You know when you’ve knitted something for someone far away but you can’t send it off until you get good photos, because you don’t know if the recipient will ever take any? Well, finally today the stars aligned and the Wee Girl took these for me:
This is the Little House Shawl, knitted up in Madeleine Tosh DK in Manor. This was a really enjoyable little project! It starts with 396 stitches, so it gets smaller and smaller, and I felt like it went really quickly.
It’s for my sister, who is the biggest (grown up) fan of Little House on the Prairie. I imagine her donning it to watch the show… Although it turned out so pretty, it’s hard to part with.
In other news, I tackled the Wee Boy’s quilt today and made great progress.
I’ve done some work on the back as well, but not enough to show you.
To be honest, I wasn’t super excited about how this shawl turned out. I felt it was too narrow and long, and that I might not get much use out of it. I was just about ready to frog it, but asked the Wee Girl to take a few photos of it anyway. If nothing else, I needed them for my project on Ravelry.
These photos won me over, however. I think it’s the cutie peeking over my shoulder, and the fact that the shawl can fit both of us. I don’t think this is destined for the frog pond after all.
Having been working on rather big, long-term projects lately, I started longing for something more along the lines of instant gratification. So last night at knit night I casted on for a “textured shawl.” I’m using some handspun and it’s incredibly soft!
Of course, now the rows are getting long and it’s not quite as fast, but it’s speedy and gratifying anyway.
If you’re a knitter, or you sew or crochet or otherwise create garments, you might understand what I mean when, the night before the Stitches West 2014, I am figuring out what to wear. Being in a venue surrounded by other like-minded knitters and crocheters is the perfect opportunity to showcase some item that isn’t normally noticed or appreciated by a general audience.
Last year I chose to wear my Stripe Study shawl, which, while very pretty, is tricky to wear in the best circumstances, due to its asymmetrical design. Moving around a lot, reaching up and down to yarns and fibers and other knitterly items, it was hard to keep it in place.
This year I’ve settled on a striking pair of lacy knee-high socks that I made several years ago when I was still new to sock knitting and lace. This pattern is called Lakesides, and was published in knitty.com. It took me about 3 months, on and off, if I remember correctly. They don’t get much use because I usually wear jeans in my job as Mom. So I think they’ll enjoy a trip to Stitches tomorrow.
I’m looking forward to telling you about Stitches, and perhaps showing what I score in the marketplace! In addition to shopping, I’ll also spend some time at the Mother Bear Project booth. I hope I can make myself useful!
P.S. I should mention that I’m going to Stitches with a friend, because she reads my blog and seems like it when I mention her. :0
Sadly, I can’t seem to upload photos today, so my imagined post isn’t going to happen today. Instead I’ll show you a few photos of one of my favorite little shawls, the Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Laura Chau. I knit this up in yarn that was dyed by one friend, overdyed by another friend, offered up at a Stash Exchange, claimed by me, then finally knit up by me. And I love it! It can match with black, burgundy, certain blues and purples…. It’s one of my favorite pieces. And the pattern was super easy and fun to knit. I’m tempted to use my recent pink/brown/white handspun on another of these. I like wearing these shawlettes; they are easy to wrap around your neck over or under a variety of jackets or shirts. They warm your neck or upper chest when there’s a bit of chill in the air, and you just need a little something extra.