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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Halloween's Dark Villain


Just in time for Halloween, introducing my Dark Villain Heart Shawl (Dark Villain for the colourway of Hedgehog Fibres Blue Faced Lace and Heart for Evelyn A Clark's Heartland Shawl).

I have always loved Evelyn's designs, ever since I bought her book "Knitting Lace Triangles" where it laid out fairly simple patterns in blocks and showed you how to put them together and build the perfect shawl in any weight yarn and needle and to whatever size you wished (or had the yarn for).  It has always been my go to lace book for when I have a small amount of yarn because I know I can knit until I literally run out.  It showed how simple shawl construction can be and not to be afraid to experiment.  After knitting a few suddenly experimenting with existing patterns or making fresh ones no longer seems daunting.  Cheers Evelyn!

So it was an obvious choice when I held a skein of Beatka's delicious Blue Faced Lace in my hand that I should root through my EAC patterns.  The Heartland Shawl is a free download so I had no earthly excuse not to knit it.

As you have probably guessed I'm a huge natural fibre fan, especially wool, so trying Blue Faced Leicester for the first time had me in 'nail biting excitement' mode.  I'm not allergic to wool in any way, but some brands are scratchy and irritating close to delicate skin so I always do plenty of research before I buy on line and can't touch it before purchase.  The BFL does not disappoint, it looks like wool, it smells like wool and it comfortingly knits like wool, all rustic and sheepish.  It feels very soft and smooshy next to the skin (especially around the neck, which I find is the one place where you can be irritated the most).

And did I mention the colourway?  Wowzers, very rich, deep and mostly indescribable.  There are reds, greens, pinks, oranges and browns all smushed together to create a wonderful dark and sinister, nay villainous colourway.  Being bad has never felt so good.

So here is the finished result, beautiful, light and airy with the cutest little buffalo hoof prints (can you see them?  They appeared like magic when I blocked it, I honestly couldn't see them when I was knitting) known to man trampling in uniform formation all over my shawl!

Mighty pleased with this one :-)

Happy knitting



  1. It's beautiful as always. You're inspiring and a little intimidating!

  2. Oh no, don't say that, I'm a little mouse and very unintimidating really! I just have a lot of wool to get through!

    Thanks :-)


  3. A really beautiful shawl as always. Lovely colour for this time of year.