Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Shower of Shawls

I sure did catch a case of shawl fever this year! I think I'm up to 12 in 2010! The three most recent shawls were made over the past few weeks to give as Christmas gifts.

I made this one for my mom. The pattern is the South Bay Shawlette. I crocheted it with an "I" hook and one skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal yarn.

The colors are pretty but this skein was horrible! I will never buy this yarn again! It was filled with bad spots...knots, breaks in a single ply, little lint pills, etc. It was a frustating to have to keep cutting the bad spots out, reconnecting and then having to tuck in all those ends. I don't remember how many times I ran across bad spots but it was enough to dislike the yarn! The skein was supposed to be 462 yards but after all the breaks, I had much less than that! I do love how it looks though. The colors are so pretty!

We've had a lot of stormy, dark days. So, good lighting has been a rare event. That explains the dark photos and differences in color between them. Here's a close up of the shawl I made for my mom...

I made this shawl for my sister-in-law, Michelle. I chose black because it's her favorite color. I used an "I" hook on this one and two skeins of Knit Picks Sroll solid black yarn. Here it is during blocking...

I really like how it turned out! And, I'm really happy that she loves it! Yay!

It looks so elegant in black.

When I block these shawls, I've started doing extra pinning on the edges. I love how much prettier they're turning out.

I made this one for my sister-in-law, Kim. She likes purple and I think she was pretty happy with this color. It's another South Bay Shawlette (can you tell how much I like that pattern?!).

It's also crocheted with an "I" hook. I used two skeins of Knit Picks Stroll solid in the color, "Duchess Heather". I know, it's hanging on the front of my dress form...it seemed like a good idea at the time. lol And, besides, I was in a hurry. I blocked this on Christmas eve and on Christmas morning I blow dried it some more to be sure it was nice and dry, un-pinned it, photographed it and quickly wrapped it. Talk about last minute!

I love the different shapes in this pattern, depending on how you look at it. The hole patterns look like flowers. The sections of double crochets look like mushrooms or little tropical huts. So cute!

I did get burned out on crochet shawls a few months ago and it seems like I'd be reallllly burned out after doing three in just a few weeks. But, believe it or not, I'm not! I'm actually thinking of starting another one. Theyr'e sooo much fun! :-D


KarenB said...

Beautiful gifts, Cheryl! In the black I can REALLY see the flowers. So, the Tonal was the bad yarn, but the others were okay? Interesting. You've been way more productive than I have lately. Other stuff is happening around here. I bet your family loved the gifts! Did L like her scarf?

Lenora said...

I agree! The pattern is easy and so quick to make. Every time I wear one of mine, compliments come. The black is stunning. I'll have to whip one up.

Benita said...

You gave some very nice gifts this year! And you have a very lucky family.

Your daughter is beautiful! My, she is growing up so fast, too.

Have a wonderful 2011!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you have been busy! I love yours shawls!

Vanessa in Oklahoma

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

I love that pattern!!! These are beautiful. You have some very lucky family members!!!! Beautiful work.