I can't believe we are already three months into 2020 and I've only published one pattern. One! Thankfully that one was one for the books; a tap from the renowned Shibui Knits is nothing to sneeze at. Although in light of world events I wouldn't recommend sneezing at *anything* right now.
After a disappointing design collaboration with a U.S. yarn shop last October--big on promises, small on follow through--I'd sworn off collaborations entirely. Go ahead, ask anyone who knits with me--or within ten feet of me. I was pretty vocal in my commitment NOT to make more commitments.
But before I could utter my last protestation, my inbox interrupted me (ping!) with an invitation to collaborate with Shibui Knits. On a design of my choosing. On a schedule of my choosing. With a yarn of my choosing. Oh yeah, and they would send me a dozen unique skeins for my swatching pleasure.
After I picked myself up off the floor, I was ALL IN. Backpedaling be damned.
the gairloch shawl
The Gairloch Shawl combines two of my favourite yarns from Shibui Knits, Lunar and Silk Cloud. Two lace-weight yarns, held together throughout, for a super-silky, super-fluffy knitting experience.
Yarns this sublime beg for non-competing simplicity in the design, which is why I chose easy-to-memorize stitch patterns throughout, so the the knitter can relax into every decadent stitch. The finished shape? A winged triangle. Highly wrappable, and highly wearable, because this shawl's destiny is to be worn!
A delicate picot bind off adds the final, feminine touch to this oversize shawl. Dress it down with jeans and a tee shirt, or go all out with a pretty dress and heels. The Gairloch Shawl (literally) has you covered ;)
From the bottom of my heart, a great big THANK YOU to Shibui Knits for the yarn-spiration to create such a treasured design. Trust me, I'll wear it well!
Hello & Welcome!
I'm Alexis, the knitter/designer behind cold comfort knits. My favourite animal is a sheep (obvi). Second in line? Alpacas. But not llamas--those guys are mean! As for house pets? I'm a cat person, 100%. Other things to know about me? My primary knitting fuel is vanilla-hazelnut coffee. And my inner child is actually more of an inner senior-citizen. I'm an old fogey at heart. Nice to meet you! Happy knitting!