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Stories from Snoqualmie Valley – a Blanket Life shawl

Oh, this shawl, it is just so squishy, warm, hefty, and lovely! A perfect example of “Blanket Life” – when the thing you wear is just like wrapping a huge blanket around yourself. It can be a slouchy cardigan, or a shawl, but it needs to be substantial and cozy!

PatternStories from Snoqualmie Valley by Annie Rowden. I think this was originally distributed as a Mystery Knitalong (MKAL), but that was a few years ago. The pattern is very well written, and flows easily once you get the hang of it. The garter stitch center is knit the same way you work short rows on a traditional heel flap, so that was interesting. Blocking was a bit of a challenge: it seemed like the inside of the fabric wanted to block bigger than the borders would allow.

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts, La Luna DK, Winter Solstice colorway. Wonderful yarn, very soft and squishy, with a textured beady ply. 85% merino, 15% silk. Shawl used up about 370 grams/820 yards.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US7 needles for this, first a short circ while knitting the patterned border, and then a long interchangeable one while knitting the body. The shawl blocked to about 75″ across the top, and 24″ deep.

Braidsmaid shawl

Do you follow me on Instagram? As I’ve been knitting the Braidsmaid shawl, I’ve been posting progress shots and videos there, even those “my story” ones! It’s been a lot of fun!

By the way, if you want an Instagram stream to pop up in your blog reader (maybe you aren’t attached to your smart phone in the same way I am!), there are ways to generate an RSS feed from a user’s Instagram!

Anyway, the Braidsmaid shawl is done, and it was a fantastic project! Just the right mix of interesting design and mindless knitting.

Pattern: Braidsmaid shawl by Martina Behm of Strickmich! As I mentioned above, wonderful pattern. The shape of the finished shawl is asymmetric and difficult to describe. It’s a triangle, but not quite. And see how the cable runs down the middle at first, but then moves to the edge – cool, right? (It was challenging to block, I’ll tell you that!)

 

I did modify the beginning and ending corners, making them pointed rather than blunt, as originally written.

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks “Birte,” which is a DK-weight 75% superwash merino/15% cashmere/10% bombyx silk, in the colorway “Moonless Night.” I had 2 skeins, and tried to use up as much yardage as possible. I came close! About 14 grams remain, and so the shawl used up about 212 grams/516 yards. The color is mysterious and impossible to capture. From afar, it looks black, or almost black. Up close, it is blue and green and indigo and forest murk.

Needles: Though the pattern specified to use US6 needles, I thought the fabric came out too dense when using them, and sized up to US7s. The cables in this pattern crossed 8 stitches over another 8, which I couldn’t do that without the use of a cable needle, so I ended up using a short circ to help me with that.

 

Lisse Shawl

I’ve been on a little bit of a brioche kick lately, starting with Champagne Bubbles about a year ago, then Under the Dutch Skies earlier this year, and now, the Lisse Shawl. Patterned brioche – with increases and decreases – is very challenging to knit, because mistakes are unforgiving and almost certainly require tedious tinking. I think I will be taking a bit of a brioche break after Lisse, I need to work on some simpler knits for a change.

PatternLisse Shawl by Bristol Ivy. The pattern was okay to follow; I wish it had come with a chart and an assembly schematic, though.

YarnLady Godiva by Handmaiden Yarn, in the colorway Cedar. This yarn is 50% wool/50% silk, a beaded, kind of loose 2-ply, and is amazingly soft.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my dilemma of buying 3 skeins of this yarn, only 2 of which were a match. I ended up using the 2 matching skeins in their entirety, and leaving out the third one. To make the yardage work, I cut out a few  repeats at the very end. I still alternated the 2 matching skeins, just in case there was a slight difference.

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Needles and finished dimensions: using US 7 circs, the shawl blocked to 74″ wide and 17.5″ deep. Although I made the shawl smaller than the original, it still seems plenty big to me.