Two Shawls

February 28, 2014 at 2:09 am | Posted in projects | 1 Comment
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It has been a very cold winter here in Vermont and I am feeling pretty ready for it to be over! But at least I can make warm knitted garments to make the cold a little more bearable. Here are two shawls that I finished recently. They’re both made from old sweaters that I unraveled.

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The first one is a VERY old ufo that I finally finished. Amazing! I think I originally started it seven years ago, maybe even closer to eight. I have always loved the yarn, it has an interesting thick and thin texture with little slubs here and there. It started out all a sort of muted red and I over-dyed sections of it each a different color. The reasons it took me so long to finish the darn thing are: A) The yarn is thin and there was a lot of it, so knitting it was slow going compared to the chunky yarn that I use a lot of the time and B) I wasn’t thinking when I started the project and I just started knitting in garter stitch, which I do like the look of, but it is really monotonous. So I got bored and stuffed the project away in storage. But now it is rediscovered and FINISHED! Yay! And I am really happy with the completed product. It is huge and the colors are lovely. I even bought a shawl pin to wear it with. I’ve never had a shawl pin before.

Shawl number two, the pink and black one, doesn’t have nearly as long a history. Well, the yarn might have some history, I don’t remember when I acquired it, just that it was from an unraveled sweater. It’s honestly a little strange to me that I had this yarn in my stash because I really don’t like that shade of pink. But it is a nice soft cotton, at least, which is why I selected it to make a wrap with. This project had one single purpose: to be something easy to knit while I am at work answering phones. I picked out this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sueno-lace-wrap because it is pretty but also really simple. You only have to count to three, and there are only two different rows to repeat, just the pattern row and then a purl row. Super simple. Even so, I did mess up a little on the first inch or so because I misread the instructions but I just kept on going and the mistake isn’t very noticeable. I would have liked to make it a little longer, but I ran out of yarn, so that was that. But it turned out to be just the right size to drape over your shoulders and I added a button to hold it in place.

Here’s my chair modeling it for us:

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This will be the first project to test my new policy of rehoming orphan finished projects to whoever on my facebook feed wants them, as discussed in my previous post. I am sure that there are plenty of folks who do like that shade of pink, so I am hopeful that it will find a happy home. And if none of my friends are interested, I will donate it somewhere. So, happy ending either way.

And here’s another picture of the first shawl so you can see the yarn close up.

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sequence of events

June 10, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in projects, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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1. I had yarn left over from that cotton afghan I finished (see previous post).

2. I left the bag with said yarn in it sitting on the floor in the living room. Lazybones.

3. One of my dogs knocked my cup of coffee off the table and the bag got a little wet.

4. Luckily, the yarn itself didn’t get any coffee on it. I made a little pile of yarn on the table and put the bag into the laundry.

5. I was feeling fidgety, so I picked up the yarn and started winding it.

6. A small pile of assorted skeins became a giant ball.

7. I felt the need to knit something immediately!

8. I am making a lacy cotton shawl, perfect for summer.

 

(Projected future event: the yarns are all cotton or cotton blends, the colors are two different yellows, a red, and a peach/pink. Once I knit the entire shawl, I could dye it. Blue dye would look good combined with yellow and red and pink. Maybe I will do that.)

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November 13, 2007 at 2:26 am | Posted in projects | 1 Comment
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Originally uploaded by yellowlens

Here’s the completed shawl wrapped around my mama. I’m quite happy with its finished beauty. The squiggle down the middle is a row of single crochet–my clever plan to add structure and decoration at the same time, so that no hands or arms will be eaten by humongous holes.

Just a drop

November 9, 2007 at 4:32 am | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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Dropping stitches intentionally while knitting is fun, but also dangerous.  How many times can I make runs in the shawl I’m knitting before the entire thing is holes big enough to stick my legs through?  Only time will tell whether I succeed in making a fun garment or whether I end up with the mother of all tangled wastes of time.

Actually, it won’t ever be a waste of time, because I’m having such a jolly time dropping those stitches left and right.  I’m living on the edge of destruction, and loving it.

 I’ll post a picture when I finish.

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