Win a custom shawl!


A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN

I knit a lot of projects for myself. I’m going to post pics of 4 shawls that I’ve enjoyed making and will remake for the winner, in a surprise colour (but leave your favourite colours in the comments).

So here’s how to enter. Leave a comment on this post at the end of the page, the shawl (4 to choose from) you like the most, and your favourite colours. Your email address can be seen only by me. I will pick a winner at the end of the month (Tuesday April 21) and notify the winner and start working on the shawl.

Shawl One – Afternoon Shawl

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This is a large shawl with lace in the middle. I can make it any colour and knit it up quick. It was one of my favourites to make. On me, the bottom hands around my waist.

Shawl Two – Boomerang Shawl

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This shawl is made on my adjustable loom and is long but not very big height-wise. It turns out great after blocking and has no lace, but is warm and fuzzy.

Shawl Three – Just a Little lace Shawl

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This shawl is done in a circular pattern with different sections. In this pic, I used a light weight yarn (not quite lace weight, a bit bigger) and I’ll crochet around the ends. I can make it with any yarn, from lace to worsted. Bulky wouldn’t show the lace so much.

Shawl Four – My Fair Faroese

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This is a smaller lace shawl with an interesting shape. I used Ice Cream yarn in this picture and would most likely use the Ice Cream yarn again in your favourite colour.

I’m doing this all for free, including shipping (to anywhere) but if you’d like to make a donation, make one to my mom, who is walking in the annual Rankin Cancer Walk this year with her co-workers and my aunt. Every cent matters. I won’t be able to see who donated or not, but I thought I’d throw this up here for a little motivation. Donate to my mom here.

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Click to donate, its for a great cause. This year, they’re trying to make $1 million and I hope they do!

So get your choices in, and I’ll pick a winner, and make you a beautiful shawl. In the comments below, post your name or nickname, email address and shawl/colour choices. 

Mini Shawl in Stages – My Fair Faroese


Another Invisible Loom project. I can’t get enough of their patterns! From the Loom Knit Shawls book. It’s lace, and I love it. I used a yarn, smaller than worsted weight, but not lace, just the right size for this project. It’s called “Ice Cream” and I used the blue and white ball. I also have a pink and yellow ball I’ll probably be making another shawl with. The entire shawl took less than one ball of yarn!

Here it is after Section 1 was finished,

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Here is the 2nd section

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In the third section I’m shaping the back.

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I didn’t take a pic of the fourth section, but it’s the same as the first, just shaping around the shoulders. Here’s the finished project on the loom.

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And finally, the finished product off the loom, before weaving in ends.

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I didn’t block it, I don’t think it needs blocking, and here it is on me.

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You can see the lace more here.

I love this shawl, it’s so soft, and I love the book I got it from. I strongly urge loom knitters to pick up an Invisible Loom book because they’re the best patterns I’ve ever found and almost all my projects are from their books. The books changed loom knitting for me. I realized you could do so much with them.

This shawl was made on 40 pegs, you don’t need fancy looms for most, most of the projects take 60 pegs, and I have several looms that can hold them. I use CinDwood Looms, and love them. They’re definitely worth the extra couple bucks and they last forever. I got my first one (a 90 peg small afghan round loom) last year and it’s still in great shape and I’ve never had a problem with it. I use it all the time. It’s my favourite loom.

So, go loom knit! For the Invisible Loom books, if you can e-wrap knit and purl, you’re set!

The Boomerang Shawl on my adjstable Cottage Loom


I made the Boomerang Shawl (link to the free pattern) on my new Cottage Loom. It’s 20″ long with two 5 peg extenders. For this project, I used both extenders, one at each end. I cast on 106 pegs, which almost filled the entire loom (it’s 3/8″ gauge and has 108 pegs without the extenders, 118 with) and it does “walk” around the loom a bit. I found the video helpful starting it. It took 4 days and I steam blocked it.

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This is the loom I used.

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The shawl after being blocked. The yarn is called “Dusk” by Craft Smart, it was $2.99 a ball, and easy to knit with. I used exactly one skein of yarn, there was only a tiny bit left at the end.

