It’s been around 6 weeks or so since I posted anything here. I have been busy with my new addiction and health problems. Lupus sucks so bad most times. I decided to let you all know about my new addiction – Shawls.
A few months ago I joined a KAL – The Marly Bird KAL on Facebook to make the Textured Triangle Shawl. I wanted something different to make. It wasn’t my first shawl. I had made one before – a Douceur – and it wasn’t that great because it hurt my hands after a certain point. So you know my hands hurt if what I am knitting becomes heavy – such as a blanket, etc. Since I made the Douceur I have learned why my hands hurt most of the time (carpel tunnel syndrome). I have come up with ways to help me deal with the pain. With all this I decided to try to knit a shawl again. I thought I would make one shawl and I would be ok. The need to try something ‘new’ would be taken care of by making the shawl for the Marly Bird KAL. Little did I know it was the start of something else. According to Hev I have come to the dark side and it is completely fair as I got her to make and level/keep current a death knight in World of Warcraft.
Since the KAL I have made 4 shawls. I have 3 more on the needles. I think I am somewhat addicted. They are taking place of the socks I used to knit all the time since i have no need for socks any longer. I have 40 pairs – I think that is more than enough.
Here are the shawls I have finished so far and the ones on the needles. Hover over the photo to get the name of the project. Click on the photo to go to my ravelry project page for each one.
The Textured Triangle Shawl is made from bulky (weight 5) yarn and size 13 needles. It is just heavy enough for the days it actually gets to 30f in Southern California. Hotel of Bees Shawl was a test to see if I prefered to knit or crochet shawls. I need to say I prefer knitting them. I do not know if I will keep this or donate it. Another Shawl is the product of the need to use the Neon Stripes yarn by Red Heart. It is the heart shaped shawl from the pattern for 5 basic flat shawls. Hapish was supposed to be the actual Hapish pattern. I ran out of black though so I used the green on the last few rows. By then is was already big enough. After washing though it seemed to stretch out. It is perfect for the days it is around 70f. It is huge & will be comfy.
These are the shawls on the needles. Hover over the photo to get the name of the project. Click on the photo to go to my ravelry project page for each one.
On Yet Another Shawl I am adding beads to it. This is the first time I have used beads in my knitting. I am excited to see how it looks when it is done. The beads are silver gun metal like color. They fit perfect as the yarn is black sparkly yarn called Stroll Glimmer by Knit PIcks. The needle is size 7 as I didn’t have size 8. Spirit Cake Shawl is a heart shaped shawl from the pattern for 5 basic flat shawls. I am using size 10 & 1/2 needles for the drape. The Saroyan is using 10 & 1/2 needles as well. I have been wanting to try this pattern for years. It is rather easy once you get over the binding off after every panel.
I completely blame Hev for this new addiction of mine. She enjoys feeding my addiction. In our Discord server when I mention I want to find a shawl pattern she bombards the chat with links to awesome patterns. However I somewhat pay her back my linking shawl patterns for her in our Discord chat or on Twitter.