Letters Home Advent Shawl
I started knitting during the relatively brief COVID lockdown last year in April and I haven’t stopped! I discovered the wonderful world of hand dyed yarns and down the rabbit hole I went. I recently rearranged my sewing room storage space and destashed my fabrics to make room for my little yarn stash. 😆
I stumbled upon the lovely work of a local fibre artist, Taryn from Threaded Embrace. Her 2020 yarn advent had the theme of West Australian Flora, and I just had to have it! I ordered the DK wool version, which comes with 25 mini skeins, 5 minis fade set, and a 100g skein. At the time I ordered the advent, I had little idea of how much wool I ordered and what I would make with them. Now I know I have ordered a lot of wool! You can see the content of each package in my Instagram story highlight.
I later realised that most advent patterns were written for fingering weight yarns. Although they can be modified, the result may not be what I wanted. Then I found the Letters Home Shawl by Larissa Brown, I love the look and the story about this pattern and decided to use it.
I started this project in December last year and finally finished it recently. This is also the first time I actually see the magic of wet blocking. The shawl was really bumpy and wavy at various parts, but after blocking it’s perfectly flat and allows the colours and texture to shine.
The pattern was designed for 24 colours, but I have a lot more and I want to use all of them. So I alternate the colours differently to accommodate all 31 colours! I also decided to follow Taryn’s order so the top of the shawl represents the North. I started with the Verdure and added in the 5 fade colours (which represented the soils) evenly. I documented the use of each colour in my Ravelry project page.
I love my one-of-a-kind shawl that showcases flora of our beautiful State, it’s like knitting a map! There were so many colours, but I think at the end they came together splendidly.