August 19, 2022

Here is my new shawl, Summersky. The pattern is meant to be knit with a gradient set but I didn't have any gradients in my stash. I did however have some black Shibui Maai and white Rowan Kidsilk Glamour and I love to wear black and white.

Summersky is shaped like a rectangle with pointed ends and knit in two pieces. As I was finishing the first piece I had an inspired thought to switch the predominant color for the second half while still keeping it black and white. Since this was a test I asked the designer and she agreed it could look great, but honestly, I don't think either one of us realized just how fantastic it would turn out! I simply love it and it looks gorgeous with just about anything I toss it over. 

After the two halves are knitted from tip to center, they are joined seamlessly with triangles. The instructions are easy to memorize, making it perfect for TV and travel knitting. The color possibilities are endless, and I really encourage you to look at what the testers came up with, here. It comes in three sizes and I made the second size. The pattern includes a page that shows different color effects plus a template for your own color experimentation. This is a pattern that I can't wait to make again and am thinking about this subtle cafe au lait light and dark combo below. I've got enough cream Kidsilk Haze Glamour leftover and can add that too. Won't this be gorgeous and sophisticated?

Summersky by Jennifer of Shady Stroll Knits
25% off through Wednesday, August 24

 I used a strand of white Rowan Kidsilk Haze with 
a strand of white Rowan Kidsilk Glamour, discontinued but worth a search.
In the last picture you can see the little sequins in the KS Glamour. In real life it's way
more sequincy, but unfortunately the picture only captured a few.

The black is one strand of Shibui Maai (also discontinued!)

Now I don't want to alarm you and think that I've decorated for fall while it's still summer--that won't happen around here for a few more weeks, but, for the last few years these pomegranate branches sold out quickly.  If in the past you've ordered these too late and were disappointed, now is the time to order while they are still in stock. They are very attractive with silky leaves and the realistic scraggly look of a real pomegranate tree! We have pom trees around our neighborhood and this is exactly how they look.  Just one or two sets of these pomegranate branches will get you ready for fall. I just purchased another set of orange and I also have a set of red for my kitchen that I can keep out through December. Click here to purchase. One question before I go, will you decorate for fall and when?

You could fill out the bouquet with faux fall leafy branches but I adore this scraggly minimalistic look!


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  1. I am a big NOT YET on the fall decorating! I will put out a few pumpkins and nearer to Halloween I'll hang a full size skeleton on my front door, lol! Last year I bought some wheat stalks that are tied with raffia and I love that look. I tend to be more natural with pine cones and such but I do like the look of your scraggly pomegranates! I'm waiting for Christmas, but that has been getting smaller as the years go by. I'm not a grinch, but I'm loving the less is more look more and more. I always like to see what you are up to and appreciate your newsletters. I'm a knitter too.

    1. I also put a full sized skeleton on my front door at Halloween! You sound like my soul sister. I love the less is more look in everything these days, and that goes for decorating. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Thank you for the reminder that things do sell out! Bought the pomegranates!

    1. Oh good! Please let me know if you like them. I have a feeling you will and want to buy another bunch like I just did!

  3. That shawl is outstanding! So beautiful! I'll probably start decorating for Fall as soon as it turns September!


    1. Thank you! September is usually when I begin. Most of us will have it out until December 1 so we don't need to start too too early, right?


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