I did it again.... KAL time!

Apparently I can't seem to pass up sweater knit alongs, even though in the past I can't seem to finish what I join (shaking head).  With that being said, silly me has joined yet another sweater KAL but this one I simply could not resist as it's  hosted by The Woolly Thistle online over at Ravelry.  

The Rules:
Knit or crochet any Adult Sweater pattern in any weight yarn. The sweater must be knit out of at least 80% of yarn which was purchased from The Woolly Thistle at any point in time. Visit The Woolly Thistle now! To be inclusive and to recognize the work that goes into color work vests, we will allow adult-sized color work vests in this KAL. All other wip’s should have sleeves.
For me this sweater KAL is pure motivation to finish a sweater in two months in DK weight.  I hope to have this finished way before the end date as I would love to wear it while on vacation in October.

For the sweater, I've decided on Seven Sisters by Sarah Pope.  This design called to me the moment I saw it in the By Hand Serial Lookbook#6 - Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's simple with a lovely star motif around the yoke.

The yarn I've chosen is WYS Aire Valley DK in a lovely shade of Gray.  I've not used this particular British wool before, so this will be lots of fun!

Until next time ~ stay creative!

Weekend Recap: Creativity Abounded!

It was a very busy weekend of being creative, making decisions on projects that needed to go and trying something again.  So what does this all mean?  Well, it means that I had a terrific weekend of working on projects!

I casted on Mirkwood in my newly acquired Jacob.  Oh my, I love this yarn and it's pure squishy softness and it was the perfect match for this pattern by Kalurah Hudson.  I really love the way the cables look and the yarn is giving it a rustic "vibe" of sorts.  I think this will be a great piece when I'm finished.

I worked on my Quicksilver shawlette and it's starting to grow nicely for me.  I have a few more repeats of the stitch pattern to go then I will change over to the secondary color and crochet lace pattern.  I'm truly enjoying the feel of the Knit Picks Palette and feel this will become a favorite.

I also started a sweet little cross stitch pattern by Little House Needleworks called Warm Winter Woolens.  For this project I'm using 18 count Aida Fiddler's , Weeks Dye Works in Charcoal, Parchment, Hazelnut, Oscar and Boysenberry, along with The Gentle Art Simply Shaker in Brick Path.  This is lots of fun and I'm truly enjoying working on cross stitch again.

I also made the decision to say goodbye to my Hempathy Buttercup.  I really tried to love working with the yarn, but it just wasn't working out for me and neither was the pattern.  I'm a wool girl and always will be.  I'm also trying to decide whether or not I want to continue my Ribbed Cabled Toe Ups (my own pattern of sorts).  I love the look of the cables and I do love socks, but for some reason I just can't seem to get motivated to finish even the first one.

Sadly not spinning was accomplished this weekend but that's ok, I have this week to catch up!  I'm still trying to spin at least 15 minutes per day and I'm still working on my Targhee. Some day this will get finished!!!!

Did you have a creative weekend ?  If so, what did you work on ?

Until next time ~ stay creative!

Casting On and A Finished Spooky Embroidery Piece!

As mentioned a few posts ago, I picked up four skeins of local Jacob at the Pinetop Star hoping that I would find just the right pattern for it.  

I didn't realize that it didn't have the yardage on the labels, so I had to measure each hank in length, count the strands and calculate the yardage, which is approximately 210 yards for each skein.  
I do love the fact it wasn't a twisted skein, which has caused issues in the past with my yarn winder.

I love the squishy soft feel of this natural fiber and have decided that Mirkwood by Kalurah Hudson is a must for this beautiful yarn.  

The pattern calls for Cascade Eco-Wool, which is classified as a bulky weight yarn and even though the Jacob I purchases says it's DK weight, it's more of a light worsted weight.  I know that the finished piece will end up a bit smaller in size due to my choice of yarn, and yarn weight, but I'm quite confident that it will be perfect when done.

Photo courtesy of Kalurah Hudson © Kalurah Hudson
From the Designer's Ravelry Page:   The scarf itself is nice and long for wrapping around but you can easily knit more repeats to lengthen it further. The hood is picked up and knit flat, then seamed at the top.  I incorporated a pretty “Lateral Braid” into this garment to separate the ribbing from the complex panels of cabling and lace

I will have enough to make this pattern as well as the matching Mirkwood Mitts.

