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!
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.
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.