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Rosy, Posy, Pink & Poesy

It’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week again! You can read all of last year’s posts here.

I’ve written before about my love of pink, especially paired with dark green. And while I magnanimously love all colours and can spend hours inventing new colour names, if I had to choose one, I’m sorry Lilac, but let there be Pink.

Last year during Blog Week, you may have seen this yarn on my shelf. Now it’s winding/winging its way to being a fully-fledged shawl. All grown up!

bulky pink shawl
bulky pink shawl

I’m using my own Fill-in-the-Blanks Shawl Design formula (currently in testing!) with the Wheatear Stitch. I’m so so so excited about this ebook, I just can’t wait to release it!

fill-in-the-blanks shawl design

“Pink, it was love at first sight” – Aerosmith

And then there’s this bottom-up, leafy number which I’m knitting in Artist’s Palette Glisten; 100% silk, except for the 100% pleasure that I’m quite certain is plied with it. It’s also been in my stash for far too long! If you’ve never understood “process knitters” (i.e. knitters who enjoy the process of knitting as much as, if not more than, the finished project), then perhaps you’ve never knit with a yarn which makes you want to watch every stitch take form. Silk takes dye particularly well, and no photos can do these colours justice. The yellow isn’t yellow, it’s gold

spring shawl
spring shawl
spring shawl

“Pink is the color of romance and a friend tells me that the girl with the pink dress at the party is the one who is selected for each dance” – Alfred Carl Hottes

Was Hottes talking about roses? I don’t know, but recently I’ve developed a penchant for polymer clay and I made this pink rosy posy heart pendant from white Cernit and coloured it with a blush…

rose heart pendant

And I think blushing must be what Emily Dickinson writes of as a “shawl of Pink”:

Shame is the shawl of Pink
In which we wrap the Soul
To keep it from infesting Eyes —
The elemental Veil
Which helpless Nature drops
When pushed upon a scene
Repugnant to her probity —
Shame is the tint divine.

One last heart/shawl in progress, which isn’t strictly pink unless I get vaguely scientific and point out that white light is a combination of all colours (think Pink Floyd prism).

heart shawl

C’est tout! Lick a pink confection, listen to Piaf, and pick a pink stitch (a pinch?) or two. Á demain…


  1. Sue says:

    love the colour of your silk yarn

  2. Faith says:

    Love your love of pink. I’ll have to keep my eye out for your ebook now!

  3. Debi says:

    Hi from Chile!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I love your photography and your words – what a lovely blog you have.

    Here’s my post on colour:

    Hope you enjoy KCBW x

  5. Liz Washburn says:

    I’m not involved in the judging for blog week, but I think your post is the best of the bunch I’ve looked at today. Beautiful photography! I love the inclusion of a poem. (I’m an English teacher.)

  6. I love pink too but as a former tomboy, i don’t dare wearing some. But, my smartcover’s Ipad is pink
    See you tomorrow ;)

  7. Emma says:

    Loved your pictures and your quips! I think I’m a process knitter too, since many of my FOs go directly into storage.

    I recently read in Woman’s Day that you should “wear pink to look younger!” And when Talbots (my retail gig) featured several different shades of pink in March, I saw the truth of it. Everyone looked more rosy and youthful once they found the right shade of pink!

  8. Zabelle says:

    Oh wow! Can’t wait to see the patterns! How can I test knit for you?

  9. Kepanie says:

    You’re the first knitter I’ve met who loves shades of pink. Very interesting!
    Great quotes you have to support your points.

  10. Frockfarie says:

    I love pink, I think it’s a very underrated colour. I have a few pink items that I use to accent other colours.
    Just love the silk yarn.

  11. Vivianne says:

    That silk yarn is something really special :-)

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