With the onset of Autumn it is definitely time to think about those cosy accessories that complement your seasonal wardrobe. There is nothing as versatile as a shawl or wrap to provide that warmth and a ‘pop’ of colour when taking a stroll through crisp leaves or the pavements of the city. My new design, Wollaton, definitely fits the bill!
My design inspiration for Wollaton is its namesake, an Elizabethan country house and parkland located in the city of Nottingham. The 16th century house was designed by the notable architect of the time, Robert Smythson for the Willoughby family. More recently Wollaton has been the fictional home of Bruce Wayne in the Hollywood production of Batman’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. My design pays homage to the ‘bat wing’ shape, with five spines radiating centrally and culminating in shapely points.
The Falkland fine merino laceweight is beautifully soft, giving wonderful drape and the colourway used is Lyncolne Grene.
The download for Wollaton can be found on Ravelry.
Ruth (Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:48)
Oh yes, the bats. I have tiny little ones making their rounds in front of my house in the evening, keeping me free from gnats. They live under my roof.
What an adequate setting for your beautiful shawl, which is worked to perfection!
Rachael (Wednesday, 07 September 2016 23:14)
Hi Ruth, Yes, they are fantastic to watch and they do such a good job :) Wollaton hall (and parkland) is a very beautiful part of Nottingham. Thank you for your kind comments about my design.
Rebecca Willoughby (Monday, 31 October 2016 21:00)
I just found you on Instagram today, your yarn is amazing! And I love this shawl! I can't wait to see it in person
Helen (Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:21)
I've just discovered this pattern whilst browsing Ravelry - I grew up in Wollaton and spent every minute of the school holidays in the park and hall - they ran a summer playscheme called Museum club in the 70's which kept us out of trouble. Is it still a natural history museum? Thankyou for the lovely photos , especially the camellia house. I shall start this shawl just as soon as I finish several other WIP's
Rachael (Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:27)
I am so pleased that you have found sherwood yarn. Wollaton hall is a such a wonderful place and yes, the Natural History Museum is still there too (I love taking my children there).