Gradient Lost in Time Shawl

I must admit, this was pretty fantastic to crochet! The yarn kept shifting colors, the stitches were fairly straightforward, and the rows just got longer and longer, so it was the perfect project for zoning out on the train or TV-watching.

Pattern: Lost in Time Shawl from Mijo Crochet, by Johanna Lindahl. It’s a nicely written free pattern!

Yarn: Scheepjes Whirl, in Green Tea Tipple, about 185 grams/900 yards. Very cool yarn – first of all, it’s cotton/acrylic (no animal fiber). Second of all, one skein ($29) is more than a thousand yards – plenty for a shawl! And last, the gradient is achieved by changing out one ply at a time, until eventually all plies are changed from dark gray to light gray, etc.

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Crochet hook: size E/3.5mm from the Clover Takumi Getaway Soft Touch set.

Finished dimensions: about 54″ across the top, and 24.5″ from top edge to tip (excluding tassels). The shawl feels a bit small to me, but there just wasn’t enough yarn for another repeat – repeats are 12 rows high, and the rows just keep getting longer and longer, so it was actually quite a bit of yarn to eek out another repeat. I worked rows 15-26 a total of four times (a total of 5 “ruffles”). On the plus side, having a lot of yarn left over meant I could make huge tassels!

A little Holiday cross stitch

This year, just like last year (here and here), I decided to make a Satsuma Street ornament for Gregory’s teacher. I showed Gregory the 6 options in the ornament collection, and he decided that he’d like to give her the Santa one!

DetailsChristmas Ornaments by Satsuma Street on Etsy. Worked mostly as written using DMC cotton embroidery floss – the few color substitutions I made were to add a bit more contrast.

I tried a new canvas this year, it is Zweigart 28-count Jubilee in the color “Dawn Grey” (got it at this eBay store – no time to go to an actual store). The trim I used last year didn’t work with this new gray-ish canvas, so I decided to use a simple red & gold satin ribbon. I didn’t plan to tie it into a knot to make the loop, but that’s just how it worked out, and I think I like it!

I documented the finishing process on Instagram!

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