For Christmas 2011 I gave exactly one knitted item as a present, and this is it!
In fact, it's not even a real present... you see, my mother-in-law had a few balls of Lana Grossa Giava Print, a viscose and linen blend yarn left over from a vest a friend of hers had made her - so she sent the balls to me with a note "I'd like a slightly triangular scarf, with a pretty edging, but have no idea on how to make one - will you please knit me one?"
I always miss WIP Wednesdays, so here's my WIP Friday instead!
First my Coraline cardigan, which has actually progressed quite a lot since this photo. It just needs buttons now!
I'm making it with Novita Julia yarn, which is pretty much my staple yarn when it comes to bigger pieces of clothing - it's partly wool, partly acrylic and wears nicely.
Behold, an FO! I haven't been knitting very much lately due to a change of role in my "real job", which requires a lot of time and learning, plus a general, temporary loss of interest in knitting (terrible, I know!)
That seems to be coming to an end soon though. Well, the job stress will last for a while, but the lust for knitting part is getting better. That can be seen in these two shawl FOs as well.
I love my local animal shelter for being able to use almost whatever I knit, including simple shawls, which they sell at the fundraising events and "open doors days". Very delicate, complicated shawls are not suitable, because due to the amount of work and material they require, they would cost too much for the audience generally visiting the events. Small shoulder shawls, made with less than one 100g ball of sock yarn, using a simple stitch pattern however is the perfect product - useful, beautiful even though simple, and more interesting to buy than a pair of socks for example!
Ever heard of WIP Wednesday? As far as I've understood the idea, it's basically a blog theme for Wednesdays to, well, show off your WIPs. I have been neglecting my WIPs here for so long, so I'll try to post a WIP or two a month - on Wednesdays!
So, here's one of my current WIPs, the Japanese Feather and Fan shawl (Rav link) which I am working in Kauni yarn in black and grey tones.
My shawl love is not showing any signs of dying, and that's just fine. As long as I like making them and find people who want to wear them (although I do keep most myself...) I'll keep making them. They're so quick! They're so pretty! There's interesting lace! They're made out of sock yarn but aren't tiny gauge! What's not to love. This is my latest FO, the Clothilde (Rav pattern link) shawl.