Orchids in Balboa Park

Aside from knitting, flowers are my favorite things to admire. The variety of colors and shapes keep my inner creator intrigued.

I had the pleasure of heading to San Diego, CA this weekend and I got to wander through the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park. The garden featured orchids, tropical palms, and ferns, and there was a little tulip patch. Many of the colors had me taking notes. Case and point these flowers: 

I am in love with this rich hot pink color. I must find some yarn this exact color and knit a cardigan. Not quite sure why mind is saying cardigan, but I am rolling with it haha. 

The orchids on display were hands down my favorite. Orchids are so sculptural looking and the color combinations/patterning have me in awe. This visit most certainly got my creative wheels turning.

What inspires you to create?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Test Knit: Stormy Sky Shawl

The Stormy Sky Shawl is an asymmetrical knitted shawl. It is made in a skewed triangle shape from end to end using fingering weight yarn. The pattern alternates between garter stitch, eyelets, and dropped stitches, which keeps it interesting while knitting.

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This shawl caught my eye one evening while scrolling through my Instagram feed.  I loved how the textural features fit so well together. The knit designer at Life is Cozy was looking for test knitters so I volunteered. I immediately thought of using my skein of Atlantis Yarn in Seafoam.


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This pattern was well written and easy to follow. I appreciated the pattern notes and options for modifications (making shawl longer, adding tassels). I opted out of these choices as I only had one skein of yarn to work with.  I have seen other tester’s FOs and the tassels are a nice compliment.

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Even though I used a wool blend, this shawl is super light and airy. It would make a perfect wrap on a spring day or evening spent by the water. I like that there are a few options of how to wear it as well. 

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I decided to gift this shawl to my best friend for her birthday. She loved it! She is a ballet dancer so she envisioned using this shawl as a wrapper when she is warming up for class.

When you get the chance check out lifeiscozy.com for more beautiful and free patterns.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-