Thursday, March 2, 2017

Living the Quiet Life

Last summer I had the opportunity to peruse the sock yarn collection at Unplanned Peacock's booth at a fiber festival.  Her colorways are inspired and if you ever get the chance to see them in person I highly recommend it! Natasha, who is Unplanned Peacock, also has an inspired way of putting colors together, if you ever need a contrasting tonal to go with a variegated yarn, just ask her to do the pairings!

One of the yarns I picked up was Kinky Sock in a riot of pinks, called Pink Floyd.  In talking to Natasha I found out that it was a special colorway designed for a shop in Floyd, VA called Wooly Jumper Yarns. Which led me on a quick search about the place, the owners and why it is special....which of course led to a design.




Located atop the magnificent Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Floyd is a haven of natural beauty renowned for its hospitality and for a vibrant culture of music, arts, local foods and wines, and outdoor recreation. It is also home to Woolly Jumper Yarns, which is owned by Jackie and Michele. It is a little (but very charming) shop located on Floyd's "main street" next to the barber shop and the Floyd Country Store. They specialize in local, hand dyed and/or spun yarns. The shop attracts locals who like to gather on Thursday evenings for Knit Night, and tourists who are traveling the Crooked Road (for bluegrass music) looking for items that they wouldn't find at their local shops. Unplanned Peacock Studio dyed a special yarn for the store that they called Pink Floyd. This crescent shaped shawl is just perfect for wrapping around your shoulders, while enjoying the quiet life, be in it Floyd, VA, or your own back yard.



The finished piece is 70 inches by 13.5 inches after a firm wet blocking, which also opens up the twisted garter stitch to give the impression of mesh.
 
It includes short rows, a few wrapped stitches and the simple to knit border is presented in charted form only.

TDQ had tons of fun coming up with different ways to wear it.  I think that this picture of her wearing it as a head scarf is one of my favorites.  It makes me think of the old time big movie stars with her tinted glasses and head wrapped, ready to go for a ride in a convertible car.






The pattern is available now in my Ravelry Store.

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~M

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