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I’ve joined Rachel Henry’s mystery shawl KAL, Capriole  and can’t wait for clue 1 to arrive in my Ravelry mailbox this Friday.

I love shawls, especially semi-circular shawls and it’s been hard for me to decide what yarn to use but I’ve decided to use my stash of Springtree Road Muscadine Sock in the color Tanis.  After swatching, I noticed that I may have to go up a needle size as I tend to knit a bit tight.  So with that said, I think I will be using a US 8 (5.0 mm).

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Here’s the details from Rachel’s Ravelry design page for Capriole:

KAL Details: The Mystery KAL for Capriole begins now, with the release of this Swatch Clue. The swatch includes several special stitches, and will thus allow you to practice them before beginning your actual shawl. All clues will be given both as complete charts and full written directions.

Schedule for Clues: Clues will be released via Ravelry sometime after midnight, EST, on four consecutive Wednesdays.

  • March 27th: Clue #1 – Setup and first 40 rows.
  • April 3rd: Clue #2 – Rows 41-68
  • April 10th: Clue #3 – Rows 69-88
  • April 17th: Clue #4 – Rows 89-101, plus blocking advice

Cost:  For the duration of the KAL, and for at least two weeks after the release of the final clue, Capriole will cost only $1.  After that point, the pattern will be changed to the regular price of $6. When I release the final version of the pattern, it will replace the individual clues in your Ravelry library.

If anyone would like to join me in the fun, there’s still time and be sure to join the  Remily Knits group too!  I will be posting progress photos along the way and would love to link my posts to others who are knitting along too.

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Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well.  So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?  ~ Ginny from Small Things

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It’s been rather slow going in the knitting department as my elbow issue is still giving me fits  but I can say that I’m still knitting on my  Lyme Regis Scarf and I started a new project, the Cottonista Triangle Shawl from the kit I received from Fiesta Yarns.  Both projects have been very soothing to me and the patterns truly are easy to memorize.

I’ve also been spinning more so I can give my tendonitis a break.  For some reason spinning seems to make my arm and elbow feel better, which is a good thing.  I finished 4 oz of  Mixed Blueface Leicester spinning fiber in the colorway called  Driftwood and have started spinning the second 4 oz yesterday.  I love the tweedy colors of the fiber and I’m anxious to get it plied!

I’m just about finished my book,  The Third Gate by Lincoln Child, and really love it!  It really is a fast moving book and would be a super quick read if I just sat down and read it.  I’m not sure what my next book might be …. too many on the bookshelf to choose from!

So, what have you been working on this week?  Have you been reading,  or listening,  to any good books?

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I was quite thrilled a few days ago to learn that I won a Fiesta Yarns Twitter contest and had no idea what I had won, other than it was a kit.  Today, my prize arrive and I’m super excited!!!

The kit I won contains 4 skeins of Fiesta Cottonista Yarn (50% Peruvian Cotton 50% Tencel) in the color of wind surfer and the pattern for the Cottonista Triangle Shawl.  I can’t wait to cake my yarn and get started of this beautiful simple lace shawl!

Thank you Fiesta Yarns, you made me smile from ear to ear today!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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I’m so thrilled with my new cardigan and I look forward to wearing later this year in Phoenix and when we take our road trip to Flagstaff to enjoy the cold winter weather.   I have to truly thank Kelly over at the Celtic Cast On for hosting the knit along for Aidez.   For me, it was the perfect motivation to knit this beautiful design by Cirilia Rose.

Since our cast on date for the Aidez KAL was September 24th with a finish date of November 24th, I felt this was a project I truly could buckle down and tackle.

The Facts:   Overall, this design is fairly quick to knit as it’s done up in bulky weight yarn and a size US 10 1/2 needle.   The pattern is very well written, easy to follow and easy to understand.  I can say that the way Cirilia wrote this pattern, an experienced knitter can easily change out the cable stitch pattern to meet their desires.  You can see all my notes online on my Ravelry project page.

Modifications:   I only made two modifications to this pattern.  I did not do any of the shaping decreases for the back or front panels.  I also changed the cable stitch for the back to a left cable/right cable stitch pattern on either side of the woven lattice design – I just liked the look better.

