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  1. This week I'm excited to let you know that there is a new yarn now available in the shop. This is the Peristera Lace Yarn.

    This lace yarn is a sumptuous mix of blue-faced Leicester wool and soft silk. It is named after Peristera, an uninhabited island in the Sporades, Greece, with a rugged landscape rich in natural colours and surrounded by crystal clear, deep waters. When this yarn is dyed the colours take on a beautiful shimmer and shine, just like the still waters reflecting the colours of Peristera.

    If you enjoy knitting lace shawls then this yarn comes highly recommended. You get all the stitch definition, drape and warmth from the Blue-faced Leicester, coupled with the sheen and softness of the silk. It's a winning combination!

    Each skein is 656 yds / 600m of 55% Superwash Blue-faced Leicester wool and 45% Silk. There are a number of pre-dyed colours available on the website, or you can choose to have your own custom dye in any of the custom dye colours listed on the website.

    This yarn would work beautifully for the Beauty of the Rain, the Moon and the Sky, or the View from the Spire shawls, and it has been added as an option for all of these shawl kits too.

    View the range of Peristera lace yarn here
    There are some lovely bead colours available to pair with this yarn. If you would like any help or advice on colours please drop me a message and I would be happy to send you some pictures of yarn and bead combos.

    View the range of size 8 Muyiki seed beads here
    Thanks for stopping by, have a great week, and until next time - happy knitting! 
  2. I am excited to start off this week with the launch of my new pattern - The Nightwatch Shawl. This is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    About this Pattern

    The vast night sky, filled with its twinkling diamonds, reminds me to take a breath and remember that we are but a small part of the universe. Designed as a big sister to the Stargazer shawl, Nightwatch is a one-skein shawl with wide, alternating bands of eyelet mesh and stockinette to show off the beauty of your yarn. 

    Here, the eyelets are like the millions of stars that dazzle through the night. Watch as a colorful new galaxy is created while you work with a variegated yarn. Whether you’re contemplating the universe or just watching the stars, Nightwatch will be your perfect companion.

    If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. A video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination is linked in the pattern and can be found here too


    For details on the measurements and materials required please take a look at the pattern page

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too! 

    Thank you Donna, Jacqueline, Jo, Karen, Kim, Lesley, Lexi, Nahed and Sabina!

    If you are interested in test knitting a future Under the Olive Tree Knits designs you can sign up to my Test Knitter Newsletter HERE and receive an e-mail when a new pattern is ready for testing.
    I also want to say a big THANK YOU to my Patrons for helping me to decide on the main pattern image for this one. 
    There will be an informal just-for-fun KAL for Nightwatch running on the Facebook group if you fancy joining along!

    Thanks for stopping, I hope you like the new pattern - I also made a little video to show the shawl and talk a little bit more about it which you can watch on the pattern page.

    Until next time, happy knitting!