I finished up two projects this week. Hooray!
First was this fun shawl knit with Caron Cakes yarn in the Blueberry Kiwi colorway. This yarn is so nice to work with. It's soft, has very few to zero flaws in it. And, I love that I can get different color stripes without changing yarn and having ends to tuck in.
It took about one and a third skeins to make this soft, squishy, roomy shawl. I used size 10 circular needles. The pattern is the "Coffee Shop Wrap"...a free one on Ravelry. I didn't follow the pattern exactly. In fact, I only followed the beginning and the very end. I did the eyelet rows whenever the yarn changed colors and had gone across one whole of the row that knits all the way across. When I started the second ball of yarn, the blue/periwinkle stripe was thin. So, I pulled out the little bit of green in the center of the second ball and started with the blue to make that stripe a little thicker. The final stripes of color ended up skinny though. But, I just went with it on those. The tassels are a fun touch.
The second shawl I finished up had been in the works for a while. It was a de-stashing project I'd started almost a year and a half ago. It's a crochet pattern called, "The Original Half Granny Square/Shawl". It's another freebie on Ravelry. I used a size J hook and about 12 skeins of Silver Creek Yarns Space Dyed BFL in the Bordeaux colorway. I made it really big so I could fold over the top (the long edge) to create a cowl/turtle neck and wrap it around with plenty to cover the tops of my arms. The colors are much richer in person and it's quite pretty.
Selfies are hard to take! I must have taken a couple dozen pictures trying to get a decent shot of the shawl and one that I was ok with. It probably would have worked better if I'd waited until later in the day when the light wasn't so bright. But, I was anxious to post my accomplishment. It feels extra good to finish projects that have been around a while.
I finished up these projects while on a trip to Prescott, Arizona. More on that in the next post. :-)