I only wish I had more Amazing yarn to make an even more amazing shawl. I improvised the pattern; had I been blessed with more foresight, I would have introduced a lace spine, but calculations were bogging me down.
My only other self-criticism would be the final border, which actually looks fine and actually works. I meant to gradually introduce the seed stitch and then begin the 1 x 1 rib below a five-row seed stitch repeat versus beginning the rib below a one-row seed stitch repeat. Click images for enlargement/slide show.
I knew I was knitting with smaller needles (US 6) when I started and was just too lazy to change to the correct size. I just wanted to start. At first, my tension was way tight, evidenced by cramping fingers. Once I relaxed, I zipped right along. I have finished only one other project as fast: Mojo’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dog Sweater, back in 2011!
Wanting to add something different, and to avoid stockinette curling, I inserted some seed stitch followed, and ending, with one-by-one ribbing. Even though I contradicted my pattern planning, I am extremely happy with the finished project.
I just watched the video and started crying all over again. This song makes me so emotional for it’s lyrics, melody, performer’s tragic life, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the results of my own hand-dye job.
About The Over The Rainbow
Dimensions: 88-inch wingspan x 24-inch height
Price: USD $183.56
This has been quite a process and the race to finish only minorly screwed up my knitting on this shawl, most notably in the lace, which I had to learn how to knit from charts…AIYAA!
At first, the whole shawl was going to be the knit from the Knit Picks yarn, but after only one repeat of lace, I did not like how the lace design got lost in the yarn color. This is a known tenet that I thought might make and exception in my case – apparently not! 😀 At this realization, and after cofirming I could knit the stockinette field ad infinitum as long as I maintained a multiple of six, I decided to use the entire skein of Knit Picks for the stockinette field.
This left me with the dilemma of coming up with a complementary second color. I was fortunate enough to go shopping with Ms. Tia at Jennifer Knits and then to Needlepoints West. At Jennifer Knits, the yarn I loved was a celery but at USD $60.00/skein, that was not going to fly, as I haven’t even sold half of what I’ve made over the years and probably because of that, I am not rich. At Needlepoints West, it was the last skein I saw that fit my desired effect: I had seen the multicolor as a garden – perhaps Munchkinland – and the tonal brown yarn I found would resemble the garden trellis.
OMG! I’m going to see The Boy in concert some time this year. I know. I am such an airhead I haven’t even checked when the concert date is yet. 🤓 😀 😜 So this was my inpiration; I think at the time I was laying this project out I had just acquired a $250.00 bill for ONE ticket to see The Boy at The Greek Theater of all places with my favorite band of all time: The B-52’s!
OMG! Did I mention I am going to see The Boy? 🙃😀
ODDBALLS because I don’t have any yarn labels?
Charity because I received the unfinished project from a guild member who won the unfinished project from a guild meeting raffle?
A Hooker’s World because I still hold out hope that the right person will like my stuff and buy it?
Dimensions: 50 Length x 34 width, measured in inches Price: USD $40.00 is about worth my time and the possible development of additional tendonitis. 🙄
I received a huge bag of square motifs with a primary surplus of Caron One Pound and bits of color yarn. Admittedly, I had a hell of a time arranging the sqaures on my computer. Finally, I thought just keep it simple and shift the colors one column every row. Just when I had that thought I had learned that I was the proud owner of a Boy ticket and wanted to name an item for Culture Club becuase they were so inpsirational in my youth.
Anyhoo…it is pure coincidence that the arrangement of the motifs also represents the changing colors on a chameleon, a reptile I would love to possess as a pet. Then I’d have someone to hold hands with; Mojo doesn’t like to hold hands. 😓
With the left over motifs, I have plans to make a project bag; I am fortunate enough to have matched tension and can crochet the missing squares I might need. With the final motifs – larger than others – I will make something else. Perhaps something to throw at The Boy because if I am right, I think my seat is three rows behind the pit, center section!
Some of the motifs have yellowed; either from smoke or age, I’m not sure as they have had time to air out and I don’t remember how they smelled when I got them. 🤓 I will wash and hope for color balance. This may affect additional discounts on the price.
