The Romi Issue

Madelinetosh Silk Lace Merino Light Road to China Light romi Shawl

If you aren’t familiar with the incredible designs of Rosemary Hill (a.k.a. Romi on Ravelry), you should be. Her shawls are incomparable.  In fact, I’m going to have a hard time keeping my blog to just three patterns. There might have to be more. . . .

Pattern 1:

Buttonwillow Shawl

I started the Buttonwillow Wrap earlier this year.  It calls for Road to China Light by The Fibre Company, which we carry and happens to be one of my favorite yarns.  This design is typical of Romi.  It’s interesting and intricate and overall very pleasant. 




Pattern 2:



Coyote TrailCoyote Trail is a modern shawl design that I knitted a few years ago.  This would look fabulous in Madelinetosh Merino Light.  I love the use of short rows to incorporate striping and yield an asymmetrical look.  The lace on the bottom edge is icing on the cake.  It is delicate and cozy and not at all ordinary.


Pattern 3:

Fiori Di Sole PictureThis shawl, Fiori di Sole, took my breath away.  It is one of the loveliest shawls I have ever seen.  I love seeing leaves in knitting patterns, but the placement of the large leaves draping over the shoulders is brilliant.  This pattern deserves to be knit in Madelintosh Silk Lace, I think.  It’s too exquisite to use anything else.

Romi does a mystery shawl each year, and we are very excited about the one just released for 2016.  We’ve been pondering the idea of launching a knit-along this summer.  Two skeins of Manhattan yarn by Baah would do the trick for Romi’s 2016 mystery shawl.  This yarn is super soft and luxurious: it’s 30% cashmere and 70% merino.  We have a number of colors that would work well together — you just have to decide which ones!

I hope this has whet your appetite for Romi’s amazing designs.  She’s one of my favorite designers and I’m looking forward to knitting more of her masterpieces.


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