I’ve been so busy this year with work that I haven’t really had much time for any type of crafting – scrapbooking, needlework, nothing. And, honestly, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really missed it, either.
However, things seem to be slowing down a bit at work (thank the Lord) and I am not quite at the collapse-into-bed stage in the evenings when the kids go to bed. So, I started getting itchy fingers and looking for something to crochet or knit. I think the ladies at the dance studio were influencing me because most of them are knitters and bring their projects to work on while our daughters dance.
I found two projects that I fell head over heels in love with – one is a lacy scarf that I think I’m going to make into a wrap by doubling the project. (I bought double the yarn called for in the project)
The yarn I bought is full of fall colors – reds, mauve, purples – and I think it will be beautiful in this pattern.
It looks a lot more red in this picture than it really is. There’s a lot of blue-ish purple there in real life.
The second is a beautiful shawl that is inspired by Princess Kate’s shawl that she wore shopping. I love how feminine it is – that ruffle is just beautiful. I’m sure the original costs hundreds of dollars, but my version, based on a Ravelry pattern is much cheaper – especially since I found the yarn on sale for $2.50/skein!
The original is a beautiful forest green, but I fell in love with a navy yarn and decided that would go more with my wardrobe. Here’s what I chose:
I’m loving the pattern – it is easy enough that I can remember it (mostly) even with the repeats. It’s got a “spine” down the back with an open line and then the ruffle will be added at the end.
I am not even finished with the first skein and it calls for four (!) so I will most likely be working on this project for a while. I have been trying to spend an hour or so a day working on it but some days I haven’t had time to do anything.
I am in no rush, though, and I am really enjoying the project. You can follow along with me on my Ravelry page. One thing to note is that the pattern on the website is incorrect and the author notes on Ravelry that you can email her and she will send you the corrected pattern. I did that and received a return email within a few hours so I didn’t have to wait to start my project!
I can’t wait to have it on my shoulders when it’s finished.
My helper can’t wait, either. I think he thinks I’m making it for him.