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Holden Shawlette

I’ve finally finished my Holden Shawlette – pattern created by Mindy Wilkes(free download on Ravelry). I knit quite a bit of this while on holiday in Italy and Sicily so the shawl is multinational you could say. We spent hours on the bus travelling from one spot to another and although the countryside was great to look at it all turns into a bit of the same after a while so out came the knitting.

The yarn was spun on my spindle and made from rolags made on my blending board. The fibre was from Jamieson and Smith’s combed Shetland top. Here is a progression of photos of the process.Blue & white J&S rollags.jpeg

blue skies yarn from shetland white and colbalt

start of holden shawlette

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Holden shawlette

This shawl was the first finished project that I’ve made from handspun so I’m proud of the fact that I made it from fibre to finished shawl. The picot bind-off edging was a first for me as well. It takes about three times the normal length of time to bind-off but it makes for a very pretty edge, it won’t be the last time that I use this technique.

The next project I’m working on is a lacy scarf for a Christmas present. I hope to finish this quickly as I want to make a matching tam and fingerless mitts to go with it.

Karen