The Yarn:  The pattern calls for 824 – 1339 yards (753 – 1224 m) of  Berroco Peruvia Quick, a super bulky weight yarn.     I did do a gauge swatch (do not faint, I actually do this now and then) and found that I could use my stash of  ten skeins of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande, which is 1,100 yards.  All said and done, I only have .50 oz left of my yarn, so it was pretty much used to the max.

The Needles:  I used straight needles in the size called for the pattern, US 10½ (6.5 mm)

Now on my needles is the Acer by Kirsten Kapur for my Mom’s birthday present.  I’ve separated the sleeves and I’m now working on the body.  It looks rather small, but I think it will be fine once it’s finished and blocked.

I also casted on a shawl called Rivendell, which is part of the Hobbit Journey KAL by Erica Jackofsky of Fiddle Knits.  I’ve decided to knit this shawl using my stash of Springtree Road Muscandine in Tanis and I love how it is looking.  I’m working on clue 1 and have finished one full pattern repeat and have eight more to go!  I also hope to have time to do Erica’s Dwarven Mystery KAL, which is for an infinity scarf.

So many projects and so little time but hey, what else can a knitter do, right?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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I finished my Schooner shawl in two weeks, a record for me, and I’m so excited to have finally finished a shawl that is a decent size!  I took great pleasure in using yarn from my stash too and had to make a pattern adjustment due to yardage.  So instead of being a solid shawl as the pattern calls for, I ended up making this shawl in two colors.

The Facts:  This is a super quick bottom up shawl design that gives terrific results!  The directions were quite easy to follow, which included not only written instructions but charts for the lace stitch pattern.  Since I only had enough yardage in the Thistle for the body of the shawl, and because I felt I would run out before finishing, I decided to only knit 8 rows of the repeat for the last part of the shawl and ended with a the garter stitch top.

For those of you interested in this pattern, the Schooner by Lori Gayle is available in the  Classic Elite Quick Knits book, which also includes many other fantastic designs including those by Jared Flood.  This really is a great accessory book to have in your library and I will be doing a review over the next few weeks!

I promise to post a better picture soon but I was so excited that I had to share now!

Finished Size:  58″ long and 38 1/2″ wide

Yarn:  4 skeins (a total of 392 yards) of Louisa Harding Thistle in Berry and 2 skeins  (a total of 200 yards) of Blue Moon Ranch Alpaca in Chocolate Brown

Needle:  US Size 9

Currently on the needles is Aidez by Cirilia Rose.  As mentioned in an earlier post, I joined Kelly’s KAL over on her blog, Celtic Cast On.  I haven’t made much progress due to my shawl knitting but I can say I love the yarn I’m using and I love the stitch pattern.  I’m still on the first sleeve but hope have it done soon, as well as its mate. If I’m lucky, I’ll start working on the body this weekend!  For those of you interested, check out what the other ladies have managed to complete so far for this KAL – there’s some beautiful work!

I’ve also taken the plunge and signed up for Carol Feller’s new KAL, featuring her latest and loveliest creation, the  Woodburne Cardigan.  When I received Carol’s newsletter today,  I knew I had to knit this gorgeous cabled cardigan.  I have high hopes of using yarn from my stash but can’t seem to make up my mind.

If you’re interested, this KAL will be starting mid-October, so there’s plenty of time to purchase your pattern and get your yarn ordered!

Courtesy of Carol Feller

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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I’m so excited that I’ve completed Fantasia Mystery KAL !!!

I finished up my project late last night and got it all blocked.  This morning before the sun came out my little shawlette under went a simple photo shoot in the back yard.  Since my hubby wasn’t up yet, I used a more “natural” prop than myself :)

I love the look of the design and plan to wear it more as a scarf than a shawl, simply because the finished size is only 17 ” x 52″.   This truly was a great first time mystery KAL and kudos to Miss Erica!

For those of you interested in this design, Erica has posted the final version that shows her photos and a clean pattern.  You can find this patter online at Raverly by clicking here.

