FO: Winter is Coming Shawl

The first week of May brought snow, sunshine and an unexpected guest.
It was also marked by the knitting of a rather lovely shawl.

This is “Winter is Coming” by Sally Jane Cameron, Pink Hair Girl.
I had no plans to make this at all, until I saw Cara of the Knit All The Things Podcast show her’s.
Ooh!
And so this became my holiday knitting project.

I used a skein of Fyberspates Echo Self-Striping sock yarn from the depths of the stash.
It is 100% bfl and far better suited to a shawl project than socks.

The pattern is broken into a series of episodes:  the wall, the snow, the waves, dragon scales, then icicles and stakes.
This might mean more to a Game of Thrones fan.
I just liked the pattern!
I always enjoy a project that can be broken down into distinct bite-sized chunks – it feels like progress every time you pick it up.

It was looking rather tiny until I blocked it.
Then that beautiful lace opened up and the bfl bloomed and it turned into a really lovely piece of fabric.
I intend to knit it again, using a gradient dyed sock blank, which should be on its way to me soon.

Let me leave you with a game of spot the difference :)
On the left:  my new distance glasses.
On the right:  my new reading glasses.
Yup, old age has finally caught up with me and I need two pairs of specs.
Hooray for Specsavers!