A New Way to Wear My Shawls

Major Knitter and all my friends on Finish Or Frog(ravelry link)  it started this, this Thing, about how to wear shawls.

Somehow this led to me saying I would model some different ways of wearing them. (Its a bit blurry how I became the appointed Shawl Model for the group.)

Here is my latest incarnation of shawl wearing or modeling.
This idea was taken from old photos I’ve seen of women from the Faroe Islands wearing their shawls tied in back, leaving their hands free to do their chores.

Lavalette & Other Knitting Projects


Lavalette Shawl by Through the Loops

Since I finished not one but Two shawls this week I felt compelled to cast on a new one.

Never mind the WIP’s (Works In Progress) still on the needles, I couldn’t resist the siren call of this Caribbean Blue Cashmere any longer!  Its like knitting with feathers, it is so light and silky and cloud-like!  Num!

Here is my Fourth Multnomah finished:

I don’t have a pix yet of the Cosette,  which I also finished, its just a lump un-blocked.

I now have a pile of four shawls on my craft table needing blocking attention, and I’m almost done with my Fifth Multnomah!  This 10 Shawls in 2010 thing is breezing right along…but I shouldn’t say that, it may cause bad luck or something!

Plus I have my Tweedy Aran Cardigan Project, where I learn about the complexity of diamond cables with twisted stitches inside.  I have four cable classes to learn how to do this, because DH surprised me with them from Melissa over at Make One.

I’ve got the yarn, special ordered from New York, ALOT of it!

Kathmandu Aran Tweed:

I’ve made a gauge swatch in the twisted rib pattern:

and determined its lovely.  I have the needles and the pattern all ready, and then the weather turns itself up to 80 degrees and makes me wonder if I should be doing this now or not.

But it is done in pieces and we do have A/C both at home and in the shop, so….What the heck!  Tweedy Aran Cardigan of my dreams, here I come!  (Wish me luck or send me prayers, whichever is your thing, I’m going to need them!)

Hodge Podge

In which I blog all over the place about everything.

In the news, Dick Francis died yesterday (Valentines) at the age of 89.  In case you don’t already know, I have always been an avid reader of his books.

I mean, what is not to like about a British Murder Mystery with horses?

Speaking of Valentines, I made these Chocolate Molton Lava Cakes for dessert, and let me just say, they are the bomb!  I also made cornflake chicken and huge cheese and bacon stuffed baked potatoes.  No one suffered around here on Valentines.

As for knitting, I am currently on a “Small Shawl” streak.  I even found and joined a “Small Shawl Lovers” group on Ravelry.  They have groups for everything, I’m telling ya.  There is even a group called ” The Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group” although I am not a member of  that one.

Here is  my third Multnomah Shawl, which for obvious reasons I am calling “The Red One”.

Here is a fourth Multnomah, which I am calling “Ab-Scrap-nomah”, because I am using up left over bits of Abstract Fiber Mighty Sock,  which is a merino-tencel blend, so it has that lovely shine and drape to it.

Then there is the Boneyard Shawl, which I started as a way of both knitting something that’s not full of color and requiring the use of smaller needles.

If that is not enough Small Shawl projects for you, then here is my Cedar Leaf Shawlette, which is my Ravelympics project for Team Make Another One, so-named after Make One, my local yarn shop.

Yeah, I’ve got a thing about Small Shawls now.  What about it?

Obsessed with Multnomahs

Ok, I really, really like knitting these.  They seem to fit all my requirements for the perfect knitting project.

First, they’re a great way to use that hand-dyed fingering (aka sock) yarn I’ve been hoarding.

Second, they are mostly  mindless knitting for me, so I can knit and socialize without messing things up.

Third, they are a size I like:   not too big, sit nice on the shoulders, don’t have long dangle-y bits getting in the way of nor falling into stuff.

Fourth, they don’t take a bunch of yardage, therefore, they don’t become an “Epic Project” (to borrow the description from Major Knitter).

Fifth, they look equally nice in a variety of yarns and colorways.

This is my second one, knit in Blue Heron glitter rayon, in the Garnet colorway.  For my next one, I am thinking of combining two sock yarns, one for the body and another for the feather and fan border.

Why, yes, I am planning to make another one!  Did I mention that I really, really like making Multnomah?

Multnomah Shawl

I finished this yesterday and had 0.20 ozs left when I weighed it on my digital kitchen scales. 

(Kitchen scales are not just for the kitchen, I use it more often for other things, including mailing stuff.)

I wore it on the back, to the side and with the tip in front, and  I love them all.

I love the Multomah Shawl, with its yards of garter stitch followed by yards of feather and fan lace.  I love this yarn, Pagewood Farm Alyeska  Sock Yarn with cashmere in it.   I want another one.

Only with more shoulders to it, so it stays on even better.

So, I came up with an idea.

Using two skeins of  Pagewood Farm Yukon sock yarn again, only this one is blue, with bamboo in it.

“Oh, oh!”  you say.

and I cast on. and frogged, and cast on, and frogged, and cast on, and frogged…well, you get the idea.

Finally I cast on, and knitted, and  liked it.  And kept knitting. And still liked it.

I’m going to call it “Willamette” in honor of the Multnomah Shawl that started it all.

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