To Kris; if you’re reading my blog this morning, this one’s for you :)
Black Puddin is created for my dear childhood friend Kris, who does not wear colour.
Kris can be seen in black, off-black, grey-black, brown-black and very occasionally dark burgundy-black. This is Kris’s way of introducing variety into her wardrobe ;)
So, when I saw this gorgeous skein of Tanis on Etsy I knew I had to snap it up. It’s a one-of-a-kind colourway called ‘Woodland Path’, a beautiful variegated soft brown sock weight merino with tones of moss green and deep reds. It’s so subtle and so beautiful that it made me see, even more than her brighter, punchier colourways, what a master of colour Tanis is. The yarn is simply delicious.
It’s being modelled by my other beloved childhood friend, Yvette. There’s so much love in these shots, it’s perfect! We even had a cheesy Snow White moment when even the little birds came and sat next to Yvette, admiring my shawl, no doubt, and perhaps contemplating what a shame it was they couldn’t get some of that yummy yarn for a nest. I gave them dirty looks before they could get any ideas, of course.
I paired it with the pattern for a shawl called Sugared Violets by Rose Beck that I fell in love with a year ago but never managed to knit properly. When I was knitting it the fleurette mesh looked terrible – to the point where I was eager to get it off the needles and be done with it. But then I blocked it, magic happened, and I thought “I need to make one of these for myself!”. Isn’t that always the way? So if your mesh looks weird, wait for it!
I followed the pattern for the 550 yard version with one mod: because I wasn’t worried about running out of yarn I used 4.5mm needles instead of the recommended 4mm. The bigger needles added so much drape, and the shawl blocked out to an impressive 6 feet by 20 inches (and I still stayed under the 550 yard mark!).
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