Saturday, May 27, 2017

For the Love of Shawl Knitting


Hi, Knitters,
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of knitting ahead. I know I do amongst other things. I'm starting my Saturday morning out very early with a bit of quiet shawl knitting and a mug of coffee. As you can see I am on the home stretch of my Sonora shawl. I am so in love with this shawl. It is the simplest pattern, a two-row repeat, and one of those rows is knit only. Then every once in a while you add in the garter slip stitch pattern which is so much fun. It's a perfect springtime knit.

Anyway, I am closing in on the final garter lace border and honestly, I'll be sad when it's over. But then I'll get wear it so that is the good part.

Pattern: Sonora by Kirsten Kapur for Barrett Wool Co. (available for purchase on either Ravelry or Barrett Wool Co.)

Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering Weight in Pepin (Main Color ~ 2 skeins) and Ellie Gray (Contrast Color ~ 1 skein)

And I want to let you know that over on Barrett Wool Co. we are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with a Free U.S. only Shipping offer for any purchase over $25! 
The code to use at checkout is: GRATITUDE

Click here to visit Barrett Wool Co.! Most of the yarn, both lines, are in stock right now and there are a few kits available for order as well, the Wildflowers Cap Kit, Sheep! Kit, and the Flower Fairy & Leaf Sprite Kit. Take advantage of the free US shipping and enjoy!

Earlier this week I literally took almost everything out of my tiny studio to organize and get ahold of the situation. When I am super busy things tend to build up and get messy. I spent a few days reorganizing, getting rid of tons of stuff (so much stuff!) and cleaning. It was an overwhelming process and it was not fun. But what is fun is the final result. I made room for a very nice work table which I have never had before in my studio. It is small but kind of perfect. I now have my sewing machine tucked neatly underneath, too. Before I had to take over the kitchen table if I wanted to sew. 

I even have a new chair on order that will be arriving next week. It feels so light and airy in here now and hopefully, I can be more productive. That's the plan anyway. Spring is such a good time to refresh and clean out your home even if it is only one room. 

Once all of the pieces are in place I will share some photos of my tiny studio space with you if you are interested.


Early last night I went for a run and the day was definitely running out but it was just so pretty outside. It had rained earlier in the day, which you can see on the grass. The lighting was kind of golden and it made me happy to be out in the world. I feel so much gratitude and inspiration when I am in the out of doors. 

I'm planning on being out a lot this weekend and I hope you can get out there, too!

I'll be back with more next week. Thanks for spending a moment with me today.
xo ~ susan

4 comments:

Kimmy said...

Such a pretty photo. I'm with you on the outdoor inspiration. Denny and I do our share of hiking even though I'm suddenly having a hip problem. I just keep on going, though.

I applaud your housekeeping efforts. I'm in crisis mode at the moment with too much stuff and too little space. With the longer weekend right now, I'm going to at least do some cleaning. Bea Johnson is one of my idols, though I'll never get to her level:

http://www.zerowastehome.com/about/photos/

I'd like to be more like her and you. Thanks again for the inspiration. Yes, we'd love to see your pictures after reorganization. Beautiful knitting as always. Hugs from Kimmy

Holly said...

Looks like such a peaceful place for a picnic and some knitting. Have a great weekend. xx

pat said...

I love peaceful knitting moments in the morning. Enjoy!

Wendi Abeberry said...

What a beautiful place to run, or walk. I miss my native Wisconsin! Looking forward to seeing photos of your newly organised space. I've got 2 weeks vacation starting tonight and for the first time in a long time I'm just going to stay home. I want to organise my whole house and make more room for my knitting and sewing! I know the process won't be fun but as you said, the end result will be worth it!