Still the worst blogger ever, now with photos!

So last time I wrote, I promised photos of finishes, right? Ok, here we go…and this post is so picture heavy, God help anyone with dial-up. Dial-up would really, really suck right now.

I made 2 prayer shawls. They look very similar, don’t they? That’s because they’re for a very dear family friend whose first prayer shawl got damaged during a chemo session, and while still usable, I immediately cast on a second one so she could have a snag-free backup. She loves them and they brought her much comfort, which is why I do this. My husband called them Pink Batman because of the shape and the fact that Batman would beat the crap outta cancer. 🙂  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash, and they had the PERFECT shade of pink. I swear it couldn’t have been more perfect for her if she’d dyed it herself. 🙂  Sorry about the crappy color quality, I was lazy and used my phone’s camera on these. As to the pattern, I just cast on 5 and gradually increased with yo’s at the middle spine and edges, btw, then shaped it.

Pink Batman v.1
Pink Batman v.2

I also made a shawl for me, but then had a dilemma: I didn’t actually like it once I’d finished it. Let me explain: I actually LOVE it, but not on me. I love the color, I love the shape and look of the pattern….but then I put it around my shoulders and looked in the mirror and was all “meh.”  I guess every knitter faces this at some point.   Luckily, it looks nice on my mom, so she got a free surprise shawl one day when she was visiting. Bonus! 🙂  The colors on my phone stink, so here’s a link to my Ravelry project page, which shows the true gorgeous color better.

Surprise Mom shawl!

Baby Sweaters!  A lot of people are having babies, it seems. My needles and I can’t keep up – I love making wee little baby things for everyone, and wish there was enough time in the world.  If you had a baby and didn’t get something from me, I’m sorry! I can’t knit fast enough! 🙂  Anyway, I did manage to make 2 sweaters this year:

Rachel’s sweater
Julia’s sweater.

Heh, noticed after the fact that a book by Sandiee Peters that I enjoyed very much was in the shot of Julia’s sweater (as that was the book I was reading at the time). I left it, it gives the shot interest.  Anyway, the pattern is Mason Dixon’s Baby Kimono, and I love it, but I never want to do one again, at least not for awhile. I get bored once I do something a few times.

I also made some baby washcloths for a co-worker’s new adopted baby, but don’t have photos of those coz I’ve done them before, same colors, even. I did a Grandmother’s Favorite out of Crystal Palace cotton chenille, and then used up the leftover yarn by doing a reversed mitre square. And I then I did another Mason Dixon Baby Bib O’ Love for another friend.  No pics of that, either. I’ve done so  many of those I guess I stopped taking pictures.

I made a cowl out of my handspun!  Thanks to my coworker Iolanda for inspiring me on this one!  It was a simple free pattern, but I lost it and can’t remember the name. If I do, I’ll update here (or if she sees this and remembers off the top of her head maybe she can comment if she likes!)

Handspun cowl (I know you covet my pink fluffy robe. Admit it. You’re jealous.) (Hey, it was COLD that night!)

I also finally made some more yarn!  This is the Falkland BFL in Halloween colors that I bought at Rhinebeck 2010. LOVE IT.  Maybe I’ll make a cowl out of that, too.

One of 3 skeins made

There are more hexipuffs, too, but you don’t really need to see those every time I make a finishes-post, do you? There will be a million of them, and that would get old. 🙂

There will be more finishes soon. I am 2/3 of the way done with some socks, and just dug out an entrelec headband/ear-warmer thing that I’d started and abandoned something like 2 years ago. I’ve started running, though, and my ears are gonna need to be warm soon, so I might as well finish the darn thing.  Only I would start running when it gets cold out. I hate being cold! But I am liking the running.

Hope everyone enjoys the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, if you’re in the US! And if you’re not, well, have a good couple of weeks, til next time! 🙂

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

4 thoughts on “Still the worst blogger ever, now with photos!

  1. Everything is so gorgeous; I’m envious of your talent. I have a non-knitter question, however. What is the purpose of pinning the shawls? Is that so that they hold their shape once they are taken off the pins? How long do they need to be pinned in order to hold the shape?

  2. Silentsgirl: Thank you!! And yes, the pinning is called blocking. You soak the shawl, spin out or roll up in a towel to get rid of water, and then pin it in the shape you want. (I wanted a specific shape which is why Pink Batman is pinned so severely. The green one, on the other hand, just sort of needed vague shaping, so I just laid it out, no pins.) As to how long they need to be pinned, I suppose it depends on yarn type, yarn thickness, and the atmosphere in your house, but for me it’s usually over night, two nights at most. Once they’re dry, they’re good to go. I only block when I know I won’t need my dining table for a couple of days.

    Melanthe: Thanks! 🙂

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