Testing, testing! Shawl testing in progress!

ALL SHAWLS ALL THE TIME, Y’ALL

Atmen Shawl by Shannon Cook (test knit)

I’m one of those people who can not have enough shawls. I wear ’em every which way practically every day: draped over my shoulders like Whistler’s Mother (yes I’m old but I don’t actually have a rocking chair); triangles with the pointed end in front or to the side and the ends wrapped and tucked underneath, with or without a wooden shawl pin; long crescents wrapped once or twice with the ends flowing free – you name it, I’ll wear it! Sometimes I like to do the “triple-threat”: knitting a shawl while wearing a shawl and having another draped over my legs to keep extra warm.  (It’s been a cold winter and my old house is rather drafty, she whined.)

The beauty shown above is another test knit in progress for Shannon Cook. It’s a super squishy and cozy model called Atmen. The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed’s newest 100% Targhee Wool spun yarn Arbor and the fabric is a textural delight. Be sure to check out other testers’ projects on social media using the hashtags #atmenshawl and #soveryshannon. The stitch definition with Arbor is gorgeous!

Although I have three yummy skeins of Arbor in the vibrant Tincture shade in my stash, I’m saving those for something else as yet dreamed of. BTW, I bought those skeins at the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria when Jared Flood himself was there for a Woolens trunk show last December. I still get heart palpitations just thinking about how fabulous it was to meet and talk with him. Plus, he signed my copies of Woolens and Olga’s Capsule, my Arbor yarn labels and my collection of BT shade cards.  Good thing they weren’t serving alcohol there. Otherwise, I probably would have asked him to sign my face, plus I’d have bought waaaaay more yarn.

Yarn Substitution

For my Atmen, I decided to use an favourite workhorse: Cascade 220 Sport. To complement the rich creamy Natural for the main colour, I chose the heathered shades of Silver Gray and Jet as my MC#1 and MC#2.  I got gauge perfectly on 4 mm needles but of course it’s a much different yarn than Arbor.

Cascade Yarns 220 Sport

Like bouncy Arbor, 220 Sport is also 100% wool but is also available in heathery shades, not just solids.  It’s not as smoothly spun and has a lovely halo but is still great for showing off stitch definition, e.g. cables, twisted stitches, lace, ribbing, etc.  I find both yarns soft to the touch and easy to wear next to skin. And trust me, in this ribbed stitch pattern, it’s super squish-tastic!

Help for Making Yarn Substitutions

Check out the awesome website yarnsub.com where you can search for a substitute when you can’t find a called-for yarn – or just for fun – it really is a kick.  But keep in mind that it’s not a definitive list of possible substitutions.  Here’s what YarnSub said about Cascade 220 Sport when I was searching for substitutions for Arbor:

Stay Tuned…

Keep an eye on Shannon’s feeds and on Ravelry for Atmen – she’ll be releasing it pretty soon I think.

Coming soon – pics of my recent FOs (including my With Ease shawl by Sylvia McFadden and, as soon as get it blocked, my stripey Theme and Variation shawl from The Book of Haps) as well as a look at yet another shawl on my needles.

Til then, happy knitting everyone!

 

Celebrate Shawl Month with a Gorgeous Amberle!

Amberle Shawl

My Amberle Shawl

After a long break from blogging, I’m back. I may not have been writing, but I’ve been knitting – most recently test-knitting Amberle, a splendid big cushy shawl by Shannon Cook, aka Very Shannon.  The textured stitches are addictive and fun to work and you’d be surprised how quickly it knits up!  I made mine in Julie Asselin’s gorgeous Nurtured yarn in the colours Fer a cheval (MC) and Naturel (CC). Just look at Shannon’s sample in the colours Compass and Irma below.  Check out Julie’s Etsy shop to see the stunning Nurtured kits she’s put together for you to make your own Amberle.

Photo by Betsy Jo Photography

 

 

 

 

And if you’re as crazy about this shawl as I am (and everyone else who’s made one), Churchmouse Yarn & Teas on Bainbridge Island, WA is having a fun Amberle Shawl Knit-Along.  Head over to Churchmouse’s Ravelry group for info and to sign up.  For extra fun, Shannon has put together some stunning colour combos of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter – you can even buy kits of Shelter on Churchmouse’s site.

I can’t get enough of my Amberle, here are a couple more pics:

So cozy!

So cozy!

It's huge! (That's what she said)

It’s huge! (That’s what she said)

Happy knitting y’all!

Next up:  Some chit-chat about Very Shannon’s 2016 Tops, Tanks and Tees Knit-Along. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!