09 April 2011

Spring in the UK

One more pattern is complete for the Brown Sheep Company trunk show. Here is the Tetbury Throw, complete:

This is a quick knit throw using Lamb's Pride Bulky, and best of all for some of you...it's made with all knit stitches. Yep, not a purl in the project. The patterning comes from an easy to remember slip-stitch pattern. My favorite part, though, is the bold border of garter stitch with mitered corners. The finished size is 38" x 47", perfect for covering your lap and legs on a chilly morning. If you were to use a DK yarn, you'd end up with a baby blanket of about 21" x 35".

I named the pattern for a town in the Cotswolds, a region in western England. We got to travel to England in March to visit my sister and brother-in-law. We had a perfect mix of time in their house in London, along with visiting their new/old cottage in the Cotswolds.

This isn't theirs, but the photo captures the mood of the area with the weathered stone cottages. (I want a dry stone wall!)

Being a more temperate climate than Omaha, the spring flowers were in bloom.

And then one of my favorite features...sheep!

These ladies are, in fact, neighbors to my sister. I'm having her keep an eye out for available fleeces.

No trip is complete without visiting at least one LYS. Mine this time was "loop" in Islington.

It is a lovely shop where they treated me to some of their signature candies as well as their canvas bag, as you can see. I managed to find some gorgeous English lace-weight yarn:

Juno Fibre Arts' Alice Lace - and since this blog does not have "feel-o-vision" you'll just have to imagine the happiness in 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere. Yum. I've got to design a shawl that is "yarn worthy".