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I always have a million projects up in the air, but the good thing is that I actually finish them, right? So I don’t feel bad starting a new one. I’ve known lots of people who start things but never finish, then move on to something else. What’s the point of starting in the first place, if there’s no end result? Anyway. Lots of projects up in the air.

I picked up this yarn at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make a shawl–within certain parameters. 1. Must be warm. 2. The yarn shouldn’t pill. 3. And absolutely not collect static electricity.  So that meant a natural fiber. Hobby Lobby had one in my price range, a cotton mixed with acrylic

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If I would have done the test swatch (I never do the test swatch) I would have realized I should use needles a couple sizes larger than the ones I used. Larger needles would have compensated for the bulk of the yarn (it’s a dk weight) and made the drape of the shawl more fluid. So lesson learned. You’d think I would just keep notes on all my projects, but somehow I think I will remember all these details. Which of course goes right down the memory hole.

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I made an error in just one of my rows, but wow does it show up. Luckily when used as a shawl or scarf, you’ll never see it.

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The overall size will be 60″x18″. I wanted to be able to wrap it around my arms well, instead of wearing a sweater. I pictured this for winter use, so warm and thick.

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I used this free pattern at knitty.com.

So it should be just about finished come next winter. Despite being an easy repeat pattern, it’s still slow going because of it’s size. I really should have used the larger needles.

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more sewing, banners and books

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I forgot to put a pen in the pocket, but you can see there’s a spot for one there on the spine edge. I only have a few of those doilies to use, I wish I could find more because this is such a pretty use.

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I decided it was time to make something again, that wasn’t a painting. Oh sure, I have a quilt top that’s been languishing for about 3 months, and I’m just not inspired to complete it. From what I read on other’s quilting blogs, this is not an uncommon occurrence. We get caught up in the beautiful fabric, in the what could this be? imagining, then buy the fabric and get it mostly put together and then decide it’s not quite all what we had imagined in our head. So we set it aside and let it rest until somehow, magically, our imagining expands to include the reality — and we are finally ready to accept what is and finish the project.

My quilt hasn’t hit that stage yet, though.

So I thought I would turn to knitting. And make a shawl. Because I used to visit this wonderful little knit shop in Saratoga, it was barely two rooms, with walls of cubbyholes filled with wonderful yarns of breathtaking colors and textures. In the window were always shawls displaying kits you could buy–wonderful artistic shawls made up of varying weight yarns and colors (combined together despite the seeming incongruity of the weights and colors) to create a work of art.

That kind of knit shop. A this ain’t your grandmother’s knitting knit shop. And keep in mind this was ten or twelve years ago.

So with this in mind, I went online to find out what kind of yarn shop I could find locally now. And I did find one. But the website was difficult for me to navigate, and I was going to town anyway, so I went to the shop and asked the person, “Where are your kits?”

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And she asked right back, “Why do you want a kit?”

Which made my heart sink a little bit, because I knew the conversation was not going to end well.

Well, I explained, I want a kit because I know what it will look like at the end and I won’t have to figure out how much yarn to buy or what kind is the right weight and really it’s all put together ready for me to just buy the components and go home and make it. –I didn’t phrase it quite that well, because I was so startled she asked. Because um–artistic kits using variable weights and colors? Maybe some fringe on the ends?

She showed me displays on the wall, but nothing like what I had in mind. Not even close. Not even close to close. Because, shh, this was your grandmother’s knit shop. Sigh.

So she showed me one display that was sort of all right, because in my mind I still wanted to knit something. She asked what color I had in mind. I thought about what I would wear that particular shawl with, and came up with the astonishingly ordinary answer of, “How about something neutral?” even though this was the complete opposite of why I had visited the store in the first place.

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There were three brands of yarn that would make the pattern I picked, so I went with the one easy to care for. Because at this point I didn’t feel so invested in the project, it was nothing what I had been hoping to find.

I picked out the color and she agreed, “That’s the most neutral one we have.” She did not say this sounding like I had made the right choice.

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Pictured is the top of the shawl, and after this point I will have to change needles and start knitting lace. When the colors changes appear, the shawl will be pretty.

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Oh, and I bought sparkly beads. And a crochet hook to insert them. I’ve never added beads to knitting, but it’s high time I did, right?

Now all I need are a bunch of movies to cozy up with and evenings to do so.

Yeah, I’m dreaming big.

 

 

 

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I haven’t had a Make Something Pretty Today post in a long time. I just don’t have time to sew anymore. I had the pieces for this bunting all cut out, and then sitting for a while. I wanted to have it displayed for fall, though, so took a Saturday morning to finish it up. These things are ironed 3 times, and for me it’s the ironing I never get around to.

Plus I had to go buy off-white binding for the string. And hey, this time only 12 flags fit on the length of binding–usually 14 fit. So I didn’t expect that, and made 2 extra pennants.

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The colors aren’t exactly traditional for autumn, but I wanted to use the fox fabric. And the orange sort of makes it autumnal, right?

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Altogether, I’m happy with how it turned out!

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I’ve been sewing all year long, and am stocking up my shabby chic shop now for Christmas. I have a ton of stuff to list. This feather quilt is listed there now, this one is so pretty in person. I used Miss Kate fabric for the feathers, and a beige Waverly solid for the background.

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It’s fun looking through all my embroidery transfers, seeing something new each time. You’d think I would have them all memorized, but I don’t. Something new pops out each time, and I think of something new to make.

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This year I want to enter a wider variety of items in the county fair, so I am sewing away and hope to have several more things finished by the end of July!

Doesn’t this clothespin apron reflect old-fashioned fair days?

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I love the little kitty, keeping up with her own laundry. Sunny days, a light breeze, and crisp linens. Aaaaah.

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You might recognize this fabric from several posts back, when I was considering using it for a quilt back. I still haven’t bought the aqua version, and I may have to buy something else entirely if I want to enter that quilt in the fair this year! But this pattern is so pretty, I had to buy the yellow. The fabric is Rosewater by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit.

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I’m happy with how this turned out, using the binding to finish the edges was genius (I saw it while looking at vintage aprons on etsy).

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