Care: Machine Washing and Drying: For best results, machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly. Or you may handwash and lay flat to dry. Color: 100 White Content: 100% Preumium Acrylic Weight: 4, Worsted
Suggested Care: Machine wash, using lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low. General Colors: Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Blue, Green, Teal Believed Content: Acrylic Approximated Weight: 4, Worsted
I started the LBY Pound of Love to sew all the pieces together; at least one thing is consistent, as I believe some of the colors are different yarns, but the same weight and content.
Motifs were joined with top slip stitch because bottom created “valley.” I realize/think now that I should have slipped tops of double crocheted versus back/front loops. It doesn’t really matter because my tension was was a bit tight causing puckering. I am hoping a washing may relax the afghan. I actually like the puckering effect. I might try to achieve a much looser tension next time to relieve puckering.
I love the design and think the afghan is very attractive for its simplicity.
This song was the first that came to mind when I started making this shawl. My second thought went to Dawn Davenport of Female Trouble. Then I laughed at how far my project name is from the original pattern name.
Care: Hand wash. Do not tumble dry.
Dimensions: 76-inch wingspan x 10-inch depth
Value: USD $270.00 *
Color: Fire 71 Content: 90% Merino pure wool, 10% Nylon Weight: 5, Bulky
Surprised to learn of merino wool content; nylon stretchiness apparent. Easy to work with. I was needlessly concerned about ribbon-twisting affecting knit pattern; as I learned I could knit right through twisting, work with ribbon became even easier.
I was smart this time and alternated between two balls of ribbon every two rows, so I would not have an issue with pooling pattern shifting.
Clear writing makes this pattern easy to follow. If you follow the link, you see that I took the yoke of the cardigan and converted to a shawl pattern. The reason I liked it was because I though it would consume my last spool of ribbon; if if it did not, I could probably improvise some increase with some help from other knitters.
Shalom Cardigan only includes three pattern repeats. I still had ribbon. So what I did was take the previous increases and increased the stitch number by one. It seemed to work, except for the border, which because of it’s shortness, turned into a mild ruffle, which is okay by me.
Anna Sun represents the use of all my heavier, bulky-weight yarns. Again, because there are different weights of yarn with different fiber contents (man-made and natural, all per burn test), there is some cinching of the width in some places, and again, if the cowl is doubled- or triple-wrapped during wear, the cinching becomes unnoticeable.
I was able to identify the Lion Brand Homespun because it came from my stash and I used it for the border: purple and blue stranded together; the Trendsetter Blossom was a unicorn tail with label attached.
* Yarn color unidentifiable due to missing information and/or label.
One yarn was labeled, but I lost it. 🙁 Because I the yarns were different weights, I had to double-strand some, which accounts for some cinching of the width, but while wearing doubled-up, it becomes unnoticeable.
I think I will try to sell first, as I have a business plan now and could certainly use some additional income. 🙂
In an effort to clear the area in my living room of all my stash and product, I decided to sit and sort – weight, fiber content – through my last bag of “oddballs.” In the end I decided to split the bag between light and heavy yarns.
Today I am, hopefully, going to finish Anna Sun – by Walk The Moon; Anna Molly – by Incubus – might be done, but I am not sure yet. Again, I have not decided whether to attempt sales or donate to charity.
Still under the presumption that my time on this earth is coming to and end, I am proud to announce that I have cleared a whole shelf unit of yarn, minus one monstrous orange cone of super fine yarn and a bag of novelty yarn, which I only discovered when I stood up. Still, much progress and desperation, which led to Your Love Is King Cowl.
I did not know how much of Yarn 1 & 2 I had, otherwise I would have integrated more of the Starry Night ribbon.
By the way red and white are good colors for a Valentine Day gift.
Dimensions: 12 (H) x 10 (W) inches Price: USD $25.00 Care: Hand wash in cold water
About The Yarn
Color: Unknown [Off-White*]
Fiber: Natural fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted
OMG! I never thought this type of yarn would be a natural fiber. I just now discovered at posting time.
Color: Unknown [White*]
Fiber: Man-made, per burn test
Weight: 5, Bulky
This is the last cone of ladder lace yarn I had on the shelf.