Friday, August 23, 2013

Off the Needles a Lonnnng Time Ago: Shawl of Squares

I was digging through unfinished projects with the plan to either finish them or wind the unfinished pieces back into balls of yarn for future projects or for donating to other knitters. A lot of what I found fell into the "what was I thinking" category of projects...projects so old that fashions or my tastes or my body had changed enough to make me wonder why I even started them. Out came my ball winder and back went the yarn into my stash.

While all this digging was going on, I came across this shawl which was completely finished but never worn. I think the yarn is Lion Brand's Jiffy in cerise. (I also found an afghan in the same yarn that was not quite finished. I'll post a photo of that later) I can't remember where I got the pattern, but I'm sure it's from some book in my library.

Apparently, at one time I was quite taken with this yarn and color. Not sure I'll keep the shawl, but it might come in handy for snuggling in during the winter months since it is so long.

Off the Needles: Summer Petals Stole

The pattern is from A Needle Pulling Thread, Summer 2007 issue. I bought the yarn this month from Warm n' Fuzzy, a yarn shop in Cary, NC, at their 1st Anniversary Party sale. The yarn is Blue Moon's "Socks that Rock", a 100% superwash merino lightweight wool; the colorway is "Queen Rock." The stole is knitted lengthwise using a picot cast on and a picot cast off--two techniques I'd never used before, but will definitely add to my knitting repertoire.

Off the Needles: Color Affection Shawl

The pattern is Color Affection, a shawl in all garter stitch using short rows. The 3 yarns are lace-weight wools from Knit Picks and Webs. The project knits up very fast with an interesting final effect.