Forest Pansy

The first flowering trees of spring are a welcome sight after a long winter.  The Cercis Canadensis, or Eastern Redbud is one of my favourites.  We have several different varieties in our garden, and I love them when they begin to bloom in spring. The flowers are tiny and close to the branches, and come out before any leaves.  The trees usually bloom in May. The branches are quite artistic, and the leaves are heart shaped and have lovely fall colour.  One variety, that I have always loved, but we have not yet adopted is Forest Pansy. The leaves are dark red-purple.

The shawl is worked in one piece, starting with an easy garter tab.  Stitches are picked up and the shawl is worked from the neck down.  Two complementary yarns are used.  One, the main colour or MC and the edging in a contrasting colour or CC.

The blue version is done in 2 colours of merino handspun.  I blended the second colour (the lighter one) especially to contrast with the main colour, using several different shades of merino fibre plus some white corn fibre.  I love having control over the final blended fibre.  The handspun turned out well, but I prefer some silk in my blends.  The second, larher sample was knit in cashmere fingering weight yarn for the main colour, and alpaca/merino fingering yarn for the lighter border.

Contrasting seed beads were used in both versions.

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