Spring is in the air! (Well, maybe…)

The snowdrops are out and the crocus and daffodil shoots are pushing their way through… It’s still chilly but the longer daylight hours hint that spring is just around the corner (I hope – anything could happen, it is Scotland after all).

I’m still trying to get out of my hibernation/”everything should be purple” rut, and new spring yarn colours will be coming soon. In the meantime, with Mother’s Day in the UK and Easter rapidly approaching, here are some spring colours already in my my shop. And sparkles aren’t just for Christmas! If you like what’s in the basket above, I’ve provided direct links to individual yarns below, but you should also have a wee look round the shop anyway because there’s loads of choice at the moment 🙂 .

Photograph of cowl crocheted in 'Coastal' chunky yarn
Cowl crocheted in ‘Coastal’ Chunky Merino Wave Wrap yarn

That skein of chunky that’s kinda in the middle of the basket… that’s Coastal, inspired by pebbles on the beach and seaspray. When I dyed it it had two siblings. It still has one, but the other got crocheted into this cosy cowl, perfect for keeping my neck warm. It’s based on Marilyn J. Wallace’s Mobius Cowl pattern, although I made this one taller and narrower and skipped the mobius twist. I’m a bit addicted to that pattern I have to admit – although I should probably stop ‘borrowing’ shop stock to make them!

On to the yarn…

Photograph of yarn in spring coloursLeft -> Right: Top Row Fresh as a Daisy Superwash BFL/bamboo 4-ply yarn, Frosty Silky baby alpaca 4-ply yarn, Fandango Silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn, Leapfrog Superwash BFL DK yarn, Glinting Superwash Wool/nylon 4-ply yarnLilacs Silky Baby alpaca laceweight yarn

Bottom Row Daffy Silky Baby alpaca yarnIn a Tizzy Squashy merino/alpaca/nylon 4-ply yarn, Coastal Chunky Merino Wave Wrap yarn, Greengage Silky Baby Alpaca laceweight yarn, Bell Heather Silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn (it’s a much lighter colour in real life!), Hebe Silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn

2W9A2322edLeft -> Right: Top Row Minty Sparkly superwash merino 4-ply yarn, Tromso aran BFL yarn, Pebbles Silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn, Beam Superwash BFL/nylon 4-ply yarn, Blush silky baby alpaca 4-ply yarn

Bottom Row Bubblegum Bluefaced Leicester laceweight yarn (it’s a lighter colour in real life!), Nimbus Superwash merino/bamboo laceweight yarn, Lime Fizz silky baby alpaca 4-ply yarn, Vortex Chunky erino wave wrap yarn, Crystal Sparkly superwash merino 4-ply yarn, Orange Sorbet Silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn



UFO Found!

Unfinished shawl
Barely started Unfinished shawl

I found it! Under a pile of *stuff* (old packaging, bags etc.) were a couple of project bags and in one was this UFO; the one that inspired me to start Abstract Cat, because I wanted to crochet this shawl but none of my favourite indie dyers had the shade of red I wanted. I’m not sure why I abandoned it – it’s possible my health took a dip, I got distracted by other things, or I got impatient, or more likely I was too lazy to do something about the huge yarn tangle that’s about 20cm from where I finished working…

It’s a shame – the pattern is Arrows by Annette Petavy Design and although I didn’t get far, stretching it, it looks like the stitch pattern was progressing nicely:

Stitch detail from Arrows shawl
Stitch pattern from Arrows shawl


I can’t be absolutely certain what yarn I used (being pre-AbCat, there’s no label), but it’s a 2-ply laceweight and I’m almost certain it’s 100% alpaca. It feels lovely and the semi-solid yarn and stitch pattern work beautifully together.

I think I might just try and tackle that tangle, figure out where I’d actually got to in the pattern, and bump this one up to the top of my projects queue. It was coming on so well it would be a shame to abandon it for a second time! What I don’t need to be doing is browsing Annette Petavy’s online shop and be tempted by more of her gorgeous designs!


*disclaimer: I am in no way connected with Annette Petavy – I just admire her patterns.