Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Simple Things

My current knitting obsession is shawlettes . . . you know that cute, almost lacy, sometimes sexy accessory that's a bit more than a scarf, less than a full blown shawl and takes one skein of sock yarn. Oh, I still have a couple of socks going and a sweater that's growing so fast I think it must be on the equivalent of knitting steroids. Even with all that other knitting I'm still fixated on shawlettes.  I never leave home without one in my bag.  

Just a couple of short days ago I started this little number.

This is Simple Things Shawlette by Mary-Heather Cogar.  The yarn is Fleece Artist Sea Wool, color Mermaid.

As the name implies it is a simple thing - not completely mindless yet somehow comfort knitting.  Easy to pick up, easy to put down, almost always the same.

My personal challenge is to use the whole skein of yarn or as close as I can get.  I was successful this time around.

Before too long I found myself here.

I confess that I added a couple of extra rows to meet my challenge and then found myself without enough yarn to cast off.  Rather than take out the extra rows I decided to use a crochet cast off.  For those unfamiliar with this cast off, you can find good step-by-step instructions here.  I worked the last row with a bigger needle to ensure a loose cast off.

Mission accomplished.

Mostly stockinette with a few garter eyelet ridges.  Another shawlette for the "to be blocked" pile.  I can't stop . . . which shawlette should I start next?

I'll be the first to admit that I have a thing for coffee mugs.  This one came home with me last week from the farmers' market.

It's the work of Kate at Golden Egg Farm.  It's not on her website, but she also has yarn for sale at the farmers' market.  Eggs, pottery and yarn - what a well-rounded combination.  


Lauren Ashley said...

I recommend the Cedar leaf shawlette by Never Not Knitting. I've made one in green for my mother. And I'm going to make a 2nd in fall colors of myself!

Taos Sunflower said...

Great colors...hope you post it when it's blocked.