New Shawls

In the weeks leading up to Christmas I had a few shawls on the needles. They’re gorgeous, I love them, and they’re now finished! I don’t know what it is about shawls, but one thing’s for sure – I can never have enough.

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Dreambird Shawl

This summer I began working on the Dreambird Shawl. If you’re going to tackle this pattern, I would strongly suggest you work off the row-by-row instructions. Up to the now-infamous Row 28, the long-form instructions are reasonably easy to follow, but after that it all goes pear-shaped as the designer tries to be extremely helpful, and ends up confusing most of those who have stumbled over this row’s instructions. Switch to the row-by-row instructions.

I made a small change on rows 15 and 16 too, to ensure the background yarn wrapped right around the tip of the feather:
Row 15: k 44
Row 16: k2 p 42

Other than that, it’s a really interesting and beautiful pattern. I’ve only got a few more feathers to work (or I’ll run out of yarn!) and then will knit a couple of rows of garter along the neck edge (not included in the pattern) to tidy it up. Seems like that’s what quite a few others have done.

Color Affection Shawl

This is the Color Affection shawl, designed by Veera Välimäki. It’s a marvel of stripes and short rows and was a fairly easy knit. I was kind of horrified upon completion though, because the neck edge of all those striped rows was so puckered, despite my best efforts to leave lots of slack when bringing in the row yarns. However, wet blocking worked its miracles again – it’s knitting alchemy! After a good soak in a bit of wool wash, I laid it out flat and lightly pinned it in place. In the process, all the puckering magically disappeared, resulting in a perfectly flat crescent shawl that looks great. Can’t wait to wear it come winter.

Les Sillons Shawl

I purchased this pretty and unusual shawl pattern on Ravelry, but quickly became disenchanted with it. Mainly because there was a lack of instruction concerning stitch counts at the end of each section, so you had to make a guess as to when to end your short rows. No matter how hard I tried, the beginning of each new section never seemed to match up to what I had from the previous section. In the end I decided it didn’t matter, because in the process of much knit-frog-knit, I’d mastered the principles of short rows. So much so that I extended some sections, shortened others, and added extra. The end result is a shawl that drapes beautifully, is super-light, and hasn’t even been blocked yet. Probably won’t block it though, as it’d be rather large!

Verity Shawl

This is the Verity Shawl from Interweave Knits (Spring 2013), made from Canopy Fingering (The Fibre Company) in Orchid. It’s a sock yarn of 50% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool + 20% viscose from bamboo. Most luscious.

Being a super-slow, oft-distracted knitter, it took a couple of months to get this finished. Finally got around to blocking it this weekend. Am studiously ignoring the row where I didn’t twist the cable. Only on one half of the shawl, mind you. Where was my head? Where?!

As with most lacy knits, some sturdy blocking stretched this piece from just making it round my shoulders, to a more comfortable 178cm (70″), up from pattern’s 62″ as I did another repeat. This magical transformation never ceases to amaze me.

I’d love to wear it right now, but the weather’s getting decidedly warm and muggy, but it will be the perfect snuggly wrap come winter.

Darjeeling Shawl

A few months ago, I completed the Darjeeling Shawl (Joan Forgione, Interweave Knits Spring 2013) in my sportweight handspun, Passions corriedale/alpaca from Spunky Eclectic. At last! The perfect small project for it!

The Triangle Body and Lace Panel came together easily enough, but things fell apart when it came to the Lace Edging. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to work the chart. Somehow, it seemed perfectly logical that the chart should be worked across the 193 st of the shawl body, but the math just didn’t work out, and the instructions subsequently became incomprehensible. After pondering the problem for 2 days, including searching the Interweave Knits Forum for clues, the penny finally dropped – the 15 st, 6 row repeat needed to be worked at right-angles to the shawl body.


Why do these things always seem so obvious – AFTER you’ve figured it out?!

Net result – one perfectly constructed Darjeeling Shawl that turned out to be a sweet knit after all.

Hitchhiker Scarf No.2 – DONE!

At last! I can’t believe how long it takes me to knit something. Even seemingly simple somethings. Case in point: the Hitchhiker Scarf. When you start out, the rows fly off the needles so quickly, and then about halfway through you begin to realise that things have slowed down. By the time you’re two-thirds in, those rows are taking a helluva long time to complete. No, I didn’t time it – because that would just be… demotivating, shall we say. Anyway, the No.2 Hitchhiker I began back on 5 February is finally complete, and I likes it a lot.

Noro Kureyon Hitchhiker

Next on the needles is this lovely sweater (Cultivated Vines), purchased from, with Naturally Haven 4ply merino yarn in nearly the same shade.


Wish me luck – this is only the second garment I’ve ever knitted. Must go – I’m knitting a gauge swatch. Apparently they’re important…

V-Neck Sweaters

I’m going to make these!

Cultivated Vines

Inspired by Monet

Both patterns are ridiculously cheap. I am in dire need of v-neck sweaters for winter and nice patterns are SO hard to come by. After Ezibuy’s dismal effort last season, the only solution is to make my own. I’ve not actually knitted a sweater before, but it can’t be that hard. Can it? I’m not worried though, because I have many talented knitterly friends, so I’m sure it’ll all work out…

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker Scarf

GrannyG was showing this off the other day and I thought, “Ooh! I quite fancy that!” Purchased the pattern through Ravelry and cast on this evening thanks to a surprise Christmas present from a friend – 7 balls of Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4 ply (5 lettuce green, 2 cream) and a Debbie Bliss magazine. The Upstairs Shawl was put aside with relief so I could get stuck into the Hitchhiker. Needed a rest from bloody 2 ply…

Should have this finished in the next few days hopefully.

UPDATE: The finished scarf…
Hitchhiker Scarf

Did another one too, in Noro Kureyon. So simple, so addictive, must stop…

Upstairs Shawl

Upstairs Shawl

Well, it’s high time I posted something here about what I’ve been doing since October. Mostly I’ve been flitting between this shawl and spinning, but nothing’s been completed. Hence the lack of blog updateyness. Anyway, here’s where I’m at with the Upstairs Shawl.

The cool thing is that in the interim, I’ve purchased an iPod (and more recently an iPad!), converted the pattern to a PDF sized to fit the iPod, with each line highlighted on a different page. So much handier than carting around a paper pattern with a sticky note to mark my rows!