Sunday, January 25, 2009

Now THAT's a Wrap

I can finally show what has occupied my knitting time this week.

A friend (hi, Marilyn) sent me some lovely wool yarns including 5 balls of (discontinued) wool boucle in an amazing mix of slate, burgundy, and gray that begged to be something warm and cushy.
I figured that there might be enough for a large scarf, or a small shoulder shawl and was pleasantly surprised to find that it went further than I expected.

The finished shawl is about 60" (5') across, not quite huge, but definitely not mini!

The ball band called for size 8 (US) needles. I used 10s for a gauge of about 3 stitches/inch.

Here's a better shot of the yarn and the color (it's accurate on my monitor). After the last end was woven, I threw it around my shoulders. Mmmm, warm!

This one is destined for Cheyenne River Elder Nutrition Center. I thought that I had a photo of the other shawl so that I could do the linky thing now that I have figured out how, but I can't find it. Poop!

The particulars: 525 yards of worsted weight boucle (Cleckheaton Nature Wool Boucle). Size 10 (US) needles. Cast on 3, increase 1 stitch every row (I used k2, yo, knit to the end) until almost all the yarn is used up. Bind off very loosely.

How to get picture to me: Readers who would like to submit photos of their Heet the Feet or Blanket Blitz stuff can email them to me: abmcmanusATverizonDOT net.

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Not all that conservative a color after all - I'd say it's very pretty.
It's conservative--it's not orange.
I am inspired (how do you sit still so long?) and may start knitting again once we get to Vilnius. I have two machines (horrors! no hope for me: I quilt by machine, too) I haven't touched since our life in the rain forest and they send out the occasional beacon. Machine knitting is like chopping wood: warms the knitter twice. Still, there are the paint, the canvas, and the resulting art quilt to keep me happy.

I will be blogging for "over there." I am also on Facebook. And then there's Wayne... --S
I really really love boucle yarn for wraps and ponchos. It's just so squooshy warm and cuddly! I SO love this color too! Nice job!
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