two shawls

I can’t even remember if I told you about my finished Thalia Shawl. OK, I just did some quick clicking around my blog and did blog about it, but in a post titled Trunk Show, which doesn’t make any sense at all. In that post, I also mentioned the Mystery Shawl I had started.

Yesterday because it wasn’t too hot (just kidding, it was definitely too hot!) I asked my mother-in-law Noreen to model the shawls, both now finished and blocked. She obliged, even without knowing her payment would be wool. And not just any wool, but wool that had already been knitted into a shawl. And a stunning shawl, at that!

Here’s Noreen in the Thalia Shawl, previously blogged about, but only shown blocking on the bed. Now with live human being! And so pretty.

Thalia Shawl Pattern (or buy all three of the Three Graces) on Ravelry
my project on Ravelry

Thalia, modeled

Thalia, modeled

Thalia, modeled

Thalia, modeled

Thalia, modeled

And now for the Mystery Shawl, the one the model got to keep.

TTL Mystery Shawl 2012
my project page on Ravelry

The yarn in this is Rowan Felted Tweed. It could not be a more perfect yarn for this pattern. It’s my favorite yarn ever (sure, I’ve said this before of other yarns, but this time I really mean it!).

Mystery Shawl

Mystery Shawl

Mystery Shawl

And when I told her she could have it…

Mystery Shawl

I should mention that Noreen is not comfortable AT ALL with having her picture taken. Of course, I understand, but I am so happy she agreed to help me out. Shawls look much prettier on people than on beds or picnic tables. Thank you, Noreen!

Trunk Show!

Trunk Show - Embraceable Ewe, Hamburg, NY

When your Dad owns a roadside farm market and you are in need of a box for moving/storage/trunk-showing the box will always be a banana box. And so last Wednesday I headed to the Embraceable Ewe in Hamburg, NY for my “trunk” show with my banana box full of all my knitting. My life’s work, I joked, all fit in that box.

If I had a yarn store, I would want it to be in a beautiful old house and filled with knitters – you can sorta see them all on the porch in this next picture.

Trunk Show - Embraceable Ewe, Hamburg, NY

 

Trunk Show - Embraceable Ewe, Hamburg, NY

 

Trunk Show - Embraceable Ewe, Hamburg, NY

 

Trunk Show - Embraceable Ewe, Hamburg, NY

Thanks to Erin at the Embraceable Ewe for having me!

Runaround Bag

Runaround Bag

It’s time to reveal my secret sewing project! I visited my sister-in-law last weekend, and since we won’t see her again until after Christmas I gave her an early present. The bag is what I made with those red wool skirts. Remember? The pattern is called The Runaround Bag from Noodlehead. It’s a really, really great pattern –  perfectly written and easy to follow, what with all the pictures. The pattern is a steal for $7, considering that I could probably make at least one of these bags a year for the foreseeable future.  In addition, the pattern includes a license so you’re allowed to sell any bags you make on a small scale. How cool is that?

Runaround Bag

For this red bag, I used two thrift store skirts; one for the lining and one for the exterior. They are different shades of red, and I put the lighter/brighter one on the inside. The red on the outside is a deeper and richer color. One downside of the whole “thrifting for fabric” thing? There is a lot of waste, and it’s a job just figuring out if you have enough pieces with the seams in the right spot, etc. But I’ve saved all the waste to hopefully put into another project someday.

The blue bias tape binding fabric, while not thrifted, came from a yard sale! Other than the interfacing and the thread, this is a very old bag.

Runaround Bag

Shortly after I gave it to my sister-in-law, I found it hanging from a hook in her house. It was meant to live with her, as you can plainly see.

runaround

Roqua! That’s RED+AQUA! They were MFEO (made for each other).

I made a second bag using the gray Pendleton skirt from this post, and without taking a single picture of it gave it to my niece. Sad face (that I didn’t take any pictures) but happy face (because she was so, so happy).

I may or may not be making more bags. They may or may not be for you. I may or may not keep one for myself. NO ONE KNOWS.

I also may or may not have developed a serious addiction to looking for wool at the thrift stores. And then buying it and bringing it home to cut it all to pieces. I have a problem.