This lovely hand-dyed yarn was a gift from my friend Heather. She and her boyfriend stayed with us for a few days in June and she picked up a skein of Indigo Moon Merino at her local yarn shop — Baaad Anna’s in Vancouver — as a thank you.
Indigo Moon Yarns are made on Gabriola Island, British Columbia — an idyllic spot for a yarn making! I’ve been to Gabriola once but it was for a community radio conference so unfortunately I wasn’t able to check out Indigo Moon HQ. The colourway is called Northern Steppe and you can see what it looks like in skein form on the Indigo Moon blog.
The pattern is Stephen West’s Pogona, from Westknits Book One. I was a little light on yardage, so I ended up one inch short in the body of the shawl and four rows short in the garter stitch edging. If I’d been more realistic with the whole yardage situation, I would have started the edging sooner so I could have done the full six rows of garter stitch.
I love the folds that the stitch pattern creates and it’s super easy to memorize once you do the set up rows. I think it would look really lovely even larger than written, and worn like a scarf with all the folds and peaks on display. Next time! I know I’ll give this one lots of love come autumn.
[Photos courtesy of Christopher]