MiniMochi Shawl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Plugging along

Had a great weekend taking the grandchildren (and their parents) to the circus in Philadelphia. Even the babies loved it, clapping along with everyone else. Dan was kind enough to drive up so that I could work on one of the shawls. Working on the ninth section with one more to go. Hopefully will have it to display at the Mid-Atlantic quilt Festival this week.

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Coming up Feb. 21-24th

We are getting ready for the quilt festival and knitting like crazy to get the models done. I’m hoping to finish these to have on display:

Finished the fifth section, half way! Mini Mochi yarn.

Another Bermuda Shawl (they are addictive), this out of Taiyo Sock.

This is using Ranco Multi with some solids. I think it will be striking to wear if I can just get it finished.

I have my work cut out for me. Hope to see you at the festival.

Bermuda Complete!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Yeah!

Always a celebration when a project is finished and especially with such dramatic results. I used 7 – 50g balls of the Gina yarn and size 8 needles.  Here it is being blocked.

Enjoying the predicted dusting of snow which actually became the unpredicted 3-4 inches before it finished up this morning. Came down so hard I couldn’t see the light from the lighthouse. Glad I was snug inside and not on the water. YIKES!

Update on Shawl Progress

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Almost completed!

Here’s the Bermuda Shawl and I’m on the last of the repeats.

And the Curlicue Shawl, I’m finishing the third shape:

Gosh, they’re pretty if I do say so myself! They’re made with the Gina yarn and MiniMochi yarn (we’ll be restocking the Mini soon.)

Variety is the Spice

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Okay, so I have several shawls going at one time. In my defense, they are different weights of yarn, some more complex than others. Sometimes my brain is too tired to travel along the pattern, and I just want to knit mindlessly without having to pull it all out the next day.

So, I confess, this is the one I have worked on for the last day or two. It’s the first two sections of the Curlicue Coverlet which was originally written as a baby blanket but has been subverted to a shawl by only completing 10 of the 15 sections giving a lovely capelet type shawl. The MiniMochi is lovely with the color change. What do you think?

Hats, Hats and More Hats

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Once upon a time

I have a large pile of skeins of yarn that I test dyed for colors or fibres and rejected them for one reason or another. Many are lovely colors and I had the grand illusion of knitting a hat for each of our eight grandchildren from these for Christmas. Well…ask me how far I have gotten. To be honest I have exactly two done. Glad it wasn’t a large part of the presents. Hopefully you have made better progress on knitting gifts than I have.

So many things kept getting in the way. Friends kept having babies, one grandbaby turned the magic age of one so I have been knitting hats, just not the planned ones.

I loved this hat and little tube socks that I did two at a time by  magic loop method.

This little frog hat was perfect for the baby of friends who chose not to know whether it would be a boy or girl. What do you make then?

A little frog hat of course with a crocheted flower which can be left on for a little girl or removed if it’s a boy.

Why do we make hats for babies anyway? You know the first thing they do is rip them off. Our baby Elise was no exception with the little princess crown hat I knitted. It did stay on about 2 seconds.

The two hats knitted so far from our reject skeins are plain hats with ribbing to turn up and decrease swirl top. I even knitted two of those at the same time until they got so big I had to ask myself if this was really going faster at this point. So, birthdays are coming.

I would make greater speed if I didn’t keep getting distracted by other knitting. After Jackie has shown us so many Bermuda shawls that she has knitted, our Knit Knight group can’t wait to knit the Bermuda shawl so we are having a KAL beginning in January. Not one to let them get ahead of me, I started knitting one in Gina (which is heavier than those used in the pattern.) I love knitting but this shawl is the most fun I’ve had knitting in a long time. The “waves” back and forth using short rows and the color changes in the yarn make it one that’s hard to put down. Maybe that’s why I only have two hats so far!

They’re coming today to clear more fallen trees due to Sandy from the back of our property so perhaps that will be an excuse to pull out the knitting and knit a hat, knit a shawl, which one and watch them climbing and cutting with the chain saw. Oh, maybe I don’t want to watch!

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