a very good yarn shop soon and I am sort of holding my breath until I get there, and cannot settle into anything seriously. I have never before been there but it has been on my list for ages and finally I get to go there.
Ruusu was there to help with the pictures as always and she loved the breeze.
Wool with you,
PS. Jenni, the page I often visit when I am in doubt of the technique is Techknitting.
There is wealth of information of various topics and there are two of my most favorite ways to join a new ball of yarn: