I made a shawl once.

Begun in the summer of 2012, finished early in 2013 and now eventually blogged in 2014.

Finished & blocked shawl

Left side of shawl

Shawl detail

Right curve of shawl

Pattern: Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur
Materials: Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit & Handmaiden Great Big Sea
Start Date: July 28, 2012
End Date: August 17, 2012
Blocked: February 8, 2013

I made this shawl for my Mom, out of yarn she selected during our trip to the Maritimes in 2012. There’s another version of this shawl with nearly the same yarns in blues that I knit for her in 2013.

I had cast on a version for myself in some non-fluffy yarns, but it sat unfinished for long enough and I finally frogged it last week along with some other long-standing unfinished lace projects.

Mom’s Xmas Yellow Shawl

Folded Shawl Here’s one last Christmas present that I knit. For the record, there was a high likelihood that this would have actually been finished in time to be wrapped for giving on Christmas day. It seemed a bit on the smallish side, so I wanted to check before finishing it off. Shawl on the railing Turns out I was right. My mom requested it be “much much longer” so I continued knitting until I ran out of yarn. That’s an extra 10 pattern repeats on both sides. That’s like 80% MORE shawl in this shawl! Yellow shawl Then I had a blocking conundrum. I usually do. Though I now live in a bigger place, I also have a roommate. We use our couches regularly and have no spare beds. I was going ready to block this sucker at my brother’s place when I realised that this shawl would probably do with a slight steam blocking. Because of the 40% cotton content, it was pretty relaxed already. More shawl detail! So then some steam. BOUM. Blocked. BOUM. Took some pictures. BOUM. Mailed it off. BOUM. Central panelPattern: North Sea Shawl by Cheryl Oberle from Folk Shawls Materials: Manos del Uruguay Serena in 2044 (baby yellow) Start Date: November 6, 2011 End Date: January 22, 2012 A week later I received this last picture taken by my dad to my cell phone while on the phone with my mom where she was telling me she thought the shawl was now TOO long. Um. What? I convinced her to wear it once and then decide. Turns out she’s fine with the length (even if it’s longer than she anticipated). What? Where's the flash? It could have been nice to have some additional repeats in the central pattern now that I think about it, but it’s still nice as it is.

2011 Catch-up: a couple of shawls

Both of these shawls got pushed aside at various points for other more pressing projects (usually things to make for other people) and took way longer than they should have to finally block and photograph. You can see the creases in the photos as proof of how long they hung around before I finally took pictures.

Finished Pea Vines Shawl

1. Finished Pea Vines Shawl, 2. Shawl Detail, 3. Pea Vines Detail, 4. Finished Pea Vines Pattern: Pea Vines by Anne Hanson Materials: Tosh Merino Light in Rose Purchased At: Purl Soho Start Date: May 14, 2011 End Date: September 16, 2011 There is an error at the beginning of the Pea Vines, but I didn’t find it worth ripping out most of the border in order to fix it. I really enjoyed knitting this pattern, but it did take lots of concentration. Also, it took me WAY too long to start writing down what row I was on. I lost my place so many times that I lost count.

Finished Celes Shawl

1. Celes Shawl, 2. Center detail, 3. End bit, 4. Finished Celes Shawl Pattern: Celes by Jared Flood Materials: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in 1294 (blue-green) Start Date: September 18, 2010 End Date: November 6, 2011 This shawl sat dormant for a long time because I ran out of yarn once I reached the border. I continued on almost immediately after getting another skein. The border is a very slight different shade of teal as the new skein was a different dye lot from the first. I don’t find it bothersome as the entire border is knit with the new lot. If I had started the new skein partway through knitting the border, it would have been far more noticeable.

A Mystery Shawl: begun & finished

Um, hi. I’m not feeling too verbose about this shawl that I finished back in May but we’ll see how this goes. The pattern for this mystery shawl caught my eye in my friends’ activity stream one day. I grabbed some yarn and got to knitting.

Spriteling detail

While I’m kind of blasé about writing about this shawl, please don’t make the assumption that I found the knitting boring. Or am even blasé about the resulting shawl. I could barely contain myself while waiting for the next set of instructions.

Spriteling detail

I think I finished this shawl only a couple of days after receiving the final clue. But I don’t have the ideal set up for blocking shawls. Considering that I’ve knit almost 10 shawls, it’s kind of silly that I don’t have a proper blocking set up. None of those interlocking foam blocks to put on the floor and pin into. No blocking wire set. I just have about a million pins that I use.

Spriteling clue 1

Fortunately I have an awesome friend with a spare bed and all the necessary blocking devices. I was over at her place one day playing Xbox (my roommate’s died from the dreaded Red Ring and I had some games on loan that needed ‘testing’ before being returned) and we blocked out the shawl (it was a combined effort).

Finished & needs blocking

The blocking was actually kind of challenging for this shawl. The elaborate border and loopy crocheted bind off made the blocking quite confusing. We consulted pictures from others completed shawls to see what the resulting shape should be. There was much pinning out of loops, readjusting of loops and scrounging for more pins before this shawl got to its final blocking state.

It's a shawl

I really love how the shawl turned out. The colours of the Archangel have this unearthly glow to them. Somehow the red emanates from the core of the yarn. I’m not sure how well this is evident in photos, but trust me, in life this shawl is slightly on fire. Maybe more like slow burning hard wood or liquid hot magma. Either way, I very much enjoy and have worn this shawl on every available chilly morning since its completion.

I like this shawl

Alright, so I guess I was more verbose than anticipated. One day I shall be up-to-date with my completed projects.

It's a purty shawl

One more picture of the big fan bit at the center of the shawl.

Border detail

Finally blocked & v. useful

So I finished knitting myself my very own handspun Annis back in December, and never managed to get around to blocking it. In fact, I never blocked it.

Instead, a friend blocked it for me. She has the benefit of a spare bed on which to block shawls and I’m very lucky that she offered her services or this would have stayed lumped on a chair in my living room indefinitely (along with a sweater in need of blocking & buttons).

Finished Annis

Since getting it blocked, I have made this my new spring scarf. Nice, light, crunchy but quite warm. It’s a most welcome change to my winter scarves. I definitely foresee more such shawl-scarves in my future. And out of handspun would be just divine.

I like to wear it this way too

Though I’ve been wearing it this way more than the other. Thanks so much Amanda for blocking this for me! I know I have some overdue cross-stitch to get to.

Next up: I finally finish things I started ages ago.

Handspun Annis of my own

After seeing a friend’s Annis knit from her own handspun I decided that I needed one of my own. The amazing 6-day shawl put me in a knitted-lace-from-my-handspun kick. One I have yet to recover from. Almost immediately after finishing the Echo Flower Shawl, I grabbed some appropriate handspun that I really love, and cast on for Annis.

Handspun Annis

Somehow this shawl magically took 3 days to knit. But somehow is taking much longer to block. I’ll take some better pictures after I finally do block it. It’s a high priority on my to-do list. But I figured since I included it in the 2010 photo mosaic, I should probably post a little something about it.

Annis detail
Pattern: Annis by Susanna IC
Materials: 2-ply
‘Breaker Pigeonroof Studios Polwarth
approx. 397 yards
100% Polwarth
4 oz.
Start Date: December 16, 2010
End Date: December 19, 2010

The whole idea of starting from the bottom edging and working one’s way up is really intriguing. No need to freak out about not having enough yarn for the border, it’s the first thing knit! A person could get used to this.