WIPS and Books: New Things

KNITTING: The Lonely Tree Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia in Araucania Nature Wool

Lacy patterns are not usually my thing, but when I spotted the (free) The Lonely Tree Shawl pattern on Sunday night, I had to make it.  On Monday I raided my stash and found only one suitable weight yarn in almost the right length - in fact it's a little short so I'll have to change the last pattern repeat or something, but it's almost enough... so I cast on. It's the first time I've used a charted knitting pattern (I used a chart for colour before but not for different stitches) and it is a piece of cake. In fact, as with crochet charts, I am finding it much easier than written instructions, but then I am a visual learner. It's 30% done according to the amount of yarn left, with 4 more rows of Chart B to finish and it feels as if it's whizzing off the 5.5mm needles. 

The 800m of Rowan Creative Focus pictured is earmarked for a cardigan, a part of my Year of Projects list, which I'm hoping to start today. Probably the Chevron Lace Cardigan by Milobo...
Source: Ravelry
... more lace, and I haven't attempted an adult sized crochet garment before, so it'll be another 'New Thing'. 

Our book club choice for this month is The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I've heard wonderful things about this simple poignant tale and so far it's entirely living up to its reputation. I'll tell you more about it when it's finished, but for now will say that it is worth checking out if you're looking for something to read. 

Today's links are WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along for lots more WIPs and books.
I'll be back tomorrow with part 4 of the Festive Gift Guide. 


  1. ooh, your tree shawl is looking great so far - i'm sure it's going to be absoloutely amazing! love the pattern, and the colour is fab :) wish i could reach my hand into the picture and touch it...

  2. Hello Sarah,
    Lovely shawl to be, I like the red color. I prefer charted patterns too, it is so much easier to work with.
    Thanks for the link to the gorgeous cardigan:)
    Have a nice day!

  3. You are going to start lace knitting and will not be able to stop! The cardigan you chose is beautiful!

  4. It looks like you've been bit by the lace bug:) The shawl is lovely! the color is so pretty.

  5. Looking wonderful - can't wait to see the finished items! :)

  6. The shawl is beautiful! The perfect colour for Christmas too :)

  7. Love the shawl, the colour and pattern are lovely and as someone has already said it will be a great wintery/Christmas shawl.

    I like the crocheted cardigan and I'm sure it will look lovely in that chocolatey brown....isn't ravelry brilliant!

  8. Ciao, è bellissimo,inoltre con la lana Rowan era di sicuro un successo!

  9. I can't wait to see your Chevron Lace Cardigan-- I have some yarn marked for that project, but haven't started it yet! It will be lovely in the brown!

  10. What a great colour you choose from your stash! The picture is lovely, so I imagine it's in real even better.
    Thanks for your comment !
    Have a wonderful week,

  11. The cardigan pattern looks fantastic--great yarn/pattern pairing!

  12. What a pretty red reminiscent of changing leaves! That looks to be a pretty cardi as well.

  13. OOOOoooo. I'm a complete sucker for lace. I think the shawl is looking spectacular, and that cardigan is going to be gorgeous!

  14. Hope you don't run out of yarn too soon on the shawl, it's a fantastic bright colour and will look fab when finished.

  15. Your tree shawl is coming along so nicely. Very beautiful!

  16. Pretty patterns. Love that rich brown of the Rowan yarn. I've never crocheted an adult garment either, so I'm looking forward to see how yours turns out :)

  17. Gorgeous colour of red. Just the thing for your tree shawl. Can't wait to see it after blocking :)

  18. oh my goodness, your knitting is looking so gorgeous. i'm off to follow the links now.


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