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The Winter Sea shawl

The Winter Sea shawl.
The Winter Sea shawl.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

“My father always told me that the sea was in my blood. I had been born and raised beside it on the shores of Nova Scotia, and I never could resist its siren pull. So when the main road out of Aberdeen turned inland I turned right instead, and took the way along the coast…”

This Winter Sea shawl was inspired by the pattern, Scottish Thistles. I fell in love with it the moment I saw someone’s finished project and when the second cake of Gobstopper yarn arrived, I knew they were a perfect fit. I went in search of a book about Scotland and not only found what I needed for this project, but a new author to add to my growing Kindle collection. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley was an enjoyable read. Great characters, interesting story, and I learned a little history of Scotland to boot.

This shawl is going to a Ravelry friend who introduced me to Gobstopper yarns. I’m trading it for a cake of Vivid Fine Arts Blue Nocturne so I have some to knit in VFA’s Shawloween CAL in October.


Notes on Project

I love this Scottish Thistles pattern. I had a tough time with the yarn overs and twisted stitches but they were really my own errors and nothing to do with the pattern. Concentration was at an all time low during this month with design related project taking over most of my free-time. I plan on knitting this one up again in a cashmere blend from Knit picks and gradient dyeing natural to purple.


Color: Golden yellows, purples, violets
Size: One size,  Measures 52″ wide by 20″ long.
Material: 50% Merino, 50% silk yarn
Gently hand wash – Lay flat or dry clean.

The Winter Sea shawl.
View worn as scarf.

The Winter Sea shawl.
Folded for color view.

The Winter Sea shawl.
Close up of edging.

The Winter Sea shawl.
Full view of shawl.

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This shawl is not for sale. 

*Special thanks to Anne-Lise Maigaard (Scottish Thistles Shawl) for creating such a beautiful  pattern and to Gobstopper Yarns and RavenRidge Fiber Arts for dyeing such beautiful yarns.