It’s getting rather spring-like in Copenhagen this week! Snowdrops are out everywhere, the sun is shining and I can actually leave the house without my Barley hat for the first time in weeks! The birds in our neighbourhood are starting to get more active too- from cheeky scavengers to chirpy garden birds- and that’s specifically what’s getting me inspired in my knitting this week.
So I have begun a magpie-inspired shawl. The pattern is Colour Affection by Veera Välimäki on Ravelry, and I am knitting it out of a mix of fingering weight yarns: some undyed Araucania Ranco, black Onion nettle sock yarn (it has a slight sheen which is perfect for magpie wings) and some more Araucania Ranco for the iridescent greeny-blue feather streaks, from a skein that I dyed last week. I’m really excited to see how it turns out!West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s their Signature 4 ply base of 75% wool (including 35% Bluefaced Leicester) and 25% nylon, and each colourway is taken from a different bird native to the UK. What’s really lovely is that the colours are well observed and translate into beautiful yarn. I bought the Blue Tit colourway, but I quite fancy the Mallard colourway as well as it will remind me of walks by the duck pond. Ducks are also very amusing, noisy creatures so I will smile every time I look down at my Mallard-inspired socks!
How about you- are you inspired by any creatures in your craft? I’d love to hear your stories :)