CH 73: Welcome to Shawl Month

Helen —  May 8, 2015 — 3 Comments

Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 73

Today I introduce the theme for May: shawls. I talk about how I got started knitting the not-so-granny garment that I now love so much, and how exciting and magical shawl design can be.

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Contest winner

Last week on the show with Clara, she offered a skein of her lovely Clara Yarn Cormo 1.0 as a giveaway. The winner is Barbara with this comment:

“One of my favorite yarns to work with is Anzula Cloud. It is soft and squooshy and the perfect weight for shawls and lightweight sweaters. I’ve made Eiregal and Red Rock Canyon shawls by Romi, Annis by Susanna Ic, as well as Featherweight by Hannah Fettig. Lately, I’ve been buying more “rustic” yarns, including the new Shetland from Clara and some lambswool from an upstate NY farm. I am so excited to be learning about different breeds of sheep and the differing properties their fleeces/wool possess. Thank you Helen for your marvelous podcasts. I really enjoy listening to you and learning from you as you explore new things.”

Knit Along News

Pebble Beach KAL To celebrate the relaunch of Pebble Beach with two new sizes, Paula is running a knit along of all my designs on the Knitting Pipeline group, which is running until July 5th. You can enter a finished object from any of my designs, even if it was cast on or finished before the KAL began! Join the group, and remember to use #pebblebeachKAL for our WIP pictures on Instagram and Twitter!

There will be prizes including this gorgeous skein of Uncommon Thread Merino Lace in Mermaid (it’s what we used for the medium Pebble Beach Sample!)

Pebble Beach Shawl Medium Detail

Alongside the KAL I’m also offering a 30% discount off any Curious Handmade pattern or collection until May 31st. Just use Ravelry coupon code KPKAL30 when you check out.

Meet My Yarn KAL has been extended another week until May 14th! This KAL is sponsored by Cumbria yarn by The Fibre Company, and they’re offering a skein as a prize.

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Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

Muse2 KAL We wanted to let people all over the world be part of our Muse 2 Event in June, so we’ve put together a knit along honouring our sponsors. You can enter any finished object that meets one or more of the following criteria:

The KAL is running from May 1st until June 30th, so you have plenty of time to get knitting!

KnitBritish Hap-along that I mention later in the episode is going strong, running until July 12th!

Shawls I mention

I talk about some of the earliest shawl patterns I tackled, first knitting others’ patterns, then learning to design my own, and some examples of shawl shapes.

Shetland Triangle Lace by Evelyn A. Clark

Citron by Hilary Smith Calis

Lucky Clover Shawl by Helen Stewart (my first shawl design!)

Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Girasole by Jared Flood

Pendulum by Amy Miller

I also discuss some influential designers who push the boundaries in shawl shaping

Stephen West

Veera Välimäki

Joji Locatelli

Susanna IC

Are you on Instagram yet? Join in the fun and the amazing yarny knitting community there! Play the instagram game and tag me with a pic of where you’re listening to the podcast. Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Happy knitting and bye for now!


3 responses to CH 73: Welcome to Shawl Month

  1. I think the main reason I like to knit shawls is because they are so involved. I like complicated graphs and that I actually have to pay attention when I am knitting. The reality is that I don’t wear them too much, I have a couple favourites and that’s that, the rest of them languished in the closet until I gave them away.. It seems that people like to receive them as presents.

    I guess all the rest of my knitting is relatively plain, I like wearing stockinette and while I threw in some design elements, often the stuff I make is 90% plain vanilla knitting that I can do without looking. Shawls keep knitting a bit challenging and interesting. I LOVE the kind of patterns where you can’t quite memorize the pattern repeat because it is maybe 25 rows long or worked on both right and wrong side and not intuitive and you need to constantly check the pattern and count and mark every row you have knitted. If only I loved wearing these too, I could knit so many more shawls. As it is, I limit myself to 2-3 shawls per year, usually keeping just one for myself.

  2. I love knitting shawls as there’s something about creating an item that will be worn close to the skin, enveloping the shoulders that I find very soothing and soulful. I put a lot of love into my shawl knitting (even if it’s for a sample on my yarn stall!) and hope that a recipient can feel it when wearing it.
    I am happy to knit simple garter stitch shawls through to complicated lace, although am not adventurous or brave enough to move to using lace yarn yet (still have an unfinished Annis in my ufo pile – a combination of fine lace and nups that has put me off getting beyond row 6!)
    I’m definitely a one or two skein project girl and as my hand dyed yarn is all unique, I love to knit single skein projects (and play yarn chicken with the cast off!) Two contrasting shades are also fab designs to knit.
    All your shawls have become favourites but I particularly like my pebble beach in sparkle sock yarn – maybe I’ll do one in heavy lace to break my lace fear 😀
    Hope to see you at Iknit Fandango x
    Karen x

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