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Sivia Harding’s Rosalind


What could be more amazing than combining lace, cables, beads and cashmere and merino?   Almost nothing, in my opinion!

Right before I left for the Sivia Harding knit retreat in October, I finished Rosalind.

You can see the lace, cables and the shimmering beads.  I just wish you could feel the yarn!  This shawl is knit with The Plucky Knitter Bello.  It’s 55% merino and 45% cashmere.  When you first look at the skein, it just looks like any other merino yarn.  After it’s knit, soaked, and blocked, it has this amazing halo and it feels like heaven.  I used two skeins for this project.

The pattern was so well written, with great transitions from one section to another.


I’ve already worn it several times.  I’m thinking it will be perfect for Christmas events as well.

By the way, signups are open for Sivia’s spring retreat.  The resort was amazing and I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful the food was.  Everything was made with fresh, healthy ingredients and they were extremely accommodating for those that are vegetarian or gluten intolerant.  Sivia is a fabulous teacher as well as a sweet friend.

Here’s the information, pilfered directly from her website:

The Spring Joy of Knitting Retreat, March 9-14, 2014
Come and join me on beautiful San Juan Island, WA as we knit and relax. We will learn a variety of techniques and projects around the theme of accessories and knitting jewelry. Email me at for more details. Space is limited so don’t delay.

And now it’s time for me to get busy.


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Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

6 thoughts on “Sivia Harding’s Rosalind

  1. Oh my gosh – you are simply amazing! Do you enter your work in contests? You SHOULD, Maria. I’ve never seen hand-knit work as beautiful as yours, anywhere! True, I don’t get out much, but even if I did, I’m sure I’d never see creations such as yours anywhere! Congratulations on another beautiful project.

  2. WOW! Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful pattern and knitting.

  3. Maria, this is the best Christmas present ever!! Beautiful photos of your gorgeous shawl, and such nice words. Thank you!!

  4. That is absolutely stunning Maria!
    I’ve been thinking about you and your beads. :-) I have a lace pattern that doesn’t call for beads, but I would like to add beads…something I’m sure you’ve done. How do you decide on placement if the pattern hasn’t called for it? Do you just wing it or are there some ‘guidelines’ that you follow?
    That really is a beautiful shawl and I think you’re on to something there…there should totally be an app where you can feel what you’re looking at! ;-)

  5. This is so beautiful! Love the color, love the beading, love the pattern!

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