There’s a stretch of motorway that I drive often. If it’s dusk and there’s a half-decent sunset, the view is stunning, with sharp conifers and rolling hills silhouetted against the sky. Often, I see deer. I’ve long wanted to show you this view because I know you like colour, but stopping on a motorway to whip out my camera would be both illegal and stupid, so it hasn’t been possible.
But then something happened that meant I could at last show you… in knitting! Because look what landed on my desk!
THIS, my friends, is a fiery ball of sock yarn (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon) and as of this week, it’s a brand new addition to the ‘Head Over Heels’ range from Stylecraft. It immediately made me think of sunsets. It’s named ‘Etna’, which is especially appropriate as its namesake has reportedly been erupting this week.
The moment I saw this yarn, I knew exactly what I would design for it. Yes, it’s another cowl, but it just seemed like the ideal object to be adorned with the sunsetty view that I mentioned earlier. So I’ve been scribbling away on knitter’s graph paper, and now I’m knitting. Fast. It’s not quite done:-
…But it’s well on its way. There’s not much more of the design left to work:-
But I got a biggish chunk knitted this morning whilst I was waiting for my reclaimed 19th century bricks to FAIL TO ARRIVE! Grrr. It was an anxious and restless wait, I think because if/when the delivery arrived, I knew I’d feel the need to try and pretend to seem like the sort of person who orders bricks and builds stuff all the time, and who knows what she’s talking about. I am not that person.
Anyway, back to the yarn. If you fancy buying this, or any other yarn from the Head Over Heels range (reviewed here), it’s available for £6.99 for 100g (3.5oz) from stockists of Stylecraft. Recommended needles/hooks: 2.25-3.25mm.
Once the cowl is finished, I’ll pop the pattern chart on here, just in case you want to make one too. It does need a better name than ‘Sunset Over Motorway’, though. Any thoughts?