Under the Same Sky

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Under the Same Sky by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Under the Same Sky by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Almost anyone who knows me will tell you I get the WORST decision paralysis. If you put an endless number of options in front of me, I freeze, barely able to compute them all and definitely incapable of making any actual decision. Yes, I am that irritating dinner companion who looks longingly at your steak after choosing the salad. This is one of the many reasons that ordering a side of chips has become my default because chips are like a decision regret buffer which I'm clearly in need of. 

So imagine my delight when I was presented with a two colour shawl by one of my favourite knitwear designers and the yarn to knit it with. It's like the universe heard that I was restless for a new cast on and also knew that I would spend hours trying to come to a decision. The universe has thrown me a bone and I have gladly grabbed it. 

I now have in my possession the first heady hit of a new kit that's just launched for pre order. The kit has been created in order to celebrate the forthcoming Swiss Wulle Festival. Organised by Fides of Siidegarte yarns, I was kind of hooked from the moment Fides explained that it will take place in Zug, a beautiful lakeside town with all the medieval charm that continental Europe does so well. In my mind there shall be knitting, alfresco meals by the bucket load and great scenery. So far, I'm sold. 

Under the Same Sky by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Under the Same Sky by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Under the Same Sky is a collaboration with native knitwear designer Nadia Crétin-Léchenne and is a crescent shape shawl that combines lace and garter stitch, using two colour’s of Siide-Fideel, a 50/50 Silk and Merino fingering weight yarn that is hand dyed and sourced locally by Siidegarte.  The shawl features a knitted-on border with a beautiful wave edging that lets the silk and handdyed colours really shine. 

The kits have just been launched, ready for a knitalong to celebrate Swiss Wulle's love of the fibre arts, the festival’s beautiful location and all the friendship this event has already created. The knitalong is open to everyone and there will be prizes for finished, photographed shawls (see further KAL details here). Kits are now available for preorder from the Swiss Wulle website, and cost 62 SFR. Each kit contains:

- 2 skeins of Siide-Fideel 

- A printed copy of the pattern (available in English, French and German)

- A Swiss Wulle Festival Tote bag (keep an eye on the Swiss Wulle instagram account for  sneak peek of what to expect very soon)

Orders will ship in mid July, ready for the 1st August cast on date. Available colour options are:

Under the Same Sky Colour Options

My colour options are Silberdistel and Himelsröösli which will surprise no one I'm sure. I'm getting ready to cast on once I'm finished here so you can get a sneak peek of the yumminess in progress over on Instagram (where I'm @aplayfulday) very soon. 

Under the Same Sky colour options: Silberdistel and Himelsröösli on Siide-Fideel

Under the Same Sky colour options: Silberdistel and Himelsröösli on Siide-Fideel

No chip regret buffer needed for this knitter!

 

 

Colour Infatuation

I think I have a problem..

green yarn inspirations

A quick look through the last 5 projects and the next two confirmed it: I'm in a green phase. If you asked me what colour I love more than anything I'll answer 'GREY' in a shot but the green on my needles is telling a different story. 

First there's the garter stitch 'wearable blanket' I'm plodding through...

green garter stitch work in progress

I'm a sucker for garter stitch too. I just love the way it looks but I will admit, I'm craving something other than plain knit. It might be time to break out this green and plain knit rut!

green sweater wip

Yes, that's my second wip- a sweater I've cast on 8 times. EIGHT! I'm not a fan of ribbing either so it's been like some sort of crafter's torture to keep redoing it. 

If you want to know more details about these green projects, I'll be chatting about them in next week's podcast but for today I just wanted to illustrate how out of control green appears to have got in my making. I decided I should look into my wardobe and see what I am planning on pairing all this green with. 

green clothes & accessories

Yep. 3 items of green. It seems I don't actually wear green? I'm going to style this out as my creative right or something. Next winter, my wardrobe is clearly getting a big green thumbs up!

 

On The Pier

I like to champion my knits as a finish them because I feel like they are so few and far between these days (although I participate in some very serious imaginary knitting ALL THE TIME). This 'woohoo I finished' knit was just perfect: garter stitch, shawl, delicious MCN and a nod to Unwind. What's not to love?

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

On The Pier was announced as an Unwind KAL just as I was craving shawls. In fact, I promptly got struck down by Shawl Fever and it really is all Justyna's fault. Garter stitch across a crescent shawl with some contrasting stripes and simple lace? That's basically my ideal shawl. It had to happen and I have some serious stash that needs addressing. 

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

I played around with colours till I struck on green and cream. I love it! It's feminine but not too fluffy which is where I like to sit if I can. The green is 'swamp' on Iona Fingering Weight from Mackintosh and I think it's far too pretty for such a ogre-ish name! Sadly, I used NBK's MCN Fingering in Cappuccino for the contrast. Why sad? Because I now have a serious need for more of that base. My word. Lisa's neutrals plus this fab base? I'm ruined. 

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

On The Pier worked up in MacKintosh and NBK's MCN bases. 

I love this shawl and think crescents are perfect. They sit on your shoulders easily and are perfect for layering. I'm eager to knit more shawls and have a single skein project on the needles that's long and I predict I'll tie it like a scarf once finished based on this assertion that crescents are where it's at for warmth. It also shows off details spectacularly as it drapes around you don't you think?

Yum! More details on my project page