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Knitting Shawls

I live in the desert where we are celebrating fall’s cooler temperatures with highs (only) in the 90’s.  So, knitting wool sweaters is not really practical.  However, all those people you see wearing tank tops and shorts end up freezing when they go inside to restaurants, churches and movie theaters.  So shawls come in very handy.

The first shawl I knit was “Color Affection” – one of those patterns that becomes instantly popular.  It was fun putting colors together.

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I quickly realized I like a deeper crescent.  Color Affection is a bit narrow for my taste, but it travels well and came in very handy on airplanes and trains during my recent summer vacation.

Stephen West is another designer who has a vast and loyal following.  The past few years he has been running a Mystery Knit Along.  I made Rockefeller in 2012.

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I enjoy making shawls with sock yarn (fingering weight) and I might have mentioned my compulsion for mysteries and knit-alongs…

Here is Fire and Blood, a Jimmy Beans Wool exclusive colorway and knit along inspired by Game of Thrones.

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And waiting for a final wash and block is Evolution by Rachel Henry, a design I discovered while watching Skacel’s first season of “The Fiber Factor”, a reality-type online competition featuring knitters.

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I think I am well stocked for those chilly air-conditioned spaces!

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On the Needles – Friday Link Up

Judy, who blogs at Patchwork Times, encourages us to share our knitting or crochet projects on Friday.  I have recently gotten back to knitting regularly, so I decided to join in.  And speaking of jumping on a bandwagon, I joined the Color Affection craze.  This pattern is wildly popular on Ravlery, and I think the attraction is the process of choosing your three yarns. This purple section will actually be at the top.  I am using Koigu as my accent color, and it will finish with a tweedy brown.  Very easy take-along project since it’s all garter stitch.  I got lost a few times with the increases at the beginning, but now the color changes make it easy to keep track.

I hadn’t knit much this last year until I saw this pattern in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry.  Rose Hiver designed a mystery she named Chiendent.  I cast on the first of May, and had both cuffs done in the first week!  Yes, my pace did slow down…this is still the first sock.  I briefly tried to knit two at a time, but juggling the two balls of yarn with the circular needles was tedious, so I figured I could just knit one faster.  The pattern is easy to memorize, with pretty little eyelets and twisted stitch ribbing (from knitting through the back loop).

Happy stitching!

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