Skip to main content

Stora Dimun Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's "Folk Shawls"

My work buddy Christine graciously agreed to model my latest finished shawl. This shawl is a Faroese shawl and is from Cheryl Oberle's wonderful book "Folk Shawls" . I have been working my way through this book and this is my 6th or 7th from the book. Although knitting this shawl  gave me some fits at the beginning - now that I have it in my head I will be starting another. It isn't a difficult pattern you just have to read the pattern through first, use markers, and look ahead because some of the shoulder shaping instruction are provided after the instructions of for the body of the shawl.  I just about missed them! The best thing about this type of shawl is that it is constructed specifically to be able to stay put on your shoulders ... and it works!

It's generously sized - perfectly sized. For this shawl I used the yarn that was suggested in the book ; Blackberry Mills silk blend yarn in 'trillium' (and after looking at photos of purple trillium I can say that is very well named!) I am thoroughly captivated by this type of shawl and can't wait to get started on the next one - which will be knit with Malabrigo Rios in ArcoIris.  I have to admit that I have found Malabrigo yarns to be completely addictive. The resultant fabric has such a lovely drape and is so soft - it works against my skin and I have always been allergic to wool on my neck ... it's an amazing work of art yarn - akin to my other favorite - Noro Silk Garden.


  1. Totally beautiful shawl. She agreed to model, so she could wear it.

  2. Marie, that is gorgeous! If I'd been your model, I'm afraid you have had to fight me to get it back!

  3. Ok, stop it with the shawls already. I am halfway through the Holden, with another in waiting to be started. And now you show me this! Have you no shame!


Post a Comment

Share your thoughts! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Popular posts from this blog

Circular Knitting Needle Comparison

When I use something a lot I have to admit that I try to find the brand that works best for me. I never thought that I would ever be a scissor snob until I found Dovo  brand scissors and, of course I love my trusty Fiskars too . I became a scissor snob thank to Dovo.  Now I seem to be searching for the perfect knitting needles - the perfect one for me at least. I have been enjoying the 'chase' and I think I am close to knowing exactly what my preference is, and want, in a knitting needles .  I only use circular knitting needles. When I first taught myself to knit myself  that's what I used and my preference has not changed. I began knitting with Addi Turbo needles. That is the brand that my LYS sold and I have always loved how slick and fast they are. I have sets of Addi clicks interchangeables in both lace and regular.  Over time, I have discovered what I want in a knitting needle: metal, the pointiest tip possible, a fast knitting, slick, metal needle and a

Fabric Stiffeners and Hardeners For All Occasions Plus A Recipe For Home Made Starch Alternative

I have had to become better acquainted with various ways to harden, stiffen or prevent fraying in cloth lately. It has been an enlightening journey, and I thought that I would pass it along the lessons that I have learned about a variety of excellent products that suit any need to 'tame' fabric for a variety of reasons.  Fray Check. Who among us has not used this ubiquitous little potion over the years? It works like a charm to 'glue' up those raw edges on some of the most beautiful fabrics I use; ensuring that I can sew the fabric without fear of endless unraveling. This product has remained a favorite since I first discovered it many years ago. The only change that I think Prym/Dritz has made to it over the years is a finer application tip. I have re-discovered my admiration for this product as I was making a holiday gift from some beautiful cotton that was especially prone to fraying! I have also recently learned that Fray Check can be removed with rubbing

Sarah Ann Smith's DVD Art Quilt Design From Photo To Threadwork

This is your opportunity to win a copy of my friend, Sarah Ann Smith's new DVD! Keep reading to find out how! Sarah and I became fast friends when she lived here in the Great Pacific Northwest, before she became the famous quilt artist that she now is! We both are "what if" kind of people and we used to love to play together. Traveling, experimenting with new things and new methods. It was a sweet time in my life, and she has become a 'forever friend' no matter how far the distance or how famous she becomes! She has always been a personal cheerleader for me, and I am constantly amazed at what an inquisitive, 'how-to-do-it', kind of mind she has. I used to watch her mull over a concept. You could see the focus and watch the gears turning, and her solutions were /are always well thought out as well as beautifully executed.. I imagine that many of you are already familiar with Sarah's book , which I find to be a very valuable. It's