Hi, everyone! I wanted to share with you this shawl that I made for my mother-in-law for Christmas. I’m really excited about this one– if you knit, you should really consider this pattern! It’s very simple and easy to do, but yields lovely results (in my humble opinion). It’s one of those things that looks way more complicated than it really is (or maybe I’m just easily impressed by simple, simple things… sigh)!
This is the textured shawl recipe from orlane– it’s another free Ravelry download (love ‘em!)! The photo above is an accurate representation of the color– it was kinda tough to photograph! It’s folded a bit here… how do you guys usually photograph shawls?
As the author states, this isn’t really a pattern, so to speak, but a set of notes about how she made her scarf. If you’re new to knitting, you may want to read over a few of the other users’ project notes for clarification. I had never knit a shawl before (or anything else triangular), so I was a bit confused about how to start off (the notes just instruct you to use your favorite set-up for a triangular shawl). I referenced yorkiegirl’s notes– she just tells you to CO 7 stitches and then increase as instructed on every RS row. So yeah, not complicated at all… I just get nervous that I’m going to screw something up!
I used the Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino yarn, just like the example (I even used the same colorway, the sort of smoky lavender color). An unimaginative choice, I know, but it was just too pretty to pass up and that color is perfect for my m-i-l. It’s soft as can be and really looks up lovely, but it is a bit sheddy (I kept finding purple fuzz on everything– yuck!).
What’s on your to-make list these days? I was a little bit bad and used Sunni’s 15% discount code at Victory Patterns to buy the Chloe dress (I know, I don’t have any willpower! Although I really wanted them ALL, so maybe I have a LITTLE willpower). It’s so cute! I really want to make it, but I don’t have any fabric that works in my stash, so I’ll have to hold off. There was a little issue with the code not working at the pattern website, but the owner, Kristiann, couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. Yay indie pattern designers! [edit: The discount code is valid through Jan. 19th! Get it here!]
In other blogiverse news, I found this great 7-part series, Never Fear Knits, on Dixie DIY– check it out! It’s so nice to read advice for working with stretch fabrics from a fellow sewist. Thanks, Dixie! And if you’re looking for inspiration, check out this gorgeous red jacket on sallieoh! She has been working on this for quite a while and it’s truly amazing! That girl’s got what we call in the business world “mad skillz”!
How about you guys? What’s inspiring you these days?