Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quick Knits

I finished up the headband I was knitting last time I participated in Ginny's Yarn Along. I then started a shawl. For some reason I have been loving shawls lately. I don't wear them granny style over my shoulders, but rather wrapped more like a scarf. I love that I can knit a shawl with a single skein of sock yarn. I happen to have a plethora of single skeins of sock yarn to knit. I love wool socks, but one can only wear so many pairs of wool socks in Arizona.

The shawl I knit was the Multnomah shawl. It is a free pattern with a garter stitch body and a relatively easy lace pattern. Most of my knitting was done along the drive to camp with a bit of swim team and game day knitting as well.
I used Three Irish Girls McClellan Fingering in the Tolkein colorway. I really liked the yarn. The colorway worked beautifully for the shawl - no weird pooling or flashing of the colors.  The completer shawl went really quickly. I finished it in 8 days, which is amazing for me. The shawl was a bit small off the needles, but I was able to block it to a bit bigger size. It is now in my closet waiting for cold air-conditioning or winter to wear it.
You would think I read a bit of Tolkein while knitting it, but I did not. I just continued reading Unbroken. The story is amazing. War is a horrific occurrence and the atrocities experienced during such times boggle the mind. I am appalled at what people can do to one another and what one individual can endure. The story however also describes the power of the human will to survive. Louis Zamperini was an amazingly resilient individual. I would recommend this book for those interested in a bit of non-fiction. I am now reading part the most recent book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Definitely a lot lighter read, but I am hoping it helps me power through the sleeves of my newest sweater.

14 comments:

  1. How lovely! And, to have a yarn named after Tolkien...that just makes my day! :-)

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  2. Beautiful! How do you block your shawls?

    I'm definitely putting this on my to do list....if I ever finish Clapotis.

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  3. what a beautiful shawl, the lace pattern is just gorgeous

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  4. I'm making a multnomah too, but not ever having done a lace shawl before, I had to readjust the placement of the stitch markers. Most has gone well...I've got about 15 rows left - hope my yarn holds out.

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  5. I have been having a thing about shawls too. I love the pattern you used and think I'll cast one on next. We don't have a lot of call for wool socks in SC either.
    Unbroken was awesome wasn't it? I agree with picking up something light after reading it and Sookie is always a fun read. xx

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  6. I find myself doing more shawl knitting in the summertime, too.

    Lighter yarn, doesn't take up too much space. What could be better?!

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  7. Beautiful shawl! I have long had Multnomah in my queue. I love that the colorway is called Tolkien. :D

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  8. Your shall is absolutely beautiful. I am going to add Unbroken to my reading list.

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  9. What a beautiful pattern... and fabulous yarn!! Your travel knitting is way more ambitious than mine!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  10. Beautiful shawl! I have been loving them lately as well!
    {visiting from Ginny's!}

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  11. I love knitting shawls! I have made that one and loved the pattern, but I gifted the shawl. I might make it again.

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  12. I have been wanting to make the multanomah for me for a long, long time. I have been thinking about making on shawl (like you I would wear it like a scarf) for me, but I so rarely make anything for myself, lol.

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  13. I love the colorway in that yarn -- so pretty! I have plans to knit my first shawls this autumn, just in time for cooler weather. (Stopping by from Ginny's Yarn Along) -- Kathy at http://www.needleandspade.com

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  14. That looks beautifully light like delicate wings. Unbroken sounds a bit like Road by Cormac McCarthy though I didn't enjoy reading that one

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