With the combination of elements in this shawl, I think I figured out why I am so in love with the design. It reminds me of Grandma's Pineapple Doilies, but knitted. I loved going to my grandma's farm and (I know your going to think this is funny but...) ironing all of my Grandma's Doilies.
Even the edging is reminiscent of the doilies. And the little peacock feather/Pineapple lace throughout.
And even though, I probably could have gotten one more repeat out of this ball, I now have some yarn left over for some Hexi's!!
I have now more the 4 repeats done on this shawl, but the photo above shows 3 repeats of the lace. You can tell this by my lifelines(the yellow yarn running through my pattern), because I am putting them in after each repeat, just in case. I may forget a yarn over, or even add an extra one in, so this is to help me in case that happens I only have to rip back to the last lifeline instead of all of the shawl!
a couple of tips about lifelines...
This yarn has been on my mind for a while, I bought it in October 2011, but I couldn't decide what to make with it. Its a fairly dark yarn, with burgundy, green, and bits of yellow and blue. I bought it from our local yarn store here in Regina, it was hand dyed by the owner.
I had started a project with it a while back, but I wasn't happy with the choice as the yarn was too dark for the pattern. So today, I decided that this yarn should be an Arlington Shawl.
So this afternoon, I cast on my 3 stitches and got to work! Yes you heard me right, 3 stitches. for those who don't know some shawls require a "tab" to start, it makes starting a shawl like this easy and creates a smooth edge when blocking.
To be honest. I love tabbed starts. Casting on 3 stitches is so much easier then 300...lol. The photo above is one section repeat.
This photo, is taken in different light, but it is after 4 repeats of the first section. I think I will stop there not only for tonight, but also for this section. Because I only have 1 skein of this yarn, and because I am using a slightly larger needle then is required in the pattern, I wanted to make sure i had enough yarn for good lace section, instead of just 2 or 3 repeats of the lace section.
Tomorrow is Knit Night at my restaurant again. And I look forward to working on the lace repeats there!
I took a few minutes to make myself a shawl pin for my Aestlight Shawl, since I will be wearing it in Calgary when I go. This design is great, because you could attach stitch markers instead of just beads to make it more functional for a knitter :).
The Trinity Shawlette that has been sitting in my WIP's pile is finally done!! I did enjoy making this shawl, but I think I got bored of it after a while, the same thing over and over. even though its lace, it was still a bit repetitive. As I was finishing it off, I was thinking about all my other WIP's and realized that some of them sit well over half way done. Why don't I just finish them? I think its a disease!
This one was taken while it was blocking.
Working on this shawl to finish it up before I head back to Calgary was a good distraction. Its a great design that kept me interested. with its start in the middle of the shawl, you wonder how it will all come together, but it does!! I stayed up very late last night, or should i say until just about daylight...lol to finish this off and wash it and block it before heading off to bed.
My next knitting project is to finish off a long standing WIP, my Trinity Shawlette. I have been working on this one since 2010, taking a break probably to knit something else and then not picking it back up again. Its another one of those projects that I got bored of it just before finishing it. So I would say within a week or two I should have it completed.
My wire finally arrived, and I was able to finish up these 2 custom rings from some clients. I really love the rose rings, they are so fun to create!
I am really enjoying knitting the Aestlight shawl. Its a great pattern set up, you knit the middle, and then pick up 2 sides and knit the "netting" area and then knit the border as you bind off your "netting" stitches. I have done a shawl very similar in design as this one, the previous shawl that I did was called the Ardor. The problem with the Ardor was no matter how many times I ripped out the "netting" section I couldn't get my stitches to be the same, every second row I had an extra stitch that I didn't know what to do with. And even though I wasn't the only one that I knew doing that shawl, and having the same issue as me, I couldn't find anything about it online. Nothing on Ravelry to indicate there was a problem with the pattern, so I fudged it to get it finished. Here is the Ardor below being blocked. Its a really nice shawl, made from Malibrigo Sock Yarn, which in my opinion shouldn't be used for socks...lol. Its so soft and squishy!
Today I am having the tastiest shake, it tastes like a peanut butter and banana sandwich! I found it during one of my many hours on Pintrest. Kristen over at Iowa Girl Eats posted this amazing shake. If you would like to try it yourself the recipe is here.
I finished my Dew Drop Cowl last night as well, soaked it and blocked it, and I love it!! I can wrap it twice for a looser fit almost like a trendy necklace, or I can wrap it 3 times for a warmer feel for under my jacket.
I am excited to get working on the fingerless mitts and hat to match!!
Yep, you read that right! Mondays are one of my favorite days!! I get to sit and knit with my friends at my restaurant all evening long! That's why I look forward to Mondays!!
This week I was working on my Dew Drop Cowl, the free pattern can be found on Ravelry here.
I am just about done, I think I have 4 rows left, which I hope to complete tonight, then I can cast off, which I think I will do by using the stretch yo cast off as I call it because I can never remember what it is really called. You k1, yo, k1, *then pass the yo and the most right k1 over the left k1, then you yo, k1, and continue from * till the last stitch, cut your yarn and sew in your ends. So stretchy! I love it!
I thought I would try out posting from my phone. Today I had zucchini sandwiches. They are really quick and easy to make. Slice zucchini and Roma tomatoes into slices, I also used gluten free sandwich meat as well. This I sliced into 3 so that the rolls of meat were small like the rest of the sandwich. And then put them together with a bit of mustard and mayo for taste.
You could probably have anything in these sandwiches...
- chicken, egg or tuna salad
- other lunch meats
You could even try them grilled I bet!!
I have always blogged for a purpose, and each of my blogs has been specifically about something, my knitting, my jewelry design etc. But I need to scale it back, instead of keeping multiple blogs, this time its different.
This time its one blog about everything, me, my life, my struggles with weightloss, my newly found allergy to gluten, and of course all of my crafting. Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Jewelry Designing, Quilting, and well to be honest, any new hobby I may decide to try out...lol.
I hope this will be less stressful, and make more time for all the things I enjoy! And in turn I hope you enjoy reading about me being Entirely Crafty.
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