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Wednesdays Are for Knitting: A Walk in the Woods

I’m so excited today to finally show you the finished A Walk in the Woods shawl! I bought the kit back in February. I cast on in May and I finished in early July, after which there was the usual avoidance of blocking. But a couple of weeks ago I finally blocked it (and seriously, why do I avoid this? It doesn’t take that long, especially with a simple triangle like this one) and took some photos.

Turns out the pergola is the perfect spot for photographing hand knits. It provides lovely filtered light and the wood is clingy enough that the wool sticks right to it.

The pattern is really enjoyable and easy to follow. It looks like a very complicated design but trust me when I say that’s not the case. If you can follow a simple chart you can knit this with ease.

The yarn is Ball and Skein Providence, a very squishy worsted weight that has absolutely gorgeous stitch definition.

Those pergola rocks make a great back ground for the hand knits, too. Finding multiple uses for this space is fantastic considering it that it was rather . . . spendy.

The final reason for the delay in sharing this project with you is that I had to wait for the recipient to get it. Yep, I gave this one away. To KYM. Remember how she helped me so much with our front garden design? I couldn’t think of the proper way to truly thank her for that help. I considered just sending her a check – too impersonal. I considered a gift card to White Flower Farm – but couldn’t decide how much would be enough. And then one day, as I was pondering and knitting, I truly looked at this shawl and thought – this doesn’t belong to me, this belongs to Kym. The color combo . . . the simplicity of the design . . . even the name of the pattern . . . they are all just her style. I mailed it off last week and when she (finally!) came home from Up North it was waiting for her.

Word is she’s pretty happy with it. And I’m pretty happy about that.

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  1. What a lovely thing to do! Your Walk In The Woods turned out so beautifully! I love the mosaic stitches… wow, stunning!

  2. It’s lovely, and sounds like it found the perfect home. Nice that the new yard feature doubles as a photo backdrop. We won’t even mention to Dale that you enjoy that aspect almost as much as sitting under the pergola with him. No, we won’t.

  3. It is so wonderful and so perfect and I love it so much . . . and you really didn’t have to, but I’m so honored you did. I’m in awe. XOXO

  4. It’s stunning! And I can totally see Kym wearing it and adding to its already wonderful look.

    I may have to give some serious thought to the pattern – that is, unless you want to knit another one for me … 😉

  5. A shawl called a “Walk in the Woods” IS perfect for Kym and a perfect gift when time is given with love, willing. You both did a fabulous job with your front garden!

  6. Oh, what a wonderful gesture!! That shawl is beautiful — I love the texture along with the colorwork. Nice work, Carole!

  7. What a wonderful thing for you to do, Carole. Unexpected and thoughtful gifts are the best kind. And as a knitter, I am sure Kym appreciates every stitch. The shawl is very lovely.

  8. That is the perfect Thank You! Beautifully knit and it looks great on Kym…truly that it was made for her!

  9. Catching up on my blog reading….

    Kym is a lucky friend! The shawl will look great on her.

    Thanks for the Jackie photos. He is so precious.

    Yeah being adult is not everything it’s cracked up to be!

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