Project of the Month: Bradway Shawl
For November’s Project of the Month we paired two very special British Columbian yarny talents: local Van Island designer Shannon Cook of Very Shannon with homegrown BC Interior yarn from Disdero Ranch to wrap ourselves up in one of our long time favourite shawls, the Bradway.
“I am continually inspired to create designs that are easy to wear, rich in texture, and that allow makers to have fun and feel confident in both my patterns and their skills.”
Shannon Cook perfectly describes the Bradway which is comprised of textured twisted ribs and knit-purl combos for a modern, rustic triangular shawl that is a fun and relaxing knit.
This pattern is clearly written, tested and filled with inspirational photography. The Bradway Shawl is suitable for advanced beginners and beyond, made easier with a stitch-count chart to help easily keep you on track.
Baaad Anna’s so pleased to partner with local sheep farmer Laurie Morris to offer her award-winning Disdero Ranch’s CVMco Worsted in store for the first time! It is a woolen spun yarn in rich, natural colours which are perfect for the Bradway creating a light, warm, rustic and beautifully neutral coloured finished project. Can you believe the colourways her gorgeous sheep provide?
“We are a small-scale ranch nestled in the North Thompson Valley of British Columbia where our flock and herd frolic amidst the fresh air and lush pastures alongside the North Thompson River.”
CVMco worsted weight yarn is a lofty 50/50 blend of CVM and Corriedale, two beautiful sheep breeds that produce wools that are naturally uneven in colour with a matte appearance. Soft enough to be worn against the skin, it can be used to create indoor/outdoor cardigans and pullovers as well as medium-weight knitted, crocheted, and woven garments and accessories. If you wish to avoid a patched effect in your large projects, we suggest alternating hanks as you work.
This yarn is woollen spun, 2-ply, non-dyed/non-bleached/natural colour.
Each hank is approximately 112g/4oz and 187m/205yds.
For our Bradway we used four skeins total in the following colours:
Main Colour: Two skeins of Black Heather
CC1: One skein of Oatmeal
CC2: One skein of Cinnamon
Once finished it went into the cold bath for a good long wet soak with a capful of Eucalan which both cleaned and brightened the yarn as well as allowed the shawl to really soften. Then we blocked to shape to the finished dimensions using blocking wires for nice clean edges and let it sit for a couple days. Being woolen spun, the blocking process allows the stitches to bloom, relax and adjust creating a beautifully even finish to this project. Please note also that this yarn being non-superwash will felt so always hand wash cold and lay flat to dry; and since the processing is minimal the non-rinse soak is important to wash out any excess lanolin.
You can read more about shepherdess and creator of Disdero Ranch Laurie Morris here and follow them on instagram at @disderoranch
Shannon Cook can be found at veryshannon.com and on instagram @soveryshannon