Lace ‘n Loot

Anitas Grace Shawl

Anita's Grace Shawl

Actually, we’ll start with the loot.  Grace, the  sweet, speedy, wonder lace knitter, has added one of her glorious shawlettes to the prize pool.  (NOT the shawl pictured above – that’s just so you can see her lovely lace!) Thank you, Grace for your continued generosity! 

Glass jewels by TG Designs

Glass jewels by TG Designs

But wait!  There’s more!  Christina donated another special prize.   T G Designs is another pair of talented sisters cranking out beautiful, functional art.  In fact, I have my earrings in at the moment…  The pendant will feature a gold bail, so add your own gold necklace, and you’ll have a snazzy fall look!

I think that covers all of the prizes now.  You’ll have to peruse a few posts to find everything, but wowza!   I really do have some talented, generous friends.  And in the spirit of full disclosure, the vendor/donors are also eligible to win prizes other than their own.    There’s plenty here for non-knitters, so rest assured, I’ll assign prizes according to your interests, with a lot of help from Excel and the random  number generator.

Now, how ’bout that finished object report?

This is the shawl I made for Hope and her parents.   No, it’s not pink, as I’m sure Hope will note, but the Knight lobbied hard for a not too light (for easier care) and not too girly (out of respect for the dad, who would hunker down under a baby pink wrap to make his daughter happy) wrap, so… 

Pattern:  Homespun Shawl is a VERY simple feather and fan stole/rectangle.  It’s just four simple rows, and while I don’t memorize patterns as quickly as some, truly, one look was all it took for this one.  It’s as straight-forward as they come, and I think it would be a great first lace project, as long as you have the will to slog through miles of the same four rows. 

My final measurements, without any real blocking, were 19″ x 53″, right in line with what’s listed on the pattern.

Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky.  My only complaint is that the yarn doesn’t have a colorway name on it.  (Don’t bother telling me if there’s a website that lists the numbers and gives an actual name; it’s one of my hang-ups.  I’d like my yarn to have a colorway name, not a number, right there on the band.)  It’s a shame it’s so pricey, because it’s a great machine wash, dry flat yarn.  Thank goodness for Little Knits and their sales, because that’s where all of my Debbie Bliss yarn has come from. 

I’m calling the colorway Mermaid, because Hope likes mermaids.  Take that DB and your nameless ball bands!  I used 8 balls, with just enough of the last one left over to save for repairs.

Needles:  Knitpicks Options, US #11, 24″ cord, metal tips.  No failure here, I’m happy to say.  I don’t want to jinx myself, but maybe I’ve finally gotten all of the early edition cords that come apart out of my kit.

Crab stitch border

Crab stitch border

Hook:  “What?!” you say?  Yep.  Lookie!  I successfully crab stitched on both short ends.  I might go back and do that on Fredfoot too, since the bottom edge rolls just the tiniest bit…

Anyway, if you don’t know by now, I use nothing but Boye hooks, and this was size J.

The crab stitch is also called reverse single crochet.   While I learned it at a Guild meeting this summer, I did find a nice You Tube video to refresh my memory.  I think that if you can single crochet, you can do this lovely, twistedropelooking edge.

Verdict:  Oh yeah.  I’ll be cranking out more of these, especially if I can find more of this Cashmerino Chunky on sale.   It’s a great prayer shawl, because I don’t think I swore once while I was knitting it, or even while I was crab stitchin’.  There’s nothing but love, hope and prayers in there, aside from the ever-present dog hair that is my signature touch to everything that comes from my hands, heart and home.

21 comments on “Lace ‘n Loot

  1. gaylen says:

    That is lovely and the mermaid wrap is the perfect name. Do we have a status update on Hope? Your contest is going to be da’bomb! g

  2. Marjie says:

    I’m sure Hope and her Daddy will love it. I hope things are going well for her. Your head must be spinning with the contest; I hope Gretchen and Sissy are helpful in organizing. Thor would help by demonstrating how to nap.

  3. Sue says:

    Wow, this is turning into a classy giveaway.

    The ‘Mermaid Shawl’ is very pretty and I’m sure will be well loved.

  4. Mr Puffy says:

    Such fabulous prizes! Wow ~ you really do have a lot of generous and talented friends. Not the least of which is you yourself 🙂 Love your prayer shawl – a traditional feather and fan pattern is so beautiful and will wrap the entire family in its carrying folds.

  5. Tobi says:

    Thanks for the video – I’m going to have to try this. All my stuff looks the same.

  6. Kathy says:

    Beautiful shawl. I love the color. I am sure the family will be grateful to receive it.

  7. Kathy says:

    That’s a nice wrap and I’m sure it will be a nice comfort snuggly:).

    Oh boy…….the goodies just keep on comin’:)

  8. Darcy says:

    I love the feather and fan shawl so pretty.Hugs Darcy

  9. Anita says:

    Wow, you’re getting such great prizes! 🙂

    The shawl turned out lovely!!

  10. kathy b says:

    Your shawl and Grace’s are amazing. Okay, now to enter the contest! Great prizes.

  11. Lovely Mermaid, lovely lacy prizes, lovely lady putting it all together. No need to say more. 🙂

  12. grace says:

    your prayer shawl is just beautiful Chan, love the stitch and the color, don’t you love the feeling you get doing them I will be Fennelivore to your contest

    a lacy little shawletter by Stephen West, do you want me to send it to you or to the winner when chosen!

  13. AlisonH says:

    Thank you! (While suddenly remembering the dueling slogans from the early 70’s: “Virginia is for lovers.” “Maryland is for crabs.”)

  14. Dawn says:

    That feather and fan is gorgeous!

    Awesome prizes too!


  15. Dianne says:

    Lovely, lovely shawl, and Mermaid is the perfect name for that color. DB should hire you to name her yarns. 🙂

  16. anniebananie says:

    That is gorgeous! Can I enter the contest???

  17. The Feather and Fan stole is veery pretty. I like the teal colour (aka Mermaid). Take that Debbie! hahaha 🙂 thanks for making me smilke.

  18. Bubblesknits says:

    Very pretty and I’m sure it will bring some comfort to the family. I hope we shower them with enough love and positive energy that every single bit of cancer in Hope is eradicated.

    And I didn’t know that the sponsors could enter! I’ve been lusting after all the other prizes, but hadn’t officially entered! lol Remind me, please, which post it was to enter.

  19. nichole says:

    The shawl/wrap came out GORGEOUS – perfect choice!!!

    The prizes are all wonderful…a nd STILL growing? 🙂

  20. […] ago.   (No, I couldn’t find the original post where I explained, but… here’s one mention.)  Since I have a few newer readers…  “Hope” was six when she was diagnosed […]

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