Ivory Shawl

This is a good example of my big-project-ADD, something I wrote about here a few weeks ago. This took four months to complete, probably due to the fact it was almost 100 rows of the same thing and I got bored quickly. I also became discouraged when I realized I would almost never wear this, because I just have no use for something in ivory, so I imagine this will be mostly lent to friends and family in need of an ivory shawl. It makes a lovely bridal wrap, but as I am not a bride, this means nothing for me. Although maybe someday I will be, and I can use it then. The pattern is from Caron International.

shawl on bed
Here it is spread across the foot of my queen size bed.

Close-up of corner.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Fisherman for this project. I rather like this yarn, but as I’ve stated, would have used a different color due to personal preference. Also, it should be noted that I went through 6 or 7 skeins of yarn before completing this, so you might consider choosing a yarn that has a lot of yardage per skein, just for the sake of making things easier (like saving yourself trips to where ever it is you buy yarn).

Now that I’ve finally finished this, I am taking a break from big projects for a while. I know I have an afghan in the works (to replace one that I’ve made previously that’s begun to fall apart), so I feel like I need a break to work up my big-project-strength. Also I think I might try doing it in tunisian crochet, I just need to pick a graph. Any thoughts on tunisian?

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Fancy Shawl – For “All” My Formal Events

A few months back, I purchased this dress from White House Black Market, with no particular event in mind. (“But it’s pretty!” tends to be my shopping decision method.) Then I remembered my cousin’s wedding is coming up in May – perfect! It’s sleeveless and knee length and somehow gives my asslessness some sort of curves. But naturally, as a lady, I cannot go without some sort of cover – less so because of warmth, but mostly because ladies accessorize, and I LOVE accessorizing. So, I chose Eva’s Shawl and finally found an excuse to finally check out Angelfire Studios, which I had been holding off on only because of the mounting pile of yarn in my basement. (I just couldn’t justify buying more without having a specific project for it.) I chose a Blue Heron yarn that is a grey color with a hint of something resembling lavender, with – here it comes – SPARKLES.

Here, you can see me modeling it with my blue fleece pajamas.
(Here, you can see me modeling it with my blue fleece pajamas.)

The yarn was finer than what I’ve been using lately, so it took a few rows before I was really able to get the hang of it. (Not to say it’s difficult to work with; my brain and hands just have difficulties working together sometimes.) The pattern is pretty amazing in that it is simple, but with the right gauge and yarn it can look unbelievably elegant.

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