Has Spring finally arrived? I am keeping whole sets of fingers crossed here, but I can see the buds thickening on the cherry trees and the forsythia is showing the first flowers of the season. The lawn has reappeared from under the snow and at least the rain today is falling as rain and not the wintry mix of recent times.
My father used to recite the Prologue from the Canterbury Tales and the first few lines are perfect for today:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licóur
Of which vertú engendred is the flour;
Geoffrey Chaucer (~1340-1400)
or in other words, the April showers are soaking deep into the dry earth, bathing the roots of the plants and awakening the Spring flowers....
Oh yes, I think a quiet optimism is called for. Still, Spring can be fickle. One minute it can be as warm as a June day and then the next you're back into mid-December. So here's a scarf that will take you through the transition from the colder months to the warmer times ahead.
This is the Grayswood Scarf and it's perfect for Spring-time layering. The scarf is worked in a deliciously soft wool-mix yarn, Willow and Lark 'Nest'. This includes merino and cashmere for warmth and is blended with a touch of Tencel to give a wonderful crispness and drape to the finished item.
The scarf features a beautiful reversible stitch from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. This is the Diagonal Openwork pattern — a most attractive stitch with a neat, geometric feel. The two sides have quite a different appearance but both are modern with an interesting texture.
The stitch works especially well in a long project such the Grayswood Scarf as this helps to accentuate the graceful lines of the ribs separating the lace panels.
The Grayswood Scarf looks quite different depending on the colour chosen. I have shown the scarf in a rich blue shade and an eye-catching silver grey, but the yarn is available in a wide range of colours including some pretty pinks, yellows and neutrals.
For more details about the Graywood Scarf pattern, please click here. The pattern is available for instant download from the site so you can start your knitting today.
If you would like to read about our Reversible Knitting Stitches book, then please have a look at my website. The page gives more details about the book and includes a 16-page Lookbook to peruse. The E-book is available on my Etsy store here and the Print version here.
Until next time,
Happy Spring Knitting!
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Many thanks to my husband Tim for his gorgeous photo of last year's cherry blossoms! Waiting impatiently for this year's to appear... To see more of his photos, please see his Instagram site.
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