I do a lot of test knitting for a designer friend of mine. Her designer name is VeryBusyMonkey and you can buy her patterns through Ravelry. A while back, she designed a series of 4 little shawls inspired by gardens. I love them all!
Alpinarium Shawl is made with Serenity Yarn in the Salt Water Taffy colorway. It's a blend of Alpaca, Merino and Tencil and it's ooooooo so soft! Available through Knitter's Brewing Company.
The second one is called the Knot Garden Shawl. I made it with Achilles in the Pumpkin Moonlight colorway. Achilles is merino wool with just a tiny bit of nylon for strength. It's available through Barking Dog Yarns and is beautifully hand-dyed one skein at a time.
This is the Orchard Shawl. I bought this beautiful kettle dyed yarn on vacation in Lancaster, PA a couple years ago and I lost the ball band so I can't tell you more about it. I do remember that it's Merino. Beautiful color!
And the last one in the series is the Border Garden Shawl. I had a little trouble getting the color right in the photographs on this one. It's a beautiful deep red-burgundy color with a hit of purple. The yarn is hand-dyed by Abstract Fiber and is their Merino Silk in the Cosmopolitan colorway. It has a beautiful drape.
I tend to wear these shawls as scarves. They do drape over the shoulder, but I like the look of them scrunched around my neck. They really do keep me cozy on cold days! I need to remember to wear the last one (Border Garden) on Valentine's Day. :-)
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