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Sometimes inspiration speaks so softly that it’s easy to doubt whether we’ve heard anything at all. The creative process can be that way sometimes. A project may begin with just a whisper. A glimmer. A fraction of a faint idea: one-tenth of a thought. This hint of inspiration is the magical bit of making anything new, but it’s easy to miss. And even when you do manage to capture it, you often need some dedication, a bit of trust, and a lot of patience to follow it all the way to the end. That’s the story of the Inkling Shawl. I think it’s a story that many creative people can relate to.
This full circular shawl design was born out of a very intuitive process, inspired by the original designer of the Pi Shawl, Elizabeth Zimmerman. As it grew under my hands, all I could do was allow it to reveal itself to me. Using four skeins of yarn, including one mohair, the simple but effective lace and textures took shape. Even though I knew what I hoped for the project, the final result, once the binding off and blocking was done, was a glorious surprise (although I often feel that way after blocking anything…don’t you?). My hope is that the Inkling Shawl stands as a reminder that we need to trust ourselves and our ideas, to let them unfold as they will, and not to give up at the inevitable point in any creative process where we’re wondering if it’s all about to go wrong. With enough time and care, what begins as a tiny inkling can grow into something grand and wonderful.
Approximately 152cm (60”) in diameter
La Bien Aimee Singles
100% superwash merino;
366m/400yds per 100g skein,
3 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Damask
Colour C: Curious Handmade
Colour D: Winterfell
La Bien Aimee Mohair Silk 70%
Mohair, 30% Silk; 500m/547 yds per
50g skein, 1 x 50g skein
Colour B: Curious Handmade
Actual yarn amounts used for sample
in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Colour A: 90g; 329m/360yds
Colour C: 90g; 329m/360yds
Colour D: 90g; 329m/360yds
Actual yarn amount used for sample in
mohair silk lace weight yarn:
Colour B: 25g; 250m/274yds
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
4mm (US 6), DPNs if preferred for centre section
Medium Crochet Hook for Circular Cast on
20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking
Exact gauge is not critical but may affect the amount of yarn needed if different.