CH 143: A Cosy Start to October


Today’s post is a bit of a general update…a cosy chat about what’s been going on and what’s coming up in the Curious Handmade world.

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The Autumn Curious Country House Retreat is sold out! If you’d like to have a spot on the waiting list, or be added to a list to hear about our next retreat in the spring, please get in touch with me at

Whether you’re coming along or not, you are very welcome to join in with the Curious Handmade Country House KAL. Use the hashtag #chmadewellalong on Instagram to see how everyone is progressing! We’re making the Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli and I’ll be knitting mine in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway.

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Post #51 by kirstan

Aurorae Shawl

“Aurorae are the spellbinding flames of light that gather in the sky at both ends of the earth. In the far north, in Finland, it’s said that the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, occur when a great arctic fox brushes sparks from the mountain tops with his huge fluffy tail. On the other side of planet, the Aboriginal Australians believed that the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, were fires from the spirit world: the raging bushfires of sky spirits or the glow of their ancestors’ campfires.

I love the idea that people from different places can look at one phenomenon and interpret it so differently and creatively. In a much smaller way we can see this same magic happening in something as simple as a knitting pattern, when the gifted imaginations and hands of knitters from every corner of the world create their own versions of a beautiful object.

The Aurorae Shawl gathers up the strands of that sense of wonder, with rippling shifts of colour and flickering eyelet lace. Aurorae Shawl was designed using a six colour gradient set, with both sport weight and fingering weight versions. If you’re knitting from stash, this is a wonderful way to use up leftovers from other projects: just pick six colours that blend or play well together. This asymmetrical shawl features garter, eyelet and slip stitches: it looks intricate and complicated, but in fact it’s a gentle, easy knit. An i-cord edge gives Aurorae a lovely, polished finish.”

The two samples for Aurorae were knit in beautiful gradients from two lovely indie yarn dyers:

Copper Corgi Mini Skein Set in the Peacock colourway for the sport weight version.

Seven Sisters Arts Meridian Gradient Set in the Raven’s Wing colourway for the fingering weight version.

As always, we’re having a Mini KAL for Aurorae, which will run from the 6th of October to the 2nd of November, and both Copper Corgi and Seven Sisters Arts are offering amazing prizes.

You can join The Shawl Society by buying the ebook on Ravelry. When you join you’ll receive the five patterns that have already been released, and there’s one more surprise pattern to come next month. We still have new members joining all the time, and the community that has grown up around The Shawl Society is so warm, supportive, and fun. Visit us on the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group and see all the beautiful shawls that have been made so far.

That’s everything for today! I’ll chat to you next week. Until then, happy knitting!

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