Posts Tagged ‘shawl’

My pal Gabrielle from knitting group designed a lovely shawl called Monongahela and put out a call for test knitters. I happily signed up and I’m well on my way to a new shawl.

Try to ignore those green and blue pieces of yarn- they’re my lifelines. Better safe than sorry.  I’m about ready to start Laceband Two. So far so good!

The yarn is leftover from a design I did last summer for Shannon Okey’s forthcoming series of books “Fresh Designs”. There will be 10? books in all, each focusing on different types of projects: sweaters, hats, mittens, baby, toys, home, etc. My design will be featured in the home book. Shannon put together a preview slideshow of some designs from the first few books. And now I want to knit the cabled zipper cardigan by Rock & Purl for Markus. Ahem, or maybe for me.


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So you’re walking down the sidewalk and spot a penny lying next to the curb. You debate about picking it up for half a second, only to walk on past without stopping because hey, it’s only a penny? Last year about this time I read this blog post and decided to conduct a little experiment of my own. What if I stop to pick up every coin I see lying in the gutter, on the floor, in the bus, etc…? How much money will I collect in exactly one year? Here’s the tally ::drumroll please::

A whopping $5.04 (US dollars), 10¢ (Canadian), and 11¢ (Euros). That ain’t half bad for basically no effort on my part. With that $5 I can buy 3 short coffees from Starbucks, my favorite drink. Excellent!

I’ve started working on a shawl with the Zauberball I bought at the Schoppel Wolle store in Germany. This yarn is truly the most bright and vivid¹ stuff I ever worked with. My knitting group is trying to convince me that yes, I can definitely wear a rainbow striped shawl and no, it won’t look like clown threw up on me. We’ll just see about that…

¹ double rainbow

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When I was in Portland, OR for DH’s conference last year, I took a sock design class taught by Star Athena at the yarn store Twisted. I bought a lovely skein of Hazel Knits sock yarn with every intention of designing a pair of twisted cable socks. I drew up a chart and cast on. As I knit, I slowly realized the deep purple yarn was ill suited for this stitch pattern.

So instead of socks, I think I’ll use this yarn for a shawl design that I’ve been mulling over for quite some time now. I ripped out the half-finished socks and was left with this crinkly mess.

Let me share with you a quick and easy way to revive your frogged yarn. I saw Lucy Neatby do this in one of her DVDs and have used this trick ever since.

Fill up your tea kettle. When the water is boiling, place your yarn a few inches above the steam (just be careful because steam is REALLY HOT!) and watch the crinkles magically disappear right before your eyes! This technique is easy peasy, and when you’re done you can use the water for a nice cup of tea. 🙂

You’ll have some tea… are you sure you don’t want any? Aw go on, you’ll have some. Go on go on go on…

Check it out, footloose and crinkle free! Now to get started on that shawl…

ETA: The Hazel Knits yarn I’m using is a wool/nylon blend. I wouldn’t suggest steaming yarn with a high acrylic content. I haven’t tried it, but could imagine it would melt or something horrid like that…

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I finished Ishbel and sent it on its merry way to my aunt. I think the shawl turned out lovely!

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Annadele Alpacas (50% alpaca/50% nylon) from the booth at the Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival
Needles: size 6 US
Gauge: I don’t need no stinkin’ gauge!

The ball band didn’t say much about yarn weight or needle size, so I randomly picked needles (ones that weren’t in use at the time) and cast on. The skein contained a total of 450 yards, and I used exactly 337.5 yards. I made the smallest size stockinette and lace. It looked so tiny after casting off, but after blocking and stretching and pinning it grew to a 44″ wingspan! Never underestimate the power of blocking…

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