Photo courtesy of Kalurah Hudson © Kalurah Hudson

I have also finished my Halloween Too Cute embroidery pattern by Hudson's Holidays.  This was a lot of fun to embroider and the only change I made was framing my finished piece. Shirley has quite a few other patterns I might have to make for the holidays as well!

I'm also still spinning my Targhee on my Schacht Flatiron.  I'm enjoying this fiber and my wheel, but will be quite happy when it's finished so I can ply it!  Hope you enjoy my video from this morning.

Until next time ~ be creative!

A finished skein!

I've finished my Abundant Earth Fiber in the color Sugar Snap and I'm so happy that I achieved 67 yards of heavy fingering weight, chain plied.

I apologize for the coloring in the finished skein, but I took my photo very early this morning and it turns out that lighting plays a huge role in color.  The skein visually is a "greenish yellow" as shown in the photo to the right below, but the photo snapped this morning makes it look teal.

Before I start my next Abundant Earth Fiber color, Blood Orange, I want to work on my Created by Elsie B Targhee in Chincoteague.  I've been spinning this fiber on my Schacht Flatiron and have noticed that by treadling slower my spinning is not as over twisted and it's a much smoother spinning experience.

I am really enjoying my spinning this month and plan to continue spinning at least 15 minutes per day.  This truly is helping me stay consistent and motivated.

Until next time ~ Stay Creative!

My Spinning Wheel Obsession

Some people collect dishes, some collect art and some collect antiques.  For me, I'm a collector of many things, especially spinning wheels.  I love spinning and I'm quite fascinated about how they work.  

I learned to spin on a gently used Ashford Traditional (I'm the third owner of this beautiful 1982 cherry wheel) and then moved on to a Kiwi and a Kiwi 2 (shown below.  I loved my Ashford wheels but my heart was yearning for a Schacht Matchless, which I was able to purchase a gently used wheel, along with the lazy kate and bobbins, from a local yarn shop for the fraction of the price of a new one.

My Matchless was my first Schacht product and I fell head over heels in love with this wheel.  It spins heavenly and I've produced beautiful hand spun skeins of yarn.  This wheel is solid maple and will last my lifetime, and hopefully longer.

As I've progressed over the years in spinning, I've also added a few more Schacht wheels to my collection - the Ladybug, the Sidekick and the Flatiron.

I'm still learning to spin on my Schacht Flatiron, but with patience and perseverance, I will get the hang of using her.  Right now my issue is tension and learning not to treadle too fast, which I often do.

This room is not very large, but it holds all my treasures, and then some.  As you can see in the photo below, this is where I spend my time spinning.  I love the cozy feel of this room and a few of our antique pieces houses fiber and a few finished fiber projects.  This room has lots of natural light during the day, so it makes it super nice for spinning!

Do you have a special place that you spin ?

Until next time ~ happy crafting!

I Spy A ... Gnome!

Today I have to spotlight an adorable new pattern that was released this week by Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes, Here We Gnome Again.   These adorable little Gnomes are perfect for leftover amounts of yarn, single skeins of yarn you have no idea what to do with or a fun trip to the yarn shop!

Please note that Sarah has a promotion going on ....  Gnometastic! Get this pattern 50% off! No code needed. Offer lasts until noon CDT, Friday, July 20.  So be sure to get your copy soon!!!

From the Designers Ravelry Page:   Meet Gnancy and Gneville. Gnancy likes to read The Fellowship of the Rings while sipping mead. Gneville can’t sit still and enjoys rugby and Quidditch. Gorgeous twisted stitch cables trace elegant patterns all over the hat and body. Just like Never Not Gnoming, there are a number of tricks to keep the sewing to a minimum, including a new nose technique taught to me by knitterpam.
Photo courtesy of © Sarah Schira

Have you ever seen anything cuter??   I simply could not resist buying this pattern and will be stash diving this weekend to find just the right yarn to make both sizes.  

I may have to buy her other pattern too  ....  Never Not Gnoming.  My hubby thinks these would be perfect for Christmas!

