My First Crocheted Finished Object!

I’ve been quiet recently about my Half Granny Shawl, but I’ve been working on it a lot and I am ecstatic to say it is done!

I love how it came out. In the skein the yarns reminded me of sunrise and sunset, but worked up they make me think of ripe peaches and plums in a woven basket sitting on a wooden table with dappled sunlight falling through leaves. Yummy!

It’s a little smaller than I would normally make a shawl, but it completely used up the 2 skeins of yarn I had (from stash!). Any extra yarn I put in the tassels. Perfect.

tassels

Yarn: Araucania Nuble – 2 skeins (273 yds each) – 75% merino/ 25% silk – Colours: Yellow-Peach-Grey and Sienna-Magenta-Purple

Hook: 4.5 mm

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In Progress

My Fibonacci blanket is getting too big to cart around. Thusly, I have barely looked at it recently. This square is going to be done soon, though.

blanket

My Crochet shawl continues apace. As a knitter this is surprisingly easy to work on and I am enchanted with the play of light and colour in these two yarns.

shawl

My Pink Floyd socks are close to being finished. I have a few more inches left on the foot and then the toe and afterthought heel. I’m hoping to finish them this weekend.

socks

And here’s a sneak peek of a project I’m just about finished with! I can’t wait to tell you more about it next week! (Look, it has a pocket!!!)

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Works in Progress

I have a lot of things I am actively working on. And a lot more things I want to start…. Here’s what’s in progress.

My Fibonacci Blanket: the 3rd square is almost done. It only gets bigger (much, much bigger) from here.

blanket

Pink Floyd Socks: One done. Now to start the 2nd…

sock

Raindrops and Wildflowers cowl: I’m 2/3 done knitting this. The pattern is written, but needs revision.

raindrops and wildflowers

Half Granny Shawl: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this and how easy it is to work on. It’s growing by the day.

granny

Rumplestiltskin yarn: My singles are spun, and I’m 1/3-1/2 done with plying. The main hurdle is stringing 63,871,688 beads. It’s so pretty, though, that it’s worth it. Pattern suggestions for when it’s done? I’m thinking a shawl.

rumplestiltskin

The Shawl that Started Itself

We’ve talked about the sweater and how it’s eating my life. In reaction I want to cast on all the things. The other morning I was partially awake and dreaming of knitting a shawl. You just can’t ignore your subconscious when it tells you to knit, so I did some thinking and planning. I decided to knit Simone’s Wedding Shawl with some of the yarn I bought on my honeymoon – Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Nutmeg.

hedgehog

A short trip to the yarn store later (who are we kidding? Trips to the yarn store are never quick!) I had found 2 coordinating yarns and I was ready to get started!

yarn

I cast on later that day. But only after I had reached my daily goal on the Behemoth.

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Moving Right Along

I had a lot of car time yesterday since my fiancé and I drove all over the earth working on wedding stuff. I like to knit in the car, but I tend to get carsick, so I can only knit on the highway when it’s relatively smooth driving.

The vent was blowing too much air. So I stuck some yarn in it.

As you can see, my Wedding Shawl is nearly finished. I am on the last lace section, and once that is done it should be smooth sailing. I hope.

Waiting…

Sometimes a project takes a long time. This could be for a variety of reasons, but it usually boils down to 2 main ones: A) it’s a really big project, or B) I ignore it for a while (these can also work in combination with each other). I try to downplay how often the second reason is what’s going on, but I’ve come to realize that that is the case with my Wedding Shawl. Which is kind of bad because the wedding is in 38 days (yay!). I just started the 3rd lace section (for the 3rd time…and there is still a mistake. I’m ignoring it) on Waiting for Rain.

Also, granola bars are a great way to procrastinate. You really should try this recipe!

 

5 Shawls, 5 Days

I have been interested in designing knitwear for a while, but it’s hard to know where to begin. I also, like most peole, am on a limited budget. So free is good. When I heard that Frenchie at Aroha Knits was hosting a (free) design-themed Knit-a-Long, I jumped at the chance to join. The challenge was to knit 5 mini-shawls in 5 days – and she provided directions. We were free to choose our own yarn and needles, and since the recipes she provided were very basic, we could also add stitch patterns if we so wished. I used US size 6 needles for all my shawls, but the yarn weights ranged from light fingering to worsted.

Day 1: the basic Triangle Shawl

day 1
Pardon my impromptu blocking wires: I didn’t have any pins at hand.  

Day 2: the 3/4 Shawl

day 2
I prefer this rounder unblocked shape to the recommended blocked square shape, so I left this shawl as-is. 

Day 3: the Crescent Shawl

day 3
Running out of yarn halfway through the picot bind-off is a great reason to shoot an “artsy” photo. 

Day 4: the Octagonal Shawl

day 4
I forgot about the plain knit rows between the increase rows, so my “sun shawl” is very ruffly. This was definitely a fun learning experience that I would not have had if I had followed the directions. 

Day 5: the Asymmetrical Shawl

day 5
I didn’t expect to enjoy this shape, but I love it to an irrational degree!