Knitting Wits

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Semi-cicular shawl and more

The Shawl is done - again! I frogged it the first time because it was too short for my tastes and I am over winter white. I used one strand of teh winter white with a denim blue and sky blue. So there are a few color changes there. For home use, I am very happy with its woolly warmth.

Thanks to Graciela Worth for coming up with the pattern. Well worth the money.

Now I have an idea for a wavy shawl using her techinique.

(Geez, how many shawls does a body need? LOL)

Thanks to my LJ friend, WhiskeyJack, for forwarding the link to these lovely projects at,1,0,0.

I LOVE THEM! If I cared any more about my high school whose mascot was a viking, I'd be contacting my old school mates through (What is it with the product placement today?) and offer to make them for everyone.

As it is, I'll work on a pattern for these for the KK anyway. They are just too hooty not to explore. I know the wings on the girls' hat will be a challenge for me, but still, just too hooty for words!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Shawl with semi-circular back

I finished Graciela's shawl with semi-circular back. I learned so much from this pattern. Not having much experience with the long loom I was eager to complete this project.
I used Paton Merino Wool in winter white. Almost 6 skeins. 2 strands as 1 and followed her directions.
It took me several days to complete the project. But I learned the lucet casy-on (that was my choice), short rows and to bind-off. Using the 2 as 1
wechinique gave me a heavier weight shawl that will keep me warm on these cool summer evenings here. I really like the ruffle effect on the back.
As pleased as I am with the shawl, I will be frogging it. I want the front bits to be a lot longer. I'll even use two colors when I re-do this. I hvae loads of the wool in blue - light and denim - so, I'll see what white and one of the blues looks like.
Thanks to Graciela for designing such great patterns.

Friday, June 08, 2007

I am not a slacker

Well, maybe with my blog. And I know as I start to list off all I've been doing, I'll get winded and want to fall into bed.

On the textile front, I worked on my son's first grade plays, Froggy and Frog and Toad. Kudos to the Kiwi Mom who wrote the scripts. I am a bit envious of her. I did get to edit the scripts for her, but really, it's not the same.

Anyway, I made the sparrow cape, dragonfly wings, some frog heads and approved a whole lotta thrift store buys.

On the knitting front, I am halfway through Graciela's shawl with the semi-circular back. She has taught me so much about long loom knitting. And the way she accomplishes the semi-circle bak was well worth the price.

No, I won't tell you how she does it. You'll have to buy the pattern.