I Did Knit Last Year

It turns out I did finish some knitting projects last year.  All of them were gifts.  I made a baby blanket for my nephew, Malcolm, and some Christmas presents.  Sadly it doesn’t look like I have pictures of the baby blanket but here are the Christmas presents.

First, the Color Affection shawl for my sister-in-law, Susan.

Color Affection Front Wrap

Then because I didn’t want the other women in my family feeling left out a whole bunch of anklet socks.

Xmas 2015 Socks LG

I’m not sure who got which pair. I would guess Mom got the green pair, Cindy got the blue/gray pair, Lisa got the pink striped pair, and Sara got the pink/yellow pair.  Hopefully I didn’t stash any of these away for myself and now I’ve let someone know I stole their intended pair of socks!  I might just have an abandoned anklet sock project for myself somewhere.  Probably a purple/gray pair like the blue one if I know myself.

Shawl Challenge

Despite my best intentions of going slow while getting back into knitting a shawl challenge has arisen!  My friend Laura is once again convinced that she will make herself a shawl.  I know this for the lie it is.  She will start one, rip it out, pick a new pattern, rip that one out, and continue on this track for … years.

How do I know this?  Let me name the reasons:

  1. She hates knitting with lace yarn
  2. She hates lace patterns
  3. She hates counting stitches (probably the reason for #2)
  4. No pattern is good enough for her yarn no matter what she says
  5. She’s making the shawl for herself and won’t feel any urgency
  6. She is always hot & would never wear the shawl anyway

So where is the challenge for me?  We need to get Laura to hand over the yarn and let me make her shawl.  I started a new Pinterest board with a few ideas. I’m almost certain this will just be my idea board after a few weeks regardless of Laura’s preferences but she’s welcome to contribute ideas.  Of course this Firmaments Lace Shawl is my favorite and it sure doesn’t look easy!

Silk Yarn


I’m up for the challenge, after all there is no time limit.  Let’s all visit Laura and comment to let her know I should get the yarn. It’s gorgeous and shouldn’t languish for any more years waiting for a project.  At least one person is on board already!

Diatom Shawl – Neutral

Yarn: Knit Pick’s Palette Yarn

  • White – 3 balls (5 balls in kit)
  • Mist – 1 ball
  • Silver – 1 ball
  • Marble Heather  – 1 ball
  • Ash – 1 ball 
  • Black – 1 ball
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Knit Picks size 6 circular needles
Measurements: 48” diameter (kit calls for 60”)
Pattern Location: Knit Picks’ Diatom Shawl Kit (not available anymore)
Time Spent: 65 hours
Dates: 7/27/2011 – 10/12/2011

The majority of this pattern was fairly consistent with only the center and edging deviating from the same general stitch pattern.  I enjoyed it but I did not like the double or even triple yarn overs that were in the center and edge charts.  I find that I have to always slow down to avoid losing these extra yarn overs and it breaks up my rhythm.

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