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Friday, December 16, 2011

Rocky Mountain Sunrise Shawl

I have had a small pile of yarns sitting here on my desk for weeks now, waiting for me to decide what to do with them. I was drawn to yarns in pinks, fuchsias and oranges for awhile and I collected quite a stash of them from Etsy stores, ebay and other sources. I have them in plastic storage drawers, just waiting for the perfect projects. I rarely find a pattern and then buy yarn for it; I buy yarn I love and then let it tell me what it wants to become.

In this stash was a skein of Be Sweet Magic Ball yarn in the Hot Sundae colorway
The Be Sweet Magic Ball yarn is a collection of yarns tied together (commonly called a component yarn) and is described by Be Sweet this way:

A divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies.

I intended to make a long skinny scarf with this skein of yarn. I crocheted a long chain and started crocheting rows. I loved watching the scarf take shape as I went through each section of the magic ball of yarn, enjoying the colors and textures of each different section of yarn. After the skein was all crocheted up, I looked over at my pile of coordinating yarns and decided to just grab a skein of yarn, tie it to the end of the Be Sweet skein and keep on crocheting. I ended up using 13 different skeins of yarn with so many different fibers, colors and textures.

What I created was this incredible shawl that I named "Rocky Mountain Sunrise because the vibrant colors remind me of the vibrant sunrises (and sunsets) that we enjoy here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

This shawl can be worn many different ways. If it hadn't been so cold outside when I did the photo shoot I would have created more looks but I needed to get finished before my fingers froze!

I love the colors and the textures in this shawl!

The yarns I used include boucle, brushed, ladder, ribbon, beaded, flag, two-ply and eyelash yarns. The fibers include mohair, baby mohair, merino, wool, silk, rayon, poly and nylon. This shawl is warm, soft and snuggly.

I have listed this shawl in the ArtFire store for sale. I am including free Priority Mail shipping along with delivery confirmation and insurance (to the US only). If you order by Monday, December 19th, you should have this shawl in time for gift giving at Christmas. Here is the listing in the store: Rocky Mountain Sunrise Shawl

And, of course, I want to share with you some photos of the Rocky Mountain Sunrises that inspired the creation of this shawl.

All of these photos were taken from either our front or our back deck without the use of filters or enhancements.


Pricilla said...

It's just stunning!

Rose said...

Absolutely gorgeous scarf! Wearing bright colors in the winter is a lot of fun.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Pricilla: Thank you!
Rose: Thank you! I agree that wearing bright colors, especially in the winter, is a lot of fun. How could something this vibrant not make you smile?!

Maitri said...

Oh my gracious me!

That shawl is about the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life! You are SO talented. I wanted to reach in your blog and just plain SNATCH it! :) I always love your work but this one just knocked me on my keester, ha ha ha.

Bravo dear friend, you never cease to amaze me!

Merry Christmas and joyful blessed holidays to you and yours,


Split Rock Ranch said...

Maitri: Thank you so very much for your kind words about my work! Coming from a fellow fiber artist, that means a great deal to me! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! Snuggle those puggles for me, okay?