The Pop Spots Shawl Pops My Clogs

Pop Shawl In Progress

Guys, this knitting pattern is awesome and then some. I love, love, love it. I began frightened. I knitted the first few rows in isolation in my hotel room, scared to have holiday makers jeer at me across the pool. ‘Look at her! She doesn’t know what she’s doing!’ But six rows in, I realised that this pattern is easy peasy lemon squeezy. And, boy, those colours really do pop in the Pop Spots Shawl.

Close Up Knitting

Every time I create one of those rows  of spots I want to elbow someone and point at my work. ‘Look what I just did!’ Sadly, my elbow would probably skid across their larded flesh and my knitting and I would dive bomb into the pool. I’m not sure chlorine is good for merino wool.

In other news, you’ll be glad to hear that the Greek authorities ordered all boat owners to re-paint their vessels to match my new sleeveless Mathilde. I expected nothing less.

Tilly Top In Skiathos

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29 Responses to The Pop Spots Shawl Pops My Clogs

  1. kristiellkay says:

    Bahahaha “larded flesh”! I think they should have to paint their boats to match your first Mathilde Blouse! That would be one seriously awesome flotilla!!

  2. Elaine says:

    How kind of them! That blue sky looks vaguely familiar. I’m sure Edinburgh had one of those for a day in May last year. Your knitting is lovely. Love the contrasts

  3. Sewingjen says:

    Expected nothing less of you to match the surrounding flotilla! Bet you re the o ly one round the pool knitting. Won’t trouble you on your hols but need some advice about Goldhawk Road Fabric shops, as I am bringing a party of 8 girls (well ladies) down to the smoke for a day (from Cheshire) in July for a fabric/ haberdashery/ trimming and general goodie tour!

  4. Christine says:

    Boy does that look like bliss. Sun, and warmth. Shawl looks like its going to be gorgeous

  5. Jan Marriott says:

    love colored pops…reminds me of the Patricia Roberts cardi I knitted inn the 80s called ‘Smarty Pants’.

  6. Petra says:

    Best postcard ever!

  7. KnitNell says:

    I love the pop spots! Very effective.

  8. franceparijs says:

    Great post – enjoy the sunshine!

  9. Gemma says:

    Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it all finished up!

    Greece! How exciting – doesn’t look like Crete from your photos but if you’re anywhere near me send me an e-mail asap!! Enjoy the sun and the Greek hospitality xxx

  10. Tamsin says:

    Very impressed with the knitting! Am also v jealous of your weather. Looks are deceiving over here 🙁

  11. Nessa says:

    Of course they did Karen! They too want you to have a relaxing and majestic holiday!

  12. sewbusylizzy says:

    it always exciting when you master a new knitting technique! Yay for Karen! Knitting is amazing because you can create amazing things from just yarn and two little sticks! I love the cerebral & geometric nature of knitting, I think I have become addicted to the challenge of figuring out knitting patterns.

  13. Roobeedoo says:

    Ooh – gorgeous! And blue skies to match too!

  14. Pat says:

    I’m starting to get a wee bit jealous over here. NY brings out the sailors, Greece paints their boats just for you and you have sunny warm weather to boot! Your shawl is looking good. Nice colors. Enjoy your holiday.

  15. Elle C says:

    So pleased you are having a good time, but who is taking care of Ella?

    PS-can you tell I share my life and home with dogs? 😎

    • She is with her dog walker for the week. I confidently predict that by the time I return, she’ll have forgotten who I am. Last time I went to pick her up after a stay away, she paused for a moment. ‘Oh. You’re that woman I USED to live with.’ Ha, ha, ha! What an ingrate!

  16. mimi says:

    That shawl is divine!

  17. Darlene says:

    That knitting pattern looks like fun. I am glad the boat owners got the memo in time. It really is a great picture.

  18. zora read says:

    I am so jealous, That photo looks great. Hope you are having a good holiday and enjoying the weather. Looking forward to seeing a photo of the finished shawl.

  19. Having a lovely time in Skiathos with Karen

  20. AnotherKaren says:

    You know that very simple ‘set up’ triangle at the start of the piece? In my haste to get on to the spots, I forged ahead. After frogging it six times, I had a word with myself: ‘Calm down, Karen, you are an experienced knitter and you can do this”, I said.

    I whizzed through the first small contrast band to get to the ladder stitch row, turned it over and – oh heck- where had all those floating uncaught ladder rungs come from? I picked up the loud hailer: “WILL THE OVEREXCITED WOMAN AT NUMBER 21 THROW DOWN HER CIRCULAR NEEDLES AND STEP AWAY FROM THOSE POP SPOTS”. I had a cup of tea, pulled myself up by my bra straps and carried on.

    I’ll think I’ll start another one in something squishy and handpainted.

  21. Miriana says:

    Fab post, fab shawl and fab photo!! Enjoy Greece and those sunny skies, right now after the Nth consecutive day of rain, rain, rain in Brussels, I really can’t remember why I used to complain about heat when I still lived in Italy…

  22. I was a little concerned when that line about popping your clogs popped into view. In my neck of the woods, if you pop your clogs you won’t have any more worries about spots or anything else! I can see that that design is clever and fun but I must be feeling terribly jaded because I haven’t yet seen one that actually rings my bells. That’s just me. Greece, sunshine and blue seas? That rings all of my bells. Have a lovely holiday, you’ve worked hard for it.

  23. gingermakes says:

    Ahhhhhhh, what a vacay! Love that you’re knitting poolside!

  24. Awesome combination of colors, it looks very pretty.

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