Photo courtesy © Sarah Schira
From the Designers Ravelry Page:  Gnomes! Whimsical, dapper, endlessly delightful. I find making them so addictive that my teenaged son started to joke that I needed my own hashtag: #nevernotgnoming. Once I started I could hardly stop, and soon I was improvising ways to make them faster and simpler. You’ll get three gnome patterns in one: a small gnome ornament, a medium gnome that stands, and a larger gnome to rule whimsically and benevolently over all other gnomes. You also get 2 beard styles - horizontal and vertical.

I hope you enjoyed today's pattern spotlight.
Until next time ~ Happy Knitting! 

WIPs ... lots of things going on!

Today I'm embracing the fact I'm a true multi-crafter.  That's right, like many of you out there I have many projects going on all at once and wish at times I could find more time in the day to work on them all.  I've learned over the years  to work on what makes me happy at the moment, whether it's knitting, crocheting, spinning or art, I enjoy what I do and have learned that is what makes me "me".  

cre·a·tiv·i·ty   - the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. 
synonyms:  inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality, individuality

Knitting:  I just finished the first sock to my pair of Los Monos Locos and plan to cast on the mate this evening.  I'm hoping to have this project finished soon. 

Also only needles is my Buttercup in Hempathy.  This has been with out a doubt the slowest knit I've ever worked on and honestly it's me.  I'm not much of one to love fingering to dk weight projects as they tend to move slowly for me.  All I need to do on this project is finish the body.  Hopefully this will get a little knitting love this weekend.

Spinning:  On my Ladybug is my Abundant Earth Fiber in Sugar Snap.  I'm really loving the green color and the specks of yellow.  As you can see I haven't made much progress, but I'm still spinning at least 15 minutes a day.  I need to work more on this as I have three more colors to spin for my Hap Cowl project.

This is the remainder of the Sugar Snap color.  I like to separate my roving into nice neat little fiber buns. It makes it easier for me to pick one up and start spinning.

Crochet:  I'm still working on my Quick Silver Shawlette in Knit Picks Palette.  I'm really enjoying this summer crochet project and find it rather relaxing.  The pattern is super easy to memorize and has been the perfect companion to my Audible book ... The Map of the Sky by Felix Palma.

Pen & Ink:  I have a love of drawing and I'm currently drawing in my small art journal.  I'm crazy about Zentangle, and Zentangle Inspired Art.  It's been a while since I've picked up my pen and have realized how much I've missed drawing.

I'm also working on a knitting bag using a fabric pen by Pentel.  Sadly they no longer make these pens so I've bought up as many as I can find.  I have a few more flowers to add and many something else ... a sheep, butterfly or ???

I'm finishing off this post with a wonderful quote that was shared on Instagram by a very dear friend of mine.  Many of us each day are bombarded with "drama", "negativity" and more.  Learn to surround yourself with positive creative people.  I know I have and my life is so much richer for doing that.

Until next time ~ happy crafting!

One Down and One To Go!

Yesterday I finished a sock and I'm a little excited about this because it's been on my needles since April! I really like the Serenity Sock yarn that I picked up for Joann's ages ago. It knits up well and I'm looking forward to seeing how it wears.  The color I'm using is called Surf and is a self-striping yarn.  The lace design really works well with the striping.

The pattern I am using is Los Monos Locos , a toe up sock pattern that I have slightly modified.  

Here's my modifications:

Cast On:

I used the Turkish cast on, casted on 12 stitches and increased to 34 stitches for each needle. 


For the lace stitch pattern, it was followed exactly except I made a k1 at the beginning and at the end of the stitch pattern (k1, work lace pattern, k1).   I worked 8 repeats of the pattern then started the gusset stitch increase.

The Gusset:
Round 1: On needle 1, continue to work in pattern as before. On needle 2, k1, kf&b, K until 2 stitches remain, kf&b, K1
Round 2: On needle 1, continue to work in pattern. On needle 2, knit all stitches.
Continue to work rounds 1 and 2 until there are 58 stitches on needle 2
Turning the Heel -- Working back and forth ONLY on needle 2, turned the heel as follows: 
Row 1 (RS): k32, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn 
Row 3: Slip 1, K8, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 4: Slip 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1, K10, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn
Continued in this manner until all the stitches are worked and you again have 34 stitches on needle 2.
The Leg 
I worked the lace design for the front and a twisted rib pattern for the back ( k2 in back, purl 2, k2 in back).

I really like how it turned out and have casted on the mate today.  Hopefully the second sock won't take as long as the first sock did.

