A Little Shetland Love and a Bit of Planning

I have been on a all “Shetland” kick here lately, including watching the BBC Series Shetland on Netflix.  I absolutely love this series, so much so that I bought the first book in the series by Ann Cleeves called Raven Black.  I truly enjoy reading mysteries and think this series will be perfect to kick off my summer reading !

It only seemed fitting to take a photo of what I was reading along in front of my treasured plate and my knitting.  As you can see too, I have two more books on my table to read, The Jane Austen Project and Ties that Bind.  I’m hoping these two books will be great for my summer reading too.

Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

About the AuthorAnn is the author of the books behind ITV’s VERA, now in it’s third series, and the BBC’s SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012. Ann’s DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth. Ann’s Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands 

I’ve also started planning a shawl knitting project using my  very own handspun in the colorway called Hummingbird by Hello Yarn.  My finished skein is 2-plied and measures 415 yards, perfect for a wonderful pattern by Rachel Henry called Nahant.  This pattern has been written for using handspun, especially when fractal spinning.  I’m hoping this will show off the colors of this yarn as well as Rachel’s design.

Photo courtesy by remily    

From the designer:   I read about fractal spinning and had to try it out. Like magic, colorful high-contrast fiber fluff became self-striping-ish prismatic handspun. I absolutely adored the finished yarn, but it needed to be knit up into something special. Pattern searches left me unsatisfied — the only solution was to design the perfect stole.  My requirements: mostly stockinette, with just enough pattern to keep my interest without distracting from the colorful yarn.  Nahant highlights the color changes of my fractal handspun with a subtle leaf pattern that doesn’t fight for attention. Knit on the bias, it resists curling. Use any weight yarn (just choose the appropriate needle), and make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Length is flexible too, so you can make the most of that precious handspun yarn.” ~ Rachel Henry

I’m looking forward to caking my handspun and casting on this lovely design by Rachel.  I have a feeling this will be quite a soothing knitting project.

What’s on your summer reading list?
Until next time ~ Happy Knitting!

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