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The Wool Kitchen and Miss Winkle

I’m convinced I’ve created a perfect pairing of yarn and shawl pattern…

Miss Winkle
Miss Winkle is the loopy edged pattern by Martina Behm that was inspired by The Big Bang Theory and Quantum Mechanics. I kid you not! I enjoy reading Martina’s explanation of her patterns and her unusual sources of inspiration turned into knitwear.

Wool Kitchen
Although extremely effective, the shawl is pretty easy to knit. Martina has two helpful video tutorials covering twisting the loop and crossing two stitches. Other than that it’s knit, knit, knit till the yarn runs out. Then the fun really starts by blocking with a rod through the loops to get them even, round and 3D. The finished shawl is so much fun, it attracted as much attention while I was knitting it as it has afterwards. And I was so impressed with Martina’s design and pattern instructions that I immediately cast on another pattern of hers (more on that in another blog post).

Ground Control
The Wool Kitchen‘s yarn has been tickling my fancy for quite some time. First I took advantage of an Instagram sample sale acquiring a sunshine yellow super chunky that I used for one of the many hats and some sock yarn in the colour way ‘she’s electric’ that’s yet to be used. I swooned over the first release of Nebula but sadly wasn’t quick enough to purchase before it sold out. So when the next update was announced ahead of time I set the evening aside for some elbows out, must not miss out online shopping to make sure I wasn’t disappointed a second time. What do you know both Nebula and Ground Control made it into my virtual shopping basket and arrived through my real-life letter box a few days later!

This colour way is Ground Control, a blue-grey with neon orange flashes. It goes very well with my latest dress! A lovely mix of BFL and bamboo makes The Wool Kitchen’s sock yarn too good for hiding in shoes (in my opinion)! 

Miss Winkle