This shawl had its beginning last summer. I was super busy with work, raising kiddos, and life in general and I had this one skein of variegated sock yarn. I played around with lots of different stitch patterns, and nothing looked good.
Finally, I realized 2 things. What tends to look good on these types of yarn are 1) very simple patterns (you need to give up on any and all thoughts of doing something complex, because it is completely lost) 2) large scale patterns, that still tend to the easy side. It is easier to see things on a larger scale, they don’t get lost as much.
So I created my Reems Creek shawl, after a long in-between hiatus.
The yarn was from a company called Fearless Fibers, it is a 100% superwash merino fingering weight yarn. Alas, they are no more, but I am sure you would have no trouble finding a comparable yarn.
This was the first time I ever tried to wear a shawl ‘bandit style’ as I like to call it. I have to say I think I will get a lot more use out of them wearing this way, more like wearing a fun scarf.
But THEN. I wanted you to be able to see the stitches more clearly. So I busted out some of this pretty laceweight yarn I had from a project I did for Willow Yarns, called Stream. This is a 70/30 combo of merino/silk in a 2 ply yarn. Very pretty and easy to work with!
I was enamored with this version at well, isn’t it amazing how a different color and weight of yarn can give such a different look?
Not intentional, but both shawls came out exactly the same size. Of course you could knit looser (at a larger gauge) or add more repeats if you would like a larger shawl. Personally, I like a shawl you can finish in a pretty short amount of time!
The patterns are all simple lace, once you have done the first couple of repeats it is easy to ‘see’ the pattern and follow along.
My inspiration for the name is a creek up in Weaverville, NC that I used to live beside many years ago, before I was married. I lived at the end of this 8 mile long road in a very old log cabin that had no air conditioning. I was up in the loft, up a spiral staircase.
After work I would often come home and sit by this stream, daydreaming while watching the ripples of the water cascade down. This pattern is my ode to spring, and fun knitting that will keep you entertained but still allow you time to dream.
At this time, both sample shawls are also for sale over in my Etsy shop.
Have a beautiful day!
Moon Hooch – give these guys a listen – when else have you seen someone play a sax with a traffic cone on the end of it?