Yarn Alonging

Red Shoe Beach

There are times when wandering through a yarn shop isn't as inspiring as I'd like. I have a large (enough) stash and, often, much of what I see is similar to what is already housed in the (ever burgeoning) stash. It just doesn't feel right to buy more of the same.


Last spring, when I spotted Anzula's lace weight silk/linen blend (Breeze), it was an unexpected delight. Here was something new and unique and it was stimulating to see.  I was worried the linen would be hard, tough on my hands, but this yarn was soft, with the cool texture of linen and the sheen of silk. I was enchanted and, of course, I bought red…a pretty not quite pink, not quite coral, Red Shoe.

Before long I'd decided on a suitable pattern for my unique yarn, Susan's Beach Glass. It was time to tackle my first ever bottom up shawl. 388 stitches were successful cast on and the feather and fan section launched. Over the months it took to complete, there were times when I became distracted with other projects, (Color Affection for one), but I never abandon my Red Shoe on the Beach.Beachgardensshadow

With each of the decreasing rows, through wavy lace and into the eyelets, this shawl enchanted and entertained. A designer must have a vision of how the patterns will fit together, must have an understanding of when, and where, each decrease should be, and before ever casting on, must know, in the end, that the pattern will come together when the last stitches are woven together. I am in awe of this ability. 


The linen/silk blend yarn has a nice hand, a beautiful drape, and an airy lightness, which reminds me of the a summer's day. I am also assured the yarn was the right choice for this elegant shawl. Come spring, I'll be ready to let the beautiful pink Beach Glass sit on my shoulders and keep the cool breezes away.

My Ravelry - Beach Glass


It's gorgeous. The color really is unique and I'm so happy that you finished it!

Absolute perfection! XOXO

Beautiful Margene! I've had this shawl in my queue forever. After my rash of baby hats and a Honey Badger Stuffie, I'll have to get one of my own on the needles.

That is so pretty. And, now you're already for spring!

What a gorgeous color for this pattern! Enjoy!

Gorgeous - and it'll be a beautiful, cheery color when the drab days arrive!

Oh MY....I love this!! You and I share that same love for red....so beautiful!

That's exquisite, Margene!

That is so lovely! The color will make you think of spring during the darkest days of winter!

It is beautiful. I love the pattern and the color.


Love it...wish I had more time to knit. I miss it but life will quiet down at some point in my life and I know I will miss being busy with kids!

I live my lace knitting through you at the moment!

Lovely, great knitting job as usual :)

Great color--I wish I could come and pet the yarn. I want to make a small shawl for a friend who is always too hot and wouldn't appreciate wool!

Beautiful Margene!

So lovely. Well done.

Oh, that's beautiful Margene! I love that wavy feather & fan.

That is so lovely, Margene!

Looking good Margene!

Wow! It's absolutely stunning!

came out great. what a fun colorway.

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