Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Festive gifts and greetings....

I hope this post finds us all well and looking forward to the festivities ... and with all planned Christmas projects finished and wrapped! As usual, I'm lagging but nearly there:o)

Mum's Forest Canopy Shawl is done and has hopefully wung its way home to Scotland. I reckon its safe to share pictures before the Big Day as I don't think any of my family have found their way to Blogland (though the kids all have friction burned fingers from their time spent on Bebo, Facebook and MSN!!).

Forest Canopy Shawl - by Susan Lawrence
Knitted in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK

The Scrumtious yarn is an absolute dream to work with. It's 55% Bluefaced Leicester Wool with 45% Silk. This is the Moss colourway and it has the most beautiful muted shades of greens and soft browns. I'm itching to use this yarn again - but choosing the project carefully as the yarn needs to be handwashed seperately! Despite yarn love, I remain a housework/laundry sloth;o)

The Forest Canopy Shawl has proved such a popular and well loved pattern that I'm not surprised at all that the pattern has recently been amended to create a beautiful cowl version. This is one that has been knitted in Artesano Alpaca Hummingbird yarn and is another Christmas gift for a friend. The main part of the Cowl is knitted on 4.5mm circular needles. The lower edge is done on 5.5mm needles and has created some mighty interesting pooling in this yarn:o) But, hey, it gives clear guidance about which end is the bottom, doesn't it?

Forest Canopy Cowl - by Susan Lawrence
Knitted in Artesano Hummingbird

The cowl calls to be blocked less rigourously than the shawl. It needs some of the 'elasticity' that underblocking leaves to ensure the neck stays upright when worn.

Wishing all health and happiness over the festive season and may the coming year bring all you wish for and need...

Thank you for your support and inspiration over the past year

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Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Beautiful shawl, that is such a great name for a yarn too, sounds like it is very appropriate!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008  
Blogger Nicola said...

Lovely work! You have been much more ambitious with your Christmas knitting than me! Well done :o) Season's greetings!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008  
Blogger Lin said...

Your knitting is lovely. have a great christmas, Lin xxx

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Blogger RoxyKnits said...

Your shawl is lovely, have a fab Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, superb work
have a super christmas :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very lovely shawl, I'm sure your mum will like it. Have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Blogger Jo said...

Your Forest Canopy is lovely, hope your mum is thrilled with her shawl!
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Blogger Nell said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008  
Blogger Silvia said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your warm wishes. May i return the favour and wish you a wonderfull and prosperous 2009. Im glad i came as I had not heard that the FC shawl had been made into a cowl!!! *sigh going to have to do it...have no option..it's a must have...

Friday, December 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anna said...

Love the scarf, it looks amazing, such intricate work. Thanks also for the lovely greetings. All the best during this season and a good start to the New Year.

Friday, December 26, 2008  
Blogger Angels & Sparkles said...

I'm sure your Mum will be delighted with the shawl. It's absolutely beautiful. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a very happy New Year! I'm back in blogland again so I'll be able to keep an eye on all the knitterly goings on. All the very best for 2009.

Monday, December 29, 2008  
Blogger Aknita said...

I'm so dreadfully bad at catching up with everyone at the moment! Happy New Year Angie - and what a wonderful FCS you knitted in the end, well worth that extra skein. I am sure your mum loved it.

Sunday, January 04, 2009  
Blogger Morticcia said...

Absolutely breathtaking. This shawl is on my todo list. I love the yarn too. Yummy!

Friday, January 09, 2009  

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