Thursday, 4 December 2014

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern - A free and easy little shawl pattern


Like a Magpie, even in the darkest days of winter, it is the bright and colourful things that attract my attention.  Oh,  all that is missing is 'shiny'.   

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Here it is,  the easy shawl pattern I have been working on:

Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow shawl is, as the name implies, an easy knit.  It is perfect for beginning knitters, or easy TV knitting for more advanced knitters.  I originally learned to knit English style, and used this pattern to practice Continental style knitting.    The pattern was designed for my friend Marilyn, who said, “No one can teach me to knit something”.  I took up the challenge and the Rainbow shawl was begun.

Choose any yarn, and needles for this shawl.  I suggest going with needles a size or two larger than recommended for your yarn to make a nice loose fabric.  One skein of DK weight yarn and size 9 needles makes the shawlette pictured above.   One skein of sock yarn and size 7 needles makes a nice small shawl. Make your shawl as large as you like by repeating the 2 row pattern over and over, using as much yarn as you want.  Stop when you decide you are finished.

Marilyn and I both chose bright variegated yarns, hence the ‘rainbow’ name.  Your shawl will be pretty in any yarn you choose, striped, variegated, tonal, or plain.  You can have fun changing colours and make stripes as you go.  This would also be a wonderful way to use up scrap yarns.  Even yarns of different weights could be used in stripes.   There really is no limit with this shawl.  


Have fun, and ‘make something’ while learning to knit.  There are no purls in the pattern!


Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern, a free download now from Ravelry

I will see Marilyn on Saturday, and her Rainbow Shawl.  I will take my camera!

Right now blocking in front of the fireplace is a fingering weight version:
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - close up - Susan Elizabeth
Now,  what to knit next?  I have a few things already on the go that I must finish up.  First will be some fingerless mitts that are 3/4 of the way finished, and a cowl that I started last month.   What I really want to knit is an entrelac hat.    Stay tuned for that....

Happy knitting everyone.
~Feather~




Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 Trees That Can Save The World -

10 Trees That Can Save The World -  by fellow Canadian, author and scientist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger is so much more than just a 'hug a tree/plant a tree' message.

Please watch the video clip, or have a look at Diana's blog, http://dianasjourney.com/

Here is another of Diana's videos.   Wonderful.



I am now off to search for a copy of her books.



Tree Blessings,

~Feather~