After journeying through our home states of Pennsylvania and Maryland, we decided to head south for some fun in the sun for our 2022 adventure. What better location than The Sunshine State? We'll continue our celebration of knitting and local yarn shops and American history and natural wonders as we journey through Florida. So what's the mystery? Where we'll stop along the way, of course! And our inspiration for each leg.... And how that translates into knitting a beautiful shawl. We hope you'll join us on this grand knitting adventure and knit along.
We are your knitting tour guides, Cynthia Spencer and Valerie Reed. Cynthia is both a knitting designer (Really Clear Designs) and a yarn shop owner (Stitch Your Art Out) who has lived in PA for her entire life. Valerie is a tech-editor and number-crunching guru who grew up in Maryland but has spent the past 20+ years living in and exploring PA. We're both experienced knitters with a love of beautiful yarn, local yarn shops, and the wonderful community of people that share our
love of knitting. We hope you'll knit along with us as we create a beautiful shawl.
Valerie & Cynthia wearing our completed Pennsylvania Road Trip Shawls from 2020.
Flora and fauna, a national landmark, the expanse of white sand stretching out to touch the ocean.... just about anything can be inspiration for making something beautiful. In previous years, we explored Pennsylvania and Maryland. This year, we're headed to the southernmost point in the continental United States - Florida! Every stitch pattern we've included is inspired by a shape or pattern or color we've seen in the beauty that surrounds us all.
We've designed an eminently wearable V-shaped shawl that drapes and wraps beautifully around the shoulders. With blocks of stunning color and a variety of stitch patterns inspired by many of the sights and wonders of Florida, this shawl is sure to become a go-to item in your wardrobe. The pattern is available for pre-order through your favorite Local Yarn Shop or on Ravelry now, and the Start Your Engines section will be released on April 30, 2022 in celebration Local Yarn Shop Day. Future legs of the journey will be released every two to three weeks through the end of August. Each leg will contain two options for the next section of the shawl (one designed by Cynthia, the other by Valerie), setting every knitter up for a grand choose-your-own knitting adventure. Each option is a creative tribute to a landmark, or historical event, or region that can be encountered on a Road Trip. See the yarn requirements to determine how many skeins of yarn you'll need.
See the amazing, featured
color combos from our 2022 Yarn Partner, Emma's Yarn.
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Get in on the ground floor and purchase the pattern for just $3.98 before LYS Day!