Thursday, 7 November 2013

My first finished shawl

















Whilst on holiday in Cumbria last week I finished the South Bay Shawlette I had begun several months ago. Over the course of this project crochet has gradually changed from being something new, slightly daunting and rather like a tricky form of maths, to a soothing, meditative craft that I reach for when I have a spare moment. Finally crochet has become part of the everyday for me which is thrilling.







The Manos del Uruguay silk blend yarn I used (Europa 9695 colourway) is an absolute joy. It has a slight sheen, is as soft as a baby rabbit and changes colour every stitch or two. I'm certain that just the sight of the mossy green changing almost imperceptibly into muted teal then greyish mauve triggered happy chemicals in my noggin. 



This is my favourite part of the colour wheel. Add all these subtle colours together and I seem to have crocheted a heathery Scottish hillside. 



One of the best things about this shawl is the tiny woolly arches I appear to have made every alternate row. Each arch is made from seven treble crochet stitches worked into a little triangular space made of chain stitches - so satisfying. I'd rather like to live beneath one of these arches. I think the colours, the warmth and the softness would make it a very desirable residence


I've been wearing the shawl every day since I completed it. It is making my neck extremely cosy and happy. I admit to felling quite proud to have finished this.




40 comments:

Magic Bean said...

Hello there! You are a clever old thing.. the crochet stuff still eludes me and I am green with envy you have made something so beautiful. What next, eh? Ax

Julie said...

You're quite right to be proud of yourself Emma, it's a gorgeous shawl.

marigold jam said...

Beautiful and probably really comfy and cosy in wear. Well done!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Just beautiful Emma! Lovely steely heathery color scheme! (like your jewelry) You are so very talented, something surely to be proud to wear! Enjoy, xoRobin

Frances said...

Emma, those colors are dreamily beautiful, your crocheting is rather fabulous, and I can well imagine just how warmingly soft and cozy that scarf feels.

Perfect to have ready as the air turns cooler....

xo

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful Emma! I'm so happy that you've been sucked into the crochet vortex -- you'll have a lot of fun with it!

Amy at love made my home said...

Your shawl is lovely, and I really like the colours. It looks great on you, I can quite see why you have been wearing it a lot! xx

busybusybeejay said...

Your shawl is lovely and a gorgeous colour.I can see others following.

saffa said...

It looks so lovely on you Emma, it must be a very satisfying feeling to knowing you have made it :) It is beautiful and I especially love the colors in the wool. I want to learn to crochet and if I do I shall have to try to make my own shawl as it looks like the cosiest thing! safxxx

Sue said...

You make me want to whip up a heathery Scottish hillside. Just lovely.

Penny said...

Just a real beauty, well done in completing it and I hope it brings many cosy days for you. I have also just finished my first crochet shawl, I normally knit them, but crocheting it was such fun xox Penny

Alice Auperin said...

Well done, it looks beautiful!

Jacquie said...

Wonderful...love that yarn and LOVE your shawlette....it's gorgeous .
Jacquie x

Moogsmum said...

Absolutely gorgeous - the yarn and the pattern are a perfect combination. So glad you've got the crochet bug and I can't wait to see what your next project will be :)

xx

Rachel said...

It does look good - snuggly and beautifully coloured!

Suse said...

It's quite beautiful.

CJ said...

It's beautiful, a lovely pattern and exquisite wool. The stitches look quite tricky, I'm very impressed. I love shawls, I often have a flick through the patterns on Ravelry looking for one to make.

Jacqui Galloway said...

The shawl is lovely and such a beautiful colour.

Anonymous said...

Looks so so cozy, thank you so much for this lovely post! Beautiful finished piece

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Jodie said...

it looks great, and I am jealous that the craft has become so natural and meditative to you. I still crochet with a furrowed brow and my tongue sticking out.

Gina said...

Very pretty... and such a lovely colour.

Pink Milk said...

Oh, it's just gorgeous! So beautifully neat too.

You're clearly completely hooked - love it - mwahahahaha!

Heather x

Twiggy said...

Absolutely gorgeous, well done.
Twiggy x

julie said...

Brilliant Emma, both the gorgeous shawl and your obvious joy in the making of it. I'm so glad that crochet has become such a pleasure for you x

acornmoon said...

I love that scarf, your choice of yarn is perfect too. Was it very difficult I wonder, it looks very accomplished.

driftwood said...

oh it's just as lovely as I remembered x

Carol Battell said...

I'd love to make this Shawlette too - I'm just wondering how many 'balls' of the yarn did you use as I'd like to get the same yarn. I generally crochet huge blankets so it would be lovely to crochet something more delicate and just for me :O)

Carol

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It's gorgeous Emma, well done :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Really pretty and love the color. Best wishes, Tammy

knitnrun4sanity said...

It is really beautiful. Well done you :). Must meet for a cuppa soon. xx

Martin said...

Beautiful - such a lot of work and skill has gone into the shawl. I hope you are justly proud of yourself!

Monica said...

fantabulous!!

( I wear my South Bay all the time too... perhaps I need to make another one?)

Brian Lee said...

that was so beautiful.. it looks good on you :) jewelry

walter and me said...

And so you should feel proud, it's beautiful!

my little red suitcase said...

your shawl looks so lovely and soft, i'm tempted to make another one with the wool you have used! Heather x

Liz King said...

Great scarf! I've never even tried crocheting. The lacy-ness with varigated colours looks stunning.

Liz

Jake P. said...

A shawl is the most simple yet versatile piece of clothing. Shawls are mostly squares or rectangles of fabric which can be folded and tied to provide warmth and protection or worn with neutral outfits to add flair and stylish accent color. In a symbolic sense a shawl may mean a mother's embrace, a loving God or a kind of warm hug we give ourselves. They make perfect gifts of caring.

Taciana Simmons said...

So pretty and the color goes just perfect with your skin... Keep enjoying and have fun !

adi said...

very interesting color. is great aquamarine rings

Prawn and pebble said...

Just love the stitch pattern and changing colours. Beautifully done.