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Shawls

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Viriditas

The thought of travelling without a knitting project is enough to strike fear into my heart. I often wait until the last moment to figure out what I’m going to take with me. Eek! For an upcoming trip last February, I looked to Ravelry KALs to give me inspiration. If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of The Knitting …

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Warming Up for Ravellenic Games 2016

As many of you know, Ravelry holds a crazy-fun event during the Olympics called the Ravellenic Games. We will cast on during the Opening Ceremonies, and aim to have our projects finished by the time the torch is extinguished at the end of the Closing Ceremonies. Ravelry has concocted silly names for different kinds of “events”. I’ve entered “Shawl Sailing”. …

Simple Lines Shawl

When travelling, what could be a better project than a super-simple shawl with a pretty lace edging? The Simple Lines shawl, by the designer who goes by “maanel” on Ravelry, was the perfect design for a recent trip to the Northwest. The Baah LaJolla yarn was a dream to work with, and the color is just right to go with a …

Serendipitous Ferru

Don’t you just love it when you reach into your stash and find the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern? Such was my luck the other day when I found some Valkyrie “Jayne” fingering, a lovely blend of merino and cashmere hand-dyed by my friend Bonni Raine. As luck would have it, I have a little bit of time between …

Steller’s Jay Shawl

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Stephannie Tallent‘s newest addition to her Wild West design series, Lace 2. I couldn’t wait to get the Steller’s Jay shawl onto my needles! I love the colors in the fingering weight Baah “La Jolla” yarn, Blue Iris colorway. They perfectly evoke the colors in the Steller’s Jay which lives …

Some Little Lace Tricks

I recently found myself away from home for several weeks, hence the dearth of posts here. When life hands you lemons make a shawl, I say! Fortunately I was armed with a pattern (more about that in future posts), yarn and stitch markers.   I always put lifelines into my lace knitting, and I’ve never regretted that yet. Although I usually …

Taygete

An end of summer treat, Taygete was a fun shawl to make. The pattern’s garter stitch center made for good social knitting, and then the edges provided that kind of quiet-time knitting where I enjoyed concentrating on the lace. Anzula Squishy yarn is a dream to knit with! It’s soft with a good ply. Now it’s time to put away …

Color Affection

A shawl pattern I’ve long wanted to make is Color Affection by designer Veera Välimäki . I’ve seen it on Ravelry in many gorgeous color combinations, and I love the interesting effect the short rows create. I made mine with Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering. As you can see, I was in the mood for some spring colors! I love the yarn …

Ishbel

Here’s Ishbel, a lovely shawl pattern by Ysolda Teague. I made the small version, and managed to get it done during two train rides across Pennsylvania, plus another hour or two. It was a quicker knit than I thought it’d be!   I loved using the Swans Island fingering for this – it’s a well-behaved yet soft yarn. This is the Winterberry color, with …

Sand and Sea Shawlette

I adore the book Coastal Knits by the incredibly talented duo of Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig. I couldn’t wait to make Alana’s design, “Sand and Sea Shawlette”. For one thing, its gorgeous. For another, its inspired by an area here in California’s Central Coast I know and love well – Morro Bay. I made the shawlette from Madelinetosh’s Tosh Lace and Tosh …

Seedling Wrap

Don’t you just love patterns that look all difficult and fancy-shmancy, but are really easy to make? That’s how it was with the Classic Elite Yarn pattern called the Seedling Wrap, designed by Tonia Barry. The pattern calls for Verde cotton yarn, but I substituted Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. With its merino wool and touch of cashmere, I think it will …

Starting Ishbel

I’m finally getting the chance to start a pattern I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time. Ishbel is a beautiful shawl design by Ysolda Teague. I’m making the smaller version, out of Swans Island fingering weight yarn. Every so often I get inquiries about how to work lace and/or charts. As a reminder, you can find an excellent …