PORTREE HARBOUR: The harbour in Portree, Isle of Skye is lined with colorfully painted shops and houses that are backed by stony cliffs. We loved to go down there to eat fish and chips. The colorful street scape makes this one of the most photographed harbours in Scotland. I used the Old Shale lace pattern to try and capture that memory.
OLD SHALE: This highly textured shawl design is among the oldest of the Shetland lace patterns. This pattern is typically knitted in a variety of weights from a gossamer lace to a heavier triangle shaped shawl called a Half-Hap. They usually have rows of small accents on a main cream color. Mine come in a wide palette of non-traditional colors found in the landscape of Scotland and are individually named for locations or panoramas on the Isle of Skye. To me from the first time I saw it, this pattern reflects the tidal washing of the North Sea on the beaches of the Shetland Islands and is my favorite lace pattern to knit.
Hand knit, durable, lightweight and warm. Hand washed and blocked to stabilize color and sizing. Consider one of my shawl pins to secure the shawl in the front to help hold it in place so your hands are free.
FIBER TYPE: Wool blend and novelty yarn,
COLOR: Blues, corals, golds and greens with the novelty accent in rainbow hues.
SHAPE: Rectangular with curved ends as is natural with Old Shale pattern.
DIMENSIONS: Length 72 inches Width 12 inches
WEIGHT: 9.1 ounces
SEASON: Perfect alone in fall and spring to keep the chill off. In winter, a wrap type accessory.
HOW IT IS MADE: Hand knit from my original design pattern adapted from the old Shetland lace patterns that I learned in a class with a Shetland Islander. I was inspired by this very textured lace pattern and design and have tried to enhance it with the colors of Scottish landscape. Hand washed and blocked to stabilize color and sizing. Comes packaged right side out in a clear protective bag so you can see the color without having to open the package should the color not appear as you expected.
Made in a smoke-free, cat-friendly home. The cat may have watched the shawl being knitted, but there has been no cat contact with the shawl after it was finished, hand washed, blocked and packaged ready to wear.
HOW TO WEAR: Alone in fall and spring to keep the chill off or as a wrap in winter. Photos show the traditional way the shawl is worn. Adding a shawl pin will make this warm shawl into a hands-free garment. A detailed care card is included in every shawl package.
1-3 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
A detailed care information is included in every knitwear order. The care information is printed on the inside of the folder enclosed with your shawl order.
In general, all knitwear should be gently hand washed in luke warm water with a gentle shampoo and rinsed thoroughly. Then wrung out and patted into shape while it lays flat to dry. Shawls have been washed and blocked to stabilize colors and sizing before packaging.
CAUTION: Washing your shawl in water that is too hot will cause the wool to shrink which is irreversible. Likewise DO NOT put the shawl in your washing machine or in the dryer because that will felt the wool and cause shrinkage, which is irreversible as well.
My shawls and wraps will fit most ladies. The dimensions are listed for each item so you can judge how it will fit your own shoulders. If an item is better suited for a tall or broad shouldered lady or a more petite woman that will be noted in the item description.
Shawls have been washed and blocked to stabilize colors and sizing before packaging.
All of my handmade items are one-of-a-kind, completed as shown and ready to ship.
I do not take custom orders per say. However, if you see something you would like in another color, please contact me. I may have one planned for the design you like with yarn colors that might suit your needs.
Please insure your shipping address is correct, once the package is at the post office, I cannot make any changes to your address.
I live in the far western mountains of North Carolina. In our rural location there is no true overnight shipping, expedited mail or weekend package mailing service. The fastest mail we have is Priority Mail which is used for most shipments. Very light items, such as pincushions and shawl pins, will be shipped by First Class Mail.
All of the items you see in my shop are the actual ones you will receive. I expect to have your package in the mail to you no later than 3 business days after your purchase, hopefully much sooner than that.
RETURNS: I accept returns, no questions asked. Please do me the courtesy of not soiling, wearing or using an item before returning it.
From my arts & craft show sales experience, I understand that a buyer would like to feel the actual item, look at the color next to your face and actually try it on. My work has been carefully checked for quality when finished and blocked then checked again before packing for shipment.
EXCHANGES: I do not accept exchanges due to the uniqueness of these items. I will refund the listed price of any returned item when I receive your return shipment.
I never knit exactly the same shawl twice. There are pattern and yarn color similarities in the shawls listed but I make subtle changes to my designs each time I knit it.
An example of this is in my Windswept Shoulder Wrap. Each is an asymetrical triangle, but the accent color is added differently in each one and so each comes out a slightly different size and look.
It is actually not that easy to damage these shawls as they are quite durable. Snags or pulls are easy to fix BUT washing it in water that is too hot will shrink it and that is irreversible.
Contact me with details of your problem. If I can, I will gladly help repair damage to a shawl I knitted for you. Cost of the repair and shipping will be worked out before you send the shawl back to me.
Whenever you order more than one item, we will consolidate those into one box whenever possible so all your order will arrive at the same time. If the order has to be split into two or more boxes I will tell you that in the "On Its Way to You" message that's I personally send when the boxes have been delivered to the US Post Office.
All knitted items are shipped in sturdy USPS Priority Mail boxes. Most items will come in the box that opens from the end, I selected that style because not having a seam on the top and bottom better protects items in bad weather. Knitted items are never sent in shipping bags because those bags can be damaged in transit.
Light weight items will be shipped by First Class Mail in padded envelopes.
After an item is listed for sale, it is carefully packaged in a clear view bag and sealed closed, to help protect it from damage in shipping to you. The order is wrapped in bubble wrap and placed into the container along with its pertinent paperwork. Box end flaps are tape sealed to further protect items in bad weather.