Thursday, January 13, 2011

Textured Tunic

This is a sweater from Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits. The design is top down which I love since you can try it on as you go. The original pattern called for a different weight yarn and a different neckline. It also incorporated buttons on the sides which isn't really for me. I basically used the final dimensions and stitch pattern. The yarn used is Paton's Classic Wool (4.5 skeins) with a size 8 needle.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shawls 7-10 for 2010

The other 4 shawls I made for the 10 Shawls 2010 challenge are
Lion Brand's Country Shawl in a worsted weight yool-
A black Sweet Scallops Shawl in a bamboo cotton sport weight -
Klamath which used a full skein of Zitron Trekking XXL sock yarn-
And a Half Granny Shawl in a bamboo yarn -
So that makes 10 shawls from last year. I completed the challenge!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shawls 5 and 6

I used Lion Brand Microspun yarn to make a Sweet Pea Shawl. The pattern is from "The Happy Hooker". The original pattern is triangle shaped but I prefer a softer "tip". The yarn is so soft too.
The South Bay Shawlette is another Ravelry favorite. I may be making more of these. So quick and effective. The yarn I used is a handdyed sock yarn from White Oak Studio. I won it as part of the 10 Shawls 2010 challenge - random drawing. :) My favorite shawl so far.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Shawls 3 and 4

I enjoyed working the Seraphina Shawl so much and saw many laceweight versions on Ravelry that I had to make my own. I used some leftover Knit Picks Shadow yarn and really liked how it turned out.

Some of the shawls I crocheted were part of other crochet-alongs on Ravelry. This one was to learn how to read lace charts from a Japanese pattern. Not too hard. :) The wool yarn was some I had bought on Ebay.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


One of my four sisters was married this year and my tradition has been to make a blanket with each family wedding. She requested a grey one so I selected Caron's Simply Soft in grey heather. The pattern is Elegant Shells by Terry Kimbrough (not available online). She has the best edgings.

I find these blankets work up quickly so I went ahead and made one for my last single sister (she's engaged). This one is made from Paton's Classic Wool and the pattern is Shells Galore also by Terry Kimbrough. I ran out of yarn so had to omit two edging repeats. Not sure I like it as much.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shawls 1 and 2 of 2010

The first shawl I made for the "10 Shawls in 2010" challenge was Sweet Scallops Shawl in Elann's Pure Bamboo yarn. Love the feel of the yarn and it is so drapey. I added some pattern repeats to make it a bit wider and then worked from the center out until I achieved the length I liked.

Shawl 2 is the ever popular Seraphina. I made this version in Paton's Classic Wool. Made it as big as 3 skeins would go. I may donate this one since it's a bit bulky.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 - Year of the Shawl

Early in the year I discovered the "10 Shawls in 2010" Ravelry Group. As the group name implies, the goal is to make 10 shawls this year. Wasn't sure if I was going to make it but thought it would be fun to attempt. October 2010 - I have 8 done. Chances are good that I will complete 2 more by the end of the year.

My original intent was to knit half and crochet half but I am a ssssllloooowwww knitter. The 8 shawls are all crocheted. Some of them took 2-3 days total. The 1 knit shawl I started - many, many months with no end in sight. It is of course a round tablecloth so I expected it to take along time but dude, forever.

Stay tuned for shawl posts...