Skip to main content

First Frost Shawl


This is my latest knit shawl. The pattern is called the Xenia Shawl by Vanessa Smith. Available through the wonders of Ravelry! As I worked on it I was not sure that I was going to like it, but now that it is done it has quickly become a favorite!

I had originally tried to get it made by December 25th. It was a KAL through the SunShine Yarnies group on Ravelry. Alas, I did not get it blocked and ready to wear until December 29th! It uses two SunShine yarns, and it is a crescent shaped shawl - one of my favorites if I had to choose a favorite other than the Faroese shape that is!
The pattern utilized a couple of things that were new me, and that's great because I love learning something new!
This way of adding a stripe was different, but I love it. It looks as nice on the front (the photo above)as it does on the back (see the photo below)
I love the little bit of additional texture that this method provides as well (photo below). Subtle but nice!
Now - on the next shawl. I am almost finished with a pair of "the-cure-for-cold-feet booties - and then next shawl will begin. A new friend and I are doing a mini KAL together knitting a scarf that will be made with Sport or DK weight yarn. I will begin making a second scarf using fingering weight (my favorite) at the same time, so I will have two fun projects going at once...not to mention the two large quilts that I happily working away on at the moment. 

I love choosing patterns and yarns to go with! I have several new skeins of glorious Madeline Tosh Merino Light on hold Island Wools, and I'm anxious to get them on the needles !

It feels really good when a project that you weren't sure you would like turns out to be one of your newest favorites!


Comments

  1. lovely shawl. I'm working on a super simple one that is beating my butt. I have had to start it over several times because it falls off the needle (my fault) and start over again. But I will prevail!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Very nice. It is always nice to hear that life is full of wonderful surprises. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is beautiful! I especially love the edging.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Share your thoughts! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Popular posts from this blog

Circular Knitting Needle Comparison

When I use something a lot I have to admit that I try to find the brand that works best for me. I never thought that I would ever be a scissor snob until I found Dovo brand scissors and, of course I love my trusty Fiskars too. I became a scissor snob thank to Dovo. 
Now I seem to be searching for the perfect knitting needles - the perfect one for me at least. I have been enjoying the 'chase' and I think I am close to knowing exactly what my preference is, and want, in a knitting needles. 
I only use circular knitting needles. When I first taught myself to knit myself  that's what I used and my preference has not changed. I began knitting with Addi Turbo needles. That is the brand that my LYS sold and I have always loved how slick and fast they are. I have sets of Addi clicks interchangeables in both lace and regular.  Over time, I have discovered what I want in a knitting needle: metal, the pointiest tip possible, a fast knitting, slick, metal needle and a very flexible c…

Fabric Stiffeners and Hardeners For All Occasions Plus A Recipe For Home Made Starch Alternative

I have had to become better acquainted with various ways to harden, stiffen or prevent fraying in cloth lately. It has been an enlightening journey, and I thought that I would pass it along the lessons that I have learned about a variety of excellent products that suit any need to 'tame' fabric for a variety of reasons. 
Fray Check. Who among us has not used this ubiquitous little potion over the years? It works like a charm to 'glue' up those raw edges on some of the most beautiful fabrics I use; ensuring that I can sew the fabric without fear of endless unraveling. This product has remained a favorite since I first discovered it many years ago. The only change that I think Prym/Dritz has made to it over the years is a finer application tip.
I have re-discovered my admiration for this product as I was making a holiday gift from some beautiful cotton that was especially prone to fraying! I have also recently learned that Fray Check can be removed with rubbing alcohol.…

Sarah Ann Smith's DVD Art Quilt Design From Photo To Threadwork

This is your opportunity to win a copy of my friend, Sarah Ann Smith's new DVD! Keep reading to find out how!
Sarah and I became fast friends when she lived here in the Great Pacific Northwest, before she became the famous quilt artist that she now is! We both are "what if" kind of people and we used to love to play together. Traveling, experimenting with new things and new methods. It was a sweet time in my life, and she has become a 'forever friend' no matter how far the distance or how famous she becomes! She has always been a personal cheerleader for me, and I am constantly amazed at what an inquisitive, 'how-to-do-it', kind of mind she has. I used to watch her mull over a concept. You could see the focus and watch the gears turning, and her solutions were /are always well thought out as well as beautifully executed.. I imagine that many of you are already familiar with Sarah's book, which I find to be a very valuable. It's a fine example of …