"Half a Sixpence", sung by Tommy Steele and Polly Nash in the 1967 musical film of that name.
A strange thing has happened.
I signed up to join The Shawl Society, six months and six patterns from Helen Stewart
of Curious Handmade.
Three months in, and so far I have finished the first two and cast on for the third.
This is unheard of, people!
In past subscriptions, (to sock clubs... ahem) I have kept up for one month or so and then...
Nose in the dirt.
Pattern left unprinted and yarn unloved in the darkest corner of the stash.
This time, I can't explain it - my imagination has been captured and I am merrily matching
patterns to stashed yarn like there is no tomorrow.
I think a lot of it is down to the reliability of Helen's patterns.
No typos, no head-scratching moments.
Calm knitterly bliss.
And her "percentage" system keeps me motivated when the rows get longer and the garter
section starts to drag.
5% a day? No bother! And in 20 days, I am guaranteed a finished object.
10% and I am finished in 10 days... or less, as I always speed up when I can see the finish
And so it is that I can present you with two finished shawls.
The first is Talisman, knit using the recommended yarn: Urban Hints from The Wool Kitchen.
I had this in stash, so it was an obvious choice for me.
The colourway is Indigo and I purchased it from Wild and Woolly.
I am besotted by the yarn - so soft, silky, drapey!
And the colours are stunning.
The pattern itself is simple but effective, and the medium size is designed to make the most
of the full skein.
I chose to knit Amulet in the LARGE size, using two skeins of yarn from Abstract Cat and The Knitting Goddess.
This was a new adventure for me and I was quite frustrated by the process until I discovered towards the end that I could use a simple piece of bent wire to lever the bead over the chosen stitch.
Until then, I had been rejecting 3 out of every 4 beads as being too small to fit over the 1mm crochet hook I bought for the purpose.
The Boy's girlfriend spent a few idle hours at my kitchen table, sorting beads for me - she found it meditative. I just found it annoying.
The finished piece is LARGE indeed!
The Abstract Cat yarn has a fair dose of alpaca in it, so those sections are really fluffy.
The Knitting Goddess yarn is on her Sparklynne base, which has a subtle silver glint.
The beads fall on the sparkly sections.
And next in the series comes Asana.
I have just cast on, using a beautiful indigo gradient set which was a gift and has no identifying features. All I can tell you is that I have 5 skeins, totaling 270g and I am therefore going to knit the large version.
Wait and see!