Success! Green Shawl is done!

imageHey everybody! Exciting news (at least for me). After nearly one year and some very slow knitting, I have finally finished my lovely green shawl! Several posts ago, I mentioned that I pulled this project out of deep hibernation and finally put myself to the task of finishing this little green monster.

I think I also eluded previously that this shawl pattern normally zooms right by, but I think this type of yarn was making it more difficult for me to add a lace border.

Despite all the frogging and re-knitting I did on this shawl, I absolutely love the results! It light enough for spring-like weather, but warm enough to ward off the seemingly never-ending winter chill. Here is some photos of me wearing my shawl in honor of St. Patrick’s Day yesterday:

In case you want to try this shawl for yourself, here is a video of the basic pattern without the border:

Thank you for everyone that encouraged me to finish this. Now it’s time to finish up those springtime placemats!

Stay tuned…

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Some Quick Updates

Sorry for the long delay in posting again. I have been just super busy knitting the days away! Since my last post, I have started and finished two more custom orders. Can anyone say “Basic Black Cowl”?

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You guessed it! Another order for a basic black cowl. Who would have thought that this would have been so popular? Then again, it’s been such a brutal winter that everyone is struggling just to stay warm.

Speaking of which, as I mentioned in my last post, when I wore my lovely blue arm-knitted infinity scarf, a fellow coworker saw it and asked me if I could make her one. So here it is in all its glory:

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In other fronts, my green shawl border is crawling towards the finish line. I have just one more side to go and I will be done! Here is a sneak peek at my progress:

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In other news, I was gently guided by hints from home that we could use some freshening up around the house with some new placemats. So I worked out a super easy pattern on my own and started knitting away with some cotton yarn I had lying around:

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I now have one completed and second one on its way. I have decided to call my pattern Springtime placemats and will hopefully have a written pattern worked out soon. For now, it’s all in my head. I think that is a good thing – right?

Last but not least, I have waited close to month for some new Dreamz knitting needles to come in to my local yarn shop. To explain, I have completely fell in love with the needle brand Knitter’s Pride Dreamz knitting needles! I have been currently working on my placemats with a size US 8 and was excited to order another set. I had set aside a spring lace scarf pattern that I am dying to use these new needles with. I am very happy to report that they came in yesterday! I rushed right over last night to pick up my new Knitter’s Pride needles. With my new set of needles, I picked up my first hank of premium yarn! It is a gorgeous washable sport-weight merino wool from Lorna’s Laces call “Passion”.

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These are supposed be “ the” colors of the season so I am super excited to be working this scarf pattern soon. But first, thing’s first- I must get that shawl done…

That’s all I got for now!

Until next post 🙂

A quick break from lace knitting…

imageFor some reason, over the weekend I decided to take a little break from my knitted lace border I am applying to my green shawl to cruise around YouTube looking for some knitting techniques. I stumbled across a couple of videos on arm knitting. I have seen and heard about arm knitting before, but I never took the time to try it. After I watched a couple of videos, I decide to come up with my own arm knitting technique since I am now a continental style knitter and I didn’t care the technique I saw. After a few rounds of practicing with a knitting style that what was comfortable to me, I was off creating my very first arm-knitted infinity scarf! In under 30 minutes I completed this little blue wonder. I even wore it to work yesterday and received many compliments. So much in fact that I was asked to create one for a fellow co-worker.

Once I have some time, I will create and post a video on what my technique is. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my cheesy photo…

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