With the weather still being gloomy and very wet,we are forecast today in some areas to have one entire months rain in just 24 hours ( and I think we had our full quota earlier before breakfast this morning) I have done very little else but crochet.Consequently I have managed to churn out yet another mini shawl from the patterns on offer by Annette Petavy.
This one is called Toscane,another Helene Marcy design, and I used up most of the 4-ply (Patons Diploma) that was left over from my red jumper with the heart shaped buttons.I still have about two balls leftover which is annoying.I could have made the shawl bigger ....but then I might have just run out entirely at some crucial point on the border design.
I thought first of all that the wool was going to be a bit on the stiff side for this particular pattern but soaking the finished shawl in some cool water for a little while prior to blocking it out seems to have softened the fibres up quite nicely.
Bottom tip of shawl and raised treble detail.
The border has raised trebles and little picots which look nice and the whole thing was incredibly easy to make....yet again this pattern looks much harder than it actually is.
The shawl is started at the centre of the top and then worked top down so you could adapt it to suit your own requirements or how much yarn you have available.This particular one has more of a rugged wintry/autumnal feel to it rather than being a floaty little number for summer evenings but I like it none the less for that.
And finally....back to floods.Yesterday we all had a brief interlude of nice weather.We actually managed to sit out in the garden and admire the sunshine.We even managed to have a swarm of bees fly over which caused a flurry of excitement and much rushing indoors and shutting of all the windows again.Today however it is back to the rain and earlier this morning it was torrential.
These pictures show part of my sisters garden this morning...their office was flooded too with about 6 inches of water.They don't even live where this is a risk of flooding.I hope their tame hedgehog has his own wellies or knows how to construct a rudimentary raft.