Friday, February 7, 2014

Nordic Shawl

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The dressmaker’s dummy always wears these triangular wrap things with such aplomb.  I myself am never quite sure what to do with the long ends.  Tying at the front makes me feel matronly, and wearing like a poncho makes me feel short.  It’s too big to be a scarf.  There’s this, where you just tie the ends at the back and get on with your day, but that always leaves most of the front of me uwrapped, and then my bellybutton gets cold.  I think the real secret to my pulling off something like this is to wear it like the French, to just fling it around my neck, like I don’t even care, letting the ends go where they will.  Insouciance. Everything about me is fabulous. I know I look good, I don’t have to keep fussing about it.  That’s the trick. 

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This is the beautiful Nordic Shawl.  I used fingering weight yarns because that’s what I had in the cupboard, and I wish I’d gone down a hook size or two, because the drapeyness level is a little high.  The scritchy Araucania Ranco needed a bath, so I wet-blocked it, which of course makes yarn relax—yep, this thing is relaxed, all right.  Drape city.  The pretty colorwork section is all draped out.  Naturally, I am in love with it.  It’s one of those thingamabobs that isn’t a scarf, nor a blanket, nor a poncho.  It’s a thingy.  A big, floppy, comfy thingy that I can just fling around my shoulders and look great.

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Over a column dress with boots, I think.  With some kind of serious-looking leather tote, and a big bangle bracelet.  A good manicure.  A little bit of attitude.  Nice. 

42 comments:

  1. Ah, you used beautiful colours here!

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  2. But it's so nice!put it on according to the French style: it's really smart!congratulations ,anyway!

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  3. Love this! I love the shades you have put together. It looks beautiful and snuggly. Perfect over a column dress with boots. And you'll rock it with a leather tote, bracelet, manicure and attitude! Go You!

    Have a beautiful weekend whatever you do and whatever the weather!

    Vanessa xxxx

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  4. gorgeous.....i'm sure you'll be 'stylin' just as well as the dress form!

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  5. Beautiful :-) I love the colors you used. I was debating if I could make one with sock weight yarn. What size hook did you use?
    Thanks for sharing. Now go rock your new creation!

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  6. So, so beautiful and the outfit you described is absolutely perfect with silvery grey manicure inthink! Another great project !

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  7. It's awesome! (Yes I wish I had the style of your mannekin too lol) have a great weekend :-) Helen

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  8. Love the colours you chose and the pink pearls on the dummy!

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  9. I love it, a very beautiful version of all the Nordic shawls I have seen out there. I think the drape of it adds to its mystery.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  10. So lovely to find your blog and that you've finished the Nordic Shawl! I'm hooking away like mad on mine, I am determined to finish it this weekend, though I'm facing the same "How do I wear this?" conundrum...Chrissie x

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  11. It's great. I bought yarn to make this last week - but am determined to finish my current WIP first.
    Have a good weekend. x

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  12. Kristen, you saucy minx, flinging about your ends about with abandon. Your shawl is gorgeous. I've been debating buying this pattern, it looks like a good one. Seeing yours has just pushed me over the edge. Something to make while watching the Olympics me thinks.

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  13. ... and a beret? This looks great. I think I'm too short to be a shawl person, but plan on making one one day and just wear it round my shoulders sitting on my patio when the sun has lowered. Wendy x

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  14. It's absolutely gorgeous. You're right, it must be worn with insouciance. You will need a little je ne sais quoi. Which I know you have.

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  15. I love the sound of your "French" outfit - perfect! The shawl is so lovely - I've had the pattern open on my screen to buy all week - definitely a project for our coming winter.

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  16. I think it will look wonderful on you and will go so well with all of those clothes you just dyed! All of you take a look at Cherry Heart, she made one too and has it pinned on one shoulder with a shawl pin! It Looks very chic !

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  17. Oh it's so lovely! I need to make one of these. Badly.

    - J

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  18. Hell yes, it's beautiful and I love the drapey thing! The yarn for mine has just arrived so I can't wait to get started! Yours is gorgeous

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  19. It's absolutely beautiful Kristen and yes, very Frenchified! Enjoy wearing it, it looks so wonderfully cosy! Joy x

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  20. I am so utterly in love with this pattern, I wonder if I can get away with buying more yarn to make this before I get on with some of my other things! I like the colours that you have used for the different coloured band around it. xx

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  21. Ohh this is just wonderful Kristen, I love the colours you used for your Nordic Shawl, and I like how you plan to wear it - sounds perfect and you'll feel and look tres chic!

    Gill xx

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  22. Ive the same excessive material in my shades of sea and sky shawl... will send a photo to your email... LOL I love the color choices for the thingy.. YEs to leather tote bangles and boots!!! (Ha I'd wear that w/ pjs or a night gown!) No pictures needed of that! <(")

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  23. Nice? very nice, I absolutely love that. Jo x

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  24. Gosh that shawl is gorgeous - my daughter would love one of these. You picked beautiful colours

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  25. Fantastic!! ♥ Lovely colors and a nice pattern :-).
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Nata

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  26. Beautiful colours and a great shawl!

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  27. Indian women have the long scarf thing down to a tee. I don't know how they just throw it over their shoulder and keep it there. Some people just know how to work it. I'm sure you will wear the Nordic Shawl well. It's gorgeous! Best wishes, Tammy

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  28. And a very lovely thing it is too!

    I have a daughter who can pull off the nonchalant French approach to scarves and shawls. I struggle to emulate her but have done much better since I invested in some shawl pins.

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  29. Wow! That's gorgeous!!! You're so clever!!!
    Carly
    x

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  30. Divino!!! los colores geniales y se ve bien abrigado me encanto besitos.

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  31. Wonderful post. Its really beautiful and gorgeous. Thanks for your nice post.

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  32. I like that! Très chic à la style français. That is EXACTLY the way to wear the Nordic shawl. Lovely post, thanks for linking and stunning color choice. Love it.
    Annette
    My Rose Valley

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  33. Hello There,
    I was just looking at your blog and saw you in your beautiful Coat,looks great!
    Greetings from Anita
    http://zeeuwsdna.blogspot.nl/

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  34. wow, totally fabulous, love the colors, you have inspired me absolutely!! Insouciance, thank you for that, your description is so perfectly wonderful!

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