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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.

The 2-Year Scarf

The 2-Year Scarf

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Two years ago I set out to make myself a scarf. I had every component planned out. It would be a blanket scarf, made from Loops & Threads Woolike, using the diagonal basketweave stitch. I had this very clearly established when I started, and it was meant to be a brainless knitting project I could work on during my down time. However, what became apparent to me early on in the project was that knitting with such finely weighted yarn was a slow process, and after hours and hours of knitting I had very little to show for it. I got swept up in other projects and new ideas that piqued my interest. This one went into the knitting bag and sat there while others developed.

During a lull in my creative pursuits, I pulled it out again. Getting back into the diagonal basketweave captured my interest for a little while, but as that became dull once again, I decided to throw in a second color. Some color blocking and striping happened, but still my impatience forced me into binding off earlier than I should have.

Around this one-year mark, I discovered my new favorite stitch–the linen stitch. I picked up stitches along the length of my scarf and decided to work this stitch outwards in order to make the scarf bigger and more blanket-y. I told myself I would give this scarf a funky-patterned, color-blocked, eccentric look. And after all, if I maintained the color scheme, nothing could really go wrong once it was bunched up around my neck anyway!

I had seen a cute two-colored linen stitch pattern online but with no written instructions. I tried it out anyway and ended up with a striping pattern instead of cute little dots as I had wanted. I ran with it, but after a little while I gave it another shot and discovered I needed to throw in an extra ball of the main color in order to get my desired design. Happy with this and not wanting to undo all my previous work, I just switched over and kept going. This too got boring eventually, and I wanted to see how else I could expand on the design. I was still many rows away from getting to the completed size of my scarf anyway. I ended up creating a slight gradient effect as I continued, until I finally gave up and was eager to stop knitting and start wearing the scarf. I gave it a quick reverse single crochet edging, blocked it, and have been wearing it ever since!

This whole process took me two years, thus it has become known as the 2-year scarf. Regretfully, it still isn’t as big as I would like it, and its dimensions are a little off. It makes a much better wrap/shawl than a blanket scarf. There are also little flaws in my stitches that you would notice if looking closely, but I’m going to accept that as part of the eccentric charm and go with it! (Excuses, excuses…)

The next one will be better…check back in 2 years!

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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. (: