Lichen Mists


As you may have gathered by the lack of updates here I’m busy. WAY busy. I’ve a 14-piece collection in the works with an exciting yarn company. 3 self-published patterns to come out in the next 6 weeks. Several magazine/book deadlines. AND… I’m working on a book proposal.

However, at times, yarn has a way to get in between you and work, creating itself into a new something  that takes you away from priorities.

The above is the first incarnation – pure unadulterated pleasure in the form of Mulberry Silk. The yarn? Babylonglegs Perfection. And perfect it is. At fingering weight, this shawl flies off the needles. It was done in 48h.

Yeah you can tell I was procrastinating. The best form of procrastination is always to devote your entire attention to something completely unrelated to your task at hand. Categorizing dvd’s and alphabetizing your books is one way.

Choosing to make YET another shawl is another way.

This big-sister of a shawl is made in The Yarn Yard Spinel. Beautiful BFL/Silk yarn. As I was shooting the images I kept seeing the little wisps of fiber enclosing each eyelet, and I thought

I can’t wait for cooler weather.

Let’s see what each of these shawls can do for you…

The shawlette is worked in Babylonglegs Perfection (100% Mulberry Silk;  460 yd / 421 m per 100g skein) using only 1 skein.

The gauge is 14 sts /24 rows in lace, as worked on 3.75 (US5) needles.

Finished size – 47 x 26″ = 120 x 66cm

That’s a small treat.

It’s the little ounce of chocolate after dinner.

The “oh, go on” last sip of Bailey’s Irish Cream.


The big shawl is created with The Yarn Yard Spinel (80% wool, 20% silk;

875 yd / 800 m per 100g skein) and also… it’s only 1 skein 

With a gauge of 13 sts / 20 rows, worked on 3.5mm (US4) needles.

It will embrace you with its whopping 72 x 39″ = 180 x 100cm finished size.

This is not a “just a quick knit”.

This is the “I’m creating a show-stopping shawl”. The sit down by the fire watching the world go by kind of knit.


Let me rephrase it for you.

Whether you need a show-stopping shawl

or you need to soothe your soul with a quick knit…

Lichen Mists is for you.


Did I mention it’s a 5-page full colour PDF, tech-edited and with chart AND written instructions?

Oh yes. Both. For BOTH sizes. Because you’re that appreciated here at rock+purl.

Buy yourself a copy and immerse yourself in lace.


To find more images and details of each shawl, please visit the rock+purl Flickr Feed for Lichen Mists

Special mention goes to Sarah (Babylonglegs) and Natalie (The Yarn Yard) for their yarn.

I really could not have procrastinated on my work without your yarns.

Go on, get your Lichen Mists groove on!!

PS – Do you like the name? Lichen Mists… yeah so do I. I ran a little competition over on my Facebook page. If you’re not there you’re square, so go Like it now.