Sunday, 24 January 2016

Lorelai Shawl and Make2along

I finished my Lorelai shawl!!  Took me about 7 months but it's down and it's huge and I love it!!

Pattern: Lorelai Shawl by Shannon Cook 

Yarn: lots of different types (see my project page here)

 This project started with an OOAK (one of a kind) skein of DK merino/cashmere yarn that I had gotten from Tanis Fiber Artss. (The top and bottom blue)  I had the yarn for awhile and couldn't decide what to do with it. When this pattern was published I wanted to knit it but talked myself out of it.  A couple months later I was  looking at my TFA yarn again and all of a sudden I knew what to do with it.  I went to the basement and dug around in my yarn stash and came up with enough other yarns to make a Lorelei.
I wear it like this for warmth and to keep it out of my way on the front.  Handy when teaching kindergarten.

This is how I wear it most.
It is so cozy and warm.  I love it.  Here's a couple of ways that I can wear it.  I know I've heard some podcasters talk about how they aren't sure how to wear bigger shawls.  This is what works for me.

I wear it like this around my house to be cozy.
Jeni, of Tiny Paper Foxes is hosting a Make2along that ends at the end of January.  This idea is to make to items that go together to make a portion of a outfit.  For the second part of my outfit I made a Granville button up shirt.  I used a white quilting cotton to make mine.  The fit is perfect and I've got a button-up shirt that goes with almost anything!
I love the phrase make2along.  I'm at the point in my sewing and knitting where I'm really trying to make sure what I'm making fits with other things in my handmade wardrobe.

What do you like to make?  Are you interested in making outfits?

Friday, 1 January 2016

#tck12sweaters2015 - 12 sweaters in 2015

Near the end of 2014 Tin Can Knits announced a year long knit-along to try to knit 12 sweaters in 2015.  In 2014 I ended up knitting 10 sweaters without planning it in advance so I decided to join in.  And I managed to do it!  I knit 12 sweaters in 2015.  Here they are.

(If you want more details here  are my projects on Ravelry.  They are tagged tck12sewaters2015)

# 1  Rainbow Sweater

# 2  Tristan's green sweater

# 3 Chuck Pullover

# 4 Curling Sweetheart Pullover

# 5  Not a Shrug

# 6  Flax for Tristan

# 7 Bubble Sweater

# 8 Flax for Claire

# 9 Brown Owligan

# 10 Coppertone Vianne

#11. Schoolboy Vest

#12 R R Hoodie - a.k.a The Elsa sweater for Claire

Here's to a great 2016 and lots more knitting and sewing time!!  Happy New Year!