CH 21: Aislinn, Fireflies Rising, and a wander in Paris

Today I’m talking about what’s in the WIP including starting my Aislinn sweater project, the launch of my new design Fireflies Rising and a wander around some Parisian yarn shops.

I’m HellsBells on Ravelry and CuriousHandmade  on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl by Paula E-F is a very popular way to use up leftover yarn.

What’s in the WIP

I’m working on Aislinn by Amy Herzog – my Aislinn project page on Ravelry

I enjoyed learning how to do a tubular cast on and am enjoying this knit. The yarn is lovely and the pattern is very clear.

I’m nearly ready to release my latest design for the Dream Big Collection.

It is a crescent shaped shawl called Fireflies Rising which was inspired by the feeling of spring in the air.

The name is a reference to a lovely poem called A Cold Spring by Elizabeth Bishop.

The construction is created by increases on each side of the shawl rather than short rows.

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If you would like to snap up some Juno Alice 4ply yarn for either Fireflies Rising (you need one skein) or Frangipani Shawl (you need two skeins) you can buy it on the Juno Fibre Arts Etsy shop. There is still a little bit left as I write this including some Corn Dolly yellow for Frangipani.

A virtual tour of some Paris Yarn shops

Last summer Mum and I did a tour of Paris yarn shops with Barbara from Stitching up Paris.

La Drogeurie

Lil Weasel

Les Petits Points Parisiens

Photos of my purchases to follow soon!

Have a look at my May 2014 Paris Trip and video 

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La Droguerie baby blanket knitting kit

French shopping loot

French alpaca yarn

La Droguerie baby blanket knitting kit

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