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

https://writeknit.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/wip-wednesday-nothing-to-write-home-about/

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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