Fall Shawls

purpleshawl-6791 green-shawl-7282My Emiliana shawl is finished and blocked and ready to be gifted.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out: super lofty and cozy.  I have a few more projects that I would like to finish before the weather cools.  Of course what I really want to do is cast on half a dozen new projects. I’m working on my Nurmilintu, but Beatrix wants a birthday sweater…

I think today is the official first day of fall, and I just checked the weather and it looks like Virginia is finally going to start cooperating:  highs in the 70s starting Saturday.  You did come to my blog hoping for a weather report, right? My mind is a little empty of words (mental to-do list is crowding out most thoughts), but I’ve got the weather covered, so we’re good.  Better writing to come in October?

p.s.  Those are guinea eggs.  My kids discovered a couple of guinea nests in the yard this week.  They’re sneaky little birds.

p.p.s.  I wrote an introduction over on Instagram.  If you read my blog there’s not much new, but maybe a little bit?


  1. Your shawl is beautiful! Lucky recipient!! I have knit a Nurmilintu. Love it and get compliments on it all the time. Mabel sure is growing! Have a good week!

  2. Love the shawl! Perfect color choices.

  3. highs in the 70’s? Goodness that sounds wonderful, we’re still roasting over here in the 90’s….gross.

  4. I’m a bit obsessed with the weather myself. It’s so rich at this time of year, with golden sunny days when the light complements the changing foliage, windy days blowing the leaves around, rain which I just love, and soon the first mists with their autumnal scent. Lush. Enjoy!

  5. We’ve learned from experience not to take every guinea egg in a nest. If we took every egg, they would find a new location (which began to range further and further away from our property). If you leave just one egg, they will return to their “secret” location to lay. Happy guinea egg eating!

  6. All beautiful as per usual for such a talented crafter as yourself!
    And I adore the acorn dishes the acorns are in.

  7. The shawl is so beautiful, Ginny. 🙂

  8. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    That’s a lot of eggs!

  9. I have just been over at Ravelry and looking at all your past finished projects. I am simply in awe! You are not only a prolific knitter but your knitting is GORGEOUS! I start projects but get stuck usually and then they remain UFO’s for sometimes years (I have a vest I started for my husband before we were married and it stills remains unfinished 22 years later I’m ashamed to say.) Since discovering your blog it has motivated me to get back into knitting – working on all those UFOs for starters! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  10. Richard (in Charlotte, NC) says:

    I can’t wait to see the yarn you get dyed with the pot of Black Walnuts. That would be some awesome yarn to mix with a natural in a shawl. Once again, HAPPY AUTUMN!

  11. Beautiful as always!

  12. Dear Ginny – I am always impressed by your knitting, but that Emiliana shawl is completely stunning! I enjoying seeing how you are able to get so much knitting done along with homeschooling and homemaking and many children. It gives me hope!

    God bless you,
    Michele F.

  13. Are those avocado skins in the pot for dyeing? I’m saving them up in my fridge right now to try!! 😉 ( Love the new shawl……your yarns are gorgeous!

  14. I am looking for some shawl patterns to try. Never done one yet. Scarves and blankets. Started socks but could not get the heel down. I enjoy hearing about weather in other places. I traveled through Virginia last year and loved it!
    Lovely shawls by the way. Colors are beautiful. 😉

  15. The Emiliana shawl is beautiful and I love the color choices. I admire how you get so much done as I know your life is more than busy with the kids and animals. Enjoy the cooling Virginia weather.

  16. beautiful shawl! I bet it will be hard to part with it 🙂

  17. Our guinea just hatched 17 little babies!! We are so excited. Our first 2 females were killed while setting on their nests so we had to get a new female. Her first nest was destroyed by an animal but she managed to escape and began another nest and now we have babies!! Just praying nothing gets to the babies!! Love your photos!!

  18. LOVE that new shawl…..check out “The Italian Job”….on the same order as that one……I can’t wait to finish my “On the Spice Market” so I can look for yarn for the next one….Here in Ohio the weekend is supposed to be in the 70’s also…..can’t wait! Getting ready to go to Rhinebeck…..won’t have a Rhinebeck sweater, but I will have a Rhinebeck shawl! Ha ha

  19. What beautiful knitting! Don’t know how you manage to fit that into your busy life!!! Enjoy the weekend – hopefully “fall like”!

  20. Your photos are simply stunning ♥


  21. Okay, either I missed it or you didn’t mention it: what’s in the pot of water? They kind of look like walnuts or something along those lines. I could be totally wrong (wouldn’t be the first time).

    Also, the question remains: do you have time to knit Bea a birthday sweater?

  22. Beautiful shawl! And I love that last photo. I’m relatively new to your space (not sure how I missed it for so long!) and loved finding out on your instagram introduction that you studied forestry! I study forest herbivores so not only do I study the critters, I study the plants they eat and the silviculture treatments used to produce that vegetation. Probably explains why I’m so interested in your plant-based dyeing process!

  23. I just love how your Emiliana shawl turned out. It’s so beautiful! I’d like to make a shawl and was wondering if you could recommend one for me that is super simple but still pretty. I keep messing up my projects so I’m a bit hesitant to try anything remotely resembling lace! (I’m about to start over for maybe the 6th time on the Botanical Cowl I’m making as a Christmas gift. And I’ve made it twice before!) I think maybe my last baby depleted all the concentrate on knitting brain cells!

  24. Ginny!
    I am so envious of your knitting abilities! How DO you do it??? I can knit a square dishcloth and that is it, and that takes me forever. You create gorgeous pieces AND have 8 children. How do I get past square one?

    • I could have written the same words, Lisa! I too can knit a square Granny Dishcloth and refer to myself as a “one knit wonder” haha

  25. Haha – sometimes I hear comments about how the weather isn’t a real topic of conversation, or how it’s one of the terrible small-talk sins of our time…but I disagree – I love hearing about the weather! For anyone who spends part of their day outside, it has a huge, practical impact on daily life. (Especially if you have kids…) It’s the background to every story. Knowing that it’s sunny where my mom lives, for example, means I know she had one kind of day (walking or gardening) instead of another kind of day (sewing inside). I can more accurately predict her mood when we chat. I can more easily put myself where she is when thinking about her.

    So I guess I mean to say that I like hearing about the weather in Virginia 🙂

  26. The shawl is beautiful! I really need to learn how
    to knit!

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