Saturday, 15 March 2014

Little Love Shawlette - Design S145

I know I was planning on working through my thickest yarns first, and I will, but I am itching to make something with some of my own hand-spun Alpaca.  I found the perfect little shawlette that should leave just a small amount of leftover yarn.  I ordered in some beads for the project too, size 8 Toho round seed beads in shade 2110 Silver lined milky light topaz.  I began this project on 6th March.  The lace border is knitted first and I added beads in as I worked.  You then pick up and knit the edge stitches and work in short rows from the middle, gradually working more and more stitches from the each end.  I also added beads to the picot cast off edge and used 270 beads in total on the shawlette.

It was a little crumpled when it came of the needles but not as bad as full lace pattern shawls.  The lace edge design didn't really do anything and until I soaked and blocked it, when it seemed to come to life.

Its really pretty and warm and is the natural colour of the Alpaca that the yarn came from.  I finished knitting it on 11th March 2014.

Want to know how I made the yarn for this shawl?  Just click Alpaca Amorcita yarn

Sunday, 2 March 2014

White Romance Bridal Shawl - Design B144

I decided that I wanted to work through my vast yarn stash using up as many of the now discontinued yarns as I possibly could, starting with the thickest of the yarns, as I was running out of storage space for my yarn and this method would potentially free up the most space in the shortest amount of time.

I loved how Betty's shawl had turned out and I had only used about half of the white Rowan Romance that I had.  I decided to make another one.  I started knitting on 27th February and finished on 28th February 2014.  I then soaked and blocked it.

This is a really dreamy shawl, its not a pure brilliant white but more of a soft warm white with a hint of glitter and is so soft and warm too.  If I could still buy this yarn I would and I would make more of these shawls because I think they are perfect for weddings.