Hello and happy Monday my blog buddies! Today I have some fabulous news to share about the 'Italian project' I've been teasing you with recently. I am so excited that at last it is here and at last I can share what it is with you all! So without further ado this is my Hexipetl Shawl designed exclusively for Gomitoli's which is currently available on their website as a limited edition kit...
Yay! It is such a relief to finally be able to tell you all about this gorgeous project that I was working on back in June. This beautiful yarn was turned into these sneaky peek pics which were then quickly turned into this gorgeous summer shawl. I hope you are loving it just as much as I am?
If you are and want to whip up your own Hexipetl Shawl you can find the limited edition kit here. It includes all the Spring Cashmere yarn you will need to make the shawl plus the pattern in both English (with UK crochet terms) and Italian translations. You will also be sent the charted version of the design which is a little more universal as a crochet language - useful if you find translating between UK and American crochet terms a little tricky or aren't an English or Italian reader!
Gomitoli's tell me that they will ship the kit worldwide (with the exception of China) and they have given me a very special discount code to pass on to all of you, yay! Until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis
A little bit about this design: Originally when Gomitoli's got in touch to commission me to design a kit for them the brief was nothing more than a summer kit using their Spring Cashmere yarn. Now when someone gives you such a wide open brief as that there's a moment of excitement when you think to yourself 'I could do anything!' quickly followed by an equally powerful moment of sheer panic when you think 'I could do anything!' But then you start to focus and begin to think about ideas that have been rumbling about in the back of your mind and you flip through a few scribbled notes before forming a plan.
Recently I've had a real hankering to work up some shawl ideas and when I proposed this to the lovely folk at Gomitoli's they loved the idea. Obviously I knew it had to be something floral and colourful for my first shawl design so I began improving little motifs until I found something I thought would work. After finalising the stitch pattern and getting a seal of approval from Gomitoli's it was time to think about colour - unusual for me since I often start a project with strong colour ideas in mind before the yarn gets any where near my hooks!
So yes colour! After yet another of those excitement / panic moments I began experimenting with all kinds of grand ideas and elaborate colour combinations. It was so easy to get carried away with the lovely collection colours in Gomitoli's Spring Cashmere! Once I had pulled a few solid ideas together I sent them off keeping my fingers crossed that they would pick out my favourite. They didn't. Instead they chose this asymmetric rainbow and honestly, I am so pleased they did because it turned out beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased with this design!
Once the yarn samples arrived I spent a blissful week crocheting the very first Hexipetl Shawl sample while doing the usual film watching and copious amounts of tea drinking and chocolate nibbling. I have the best job ever!
Bringing the sample together was such an great process because at every stage of crocheting I got more and more excited about the design, you'll know what I'm talking about when crochet your own Hexipetl Shawl. When all those colours come together in the ombre style section before you finish the bulk of the shawl in cream - it's just so satisfying! I'll be honest and tell you it was a bitter sweet moment packing up this beauty to send to Italy, especially after getting to model it for these images! It is so comfortable to wear because the cashmere makes it feel soft while the cotton and open stitch design keep it cool. It's not woolly or heavy at all. Absolutely perfect for summer!
So what do you think of my Hexipetl Shawl design? I'd love to know your thoughts. And remember, until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular Hexipetl Shawl kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis