Saturday, November 11, 2017

Overbrook Shawl - Lace and Color for Everyone


The Umbrellas standing in as a
backdrop for Blackbird Knob Hat
A little more than a year ago, I came across an Instagram post for a yarn that reminded me so strongly of my grandmother that I immediately bought it. My grandmother was a painter and one of my favorite of those paintings is of a cluster of colorful umbrellas in a grey moody rainy day. You've probably seen it in the background of some of my project pictures.

My family affectionately calls it "The Umbrellas" and, I don't know, it just speaks to me. I generally enjoy grey rainy days and moody weather but the splashes of colors are perfect for bringing a little happiness and brightness to the world.

So when I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post by AlexCreates showing off the new "6 Train Rainbow" color he had dyed, I was struck so strongly how much it brought to mind The Umbrellas. How could I resist? I also snagged a skein of a matching semi-solid grey called Concrete.

At some point, I had also seen a Kristy Glass YouTube video interview with Alex and another where she talks about a sweater that mixed granny square crochet and knitting together. All of these inspirations just spiraled around inside my head and I put them together in a new shawl: Overbrook Shawl.

I'm always looking for a new way to use variegated yarns that won't fight with my first love, lace patterns. In my opinion, and remember, it's just an opinion, lace and variegated yarns don't always get along. Either the lace gets lost of the variegated yarns aren't shown off as pretty as they could be.

The other "problem" with lace - problem in quotation marks because I don't necessarily think it's a problem - is that lace has a feminine reputation. Personally, I love to wear my lace shawls and scarves but, admittedly, I don't spread them out to show off the pattern. I think I mainly like how they can be both light and warm at the same time.

But with Overbrook, I have a lace shawl that doesn't read feminine and isn't obscured by the beautiful hand-dyed yarn. The stitches are light granny square stitches but it's all knitting!

Oh, you'd probably like to see a picture, huh?

Overbrook Shawl is now available on both Ravelry and LoveKnitting. It's been tech edited by a wonderful editor and tested by a new friend! I love how knitting brings us together with people across borders and around the world.

I can't wait to see your finished projects. As usual, tag me (@RodeoKnits everywhere) so I can see what you're making!