Until next time ~ happy knitting!

Intentional Spinning

Like many spinners, I typically spin for the pure enjoyment of watching my wheel go around, turning beautiful fiber into yarn.  There's something about this process that is very soothing and mediative.  Just like knitting, I truly find spinning to be very therapeutic.  It allows me to be centered and sort out my thoughts of the day.

During Tour De Fleece, spinners are spinning as fast as they can to create loads of finished yarn.  But there's also other reasons to spin.  There are times we spin for a project in mind,  which I like to call intentional spinning.  During this years Tour De Fleece, that is exactly what I'm doing.

Now that I have caught up on my breed study spinning,  I'm spinning for a project in mind. A very simple garter stitch cowl, with a bit of color called the Hap Cowl by Ella Gordon.  I love the simplicity of this design and it was just echoing "handspun" when I first saw it.

Courtesy of Ella Gordon
From the designer's Ravelry page:  A circular cowl inspired by the elements of traditional Shetland Haps, worked flat and then seamed this cowl uses garter stitch, simple lace and colour changes for a surprisingly easy but effective looking knit. My two colourways are inspired by nature in Shetland: Colourway 1 reminds me of the sea, sand and cliff’s whereas Colourway two is inspired by the heather, peat banks and moss you can see all over Shetland.

The fiber I'm currently spinning, Signature Roving by Abundant Earth Fiber,  reminds me of Shetland.  It's rustic in nature, and spins up beautifully.  My intent is to spin Skylight (below right) as the main color and then spin up Citrine (top left), Sugar Snap (below), Forage (bottom left ) and then Blood Orange (middle left).

I'm currently finishing up Citrine and hope to have it chained plained by tomorrow.  Once it's off my wheel, I will start spinning Sugar Snap. I may not get all my colors spun up during this years Tour De Fleece, but I'm hopefully to get at least three colors finished.

Why do  you spin ?
Until next time, happy spinning!

It's Finished!!! and a Tour De Fleece Update

I'm so happy with my finished my 2914 Cardigan!!!  I absolutely love it and it fits wonderfully.  I opted to wet block it and line up the neckline, which matches perfectly across.

The pattern called for 10 skeins of Mushishi Big for a size XL but I only used 7 full skeins.  The pattern is very easy to follow and well written.  Over all, a quick knit!

I also did a little spinning yesterday for Day 4 / Stage 4 of Tour de Fleece.  I'm currently spinning a lovely fiber from Abundant Earth Fiber in the color Citrine. This is a really beautiful fiber to spin and very rustic.   I can't wait to see how it turns out when plied!

Until next time, happy spinning and knitting!

Tour de Fleece - Day 3/Stage 3

So I'm all caught up with the spring breed study from The1764Shepherdess and have started with the summer study, which consists of Corridale (July), Blue Face Leicester (August) and Wensleydale (September).

I prepped my 1 oz of Corridale and finished spinning it up in 30 minutes.  

About the breed:

Corriedale sheep are a dual purpose breed, meaning they are used both in the production of wool and meat. The Corriedale is the oldest of all the crossbred breeds, a Merino-Lincoln cross developed almost simultaneously in Australia and New Zealand and first brought to the United States in 1914. The Corriedale is internationally farmed, in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Southern Brazil, Uruguay and Patagonia. Corriedales are one of the most popular sheep breeds in Uruguay. On the Falkland IslandsPolwarth and Corriedale form the main sheep breeds.

I'm quite pleased with my results.... 25 yards chained plied and light worsted weight! 

Until next time - Happy Spinning!

Tour de Fleece ~ Day 2/Stage 2 Update

This weekend we actually stayed home as it was too hot to really get out and to much.  I started spinning my Whiteface Woodland.  At first I really found this fiber to be very "scratchy" and not soft at all.  However, like my Gotland, the more I spun, the more it became soft.

Here's a reminder of what this breed is all about....

The Whitefaced Woodland is a sheep breed from the Woodlands of Hope an area in the South Pennines in England. It is a combination of two breeds, the Woodland and the Penistone sheep after the Yorkshire town where sheep sales have been held since 1699. It is thought to be closely related to the Swaledale and the LonkSubstantial commercial flocks of the Whitefaced Woodland are kept in its region of origin, but it is listed as a vulnerable breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, since there are fewer than 900 registered breeding females in Great Britain.

