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Little Iris Shawlette by Anne Hanson

The full shawl 
This is my latest knit project. It is called "Little Iris". Designed by Anne Hanson for Kollage Yarns. The pattern also provides instructions for knitting a doll sized shawl - I think that is cute!  It is 42" from 'wing' tip to 'wing' tip & 20.5" from the top to bottom at the widest point. For such a small shawl, it seemed to take a long time to knit  - several weeks of evening knitting hours.  I used my favorite Malabrigo Sock yarn in "Abril"  (shown fifth row down and third from the right in the provided link) color way. I have really become a Malabrigo junkie - it's such lovely yarn and even with very 'wool sensitive' skin I can wear it as a scarf. I would love to see more solid colors in Malabrigo sock yarn since I am thinking that I need to work with some solid colors for a change. I've looked at Cascade Pediboo yarn which is totally awesome, but the available colors are not calling to me at all.
A side section
My next project is a cowl knit with worsted weight yarn on a size 9 needle. I am not used to using such large yarn and needles! I hope that I can get through it- it makes my hands hurt! ! I've come to the conclusion that I like to make accessories rather than things like sweaters and that I am most comfortable using US size 2-7 needles with fingering or sport weight yarns. 
The bottom section
Yesterday I made a batch of "Buttered Roses"soap. The butter part of the name comes from the cocoa butter this a small part of the recipe. It's lightly scented with Rose and Cardamom essential oils soap that smells heavenly. It's setting up now and later today I will slice it for curing later today.

Yesterday I also completed a small project for C&T made using a new product that they are testing. It's a "for the birds" project that I made just for fun; for a change it's nothing functional really, although it could be I presume. More on this in another post.

What have you done just for fun lately?!


  1. Oh Marie, the shawlette is gorgeous! I picked up some cote d'azure in Malabrigo and I've scour for something to make with it. I have yet to try lace knitting, but this shawl has my fingers itching to try it. Like you, I am more inclined to make accessories. My attention span with knitting is limited. :) The soap sounds heavenly. Cardamon and Rose together sounds good enough to eat. One of my favorite lotion scents is lavendar with a dash of lime. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. I am so glad you are feeling better!

  2. I am sssoooo looking forward to being retired and having time again to knit and sew and 'be creative'. Will still be doing my school thing though.

  3. Hi, I am delighted I found your blog as we have lots in common....knitting, photography, fibre arts.......

    The shawlette is beautiful.....Shawls are one of my favorite items to knit....

    I look forward to visiting with you again....


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