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little shawl for a little girl

Little House Shawl

Normally, I see a pattern I like and I look in my stash or buy yarn to suit it. Very rarely do I buy the yarn first and then pick a pattern. There are too many variables – will I have enough? – and it cuts down on stashing massive amounts of yarn that may never get used. (The one type of yarn I break this rule with is sock yarn because I know that one skein will make me either a pair of socks or a small shawl.)

my color, different yarn

But this yarn…oh, this yarn. I saw this yarn at the wonderful little yarn shop we frequented while visiting Asheville last spring. (Yes, we were only there for 3 days. Yes, we were frequent customers at a yarn shop. What of it.)

Little House Shawl

I fell in love with this yarn. I didn’t buy it at first because I was being practical and as much as I loved it, I knew I wouldn’t wear it. Being single ply, it wasn’t ideal for socks either. But c’mon…look at this yarn!

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Then it struck me – E needs a shawl. Did she really need a shawl? Eh. Did she need a shawl made of tosh merino light? (In Mansfield Garden Party, if you’re wondering.) Hardly. But she was always trying to steal my shawls, and I did want desperately to have a reason to buy this gorgeous yarn. So.

Little House Shawl

The pattern is the Little House Shawl and it is super simple and child sized and was absolutely perfect for my needs. I’m selfishly rather pleased that it didn’t use the entire skein – it means I can keep a tiny skein of it around, just to look at. Guilt free.

Little House Shawl

See the details of mine on Ravelry.

Little House Shawl

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quickie Asheville cowl

quickie cowl

I knit this little cowl on my trip to Asheville last April. I started it on the bus down to Boston…worked on it on the plane to DC…and in the car to Asheville… I can’t remember at what point I finished but it was well before our arrival. I picked this project to work on because it was perfect travel knitting – small, portable and simple enough to memorize.

quickie cowl

The pattern is called Present and if I’d had more of the beautiful yarn I chose for it, I’d probably have doubled it to make it wrap around twice. The yarn I used was a gorgeous worsted weight superwash merino by The Woolen Rabbit called Frolic. The color is Through the Looking Glass and I absolutely adore it. I always buy some yarn from them at SPA for my birthday present to myself and last year I bought several because as I’d been winding the previous year’s purchase, I realized that moths had gotten to it and I ended up with about a dozen small yarn balls. BOO. Nothing to be done but to treat myself to some extra yarn!

quickie cowl

I did deviate from the pattern a little bit to make it symmetrical from top to bottom. I do like symmetry… See the details about mine on Ravelry.

quickie cowl


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ripples

Ripples

With multi-colored shawls all the rage these days, I wanted to make one too. (Bandwagon!) But I’m not in love with the mostly geometric lines of most of them. When I saw Ripples, I knew that was the one for me. With softly undulating lines, it was perfect.

Ripples

I used the yarn I bought at Rhinebeck last year – Dirt Water Dyeworks Bertha – which is a delightfully soft yarn with just enough cashmere. I picked the yarn specifically for this project and, in theory, I have enough to knit it again, with the colors reversed. (Ooh, planning!)

Ripples

I love the way the colors go together. I love the softness. I love the rippling effect of the lines in the shawl, accomplished by strategically placed short row sections.

Ripples

The only thing I don’t love is that it’s hard to wear it in a way that shows off all these wonderful features!

See mine on Ravelry here.

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