2 oz of Whiteface Woodland
I started spinning this wool on Saturday, the beginning of Tour de Fleece, and finished it up yesterday afternoon.I spun worsted (short draw method) and chained plied my finished spinning.  I ended up with 64 yards of heavy fingering weight to sport weight.  I'm quite pleased with this result as my goal was at least 50 yards!

This finished skein is squishy looking but not quite as soft as the Polwarth I finished earlier.  I did find the longer staple length (typically 3" to 8") easier to draft and spin.  After reading more about this breed in the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook,  it appears that this finished fiber is excellent for rugs, bags, ropes and very day garments.   By the way, if you are a spinner and do not own this book, it's a must for your library!!!

From the publisher of Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook:  This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.

So are you joining in the spinning fun for Tour de Fleece?
Until next time ~ happy spinning

Sunday Happenings: Tour De Fleece, WIPS and a FO

Tour de Fleece began yesterday and it’s been about 4 years since I’ve actually participated.  I decided this year I would join the fun with the #spin15aday group on Ravelry.

I love the simplicity of this group, just spin at 15 minutes a day (or more) and post at least 14 photos for a chance to win a gorgeous collection of wool ( 16 oz total ).

I’m not spinning for a prize, I’m spinning for dedication, discipline, focus, cheering my team on and for achieving a goal.

Here’s what I plan to spin:

I am starting with 2 oz. of Woodland Whiteface,  which is from the spring breed study from the 1764 Shepherdess.  I am planning to chain ply this fiber and I’m aiming for 65 to 75 yards.  I will then start the summer study, which consists of 1 oz each of Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale and Corridale.

Abundant Earth Fiber for a handspun colorwork project I’m working on.  I’m not sure how much I will get spun up but if I finish at least one color, I’ll be happy.

Friday I finished my 1 oz of Polwarth and ended up with 40 yards of heavy fingering to sport weight yarn.  I opted to chain ply this finished fiber and I love how squishy soft it turned out.

On the needles this week ....

I didn't make too much progress on my Beekeeper Cardigan, which I knew would happen but I truly loved the thought of knitting a sweater in 4 to 6 days.  Unfortunately for me, life and vacation got in the way.   I will be ready to separate my sleeves soon and will be on to the body of the cardigan.

I'm also just about finished with my 2914 Cardigan.  Yesterday I seamed the shoulders and the sides, picked up the stitches for the neckline and have been knitting away.  I really have been enjoying this project and think it will be finished very soon!

So much crocheting, knitting and spinning to do and just not enough time.  Do you have that problem too ?

Until next time ~ happy knitting!

Goodies From A Recent Roadtrip

The last few days have been quite enjoyable for my husband and I.   During our time off together we took a day trip up to Show Low,  which is located in the White Mountains of Arizona.

We stopped by Show Low Lake, once a childhood spot of my husbands.  He has many fond memories of fishing in this lake.  We both were quite sadden to see the lake down so much.  Like many, we desperately need rain!

I was very happy to be able to stop into a favorite spot of mine, The Pinetop Star.  This shop is filled with gorgeous fabrics, a good selection of books, patterns, antiques and even yarn.

I came home with four skeins of natural Jacob from a local farm in Snowflake, along with 4oz of Jacob roving to spin.  The 3-ply skeins are super squishy soft dk weight.  The only thing I don't know is the yardage, so I will have to measure this out on my kiddy noddy to find out.  This color is very neutral, almost a soft gray/brown.  I'm thinking this will be great for a cozy shawl.

The roving is very soft as well and has a tiny bit of vegetable matter, but it will come out with carding.  I've not spun Jacob, so I'm really excited about this.  I'm hoping to start spinning this bit of fiber after I'm done with my Polwarth.

I was hoping to find out about this local farm, but there is no information online and I neglected to ask the folks at the Pinetop Star.

The Jacob is a British breed of domestic sheep. It combines two characteristics unusual in sheep: it is piebald—dark-coloured with areas of white wool—and it is often polycerate or multi-horned. It most commonly has four horns. The origin of the breed is not known; broken-coloured polycerate sheep were present in England by the middle of the seventeenth century, and were widespread a century later. A breed society was formed in 1969, and a flock book was published from 1972

I also picked up a book I've wanted since I've seen it, Sew Many Notions "Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries and More by Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs.  Also bought two Primitive Gathering patterns, All Hearts Come Home  For Christmas and Snowball Candle Mat, and a few DMC cotton threads.

