Sunday, May 27, 2007

Number three

I finally started a third one! I know I'm supposed to be doing one in red but I need a shawl to match this dress I've got. It's black kidsilk haze and I'm hoping to have enough to finish it the right size. I've only got two balls of it, so we'll see! Here it is a few repeats in. Slow going because my needles aren't pointy enough and the fuzz makes it hard to see. Plus I'm taking my time on this one as I've got a few other things to focus on as well. Sorry it's a tad blurry, I had to take it without flash or the pattern wouldn't show at all.

Any suggestions on what color beads I should do? I am thinking I might just do more silver ones since I already have them but am wondering what else might look good...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Finished again!

Finally I finished mine tonight, and it's being blocked! Here are pics.

I also have enough of this color left to do a second one. I did 15 repeats of the first part instead of 13, that's the only change. It's zephyr in teal, (the color is off in the pics) and silver beads.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I'm done!

I finished the blocking yesterday. I love this shawl! It ended up small, but just right for a shoulder shawl and I'm happy with it that way. There are a few more details on my blog, not much but a few. I didn't get a great shot of the beads, but they are really pretty, they are green with a subtle difference in color here and there. I think I will knit another one in green, but I'm going to take a little break first. Thank you Susan for such a great pattern!

Monday, May 14, 2007

My Progress

I started my shawl on 4th May and wasn't too happy with it - I just didn't seem to have the pattern right. I persisted with it but on Thursday 10th decided enough was enough and ripped it back. I started again on Friday and despite dropping a stitch and having to go back a full pattern repeat on Saturday afternoon I have actually managed to make it to 9 pattern repeats of the upper body pattern. The shawl looks quite small although it does stretch out quite a lot. I've decided to knit 17 repeats of the upper body pattern instead of 13 because I am using 3.25mm needles instead of the recommended 3.75mm ones and feel it may turn out very small otherwise.
More pictures on my blog.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

One down, one to go!

Yayyy I finished one of my shawls. The one for my mom, I was further on that so I finished it up first. It's blocking right now and I'm sooo glad it stretched out as much as it did because it seemed tiny when I finally got it off the needles. It probably blocked out to almost twice it's size. Thannnnk God. Ok so here's pictures!

Here is the whole thing blocking, the dark spots are where it's wet on the towel, sorry that it's green lol, the only clean one left in the cabinet (note to self, do laundry!):Closeups of the edges where the carpet makes the pattern easier to see:

I'm sooo thrilled, I'll take an action shot tomorrow if it's dry before sending it off to my mom. Now I'm off to finish mine!

Friday, May 11, 2007


I got tired of waiting for my hook. I discovered that some of the beads have larger holes and I managed to get my size 10 crochet hook through them. When I couldn't find any more that it would fit in, I fashioned a sort of lasso out of wire and used that lol. On my teal one I found the silver beads have square openings and if I turn the hook diagonally, it will just fit through! SO I started beading. I am on the second chart B repeat on the green one, and on the teal one, I just finished the first beading row. They look so much prettier in person but it's night so my pictures suck because of lighting. I can't wait to finish! I want to start my red one, and I'm going to do one in black Kidsilk Haze.


I finished the shawl today, and it's blocking right now. I'm so happy with the finished product, but it is smaller than I expected. I guess I didn't visualize what the size would be. I want to knit another and will use several more repeats of the charts to make it larger. Here's a couple of pics of it while it is blocking.

PS - if anyone sees an error in it - please don't tell me!!! LOL

I'm looking for some other beaded shawl patterns if y'all know of any nice ones.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

We have beads!

I have finished Chart B and I'm moving on to Chart C! I was so happy to put the beads on and I'm kind of sad now that I'm done. I guess I could do another repeat, but I'd rather just finish the shawl. I'm already plotting another one in Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud. I should be able to finish this over the weekend and then I'll just have to find time to block it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

I'm getting there

I finally made it through Chart A! I've done 2 rows of Chart B, and while I did enjoy A because the continuous lace kept it interesting, I am glad to have a change of pattern. Even better it will soon enough and I will be adding beads - yes!! Here's my little girl helping me take a picture of the shawl :)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Started another one!

I love this shawl so much I already started a second one. I am almost to the next chart on the teal one, but I want my crochet hook before I start, so I started another. I am doing it on size fives since I don't have another size 4 and it's in the zephyr, color Emerald. I traded for a big ball of it and it's such a pretty color! This one will be for my mom since she loves green. By the time I get to the next chart on this one, my hook should hopefully be here and I can knit these together. I also much prefer knitting with my bamboo needle too, but I don't have one in a size four unfortunately.
Oh yeah, and just in case anyone else wanted to know. In the pattern it says that your shawl might turn out smaller (obviously) by switching to the size four needles with the zephyr. I didn't want it smaller so I emailed our lovely designer to see if one 60 gram ball would be enough to do extra repeats. She said there was almost 200 yards leftover, so there is more than enough to do extra body repeats before moving on to the next chart. So I'm going to do one or two more on my teal one to make up in size. Just thought I'd share in case anyone else was wondering also.

Saturday, May 5, 2007


I finally started yesterday. I first tried it on the size 3 but it wasn't coming out with a fabric I liked. So I switched to the four and it's much better. I am doing my first one in the teal color and looove how it's going. This first stitch pattern is so easy and I memorized it very quickly, which makes this go a lot faster. I am probably five repeats in, I can never keep track of that, I'll just count my stitches later on when I'm closer. The bigger this gets the more I love it.

Here is my progress from last night: And my progress as of right now:I also found a tiny crochet hook on ebay pretty cheap so it should be here in a few days and I'll be able to do my beads!

Friday, May 4, 2007


I got my yarn yesterday! Very exciting. I wanted to run home and cast on right away. Unfortunately I had errands to do. I did get my beads as well but I need to find a way to put them on. I don't have a crochet hook small enough for the beads. I will probably just bend some wire to do it or something. I plan on making two of these shawls. One in the teal because that's the color I originally wanted, and one in the garnet, because the more I looked at the shawl, the more I saw flames in the border. They just scream to be made in red. Oh and I couldn't find teal beads in the right color for the yarn so I got silvery ones. I don't mind them standing out so it's ok. I can't wait to start this today! I will probably also use a size 3 needle because I almost always knit a little bigger than gauge.