The loom is interesting to get used to. I like how I can adjust it to any size, it’s very similar to the All In One loom, I find it sturdier. I think the AIO is 28″, but I can do AIO patterns on the Cottage Loom. The size made it a bit clunky at first, but I got used to it. I have some blisters from purling and the way I held it. But I’d definitely recommend a Cottage loom. They’re sold on eBay and etsy.

Finished Gemstones Wrap for a friend


I’m doing a swap with a very talented needle knitter and crochet-er. I decided to use the last of the blue and green yarn that I used in my Fascinations Cape. I switched it and made the green the main colour and the blue for the accents (the gemstones) I still have a lot of the blue and green yarn left. It took about 1/2 skein for the green and 1/4 skein for the blue. The pattern calls for 25 repeats, I did 20, and it’s taller than me. (I’m 5’3) My goal was to make it 5ft long, and I did it.

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I got the pattern from the second shawl book that I bought from The Invisible loom. Amazing pattern, very easy and looks more difficult than it is.

It’s done in all garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next row) and I used Isela Phelps “garter stitch cheat” for all of it. What you do is wrap all the pegs (all the knit stitches on this are e-wrap stitches) and then get to the final peg, and instead of knitting over all the pegs and purling back to the end, you knit over the first peg and purl the remaining yarn on it, then move to the next peg and do the same thing. Knit over, purl. It gets things done twice as fast.

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I have a blister on my thumb from purling. I used the CinDwood small afghan loom with 90 pegs (for this pattern, you only need 58 pegs) at a 1/2″ gauge. It knit up quick. The pattern increases at one end and decreases at the other, so the project “walks” around the loom. I’d recommend to anyone doing this project to use a round loom because of it. Any round loom would work. So would an adjustable loom.

My adjustable loom is at my parents. I’m picking it up tonight. It’s a Cottage Loom with 3/8″ gauge and is 20 inches long. I think I’m going to knit a sweater, or more cabled gloves (because I altered the pattern for the cabled gloves I did before, the pattern called for a 34 peg round 3/8″ loom and I didn’t have anything close, so I used the Knifty Knitter blue loom and changed the pattern to work on it) Lots more projects are coming.

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The recipient might not get to wear it much, as winter is almost over, but it is very warm and cozy. I hope she’ll send some pics of her wearing it for me to show you!

A much needed update (pic heavy)


I’ve been working on a lot lately. I have The Invisible Looms Dandelion Shawlette on one loom, it’s at the halfway point. I’ll post pics as it grows. Here’s an older one.

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First, I did this cabled hat in wedges on the 51 peg CinDwood loom. It’s a bit small, as the pattern called for a larger gauge (5/8″, I used 1/2″) but I figure if I make another one I can add an extra wedge or two, and make it a bit taller.

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I made a couple of afghan squares, too.

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I finally learned how to block acrylic yarn, and steam it!

Below is the Gemstones wrap in blue and green. I have a few more repeats on it to do, and I’m sending it to a friend, for a swap. Right now, it’s just over 3ft long and should finish at 4 1/2 or 5.

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Then I made a cabled cowl with some sherbert-green yarn I got on sale.

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And last, I’ll show off my loot of yarn I got at Michael’s on sale.

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Finally I ordered an adjustable loom from Cottage looms. I ordered the 20″ 3/8″ gauge (spacing between the pegs) I don’t have an adjustable loom and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with it!

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Loom Knit Fascination Cape COMPLETE


I started this at the beginning of the month, and then held off until I got more yarn in the right colours. I used one ball of the blue-teal and 1 1/4 balls of the green. I had bought 3 balls of each. This took a while, and I had 60 pegs cast on on my CinDwood 66 peg 1/2″ (gauge) loom. I love this loom.

I have a lot of leftover yarn, but trust me, it’ll get used.

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A good shot of the back.

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Not the best pics of me wearing it, I’ll get some better ones later. I only have a digital SLR right now, and it’s hard to take pics of yourself with, especially from across the room. I need to get a battery for my point and shoot.

Cables, cables and more cables


I’ve been using The Invisible Loom’s Cozy Cable Collection a lot. First we have a pair of wrist warmers in variegated yarn.

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Next we have the same pattern, but in gray, made for my roommate.

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And finally, a hat with horizontal cables.

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