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“That’s the beauty of it. You’ve got the rest of your life to knit them all.” • Pay It Forward Shawl

The days are getting longer, and I’m beginning to wake up to sunshine. Looking out the window, you could assume Spring is here. Only the keen observer would notice that the trees are bare, and the dew on the grass was frost just a few hours earlier. What exactly does one do in this rather confusing situation? Well, you make a Spring-inspired shawl, of course!

A little while ago, I got my hands on a skein of merino sock yarn with this lovely pink and green speckle, and a skein of tonal army green to match. Looking at them in my stash gave me butterflies (and not just because of the Spring colours)! I browsed so many amazing patterns, but struggled to commit to just one. I sought reassurance from Kate and received an unexpectedly wise response: “That’s the beauty of it. You’ve got the rest of your life to knit them all.”

Alas, I settled on Pay It Forward, designed by one of my favourite local designers, Wolf and Faun Knits. While I had originally planned to knit a shawl with open lace and floral designs, this was the pattern I could imagine knit up with my yarn. The majority of the shawl is a simple garter stitch, with the occasional row of eyelets. The uniqueness comes from the asymmetrical drape and the picot edging.

Of course, I gave the shawl my own WWK twist. I used needles 2 sizes up from the recommended size in order to achieve more drape. Also, I wanted to maximize the use of my yarn, so about halfway through I went rogue on the pattern and made up some extra rows of striping. I believe my final product is a fair bit larger than the pattern intended. It turned out beautifully though, and I still get butterflies when I look at it. More so, it’s lovely to support local in the both yarn and pattern departments.

I’m going to be rocking this shawl everywhere while the weather is in this perfect Winter-Spring transition state!

((On a frustrated and grumpy sidenote, I’m so upset that the quality of the pictures I have been uploading for the blog is so terrible! They look beautiful when I export them, but the minute they get uploaded they turn blurry and gray. I have been trying so hard to figure out why and modify appropriately, but nothing is working so far. So, sorry. Even Instagram is maintaining the quality of my photos better, so most likely I’ll be uploading more photos there and reducing the number of photos included in the blogs. If anyone has suggestions, please share.))

I Won Yarn Chicken

I Won Yarn Chicken

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Once upon a time, Joey went to work as per usual and was surprised to find a little ball of hand-dyed superwash merino waiting for her when she entered the room. With only said unidentified one-of-a-kind ball, she really wasn’t sure what to make, but settled on Life is Cozy’s Stormy Sky Shawl.

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And so, the game of yarn chicken began. As the triangle got bigger and the ball got smaller, she wondered if she would really end up with a shawl, or rather, a large handkerchief. Still, she refused to turn back, and the anticipation of finding out if she would succeed made her needles move faster. In just a couple of days, the yarn had been reduced to a ping-pong ball sized lump, and she began her bind off. As the last loop was pulled through she had just enough to make two tassels, leaving one tiny thread to trim off.

Feeling defeated, she looked at the little triangle lace scarf in her hands and sighed.

BUT WAIT!

The scarf may have been ever so slightly too small, but it still needed to be blocked! She quickly ran a warm water bath and pulled a towel from the linen closet. As she stretched and pinned a glimmer of hope ignited inside of her. She watched as the lace opened up and the triangle got bigger.

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When it was dry, she pulled out the pins and held the garment between her fingers. With both hands, she draped the shawl around her neck and…IT WAS PERFECT!

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Alas, she had won the game of yarn chicken by a hair. Her next competitor…summer! If only winter would hurry up and come around so she could wear it.

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The summer heat didn’t stop her. She wore wool in the 30 degree weather like a champ.

The end.

Thought I would write this post in the form of a story for a change. For some reason it felt very medieval. Just as a little note to add, the lovely yarn was given to me by a lady who hand-dyes them with the hopes of selling them later on. She is currently in the process of testing and choosing her colors, but this was one of her “rejects” that didn’t come out the way she wanted. I don’t know what she originally had in mind, but I LOVE it! I think it looks so unique and amazing. 100% my style. I will be sure to share all her links when she is ready to unleash her art into the world. You are not ready.

Meeting of the Crafts

Meeting of the Crafts

Each member of my immediate family has some kind of crafty talent. Dad’s a graphic designer and product photographer, big sis is a wedding and portrait photographer/videographer, and momma, well, she’s a potter!

She has been doing pottery for about 7 years now, growing her repertoire and experimenting with designs and techniques, much like myself. Her current theme is imprinting. She has some store-bought floral doilies that she rolls into her clay to create patterns that she then glazes over. She and I began collaborating  on projects using each of our talents. I learned how to crochet and join motifs that she could use.

The end result was awesome! She has managed to take the swatches I made for her and use them to design clay pots, teapots, and cups. It’s cool to see how the two of us can produce something together that neither of us would do on our own.

I have been teaching her to crochet designs herself (since I have so many other projects I’d like pursue) so soon I will become obsolete to her (haha) but it’s nice to know that there will be a few pieces out there that have a little touch from the both of us.

As a little side note, it’s funny how at one point she was the one who taught me to crochet many moons ago, but now she’s given that up and needs me to teach her. Makes me wonder if some day in the future I will give up knitting and crochet and move on to something new!

Reyna Shawl

Mom: “I think I like triangle scarves.”

Me: “Oh yeah?”

Mom: “You know they are in fashion this season…everyone is wearing them.”

Me: “I think they’ve always been in fashion…I remember wearing triangle scarves a few years ago. In fact, I thought they were in fashion then…are you sure they’re still in fashion now?”

Mom: “Of course!!! Remember how I wore my scarves when we were in California? I think I’ve gotten over cowls. I like the triangle shape now.”

Me: “I still like cowls…but triangles are nice too!”

Mom: “Yeah, I don’t want to wear cowls anymore.”

Me: “Okay, I’ll make you a triangle scarf.”

This is one of my better quality projects. I used this pattern from Ravelry and had my first experience with eyelets (and knitting a triangle…from the middle of an edge?! Blasphemy.).

Momsy’s happy. Joey’s happy. Win-win. (: