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Done: Oaklet Shawl

July 18, 2011 1 comment

I had a fairly productive weekend, knit-wise. I managed to finish another triangular shawl with a lace edging. Go me! I’m on a roll. My Summer of the shawl continues…Isn’t is prettiful? I love this shawl. So simple.

I had to use the flash on my camera to get the colors to come out. It’s so dark and dreary here this morning. Cloudy and cool, here in PDX right now. I refuse to complain about our lack of Summer weather, here, while the rest of the country is in a serious heat wave. I keep telling myself, it could be worse. I will take the cooler weather, thank you. I think my cats will agree. They hate the heat as much as I do. 🙂

Info On The Shawl:

Pattern: Oaklet Shawl, a free ravelry download by Megan Goodacre.

Yarn: Berroco Sox Metallic, 1 skein with a bit leftover. Color: Papaya; 73% super wash wool, 25% nylon, 2% other fibers. 380 yards. (the yarn has a silver sparkly thread throughout.

Needles: US # 5 ciruclar needle.

Notions: two stitch markers used to make the center area of the shawl.

Ravelry Page: You can view more photos and notes on the shawl, here.

Mods: None.

Time: 17 days, or so. July 1-17, 2011.

Verdict: I love this shawl. It’s so simple and pretty. The pattern is well written and I had zero issues with it. I worked on this shawl (stockinette section) while watching TV and movies. Not much concentration required. The lace portion of the shawl is written out as well as charted. I used the written instructions to complete the lace part, personally. It turned out really great. The yarn is great, love the colors and I am pleased with the finished shawl. Love!

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Finished: Vlad

I am happy to report that I have finished my Vlad. I completed it on Saturday, my birthday. I blocked the shawl for most of yesterday. Blocking lace is not one of my strong suits. I am surprised it turned out looking fabulous.

This is my first triangular lace shawl. Well, one that I have managed to finish, anyway. Also, this is my first time using lace-weight yarn for any project. Remind me later, how crazy that is. Right now, I am riding the “I finished it” high.

I love, love, love this shawl. It wasn’t as hard to knit it, as it appears. It looks so pretty and delicate. It’s so beautiful that I want to frame it, rather than wear it. Silly me. I am ridiculously proud of this shawl.

Info On The Shawl:

Pattern: Vlad, by Tammy Bailey, a free download on Ravelry.

Yarn: 1 skein of Knit Picks Gloss Lace (440 yards) 70% merino wool, 30% silk, in #24502 Fiesta. I love the yarn. It was my first try with it. It’s sooooo soft.

Needles: US # 5 circular throughout.

Size: One size

Mods: None. Knitted the pattern as written.

Time: 12 days from start to finish.

Verdict: LOVE! The shawl came out beautiful. I can’t gush about it enough. I knitted this shawl as a knit-along for the True Blood group I belong to on Ravelry. It was a lot of fun to knit the shawl with other fans. It kept me going…I recommend the pattern. It is mostly charts, but not hard to follow at all. I want to make another Vlad…in a different color. I also think I will make it bigger too. That is easily done by adding more “body repeats.”

It’s The “Little Things”

Are you ready for this? OMG, I actually finished a knitting project! I know, the shock of it, right? My last personal knitting project was completed in early May. In my defense, I did finish two crochet projects in between May and now. Also, I am knitting on design pieces, in the background. So, the fact that I finished a personal knitting project is huge.

I chose to knit this hat right after I chopped all of my curly hair off short. Really short. A very different hair style called for some new hats. The hat turned out really cute. I love it. The yarn is very soft and I love the bright turquoise color. Yeah, me and my bright colors.

This hat took me a while to knit. Tiny needles and fingering weight yarn…and I love that I got to dig through my huge box of vintage buttons. I love simple hats.

Info On The Hat:

Pattern: Little Things, a free ravelry download.

Yarn: 1 skein of Cascade Yarns Cherub Collection 4 ply, 240 yards. Color – # 2336 turquoise.

Needles: Us # 2 for the garter brim and US # 4 for the body of the hat.

Ravelry Project Page: To see more photos of the hat, go here.

Mods: None. I knitted the pattern as written.

Time: A little over two weeks. I knitted on the hat sporadically.

Buttons: 2 – 3/4 inch dark blue vintage buttons.

Verdict: I love, love, love this hat. It’s so simple and cute. It’s a light hat and I can wear it in the Spring and Summer months. I like this hat so much that I plan to knit a second one in a lavender color, soon. An easy hat to knit and I highly recommend the pattern. 🙂

Simple Crochet Shrug

June 6, 2011 1 comment

Oh look, I finally finished something. It’s been a while. I have been working on several projects, but they are either ongoing, long term ones or projects I can’t share too much about (designs). It feels nice to have finished a project. It’s been about a month.

I just decided, last Friday, that I needed a slouchy shrug, cardigan to wear on chilly summer mornings. I searched Ravelry and came up with this shrug pattern. It fit the bill perfectly. It’s not knitted, but crocheted. It’s fluffy and soft too.  I love it!

Specs On The Shrug:


Pattern: Simple Crochet Shrug by Lion Brand Yarn Co. Free pattern upon site registration.

Yarn: 6 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky, in #86010 Taupe Twists.

Hook: 9.0mm, M/N Hook.

Size: One size (very stretchy).

Mods: None.

Time: 6/3/2011 – 6/6/2011, three days total.

Verdict: I really loved making this shrug/cardigan. It was super easy and very relaxing to work on. I love the slouchy-ness of it and it’s very comfortable to wear. Great for layering and suitable for chilly summer mornings with coffee. I do want to make another in the actual called for yarn, Lion Brand Homespun. I did not have enough Homespun on hand to make the shrug and used a chunky substitution. I plan to buy some Homespun the next time I head up to Joanns, or something. Until then…I will wear my shrug a lot. I highly recommend the easy shrug. All you need to know is SC-single crochet and how to SC into the back loops. No problem.

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