Tag Archive | knit shawls

First FO of the New Year

Finishing a project is a lovely way to start a new year, don’t you think? I worked on my Simply Green scarf yesterday while watching movies, and by the time we were ready to start our festive evening (junk food and games at home), all that was left was the bind off. I thought I’d finish it during Scrabble or something, but I never did. It meant this morning I just needed a quick finish before I had a new scarf to wear!


The yarn is Classic Elite Magnolia, a 70/30 merino/silk blend, so I bet most of you can imagine just how soft and drapey it is. It’s got a slight halo, so it’s the tiniest bit fuzzy. Sadly, this yarn has been discontinued, so I consider myself lucky to have found it on the sale shelf before it disappeared. I wish I’d finished it before Christmas, but no worries: I can wear it any time, and I’ll have it for next Christmas!


The pattern, Be Simple Variations, was simple and quick to memorize, which meant at times it was comforting and at times it was boring. I love how you can make it as long as you want, so I could easily knit one in a different yarn weight without a problem. In fact, it was actually designed for fingering weight, and I used DK.

As it is most everywhere, it’s stupid cold around here, so it’s very likely I’ll be wearing this tomorrow when I go back to work. I hope the rest of you have lovely knits to keep you warm too!

Pretty in Pink

Do you know how hard it is to photograph the color pink? It’s really hard. It might even be harder than red. I have two FOs to show off today, but I struggled to show the true beauty of the pink. It’s one of those that’s really best in person, but still, I’ll try.


The pattern is A Noble Cowl and it was lovely to knit. Interesting lace without being too difficult. I used one of my yarn treasures from our Colorado excursion, my Baah! Sonoma in Pink Tourmaline. I love this yarn. It feels so nice in my fingers and is just firm enough to cooperate perfectly with the needles, plus it blocks out wonderfully. The colors are stunning too.


I ran out of yarn and couldn’t do the full pattern, but I think it blocked out plenty tall enough, and I love the scalloped edge.


My other FO is a delicious shawl.


The pattern is called Frisson and I’ve already worn this one a couple of times.


The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Fino, which is a merino/silk blend that is simply heavenly. I wanted to knit on this shawl every day because the yarn felt so good in my hands. And wearing it is just as delightful because it’s soft and lightweight despite its impressive length.


That’s even one point shorter than the pattern! The knitting of this one wasn’t as easy as the cowl; I had some difficulties as I was getting started (you can read my Ravelry notes here) but once I got used to it, it was a smooth and pleasant process.

Today I’m hoping to finish the cowl I’m test-knitting, though I won’t be able to show that off for another week or so. Happy knitting, friends!