My new project, Kernel by Bonnie Sennott, is turning out to be a new favorite.  I’ve only worked one full repeat of the body of the scarf but I already love the flow of the lace design.  This scarf will really block out nicely to show off the lovely open feel of the lace pattern and hopefully show off the beads in the garter stitch row a bit more – the beads I used blend quite a bit but I’m hopeful!

My parents are in town for a visit so I will be busy with family this weekend but I hope to get a bit of quality knitting in – fingers crossed!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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Inspired by the warm rich honey tones of this yarn, I envisioned sunny fields of wheat, waving in the wind. This is a bottom up shawl design that uses short rows to give a slight curvature that will hug your shoulders to keep you toasty warm. ~ Tina Sanders

I’m so pleased and excited to announce that my Honey Hugs shawl is now available to the public.   Honey Hugs was designed for the Yummy Yarn Studio Wrapped in up in Yummy Yarn Club 2012.  The pattern includes full written and charted directions and has been test knit and tech edited.

The Facts:  This is a bottom up shawl design that uses short rows to give a slight curvature that will hug your shoulders to keep you toasty warm.   The first section of the lace pattern is super quick and very easy to memorize. As you progress to the second section, you will start forming a slight arrow looking design. The last four rows of section two increases to 250 stitches and then decreases to 216 stitches.

This design is knitted back and forth on the circular needle, includes a lace pattern and short rows to provide a very gentle curve. The curvature of the design drapes nicely on ones shoulders and will stay in place. A chart for the lace pattern is included and note that all stitches on the wrong side are purled.

Materials:   This project will require approximateley 500 to 550 yards (457 – 503 m) of Aran weight yarn or yarn to match gauge of 10 stitches and 8 rows = 2 inches in Stocking Stitch, a sizeUS 9 (5.5 mm) 29” circular needle, stitch markers and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Finished Size:  21” (53.3cm) from mid-point x 60” (152.3cm) wide.

This pattern is available for $6.00 USD

Enjoy 30% off today through the end of Labor, Monday September 3rd – no coupon required at check out!

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It’s been a wonderful day off so far  and I’m happy that I was able to get just about everything done I wanted to today so I could enjoy my afternoon with knitting.  Since it was still cool enough to sit outside on the patio, I took my lunch and knitting outdoors to finish up Clue 2 of the Fantasia Mystery KAL.

This is my very first mystery KAL and like a great mystery novel, I’m starting to see the “plot” unfold but I have to admit the suspense of not knowing what the end result will be is killing me!

As you can see, Clue 2 has given leaves to the shawlette and I’m anxious to see what will be next.  Sigh…. another week to wait for the next clue!

 

What are you working on today or this weekend?

 

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While my husband is off getting tires for our car this morning, I was able to cast on and complete 42 rows of clue 1 for the Fantasia KAL, project page found  here .

I must  now patiently wait for clue 2 to arrive next Thursday, which is ok as it will  give me an opportunity to work on my Vodka Lemonade.

I really love Erica’s yarn – super soft and wonderful to work with.

I’m not sure when I’ll be starting the shawls for the Pins & Lace club, after reading the pattern and seeing the photo of the completed shawl, I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that type of lace project – a bit too complicated for me right now.  Also, after much thought I sold my skein of Dye for Yarn Tussah Silk. The yarn is gorgeous, but I’m just not a silk yarn kind of girl.  For me it’s a bit slippery and always gets too fuzzy.  I’m just happy it’s going to a good home in Kentucky!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting and crafting!

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Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well.  So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?  ~ Ginny from Small Things

 

I haven’t been reading too much, so I’m still on the same book Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalind Miles.  Since I’m coming up to a four day weekend, I’m hoping to catch up not only on my reading but my spinning as well.

Since last time, I’ve frogged my handspun beret due to various reasons but the main reason, it was huge!  So, I’ve casted on a fun knit, the Shizuku scarf by Angela Tong.  This is a quick knit and an easy pattern to memorize.  I hope to have this project completed by the weekend so I can concentrate on my spin along over in the Spin A Shawl Group on  Ravelry.

Happy Knitting!

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