The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland Shawl

A Horse With No Name Shawl
A Horse With No Name Shawl
©A Hooker’s World

Cast On: May 3, 2015
Yarn A: A Hooker’s World Hand-Dyed Merino Superwash (Yarn Color: The Painted Desert) a la Newton’s Yarn Country Merino Superwash (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Natural]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: !00% Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown [Mint Green]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Needle: US 9

This project name started with the yarn cakes, which reminded me of succulents, leading to The Painted Desert by 10,000 Maniacs.

A quick look at my stash revealed a bunch of the mint green color I had stashed away, more than enough to equal the 10.3 oz of The Painted Desert I ended up with. I knit this stitch pattern in It’s My Life Shawl and loved the definition. My first “impressions” are of an english garden, but I think I’ve used all my garden song names previously. Next I thought green and The Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland by the B-52’s. Love them!

I could not wait to show you how it’s coming along and share my vision: I am thinking of working to 99 stitches in each section, then I don’t know if I want a yellow accent row – though more I think about it, the more I do – or a green accent row – which might not accent as much. Well, I have 24 more rows before I have to make that decision. I am thinking some kind of thicker purl bump row or a thin lattice row.

Future plans include tow more mixed section of 99 rows, separated by accent rows and then a decorative edge in mint green.

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Shawl

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Shawl

With leftovers from It’s My Life Shawl and being a big admirer of West’s designs, I am trying to replicate Exploration Station into a crochet pattern.

As you can see, my swirls are not as definitive as West’s, but my is reversible and I there colors are different on each side! I might try again with taller stitches to better replicate the swirl pattern, but I think math is definitely needed to figure out the formula for short-rowing, and I don’t want to become a mathematician also!

My plan today is to start the simulated brioche using back/front post double or treble crochets. After that, I may need to purchase more yarn to finish this project.

In case you were wondering about the project name – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most by Ella Fitzgerald – I have been really going through a tough emotional state lately and I think pink and green really represent spring to me the most.

It’s My Life Shawl: Complete

It's My Life Shawl

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Cast On: October 31, 2014
Cast Off: April, 14, 2015
Pattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West
Yarn A: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Vintage Sari; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn B: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Jade; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn C: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Leaf; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn D: MadelineTosh Merino Light (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Filigree; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Needle: US 6
Dimensions: 70 W x 35 H inches (approximate, after blocking)

Five months! A friend of mine asked me to participate in Stephen West 2014 Mystery Knit-A-Long. Being a fan of some of West’s designs and having access to some yarn, I decided to participate.

I was so excited when I discovered the beginning of this shawl was similar to Merging Ripples by Kyoko Nakayoshi, which I had been planning to knit up in lime green and cobalt blue. And then it turned into brioche. I had never done brioche and it looked simple enough to learn, so I started immediately without practicing. I got about six rows in and discovered a mistake I could not fix. I frogged back to the end of section one – fortunately having the correct number of stitches – ran a life line and started My Funny Valentine Cowl to practice.

After I finished the cowl, I resumed It’s My life and felt like a professional and seasoned knitter. From that point forward, I encountered no problems and enjoyed the knitting of this shawl. Knitting of this shawl taught me new knitting stitches/techniques, and for that, I am grateful. The i-cord border is really interesting and I may use that again in the future. I also really liked the stripes before the chevrons and will definitely incorporate that into the shawl I will make with the leftovers.

This shawl derived it’s name – It’s My Life by Talk, Talk – because at the time I cast on, I had just been fired from my job at the yarn store and I was feeling defiant. There are a couple of mistakes that will stand out to a professional and smaller errors that could be considered imperceptible, but overall I am very proud of this project.

Price: USD $344.80