Flindra | my first knitted shawl

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I've been listening to the Truly Murtle podcast for quite a while, I love knitting although I don't do very much.  It's the calming repetitive movement, slowly the needles produce interesting tactile fabric and my blood pressure drops with the rhythm of the needles.

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While listening to one episode while sewing at work, I heard about a KAL [knit a long] and thought I join in, bought and down loaded the Flindra pattern on ravelry and headed up to Loop in Camden Passage.  Its a lovely shop and the staff are brilliant, a veritable cornucopia of delicious tactile yarns.  I chose a Danish organic yarn called Semilla by BC Garn, its soft, comes in an array of colours and wasn't too expensive.

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It's knitted width ways, so starting off small and growning and has an interesting chevron though the design.  I really enjoyed the pattern, only once over thinking the pattern and Libby was able to explain what I had miss understood.

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The different textures are easy to knit, although I am a slowish knitter and did start again once - just wanted it to be right.  The coloured texture was simple and made knitting in 2 yarns seem so easy, it's also a lovely pop of colour and defines the chevron pattern.

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I didn't block it in a traditional way, I used towels and layed it on top and used my steam iron gently.  Will have to find a space and maybe get a blocking board if I make another shawl again.  Since finishing, my mother bought me the Tuesday pattern and yarn for my birthday, its by Erica Knight who we met at the Knitting & Stitching show in Ally Pally.  I loved the Tuesday and am now slowly knitting it - again do sometimes over think the pattern but its a wonderful soft chunky yarn and now trying to just do what the pattern says!