Friday, January 31, 2014

So Many Beautiful Projects, Part II

Eye candy time! Today I thought I'd share a few more Blue Peninsula projects posted recently on Ravelry. In Part I, I focused mostly on sweaters; today's all about cowls and other accessories that can add a burst of color and pleasure to dreary winter days.

Case in point: the stunning blue Birchleaf (below) by sarahpurpleflower. She used a fingering weight merino/silk blend, Semi-Precious by Babylonglegs. The colorway is called A Thing of Complete Beauty. And it is, don't you think? Reminds me of sunlight sparkling on water.

Caffeknit's Birchleaf (below) is knit with Shalimar Yarns Breathless. It's a yarn I haven't tried yet, but this cowl makes me want to, ASAP. It looks so soft, so luxurious—pure bliss for your neck on these frigid winter days.

Cowls continue to be popular, and I think with good reason. They don't take forever to knit; they're great gifts; and they offer lots of options for styling. I often wear a cowl doubled around my neck when I leave for work in the morning, then unloop it and wear it the rest of the day like a long yarny necklace. When I head back out into the cold, up it goes around my neck again.

Deephaven has gotten a lot of love on Ravelry (4,781 favorites as of this writing), and I still enjoy seeing the yarns and colors knitters choose. Although I originally made Deephaven as a fall/winter accessory, a lavender version by erindee5575 (below) makes me realize it could be perfect for spring, too. She used Rowan Pure Wool DK to make it as a gift for her mother. (Lucky Mom!)

Shallows is also a favorite for gift knitting. Ying2 made a beautiful blue Shallows (above) as a last-minute holiday gift for a friend using Fibre Company Canopy Fingering from her stash. She left off the beads because she didn't think they were the recipient's style. And that's easy to do—just knit the beaded stitch rather than bead it.

I've been drawn to deep ocean blues lately—is blue yarn the cure for winter blues? Maybe that's why I found myself lingering over pandarojo's Shallows Mitts (below), with their sparkling blue beads. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll, in the Dusk colorway.

And then there are the sunny colors of two shawls knit by my friend Heather (luvthesnow on Ravelry). I'm honored that she's knit so many of my designs; it's hard to choose just a couple to feature. I love the juicy color and beads she used for her Wonderberry (below). Knit with a double strand of Jaggerspun Zephyr, it's got a beautiful sheen and lovely drape.

Heather has made Peppernut as well. Knit in buttery yellow Quince and Co. Tern, it's a shawl for all seasons:

She gave her Peppernut a slightly scalloped edge, while Svipser on Ravelry (below) chose the straight-edge option. The natural, undyed yarn—Woolgrey's Lahja—comes from an organic sheep farm in Finland. It looks so pettable and cozy!

Perhaps it's time to break out that special skein of yarn in your stash and knit yourself something beautiful and warm? After all, with two months left until spring, plenty of chilly days lie ahead. And it's not too late to sign up for the Ravellenic Games—we'd love to have you on Team Blue Peninsula. There'll be lots of fun—and prizes, too! Cast-on is Friday, February 7, during Opening Ceremonies. 

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