Blue Angel Shawl – new workshop on Craftsy!

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

Come join me for a knit along! I’m hosting the July knit-along on Craftsy.  We’re making the shawl that you see in these pics – my new Blue Angel Shawl.

This project will teach you some fun new skills and explain some things that you may have been doing in your knitting for years, but maybe haven’t really understood why. The workshop includes the pattern, along with in-depth instructions and high quality close-up photos of each step. Craftsy will send you one beautiful skein of Cascade Heritage yarn in Como Blue to complete the project. Plus, I will be responding to questions and providing help along the way.

With my guidance, knitters intermediate and above will be able to participate in and enjoy the workshop. Won’t you join the fun? Grab a tall iced tea, your favorite patio chair, and knit along with me!  Click here to join!

Note: this is not a video class, it’s a photo-based knit-along.

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy


Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

My first weaving … somewhat warped but I love it!

So a few weeks ago, Angela Tong came to Craftsy to teach her RIgid Heddle Weaving class.  While she was here, everyone at work totally caught the weaving bug, including me.  I’m not very hard to convince that any new fiber hobby is a good hobby…but even the camera guys were like, “This is so cool! I gotta get one of these looms!”  Our camera crew is very crafty, and really gets into every single shoot, but there was something so amazing about weaving that we all just fell in love with it.

Angela Tong teching her Rigid Heddle Craftsy class

When Angela left, she left me with one of the looms, already warped, and with a “Stashbuster Scarf” already started & said that I could finish it and keep the end result! She had used scraps of tinsel, and even some wool felt fabric strips from Weeks Dye Works (Awesome fabric, threads, and more. If you haven’t checked out their products, do!) …I loved the scarf so far! And how much fun that my good friend had started it. It’s the one she’s working on in the picture above.

We had just come back from TNNA a few weeks before that, and I had some incredible carry – along yarns from SWTC that I’d been dying to try out.  Jonelle had given me a spool of String – Me – Along, which is a very fine yarn with sequins.
My first weaving!

If you know me at all, you know that I love bright colors, sequins, glitter, and anything shiny. So, to me, stringing this sequined yarn along with my weaving yarns seemed like the perfect way to add some cohesiveness to the project. (Just wait…you’ll see!)

I combined that and a bunch of fun yarns including some O-Wool left over from my Shapely Boyfriend sweater, some Ozark Handspun, and more than I can even remember.

AND…I finished the Stashbuster!

I wove this!

I just can’t believe that I made this!! It’s so awesome. I love the stashbuster effect, in that the colors and textures of the weft are so random…but the warp really ties them all together in a pleasing way. I can’t wait to try more weaving on the Cricket. I’ll have to watch Angela’s Craftsy class to learn how to warp it, though!!

I wove this!

I wove this!

Gratuitous Olive pic:
Olive and my scarf

Hey! I knit this shawl with beads!

I finished this shawl not too long ago. I like it. Jenn took this photo of me the other day at work. the color of the wall is just amazing.

Me and my beaded knit scarf

I used two techniques that I hadn’t tried before. I combined two lace patterns in the same project, without making them flow into each other…just separated them into sections. I also Knit with Beads in the last few rows.

Beaded lace scarf

I absolutely LOVE the yarn! It’s Bijou Basin Tibetan Dream…a gorgeously soft, warm, and lofty yak yarn. I’ve swatched Bijou yarns before (thanks to my great friend Marly Bird, who gave me a few samples.)

Beaded lace scarf

Beaded lace scarf

Here it is blocking:

And before blocking, I love this texture! AND…check out the beads!!
Beaded lace

I caught the knitting with beads bug when Laura Nelkin was in Denver filming her Knitting with Beads Craftsy class.
Laura Nelkin and me
(Here we are together at TNNA, back when she was planning her FIRST Craftsy class!)

Full-Square Shawlette

Full-square shawlette

Lots of shawl blogging this week!

We’re in full swing in class, and I’ve got some OBSESSED students…look for some truly beautiful FOs from this session!

I wanted to post one of my class examples, the full-square shawlette.

This is knit in the same format as my Mirth and Frost Diamonds shawls, only smaller. I used a bulky yarn (something that must be discontinued** from Blue Sky Alpacas) and a US 11 needle. It’s a simple lace pattern, but looks really elegant and feminine in this light pink color. The construction method gives it a great fullness which I think adds to its femininity.

Here are a couple more views:

Here, the fullness is all draped around to one side, so that the back is relatively simple and the flounce is on one side.
Full-square shawlette
(My mannequin is a little tipsy this afternoon, I see!)

And this is how the back looks:
Full-square shawlette

I love that the increase point makes such a nice strong diagonal across the entire back!

I cast this on using the big yarn and big needles to experiment with a lace pattern, and it’s just kinda cool how things turn out!

**I bought the yarn on deep-deep discount just before our LYS went out of business. I can’t find the labels right now, but I’m sure it’s from BSA. I don’t see anything similar on their website. It’s made of 5 plies, and each ply is also a multi-ply. It has a beautiful halo…and is ultra-ultra soft. Any yarn detectives care to hazard a guess?