A few months ago when Kristi at Shalimar Yarns asked if I would be interested in designing for the Indulge Me! Club the answer was easy - of course!

This month's yarn is Aerie, a beautiful superwash merino/mohair/blend. So yummy. I designed a cowl to go with the yarn. This is Carrington:

This cowl is the perfect combination of delicate lace and simple knitting. Worked in the round, carefully placed increases and decreases in the lace pattern create a delightful fabric perfect for showing off this luxurious yarn from Shalimar Yarns.
This cowl was so much fun to knit. I really enjoyed the few rows of lace followed by a few rows of easy Stockinette. It made for a quick project too!

The 1-skein cowl is shown here, but the pattern includes instructions on how to make a larger infinity scarf if you want. I also made it extra long so it can scrunch up around your neck, but that's very easy to adjust if that's not your thing.

There's one month to go in the Indulge Me! Club. You can see the other lovely designs here. I can't wait to see the final design and yarn next month!


When You Really Love Someone...

My dear friend, Angela, loves the Green Bay Packers. I do not love the Green Bay Packers. But, I love Angela, so this is happening...
That's right - some lovely socks in green and gold. The yarn is Knitcircus Gradient Striped Socks Set in the Lambeau Leap colorway. Perfect for the lady that grew up just outside Green Bay!

I've been working on these socks for a couple months now (they're mostly only getting love at knit night) and I finally have an appropriate bag to carry them in:
They needed to go in a project bag for my favorite football team. :) I picked up this bag from Kitchen Counter Crafter at the Janesville Knit-In. I didn't have a Bears bag yet and I definitely needed it for this particular project.
I had hoped to gift these socks a couple weeks ago, but it didn't happen. At least I only have a few rows to go, so I know Angela will have her socks for next season no problem!

What are you working on this WIP Wednesday?


Throwback Thursday: The First Shawl

It's time for another Throwback Thursday! With the blog turning 10 later this year I'm looking back on some of my favorite projects from the last ten years.

So, if you've been reading this blog for longer than, like, a day, you know that I love shawls. I love knitting shawls. I love designing shawls. There's a lot of shawls on this blog.

And now I've written the word shawls so many times it's starting to look weird.

Anyway, what was the first shawl? I really couldn't remember. I always tell people that Ishbel is the pattern that really started the obsession, but I knew that wasn't the first shawl I'd ever made.

A little research on the blog and Ravelry revealed the answer to my burning question. The first shawl was the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl!
I remember now that I really struggled with the pattern. I was just tying to learn to read charts. But I'm glad I stuck with it.

It's the sock yarn shawl that started it all! :)



My enthusiasm for gradient yarn continues. Check out the new Frolicking Feet Gradient Kit from Done Roving Yarns. It's seriously beautiful.
This is the Winter Sky colorway Paula at Done Roving created for the Janesville Area Knit-In this past weekend.  So gorgeous. I had the task of creating a pattern to go with it. I knew I wanted an asymmetrical triangle, so that the color change would happen at an angle. Milton was born:
This shawl is started in one corner and is worked sideways. The lace border is worked along one edge at the same time as the body of the shawl. Once the body of the shawl is complete, a few extra stitches are cast on and a knitted-on border is added to a second edge.
Milton combines cables and lace, which is something I've been exploring more in my designs lately. Now that I can cable without a cable needle quickly I've been more inclined to include cables in my designs. Haha

The pattern calls for 550 yards of fingering weight yarn. The Done Roving Gradient Kits have 6 - 100 yard skeins in them, so they're perfect. I switched to the final skein when I started the lace border.

This was such a fun pattern to design and knit. I look forward to sticking cables on lace shawls again soon!

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