Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Traveling Woman Shawl

My latest shawl is the Traveling Woman Shawl (I found it on Ravelry.)

I'm using handspun cashmere that I bought 4 years ago and have waited to use with the right pattern. This is it. I love the feel of the fiber not only on the needles but also as a finished product.

The pattern is easy to read. Even though the pattern does not suggest to use stitch markers to mark the pattern repeat, time and again, I have found for me that stitch markers help me keep the pattern straight. Also, I used a life line because on the 5th row of the pattern I had problems. After reading the Traveling Woman KAL on Ravelry, I was reminded that a life line would help. So I put on in and ripped back several rows and started over. Before I knew it, I was flying along with the pattern.

I'm now half way through the second pattern repeat. My hope is to have the shawl finished by the weekend.

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Snow Storm Knitting

I am knitting so much these days in part because we keep getting snowstorms on the weekends. A few weeks ago, I began knitting cowls, scarves and shawls. It has been a while since I've knitted scarves and there is something very refreshing about knitting up something quick.

I've eyed several cowl patterns for about a year and finally starting making a few. I'm addicted! This cowl is a Spiral Cowl. I made a few mistakes in the beginning but a 1/4 of the way through the pattern made sense. I'll post my notes later. I decided not to rip out the mistakes because this is a very loose cowl that needs a shawl pin to keep it closed. I figured that the wrap-over of the material will hide the mistakes.