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Second Installment of the Twisted Shawlette Club!

My goal with the Twisted Shawlette Club has been to knit each shawl before the next shipment arrives. So far, I’m 2 for 2!

Pattern: Viriditas by Shannon Squire

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Grandma’s Porch

Mods: None!

Viriditas is a scarf/shawl that is worked from end to end getting larger as you work your way to the middle and then getting smaller as you knit to the other end. It was a nice relaxing knit and even though I usually dislike knitting back and forth over a short distance, I really enjoyed this knit!

And of course, the yarn was scrumptious. I haven’t met a skein of Plucky that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. The yarn line-up that Twisted has for this club is just incredible…I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the shipments!

I cast-off the Viriditas shawl the same day as another project I’ve been working on for quite some time. Unfortunately, it still needs buttons and the ends woven in…but I’m too excited about it not to share!

Before Dark in Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK 

I am beyond thrilled with how this sweater turned out! I have some buttons on special order at Stash, which I’m really excited about. I think they’ll be perfect.

Of course, I have several other projects on-the-needles as well…including a hat in some Swan’s Island and a summer top for the Stash Summer KAL. Go check out my WIP Wednesday post over on the Stash blog!

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Our most recent Knit-a-long at Stash was a choice between the Dancette Shawl and the Ishbel Shawl. I knit an Ishbel a couple of years ago, and while I love it I really wanted to do something with stripes…Dancette was just the thing! I got a bit of a late start to the KAL and then had a couple of false starts, but made up for lost time by finishing the shawl in 6 days!

Pattern: Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn in Devin (green) and Swans Island Fingering in Natural

Modifications: Instead of a p2tog bind-off like the pattern calls for, I did a sewn bind-off. I initially bound-off per the pattern instructions, but found that when I went to block the shawl, it was too tight. I wasn’t able to pull the top of the shawl straight across without getting rid of the points at the edge. After it dried, I ripped out the bind-off  (ugh, I know) and then did a sewn bind-off instead. I won’t lie….the sewn bind-off took me 2 hours, but it was well worth it in the end.

Both yarns were incredible to knit with, and even more incredible after blocking. My stitches weren’t as even as I would have liked and a good soak evened everything out and both yarns bloomed beautifully. I have a TON of the Swans Island left (their skeins are a generous 525 yards each!) and am already plotting what I can do with the leftovers.

The pattern was easy to follow and had very clear directions. The stripes keep it an addictive and interesting knit, but there isn’t a single part of the pattern that can’t be done while watching a movie or listening to an audiobook.

Irish Girlie Knits has another chevron-inspired pattern out called Fiar, that I think I might need to knit in the near future! Let the plotting begin….

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Super Speedy Knitting

For my birthday in November, Seth bought me a subscription to the Twisted Shawlette Club (Twisted is a yarn shop up in Portland). I received my first shipment on March 1st and cast-on a few days later on the 4th! I finished this project about a week ago, but it’s been so rainy here that today was the first opportunity I’ve had to get pictures. This knit up super quick, and of course now I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in May!

Pattern: Springtide by Debbie Stone

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Seduction (a 50/50 merino/tencel blend)

Modifications: Absolutely none! The pattern was well-written and easy to follow and I love that the center of the garter stitch section of the shawl features a lace panel. It made the knitting interesting without being too fussy.

This was my first time knitting with a merino/tencel blend and I was surprised at how much I liked it! It behaves similarly to merino/bamboo blends and has a lovely sheen and drape to it.

Shawlettes are the perfect spring accessory, aren’t they?

I also have another FO to share that I made for my MIL for her birthday!

Pattern: Cabled Keyhole Scarf by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Elenya Alpaca/Merino in I’ve Traveled the World and the Seven Seas

Mods: None! This was a great little accessory pattern that is quick to knit and the result is quite satisfying! I’ve been meaning to knit one of these for some time now, and my MIL’s birthday was the perfect excuse.

I’ve been blogging once a week over on the Stash blog, too…so go check it out!

Have a great weekend!

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Garter Stitch Goodness

Apparently, I’m on a garter stitch kick with my knitting. There’s something about the monotony of garter stitch that is soothing and makes for great mindless knitting. And then, of course, there’s the fantastic squish factor that garter stitch has. Which, makes it especially fabulous for this first project:

Pattern:  Vintage Baby Cardigan by Kristin Spurkland

Yarn: Shibui Sock in Wasabi

Mods: None, really. My gauge was off, so instead of going down to a size 2 needle I knit the smallest size to achieve the 6 month measurements. The pattern was well written and while the sweater looked like a hot mess for a while, it all magically works out when you do a 3-needle bind-off for the tops of the sleeves! The construction is interesting and would be a good way for beginner knitters to learn some new skills (casting on in the middle of a project, 3-needle bind-off, seaming the undersides of the sleeves) as long as they don’t mind that it’s fingering weight yarn on size 3 needles.

The baby sweater will be headed to Stash tomorrow along with a big pile of project bags. The sweater will be a shop sample showing off the lovely Shibui Sock yarn. The yarn was great to knit with and is perfect for baby knits, and would make a fab pair of socks, too!

Next up is a shawl-in-progress for a family member who is going through a tough time. I had started a completely different pattern with different yarn, but wasn’t really liking the way it was knitting up. So, I found a different pattern and dug through my stash and found some luxurious yarn that is going to make a fabulous shawl.

Doesn’t it look wonderfully cushy? 

The pattern calls for either 2 strands of lightweight yarn or 1 strand of worsted weight yarn. The skein on the right is Hedgehog Fibres Pure Cashmere Lace that I’ve been hanging onto until the perfect project came along. I think it found it’s perfect project. The shawl is a bit more chocolate brown than in the pictures and the orange is a bit less electric!

In other news, we’re headed to Hawaii later this week with some friends of ours! I’ll be bringing the laptop, so I’ll try and update the blog while I’m there!

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