Pin Loom Woven Shawl

I just finished weaving in all of the ends of my first pin loom woven shawl. This was actually a pretty fast project, and would have been finished ages ago if I couldn’t make up my mind on how I wanted to do it.

I used Caron Cakes yarn (Boston Cream) and cut up the colors separately and wound into balls. I then wove up all of the squares. I did not get the same number of squares for each color, which is why the shawl isn’t perfectly symmetrical, but that is fine. I then decided I wanted to make it triangular after all and added the grey squares to the bottom.

For stitching up, I first had the squares line up so that the teeth all matched each other. This gave it an eyelet/lacy look. After doing each row, I then stitched them up so that the teeth interlocked, like a zipper. I think next time I’ll line them up for more eyelets, but I am still happy with how this turned out. Next one I’ll also be trying an edging with it.

I finished this just in time to bring with me to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool) tomorrow. It is going to be 70* but in the 30*s in the am, so I’ll be happy to have it.

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Loom used: Zoom Loom

Yarn: Caron Cakes – Boston Cream

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2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!

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Back scrubber

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Washcloth

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More wash cloths

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Hot pads

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Alpaca blanket

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Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.

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Pin loom woven teddy bear

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Back of bear

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Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

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.

And another

This one is smaller than the one I previously posted. More like a shawlette; just enough to keep your neck warm. This one is going to my mother since her favorite color is purple. Again, made with handspun yarn by me.

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Time to do another one! This time I’ll be using brighter colors. I’m so sick of all this snow we’ve been getting. I need more colors around here!

First shawl off Triloom!

Back on Christmas I ordered myself a seven foot adjustable triloom. It finally came in the mail on Friday and I put it together first thing Saturday morning. I then picked out which of my handspun yarns I wanted to use, and the set to work weaving. The yarn I used was about sport weight so it made a very light and open shawl. This shawl was done on the next pegs down from the full size, so it’s not the biggest it can be.

No photos of it being worn yet as I just finished it at 11:30pm last night. Here are a couple pictures; the first showing full view and the other a close up.

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I am already planning out my next one and I can’t wait to get started on it. Since it is now the work week, I won’t be able to finish it as quickly. I am very happy I bought this loom! :D

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!

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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