I knit, crochet, sew, quilt, take photos, draw, and do other crafts as well. I adore alpaca wool and other natural materials (cotton, feathers, gourds, wood, and even coconut shells!) and try to do ...
I knit, crochet, sew, quilt, take photos, draw, and do other crafts as well. I adore alpaca wool and other natural materials (cotton, feathers, gourds, wood, and even coconut shells!) and try to do some crafting every day.
A couple of years ago, I began designing knit and crochet items (I confess that I am somewhat addicted to hats...love, love, love hats and have made many for gifts, to donate, and once in while for myself). Small items that work up quickly and travel easily, like hats, wrist warmers, and scarves, seem to be on many people's lists, although I also love making shawls and larger fashion items, as well as toys and dolls. Really, I suppose I haven't come across anything I won't at least try, and I hope you are adventurous in your work, too!
Early this year, I learned that a knitting friend had passed away, much to my sorrow. I began working on a design in tribute to her, and it's gone through a lot of trial and error--this is the fourth version, hence the name. The shawl is worked top down using charts, and my project measures 86" wide by 40" deep, so it covers well and adds a little warmth to life (which we can all use).
I used size 3US/3.25mm needles and fingering yarn, though other yarns could certainly work well. Gauge is measured after blocking a swatch, and I did block this severely to bring out the lace pattern.
20 sts=4" after blocking
950 yards of Fingering weight