Pretty Basic Shawl – Completed

The Pretty Basic shawl is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve been wanting to try other techniques with knitting, aiming to do lace eventually. This shawl is a great way to dip your toes into the water and get the hang of yarn overs. The pattern was very easy (I memoriezed it quickly and my memory is horrible!) and it’s fully written out. I have not learned to read charts yet, so this was perfect for me.

The yarn I used is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the Koi Pond colorway.

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This was my first time blocking something. I don’t have any wires yet, just pins, so it’s not perfect. It’s fine for me though, so I’m not worried about it. I’ll probably do this shawl again in the future. Fun and fast. I finished in just over a week. I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever finished something.

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Shailyn’s Baby Blanket, Finished!

It took me two months, but I finally finished this baby blanket for my niece. I am hoping to give it to her this weekend. Hopefully my sister likes it.

This pattern was free. Click on this image to go to my Ravelry project page for the link!

I am really happy with how this turned out. I only made a couple of mistakes and thankfully they are not noticeable. I’m so glad that it’s done because I’ve been wanting to work on something else but didn’t allow myself to. If I started a new project, I never would have finished this.

The cabled cowl/Irish Hiking Scarf I started before this is waiting to be finished, but I cast on a pair of fingerless gloves instead. Oops!

Baby Blanket Progress Update

I have made more progress on the baby blanket for my sister. Last night I started the next color stripe; teal!

I am still really enjoying this pattern. Simple but looks really pretty. It’s a bit harder to see the ripples in the above picture, but they are there.  So far I have only made one mistake and hopefully I will not make anymore.  If you would like to follow my project on Ravelry, click the picture and it will take you to the page.

Thanks for looking!

Baby blanket for my sister

My younger sister is due at the end of the month, or beginning of next. A girl named Shailyn. My sister asked me to make a baby blanket for her in the colors grey, purple, and teal. I picked out a pretty pattern with cables and bought the yarn for it. When I got home, I looked over the pattern more thoroughly and my brain exploded due to how it was written out. I put that pattern aside for now and instead found an easier one that won’t stress me out but is still pretty. The one I chose is from Project Linus and can be found on Ravelry here.

I had a bit of a rough start with this and ended up ripping out the few rows that I had finished because I could not figure out where I messed up. Now I have finished four repeats of the pattern, making twelve rows since there are only three in the pattern. Here is my progress as of right now.

Progress so far on Shailyn’s blankie

I am not sure which color I am going to do next. I may just reach blind into the bag and go with whichever I pull out, aside from more grey.  I am liking how this is coming out so far, so I hope that my sister will like it too.

Want to track my progress? Then follow me over on Ravelry!

Two current WIPs

I can never just work on one thing at a time. I wish I could make a clone of myself so I could work on multiple projects at the same time! But since I can’t, I just have a few projects lying around here and there that are in various stages of completion.

I am currently working on another Wingspan shawl. It is a very easy pattern and I can work on it while watching TV or a movie. The pattern is easy enough that someone with a bad memory like me doesn’t need to use the pattern anymore. I don’t know how big the finished shawl will be as I am going to try and use all of this blue yarn up. I have two balls left of it. It is Valley Yarns Colrain in Blue Lapis colorway.

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My second WIP is a shawl I am making for my mother using yarn entirely handspun by myself. So far I am using some of the very first yarn I spun. Then I will be using one of the yarns I spun up during Tour de Fleece. I don’t know how big I will make it until I see how many triangles I can get out of it. Either way, I think my mother will really enjoy it. Purple is her favorite color and she always comments on how much she loves my yarn.

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Even though I have not finished these two projects up yet (as well as one or two other WIPs I have lying around somewhere), I already have a few other projects in mind. That works as motivation for me to finish things as quickly as I can so I can get started on something else.

I will be going to NY Sheep and Wool (aka Rhinebeck) next month so I am hoping to have my mothers shawl done by then. I also want to make something for myself to were there as well. I better get moving!

Spinning and playing away

Over the holiday I have been working on my fiber related projects. I took stock of all of my fiber and uploaded them in to my stash on Ravelry so I can keep track of what I have. It also makes it easier to add to my projects when I list them. I got a gift card to Webs from my coworker for Christmas as well as a gift card from my parents and grandparents. I will be going down soon to stalk up on more fiber and to hopefully get some weaving yarn.
Here are some things I’ve done since this past Thursday:

Rolags from mystery fiber. Hard to tell in the picture, but they are black and purple.
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I spun this up and plied it with silver metallic thread. It is Loops December Bullseye of the Month Club “River Safari”. This is my first time spinning one of her bullseye bumps. I really enjoy watching the colors spin up as I get to them. I am looking forward to the next mystery bump!
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This one was a double experiment. I have never spun Polworth before or tried corespinning. I really dislike the Polworth. It is very “sticky” and hard to draft. I had to stop constantly and pre-draft. This was intentionally spun thick for weaving with.
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And a few projects I made earlier in the year but I don’t think I ever posted about. Nothing interesting really, just some basic scarves and ear warmers. The two black and white houndstooth scarves are woven. The others are knit.
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And aside from those, I have been making cotton wash cloths. No pictures of them yet, but I have a mountain of them. I’m trying to use up the small balls of Peaches n’ Cream I’ve had for a few years before buying new yarn.

So that’s what I’ve been doing! I hope everyone else had a nice Christmas and holiday.

Wingspan Shawl

Over the weekend I finished knitting my first project that is not a basic scarf or plain rectangular shawl. I also used a pattern for the first time. Since I am still a beginner, I wanted something easy. I found the Wingspan shawl on Ravelry and thought to give it a try. I worked on it off and on for a week and finished it Sunday. It is a super easy pattern and one that people should try if you are just learning to knit. Experienced knitters could do it in their sleep!

This is the yarn I used. It is Jitterbug in the Ischia colorway, 100% superwash Merino sock yarn, 400 yards at 150gs. The pattern called for 100gs but did not give yardage. I am glad I went with this yarn because I only have a tiny ball left. Keep that in mind if you want to make this yourself.

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And here is what it looks like. It is not a big shawl (more a shawlette), a lot of people would probably consider it a scarf.

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If you want to get the pattern (sorry, it’s not free), you can find it on Ravelry HERE.

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