Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Swoon List: Shawl Addition

Things have been busy around here.

Spring has finally come and I'm getting busy setting up a bunch of tutorials for later this month.

 I've also started to research the idea of starting a Megs Made It Podcast.

But, what has really grabbed my attention the past few weeks is Knitting.
 Shawl knitting to be more specific.

Ever since I finished the Ashton Shawlette (which is a free pattern on Ravelry), I have wanted to knit all the shawls!

So, I thought I'd create a Swoon list just for the Shawls I have on the needles and hope to have on the needles soon.

Follow Your Arrow Shawl

Yes I am still knitting this shawl! In a post I wrote quite awhile ago I talked about my goal for 2014 being that I knit my first shawl.

I had ever intention of it being the follow your arrow shawl but, for some reason (no fault to the pattern) I kept getting my stitch count off. I have since starting in January Frogged my shawl twice and have set it aside to be looked at in a few months, when i can really devote quiet time to it.

I did follow through with my 2014 goal of knitting a shawl--- it just happened to be a different patter than I have first though.

Simple Lines Shawl

At the moment I'm knitting primarily on this shawl. I'll be finishing up the last body repeat tonight and them I just have the lace edging section to finish. The pattern was free on Ravelry and is really straight forward.


I'm knitting this shawl out of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering 70% Wool, 30% Nylon in the Smoothie colour way. I'm on my second ball and moving right along. I'm thinking I'll have this shawl finished this weekend as its the Easter long weekend.

I am loving how it's knitting up but, sadly I won't be keeping it. The yarn was bought for a friend who's birthday is coming up and loves orange. I hope she doesn't read my blog!

I wanted to knit her a shawl but, wanted something that didn't have too much lace. She isn't a lots of lace kinda girl. I think this will be a perfect shawl for her to keep at work to toss on when the Air Conditioning get a little too cool.


About a month ago I signed up for a Craftsy class called Mastering Lace Shawls (as well as a few others) the first shawl in the class is the Skywalker shawl which teaches you all the basics for shawl knitting. It gets progressively more complicated and is a really great shawl design.


Now here is the part that I tell you what a dorkus I am. I knit the entire shawl, except for the bind off in Miss Babs Yet Babette Heavy lace weight 65% Merino wool, 35% Tussah silk in the Naughty Fairy colourway and I had to rip it all out! The pattern was amazing (and I actually knit it all right!), the yarn was amazing--- however, the pattern and the yarn together were less than stellar.

It just didn't work together--- or if it did I just didn't like it together. I knew I wouldn't wear it so decided to frog the project and I will cast on with a different (less variegated) yarn and rewind this beautiful yarn for a different project.

On My To Do List