It was a really good day and it was nice to be able to leave the heat of Phoenix to enjoy a little more cooler weather.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Friday Pattern Spotlight ... For the love of shawls

I love lace, and I love knitting lace shawls.  To me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a jumbled mess of lace block out into something beautiful.  It is like magic to see it transform into a stunning piece to be treasured and worn, or to be given to someone well loved.  

I'm a huge fan of Shetland Lace and designs that use Shetland stitch patterns  or have been inspired by these stitch patterns.  Today I’m sharing a few that I love and two of which I’ve made.

Sanik by Donna Smith echos simplicity and grace.  Donna created this design as part of Shetland Wool Week 2016.  Knitted up in Jamieson's of Shetland Ultra Lace,  this project will require approximately 849 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Donna Smith

From the designer:  The cockleshell border of this shawl is knitted first and then is followed by short rows in garter stitch to create a crescent shape (there is no need to wrap and turn in this pattern).

Fantoosh by Kate Davies is quite elegant. Like all of Kate's patterns, she is inspired by the land she surrounds herself and it truly comes through in her designs.  Knitted up in Fyberspates Vivacious 4 ply, this project will require approximately 400 to 800 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Kate Davies Designs

From the designer:   Fantoosh is a top-down triangular shawl featuring a tesselating allover motif defined by centered double decreases and twisted stitches. In Scots, fantoosh means “fancy”, or a wee bit “over the top”. Two sizes are given in the pattern but you can easily adjust the number of repeats to make a shawl to suit you and your yarn.
Shaelyn by Leila Raabe is quite a favorite of mine and I've knitted several in fingering weight and in handspun. I find the design itself to be similar to the "old shale" designs found in Shetland knitting, and is a very easy to memorize pattern.  This design is knitted up in sport weight yarn and requires approximately 330 yards.

Photo courtesy of Leila Raabe
From the designer: This top-down, center-out triangular shawl was inspired by the Alpaca Baby Blanket by Marie Grace, as well as the subtly-textured simplicity of Jared Flood’s Romney Kerchief.

This is my Shaelyn knitted up on my very own handspun.

Shetland Forest Garden by Cath Ward is pure elegance and reminiscent of Shetland lace shawls of the past.  Knitted up in Eden Garden Yarns Titan Lace, this project will require approximately 875-984 yards of yarn.

Photo Courtesy © Cath Ward
From the designer:  This triangular Shetland Lace shawl is knitted all in one piece and incorporates a garter stitch centre, borders of rose trellis and tree motifs and is finished with simple lace edgings. 

Lerwick Harbour Hap by Denise Bell says warmth and coziness.  This design is knitted up in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper  and will require three colors.

Photo courtesy © Lost City Knits

From the Designer:  Not every Shetland shawl is made from fine yarn and can pass through a wedding ring. Shetland’s weather can be rough, and the practical Shetlanders know that thick wool offers protection from wind and rain. The traditional hap shawl is called for when one’s needs turn from lace to warmth.  This triangle or half hap version of the traditional hap shawl offers a different edging than that shown on the full sized hap. Feel free to swap the edging in the two patterns as you prefer.

Old Shale Shawl by Amanda Clark is a fairly quick knit and is perfect for any level of knitter, especially beginners.  I love this pattern and have made three!  Knitted up in Artesano Aran weight, this project will require approximately 700 to 770 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Amanda Clark
From the designer:  This is a triangular shaped shawl, worked in one piece, from the top down. Casting on requires using the garter tab cast on method, for which I have provided a tutorial link.  Instructions for this shawl are provided in both written and charted format. The chart is easy to read and ideal for knitters who haven’t followed a chart before.

This is my "Old Shale" that I knitted using Rowan Yarns Pure Wool Worsted.  It knitted up super fast and is so cozy warm.

For me personally, Shetland Lace has always been very traditional and very elegant.  It reminds me of the old, of the new and what might be.  There are many variations using traditional Shetland lace patterns and so many more beautiful patterns to see.  Be sure to check out Ravely and see what you might find to knit!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks pattern spotlight!

Until next time ~ Happy Knitting!