I finished my Hap Blanket last night and took the photos of it this morning in beautiful warm sunshine in the summerhouse in the garden. As I've mentioned in previous posts the design is by Edinburgh-based Ysolda Teague. 'Haps', or shawls made from thick wool, originate in the Shetland Islands, where working women wore them round their shoulders, crossed over at the front and with the ends tied behind their waists. The lace patterns and shape of the haps are similar to the finer Shetland lace shawls.
The central square is simply garter stitch, which makes for a comforting, springy, mould-able fabric. The edging is the traditional famous Shetland 'old shell' lace. I used Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran in an oatmeal/natural colour and Mission Falls 1824 for the red accents. The yarns have produced the perfect combination of textures and colours which beautifully compliment the stitches.
It is the most perfect day today, spring is definitely in the air (although, this being England, rain is forecast for tomorrow). I must stop writing now and head out for a 'long run', probably along the canal path and hopefully with Chris on the bike for company. I'm running the Neolithic Marathon on the 3rd May (multi-terrain 26.2 miles) and am aware that I haven't done enough miles this year in training!