I have decided that this next year I want to design and publish a shawl pattern (no surprise there!). Earlier this year I tried designing a cowl but that turned out to be a miserable failure. But now it is time to try again and stick with things I know, lace shawls.
I got three gorgeous skeins from the yarn store Huldra Husflid og Kunsthandverk in Flåm, Norway. This is an amazing store, full of awesome yarn and I think I bought around 30 skeins there. It is a great store. Anyways, I loved the Christmas colors together and knew I wanted a Christmas shawl out of them.
The yarn is called Hjerte Superwash, a 100% wool heavy fingering made by Hifa. I love this yarn. I have already made a shawl and a baby blanket out of it. It’s beautiful and works up great! If you are in Norway, I highly recommend you get some. When I go back to Norway, I am going to have to stock up again.
Yet, it has been two years since I was in Norway, as another Christmas rolls around, I still haven’t found the right pattern for my yarn. Finally, it dawned on me, I need to make my own pattern. So I have started the process of designing my first Christmas shawl!
I am using OneNote, which has been really helpful so far. I like that I can type where ever, add pictures, screenshots, files, highlight, and draw! It has been really helpful in my quest to design, because it keeps me organized in one place and I can easily replace ideas I had with new ideas. I also like seeing how my ideas evolve over time from simple to more complex.
Right now I have run into a little snag. I need to figure out how to simulate bind off stitches in lace work. It’s probably a simple decrease but I haven’t quite figured it out yet and so it is time to do some swatching until I find the perfect combination! Wish me luck! Or even better, leave a comment below about what decreases you would use!