Welcome to the new Bellsknits blog! The old Bellsknits still exists and will stay where it is as a record of the last three and a half years of my blogging life.
I’m still getting to know wordpress, still figuring out what I want to do, so rather than wait until everything is perfect, I thought I’d just kick the year off with things as they stand and let you know that I’ll be moving things around, figuring stuff out and generally tidying up as I go along. I’m not convinced this is how it will look yet but it’s as good a place as any to start. I’ve got some plans, still tentative at the moment, for ways to develop and improve my blogging this year so let’s see how it goes!
So, to kick things off, what better way than to show a secret knit from 2009 which was given to my sister, Adele, on Christmas Day. I made the Swallowtail Shawl for her and was so happy to finally give it to her. It’s a shawl I’ve long wanted to make and if you recall, I learned to make nupps last month while knitting it. Adele posed on the last rainy day of our visit over Christmas.
This was my first time knitting lace in something fuzzy – it’s Madil Kid Seta, which was a long ago gift from Tinkingbell. Adele spotted it on a visit a long time ago and said she loved it, being a much pinker girl than I am, so it became hers.
I got over my fear of combining fuzzy yarn with lace knitting with this shawl. It was lovely to work with and as long as I kept an eye on things and didn’t need to rip back, it was fine. What I did wonder was what it would be like to wear something that felt every bit like a cloud? Surely it must be annoyingly light and fluffy? Thankfully, after blocking, it seemed to settle down and while still cloud-like, is incredibly wearable. I’m quite enthralled by how it’s both alluringly light and very warm. I think it’s a good combination for Sydney’s milder winters.
Next I think I ought to make a shawl for my other sister who has declared she too would like a triangular shawl for next winter.