Saturday, September 25, 2010

What else but another Shawl.

Or should I say Shawlette? It is called ...

The Budding Shawlette by Joyce (YuLian) Yu

Before the magic of blocking:


After the magic happens:


It's smaller than it looks but perfect for keeping the shoulders & neck warm and serving as an accent piece. Could also be worn as a scarf since it's light and airy. And I love it!

Was thinking of giving it away the whole time I was knitting it, but alas ...


... can I really do that?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Scarves that double as shawls ...

Will add something more to the wardrobe as well as keep your neck and shoulders warm. So why not knit a few to pull out when you need them, right?

My first one this week is light and airy. Supper soft of course and it really gives a collarless blouse another dimension, texture and style.

Pattern: Annis by Susanna IC
Needles: US 8 - 5.0 mm and US 10 - 6.0 mm for cast-on only
: Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere 2-ply
How much used: 1 skeins = 400.0 yards (365.8m)

Measurement: 70” wide x 13” long

I love wearing this one ...



And look ... it has "Nupps"!



And since I knit on more than one thing at a time I also finished ...

Pattern: Saroyan by Liz Abinante.
: US 9 - 5.5 mm
: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 4/8 - Cone
: Emerald
How much used: 0.5 cone = 560.0 yards (512.1m)

Modifications: did 9 /11/ 9 repeats for each section.

Measurements: 92” wide x 16” long




I love the leaf trim on the edge ...


Now shouldn't I get ready to go somewhere special tonight?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Why do I love shawls so much right now?

Have you wondered, "Why has Rhonda gone crazy knitting so many shawls"? I bet you thought, "This confirms it; either she's gettting 'old' or she really is a 'nut'. Okay ... you might be right on both accounts.

Boneyard Summer Garden Shawl

Yes, I am nuts about shawls. And even I have wondered if it's because I am getting into my upper years now. I love wearing them beside the fact that I love the fast and simple knitting being done on them. Well, I've crocheted a few too ... But it's not just because I'm in my senior years now. No really ... stop the giggling you. I've thought about this and I know what the reason has been mostly ... well now I have a confession to make ... and it's about my weight. Now I really do know. Yes, I know I'm one of those overweight Americans. I now have decided to say it out loud. I'm in the realm of 'obese' even. So shawls are more wearable for me. BUT, I have joined Weight Watches only 2 weeks ago and have already lost 5 lbs. I know that's not a lot, but it's a start. And guess what ... a shawl will still fit me no matter how much weight I loose. Oh yes, I'm going to loose a lot more. I'm in the mind-set for it and I will do it. But, I don't want to knit wearable items and not be able to wear them 6 or 12 months from now. Shawls fit the bill!

Boneyard Summer Garden Shawl

Well gosh, I also love shawls for another reason. They are just so darn comfy. So stylish and NOT SO WARM that I would 'die' from the heat the way I do in sweaters. Yup, I have found that I just love the looks of them and the wearing part of it just makes me feel so good without being over heated and wishing I could remove it if it's not a cardigan. [Did I iron the blouse under my sweater? Am I even wearing a blouse under it?] A shawl can be just dropped from the shoulder.

So here's another shawl off the blocking board yesterday. Another Boneyard Shawl.

Boneyard Summer Garden Shawl

I call this one my Boneyard Summer Garden Shawl. You can find the details on my Ravelry page of course. The yarn is cotton for the cool but not real cold days of Summer.

Boneyard Summer Garden Shawl

Single Loop Fringe on the Boneyard

I also made a few modifications. With the biggest one being the long single loop fringe you see here. You can see it on display at my LYS, Seed Stitch Fine Yarn.

I'm off to start another shawl or two or ...

Okay, I have four on the needles right now.

I know, I know, I'm a ... stitchingNut.

Friday, September 03, 2010

The lure of knitted lace ...

Is there joy in knitting lace? Will the process of working magic with yarn overs and ssk or k2tog to create what looks like a complex design or perhaps the end results after the blocking process is complete put a smile on your face? Is there a song in your heart when you knit lace? Perhaps the look on my face is the answer to those questions.

Lotus Blossom Shawl

Does it call to you as it does me?

As you see, I just completed the largest shawl I've ever knit. It's called the Lotus Blossom by Dorothy Siemens and from Fiddlesticks Knitting. A beautiful well designed and written pattern.

Something for the Holidays ... for ME!

Of course part of the joy comes from the fact that I knit it for myself. A gift to the StitchingNut, I guess you could say. Oh how I love it. But the real enjoyment all started with the casting on and the process of knitting the lace. Seriously ... it really was.

Lotus Blossom Shawl

It starts very small at the neckline and grows as you go with every other row increasing 4 more stitches. Although, I can't knit a project like this and visit with family or friends while I do it. It becomes all consuming. Each right side row became a row of concentration while the wrong side row was a few minutes of meditation or reflection. That's why I limited my time on Blogging or Facebook comments for the past few weeks. I was deeply involved ...

Lotus Blossom Shawl

That's right ... involved with my knitting. As I finished each row and moved up my marker tape to the next row on the chart [there are 6 charts for this pattern] I got more excited each time.

Lotus Blossom Shawl

The excitement to getting to the finish line was there but,
it was also in the details ...

Lotus Blossom detail

The stems lead to the Lotus flower and petals at the bottom and the anticipation grew as I completed each one. It got so that I didn't want to do anything else. No housework kept me away for very long. No chore remained in my way. Dinner was quickly planned, cooked and eaten while the lure of lace called to me each day.

a bobble ball cast off edging

Until finally I got to the Cast Off ... and then I had to stop and practice on scrap yarn a new process I had never done before. The bobble ball cast off was a threat to the final results of this lace that called to me for 3 weeks. Was I going to be able to do it? Even though I had my doubts ... and I took ALL day to complete it ...

Lotus Blossom Shawl

Whew, I succeeded!! I now have a lovely, soft, warm and glorious shawl for the Holidays.

Lotus Blossom Shawl

Can you tell I'm pleased as punch with myself?

Lotus Blossom Shawl