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Finished a Posh shawl 
28th-Jul-2008 01:30 pm
knitting for life
in double quick time, despite choosing 4mm needles. Love the colour and feel of this yarn. Can't decide if I'm going to turn it into a shrug/shawl.

posh shawl

The lavender is coming to its end now, but the scent is still heavenly. The colour of the flowers at their best was the same as the shawl's darker blue.

I've been able to do quite a bit of knitting as it's way too hot to work. We're still waiting for the promised storm to clear the muggy air. Sunday's walk was too much for Ronnie; the heat made him sick. This morning, we walked very early in the shade of the trees on the Common with a few of the terrier gang.

28th-Jul-2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful. What a gorgeous color! And it looks soft, even from here. :)
28th-Jul-2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The colour's called Delphinium and it's 100% cashmere from Posh Yarn. It's so soft and incredibly fine and light.
28th-Jul-2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
That looks very cozy.
28th-Jul-2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
It's 100% hand-dyed cashmere from Posh Yarn, but it's so fine (2ply) that it would be cosy only on a cool summer's evening.
28th-Jul-2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Lovely shawl :) The yarn does indeed look gorgeous. It looks like it is a few shades of blue, or is that just the photo?
28th-Jul-2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The yarn was a dream to work with, even though it snapped twice at the beginning of winding the skein into a ball.

It looks like it is a few shades of blue
It is.
28th-Jul-2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
That's gorgeous! And I can almost smell the lavender

Have an " effulgent"

Edited at 2008-07-28 18:09 (UTC)
28th-Jul-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Aw shucks - thank you.

I'm very tempted to harvest some of the lavender but I have no idea how to keep it fragrant. The buddleia is nicely scented too, but the wild sweet peas don't have any at all.
28th-Jul-2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Pick the lavender with long stems

get a big paper bag ( brown is good)

put it over the flower spikes

tie it with string just below the flower spikes

tie the stems together lower down

hang it somewhere cool and airy to dry for a month or so

It will hold fragrance and colour for several months

longer if you make it into lavemder bags


you can plait fresh lavender into corn dolly type plaits and use them to hang in wardrobes :)

29th-Jul-2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
I fear I've left it too late, the flowers have faded.

You'll have to teach me how to plait corn dolly-type lavender for next year.
29th-Jul-2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I love it in context of the photo too. The lavender sets it off--or maybe it's the other way around.

I use the shawl you made for me all the time. In the basement where I work it is always chilly, and it's just enough to keep me warm.
29th-Jul-2008 11:05 am (UTC)
This shawl is the same pattern as yours but knit on smaller needles so it's not as airy.

The lavender called to the shawl. The other photos aren't nearly as good.
29th-Jul-2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Such a gorgeous photo. It makes me smile to realize a little piece of that is in my house :D
29th-Jul-2008 11:04 am (UTC)
The lavender called to the shawl. I know you're allergic to some things - what about cashmere?
29th-Jul-2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
It certainly did! What an inpsired photo.

Gosh, it's been so long since I've worn cashmere, I couldn't really tell you? Between hot flashes and living in Texas, I haven't had much call for warm woolies :D

But if I remember - it was mohair, and scratchy wools that I had problems with. I think the latter might be partly psychological ;)
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