My North Ronaldsay Arrow Shawl

Goodmorning, I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Yesterday I took myself off in my car to Haxby which is a village north of York city in search of real bread so very little knitting took place. I did, however, finally decide which Hap I was going to knit for the Knit British Hapalong that’s hap-pening (gotta love a pun eh?) on Ravelry right now. Anyway, I shall post properly about that next week. This week I want to post about my Arrow shawl because I never posted about it as a FO and whenever I wear it I get lots of lovely comments about it.

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I knit the arrow out of two skeins of North Ronalsay 2ply that I got from Baaramewe years ago. Knitting this was an absolute joy because the yarn was so beautiful to knit with and the different options to decide how your shawl will turn out. I loved how it took the whole idea of knitting something personally unique one step further without having to actually do maths yourself. Totally brilliant! Ysolda has been one of my favourite designers since I joined Ravelry and this has to be my favourite of all her patterns so far.

My final choices for the clues were 1B, 2A, 3B, 3A, 3A, 3A, 4B, 5A. This enabled me to use up all of the two skeins that I bought and gave me a lovely big shawl to keep my neck and shoulders warm. I actually needed to spin some North Ronalsay roving to complete the last 6 rows because I ran out and the yarn was out of stock.

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North Ronaldsay yarn has a lovely rustic look to it as you would expect from a primative Breed of sheep that live on the coast of North Ronaldsay eating seaweed for most of the year. There are fine black hairs that run through the yarn that almost look like guard hair but they aren’t stiff or scratchy or noticeable on the skin at all. It’s lovely and soft and light and snuggly with lovely stitch definition. Seriously, if you get the chance to buy some of this, don’t pass it up.

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Despite being worn almost continuosly since I knit it, it still looks good as new, no pilling or other signs of wear. I know it’s a shawl and not a garment but it really has been worn and worn. I will definitely be buying more North Ronaldsay yarn in the future, maybe for a Hap shawl in all the various natural shades. Mmm, Hap shawls…

Visit to Baa Ram Ewe

Well my holiday is whizzing by and I haven’t blogged regularly like I promised I would, but I couldn’t let this gem go by without due recognition.

Fiona and I took the train the other day to Headingley in Leeds (well actually two trains) to visit Baa Ram Ewe a fairly new yarn shop.  I had heard about it’s opening from one of the English forums on Ravelry (Baa Ram Ewe now has it’s own group on Ravelry)  and it sounded fantastic so of course it was top of my list of places to visit whilst on holiday in Yorkshire.

The shop is really easy to find from the train station, about a 15 minute walk, as it is on Otley road and opposite the Arndale centre, just ask anyone  you pass on the street and they will direct you (Yorkshire people being the friendliest on the planet and everything).

First sight of the shop told us we were in for a treat, and we weren’t wrong.

Loving the totally cute open/closed sign made by the owner Verity.

This place truly is THE place to come for British and particularly Yorkshire yarn and knitterly goodness, we were blown away by all the pretties on offer and Verity’s welcoming friendliness (Yorkshire lass you see!).

The place has a real community spirit too, and we both love the knitted bunting a great way to use up scraps we think.

After careful deliberation and much holding back (Verity please take all my money for the rest of my life in exchange for yummy yarn.  No, no, really I don’t need to eat or anything, ever!) I came away with this:

Some Wensleydale Longwool DK in fennel a gorgeous colour, (currently being knitted up as Ishbel by Ysolda Teague), both Ysolda books (yes, I know I have them both as downloads in my Ravelry library but they are so cute), a sheep tape measure (super cute), and a Herdy mug and Herdybank (for yarney pennies). Herdy is the face of the Lake District a gorgeous Herdwick sheep, the kind Beatrix Potter bred and  proceeds from the Herdy range go into maintaining the Lake District so looking cute and doing good, check out http://www.herdy.co.uk.

I can honestly say that Baa Ram Ewe is yarntabulous and I am looking forward to the online store so I can buy British Breeds Yarn when I’m back in Melbourne, we had such a great day, thanks a million Verity.