The Calming Waters Scarf with the Beach Stone Broche is the smallest style of scarf in my Calming Waters Collection. Made with Malabrigo Rios Hand Painted Merino Wool base with two different colour ways with Alpaca from Alberta www.albertarosealpacas.com for the sand, Rowan www.knitrowan.com and Malabrigo yarns for the stones with seaweed and ocean plant life done in a wonderful yarn by www.ancientartsfibre.com as an accent. (I previously Blogged about this wonderful yarn in my “Victory in Victoria” blog.
Done in the two different Ocean colour ways of Blue, greens and hints of purples, sometimes other colours. Accented with Alpaca, Blueface Leicester and Merino Wool. The broche can be worn on the scarf or on another piece in your wardrobe.
This design is based on my many trips to the ocean and the West Coast in particular. The inspiration
comes from the wonderful moments by the waters edge. The Calming Waters scarf is the movement of the water splashing on your neckline, or “beach”. The darker yarn shows the rippling of the water and the lighter becomes the waves. The broche is a combination of the sand with beach stones and the various plant life and seaweed that are placed around by the strength of the waves. This design was made with crochet.
I wanted to design a piece where you could bring the calm of the ocean sounds, feel the sand between your toes with the memories of warm days by the beach. I will be doing this design in a orange, blue and sunset colour way for the ocean at sunset! Now you can bring your favourite warm memories by the beach with through the cooler days of Fall, Winter and Spring. It will also be available in a longer scarf and the Shawl/Shrug earlier in one of my Blogs.
The Calming Waters Shawl…Inspired by the West Coast, particularily Vancouver where this picture is taken. Vancouver is one of my most favourite places to visit and just be! I had the pleasure of living there for 2 years many years ago. Love everything about it, but then I am a city girl by heart. I love nature and the country too, but I come alive in the city. This particular shawl was in inspired by my many visits to Vancouver and most recently Victoria, B.C. From the first time I set foot on the West Coast I felt an immediate calm. Strange in such a large and vibrant city
that one could feel this peace and serenity, but it is the one place where I can stand at the very beach where the picture is take and just feel at one with the world, relaxed, calm and alive at the same time. I could sit there all day just enjoying the sounds and sites of the water and everything around it. I love strolling around Stanley Park and enjoying the different scenery as you move along the sea wall. Smelling the scents of the ocean, local plants and trees enjoying every moment of it. This is the reason I was inspired to do a collection this year on water and various ways it moves along this world. This way we can wear a piece of our summer fun and great memories while we endure a colder climate and dream of warmer days.
The Calming Waters shawl is inspired by the movement of water with the rippling water seen in the base of the scarf in two different hand painted yarns. I used the Malabrigo Rios hand painted Merino Wool in two different colours to add the various colours you see on the ocean while the water is moving about. At the neckline the waves gently crash on to the beach (your neckline) and land softly around you reminding you of your favourite moments by the waters edge. The embellished broche is a combination of waves and ocean plant life in merino wool, hand spun yarns, silk and cashmere of various yarns. I may add some other embellishments later, still thinking about it.
There will be two sizes of scarves with the same theme in the future as well as a waterfall scarf. Who knows what else I will design along the way.
To see more of my Water Theme scarves visit my website and link to my etsy store at www.vbaberdesigns.com or go directly to my etsy store at www.intricateknits.etsy.com There are also a few past blogs on some of the current designs in my Ways of Water Collection.
You can wear this shawl/shrug in many different ways as shown here. I will be adding more designs to this collection as I continue working on them with my inspiration of the water ways, or in this case the way of the water.
Have a most wonderful day and don’t forget to be inspired by your surroundings and people around you.