As I was rushing to a meeting in Cirencester last week I passed a really lovely looking wool shop in the aptly named Woolmarket shopping arcade. I managed to resist the temptation until after the meeting but I was just forced into a quick visit. It was Three Sheep Wools and if you happen to be passing it is well worth a look.
The woman in the shop was so helpful and excited about what I was planning to make that I was even more compelled to buy something and as a chilly wind was blowing a spring shawl/scarf was on my mind.
I bought this stunning peacock blue silk merino blend produced by a women’s cooperative in Uruguay. The label even has the name of the woman that made it and where she lives but unfortunately I can’t read the handwriting. I am very committed to ethical sourcing, fair-trade and initiatives that promote and support women in enterprise, so this ticks a lot of boxes for me. It is also gorgeous and absolutely my colour. Have a look at the Manos Del Uruguay website to see how the yarns are produced, I think it is really interesting to know where my yarn is from.
Anyway, provenance aside, this is what I made:
It is the South Bay Shawlette which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I have made these before and I like the pattern which looks quite intricate but is actually very easy. I did a simple border because I am a simple girl and I added a small bit of embellishment in the form of two circles on each corner.
Hope you like it. I do.