Thursday, 20 October 2011

Shawl Swap

My shawls from the shawl swap have arrived and I am delighted with them. If you are on Ravelry then do go and have a look at all the beautiful shawls that were knitted for this swap.

I received two beautiful shawls from froufrou. For this swap you could either knit one large or two small shawls for your partner.

Here are my shawls. The yarn for both shawls is Wollmeise and I love the colours. The first shawl is the Sugared Violets shawl.

And the second is the Kisseis shawl. froufrou has added some gorgeous beading to this shawl.

Aren't I the lucky one?

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Two more projects have been completed. The first one is the Flit 'n Float scarf I knitted for Val. This gorgeously soft yarn, Fancy-Knit Castoro,was beautifully dyed by Val. I was such a pleasure to have such fine yarn slip through my fingers. I knitted this scarf on 3.5mm needles and added some extra lenght to the scarf by knitting an additional 40 rows stocking stitch and adding an extra pattern repeat in the centre of the stocking stitch section. Despite adding the extra length this scarf only took 55g of yarn.

In return for knitting the scarf for Val she sent me these 2 beautiful skeins of her own luscious handspun as well as this lovely nostepinne. It feels so good in the hand and is a pleasure to use.

Now the question  is what to knit with it. I'm thinking 198yds of heaven? Any other suggestions?

The next project is a small shawl or scarf, the Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl. I knitted this in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply in the Red Earth colourway. I have now knitted quite a few shawls in Luxury and I have to say that this yarn really lends itself to shawls. It's soft, feels good against the skin and has a lovely drape. The shawl/scarf was knitted on 4mm needles and took a mere 66g of yarn.

There are more shawls on the needles and I'm sure you will be surprised to learn that there are even more in the queue!

Friday, 7 October 2011

The secret is out

My swap partner in the Shawl Swap on Ravelry has received the shawl I made for her so I can now share the details with you. The shawl is Morgain and I knitted her with Tosh Lace in Dahlia on 3.5 mm needles. One of the joys of knitting this shawl is that you can stop knitting at any point. I continued knitting until I had about 4g left and then I cast off and was left with 2g of yarn. I didn't feel like playing yarn chicken and decided not to try and squeeze another row out of the yarn before casting off because the rows were becoming very long at that point. I ended halfway through chart 5. The shawl measures 158cm x 80cm.

I think my partner was pleased with her shawl.

Now I'm looking forward to receiving my shawl from my patner sometime next week.