Different Lines

Different Lines WIP

Sunday I will be attending a birthday party for my Grandma – 80! – and I already bought an outfit to match this unfinished shawl that I  plan to wear. I have made good progress since starting on Friday, but those darn rows just keep getting longer and longer! Wish me luck!

Different Lines WIP

The pattern is Different Lines (I bought this pattern with the amazing Stripe Study Shawl – came out to about $8 USD after conversion). The yarn is Harrisville Designs New England Shetland that I got as part of a Vivian Hoxbro kit at a yarn store in Columbia, SC years ago. The kit was for the pattern Dancing Stripes.  I knew I probably wouldn’t knit that pattern, but the yarn and colors were amazing – and amazingly priced at 75% off. I’ve been saving the yarn for just the right pattern, and so far I’m loving the Different Lines pattern in this shetland yarn. As with all woolen spun yarns, I am anticipating the transformation once it’s blocked. It will soften up a lot, and be lightweight but warm and cozy. I can’t wait.  Now back to the knitting! Must finish!

Vintage Candy Shawl

Here’s the scenario. One of your best friends designs a shawl. The yarn called for is Very Fancy Novelty Yarn. But you do not have the Very Fancy Novelty Yarn and you’re really more of a Very Plain Wool sort of a gal. You may even have a large stash of Very Plain Wool that you’ve been saving for just the right project.

Vintage Candy Shawl

Seeing the fine merits of the shawl, what with the shape of it, and the interesting stitches, you decide to forgo the Very Fancy Novelty Yarn and use Very Plain Wool to give the pattern a little test run.

You are pleased with the results.

Vintage Candy Shawl

Very pleased indeed.

Vintage Candy Shawl

The shawl was quick to knit. The stitch patterns were so interesting to execute and textural in your Very Plain Wool.

Vintage Candy Shawl

And you were so smart and clever you could hardly stand it.


The Pattern: Vintage Candy Shawls by Cindy Colbert
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, about half a skein.
Needles: 10.5 (I would go up to an 11 if I knit this again)
Mods: I added an extra eyelet row to the ending border of the shawl, three extra garter stitch rows at the end, and I bound off with a picot bind off.

More info on my Ravelry project page.

I took photos of the original shawl for Cindy to use on the pattern. This one was knit from the yarn that comes in the Great Adirondack Color Pack (check your lys, I can’t find a link for more info about the yarn pack). The novelty yarn is beautiful, but a little too fancy for me. It would be really great for a night out on the town, but I don’t have many of those.

Modeled by Mallory, Cindy’s daughter, who is also the model for The Red Collection!

Vintage Candy Shawl

Vintage Candy Shawl

Same pattern, different yarn!  Isn’t it crazy?
Which yarn would you choose? Very Fancy Novelty Yarn or Very Plain Wool?

latest projects

Maggie's Kitchen

I crocheted what feels like a hundred potholders. I originally planned to participate in this year’s Potholder Swap! but the timing just didn’t work out. I had already made a bunch of little pieces, but then I got busy with the Graveyard Socks and other things. No swap for me. Sad, especially because last year I got the best bunch of potholders ever.

But then the yarn store I teach at, Common Threads Yarn Shop, decided to have a ‘little cotton gifts’ workshop. Potholders are, of course, the perfect little cotton gift. Yay! This Saturday (Apr. 10 from 11am – 2pm) I get to share my growing love for crochet with the masses at the yarn shop. The workshop is free, you don’t need to sign up, and there will be free patterns for a number of little cotton gifts.

Maggie's Kitchen

The pattern for my little potholders is based on and inspired by Bea Aarebrot’s Crochet Potholder pattern. With Bea’s permission, I will be publishing my own version, complete with five edging choices, and offering it for free download. I’m polishing up the pattern as we speak, and should post it by the beginning of next week.

Maggie's Kitchen

Another project I’ve been working on is my Saroyan Shawl. I’ll be teaching a project class for the shawl on April 17th at Common Threads. The design is fantastic, fun to knit, and I used a really, really fun yarn – Silky Wool (or as Cindy calls it, Silly Wool).

Saroyan Shawl
on display at the shop

Saroyan Shawl
looks better on the dress form than on me

Keep an eye out for the free crochet pattern! It’ll be ready soon…