FO Friday: The Shawls

It took me until Saturday, but that means I had time to get all 3 shawls photographed!  That’s right…3 new shawls are finished.  When it rains, it pours.  It’s just the way it is.  Somehow, it’s always how it works out too.  Feast or famine, no in between. 

I’ll start with the one I’m not keeping.  This beauty is off to live with my Mom! It’s a repeat of a pattern I knit a few years back.  I enjoyed knitting it the first time and I especially enjoy wearing it.  It’s a great shape and size, it’s got lovely drape.  All things worth repeating.  It’s called Cameo by Paulina Popiolek.  

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It follows a formula we’re all familiar with by now, asymmetric triangle with one color ‘fading’ into another.  I think when I first knit it, we still just called it ‘stripes’ though :)  The lace is basic, garter stitch based, easy to knit, looks fancier than it is. 

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The yarn is the selling feature here.  I used MadTosh Pashmina.  It’s incredibly soft and those colors are just perfect!  I used Firewood & Modern Fair Isle.  I really love this combo.  When I step away from cool colors, into a warmer color palette, deep, rich browns are my comfort zone. Despite all this high praise, I have still managed to send it off to my Mom.  I think she’ll like it just as much. 

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Not to mention, I’ve got two more shawls I’m keeping.  Somehow I’ll manage to console myself.  This blue stripey shawl, you saw back before Christmas.  I finished it with a black i-cord bind off.  Once again, it’s an easy knit.  This time employing the Sequence Knitting method.  I randomly picked my sequence, K6, P6 and got this fun diagonal texture.  And it’s reversible!  

Despite all those terrific selling features, the yarn is the best part on this one too!  The white speckle yarn is dyed with UV reactive dyes!  Once we’re allowed to do things like go to parties and clubs again, I’m definitely going places with black lights!  I’ve got just the thing to wear. 

Of course, I’m not going anywhere fun yet, so this very practical shawl has already become my new go-to.  It’s another relaxing knit, just a classic garter triangle with amazing yarn. 

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It’s a Scottish wool from Di Gilpin, 4 ply sport wt.  It’s so squishy and bouncy and springy and wooly.  I really love it.  I’m contemplating a sweater from the same wool.  They call it double twist, meaning it’s two plies which are each two plies.  And, oh yeah, it’s soft.  I really can’t say enough nice things about it.  I’m definitely living out all my farmhouse chic fantasies as I wear it.  

I could definitely be a gateway wool for people who don’t really like wool.  I’m continually amazed at the stigma that comes with wool.  I think this stuff could definitely convince even the strictest merino-only knitter that other wools are worth trying.  It gets my seal of approval.  I can’t wait to use it again. 

With that, I hope your having a lovely weekend and knitting up a storm! 

 

6 Comments

  1. ReginaMary

    Wow! I am seriously impressed with all of your knits. Each one is so different. The thought of you going into a nightclub wearing a shawl knit with UV reactive yarns is FABULOUS!! Oh, will this quarantine ever end. The black i-cord on the blue shawl is a really cool idea. I love the look. So much yarny goodness in this post!

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    1. FogKnits

      Thanks! I was struck with how different they all are too. Years ago, I did a workshop with Stephen West. He started by having everyone introduce themselves and talk about their fantasy shawl. Some people aspired to knit crazy, intricate lace, some people wanted rainbow colors. Me? I couldn’t nail it down to one because I want to have a different shawl every day for a year. LOL. I’m not there yet but I’m good for a couple months!

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