Thursday, July 03, 2014

rhubarb buttermere

Just as we finished off the first batch of rhubarb syrup, I washed and blocked my rhubarb-inspired shawlette!

It's rather larger than I expected, and the bamboo/rayon gives it a nice sheen. I'm still a wool or cashmere girl at heart, though, so I probably will use up the bamboo blends I have, but not buy any more.

Pattern: Buttermere Shawl, by Victoria Magnus (of Eden Cottage Yarns)
Yarn: Knitting Notions Classic Merino Bamboo, Ruby, 1 skein
Needles: US 5 Clover bamboo circs

This pattern would make a great introduction to knitting lace or shawls! It's very easy, there's lots of stockinette with just the fun lace bit at the end, and there's no garter tab to mess with. I bound off on the wrong side purl wise --p2tog, pass stitch back to left needle, repeat.

I enjoyed this project thoroughly -- the rhythm of knitting this felt so natural to me, and it reminded me why I love to knit. Very relaxing. I worked on this while watching Family Tree (Chris O'Dowd! I love him! very funny) and the 2011 Jane Eyre (the one with Mia Wasikowksa and Michael Fassbender). So overwrought -- I remember once thinking that Jane Eyre was the sane counterpart to Wuthering Heights, now not so much. Those Brontes! Paul said that I sounded like Mr. Mybug. I suppose I fall more on the "sense" end of the spectrum rather than the "sensibility." But the gothic look was just right, and it captured the spookiness that often gets ignored in film adaptations. The Buttermere shawlette would be just the thing to wear while strolling the grounds of Thornfield Hall.

 Moxie Cat atop a copy of English Home -- good taste, that one.

Remember the spring cleaning KAL I did back in April? Inspired by that, I dug out a couple more projects and finished them up. Huzzah! Two cozy Malabrigo cabled scarves into the bin for holiday gifts (though it will be awfully hard to give away the blue one).


Jane said...

I like your shawl. Buttermere is in my cue and you might just have inspired me to cast on. Happy 4th!

Rue said...

Buttermere is such a lovely color! It looks so summery and very wearable.

And I agree, you may need to snatch that blue scarf out of the gift pile. (

Stephanie said...

You are on a finishing roll - everything looks great! On Sat I finally blocked my Follow Your Arrow shawl that I finished the end of Apr. :-/ Still need to photo, but great to finally finish! I also have a finished sweater for DD that is washed and just needs a button and loop. (sjn821 on Rav)

Ness said...

I'm so glad you're still finishing things! I need to do that...again. :) I love the rhubarb color of the shawl. It's spot on!

Taciana Simmons said...

Beautiful scarves. I just found your blog through coco knits and I love it. I will be coming back to check some more. Lovely baby... Such a cute smile :)