Current Project, STILL the Queen Closer Shawl

I’ve almost finished! Normally I start things, do about half and then move on to something else, but this? Almost finished!!!

I’m doing a border of garter stitch before I cast off, then it’ll be done, so by this weekend. If it’s a nice day I might even wear it to church on Sunday!

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The shawl is in fact worked top to bottom, although the short rows and flat needles give it a strange appearance…

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This is a shot of the lace pattern, sadly with this yarn it just looks like holes, pretty but not like the pattern photo. With a tightly spun yarn it looks like a brick laying pattern. I still love the effect though.

All the yarn and pattern details are in the last post I did on this shawl.

And I’m going to be teaching a knitting class! In French… I live in a structure for women who are in difficulty and would otherwise be homeless, my case, or somewhere worse. They used to run craft groups and a few other things, then a staff member retired and most of it stopped. A younger one took over the painting group so sometimes it stick runs, but she’s leaving this month too. I asked if I could run a knitting group, it’s been approved. Which I think is great because the writing, jewellery and other things have all stopped.

Now I’ve got to figure out how to teach this. I’m thinking blanket squares. We’ll make a throw for the foyer. Materials are thankfully provided. My plan is to teach them to knit first, doing a garter stitch square, then purl, a stocking stitch square. Knit together and slip slip knit with yarn overs after that then they’ll be able to amuse themselves.

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Current project, Queen Closer Shawlette edit

I quickly touched on this in my last post, but sadly had no photos to share. It’s another work in progress but is advancing very quickly. I found this beautiful pattern in an issue of Knit Now and I still can’t find the perfect yarn… I have a good one but it was a £10 present so I wanted to make something similar but in. A cheaper yarn.

This is King Cole Splash. A 100% acrylic yarn that I bought two balls of from an independent yarn shop the last time I visited my mum. I couldn’t find anything to make and then someone jokingly said it would make a good scarf. I’m following the pattern to an extent, but I’ve tweaked it a few places already. Changing the yarn weight, the needle size and lengthening the garters stitch. So far it’s going great. I’ve almost finished the short rows!

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I would normally do something like this on a circle needle, but I don’t have one in that size, I’m not having a problem with the flats yet, but they’re really not ideal. It makes photography difficult.

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This is a closer shot of the yarn, I’ve had so many complements on the colours! People think it’s me striping it…

If you want this wool Deramores stock it, I usefully the shade sunshine. You can find it here.