Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday WIP

Poor little Kailyard!  It has not seen any love in the last 2 weeks. Poor thing has just been hanging out, waiting for someone to knit on it.


There are so many knits swirling around in my brain and the itch to cast on something new is unbelievable.  But, then I look at what I have accomplished so far on Kailyard and I am itching to knit on it some more.   I'm on the Blossoms chart right now and there are several of the repeats for it, but on the upside there are some plain stockinette rows too.


And how about those bumblebees?  They were not easily visible to me while I was knitting them, but now that they are done, I just can't help but smile when I stretch the shawl out and pick them out!


So, I've decided to start committing some more time on my Kailyard and see if I can at least get the Blossoms repeats done before going to Stitches Midwest in a Week!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

From My Library

Heirloom Knitting's Shetland Hap Shawls Then & Now by Sharon Miller.  


I love this book.  I love looking at the pictures of old and reading about Hap Shawls.  I wasn't really overly interested in history when I was in school, but for some reason when it comes to knitting history, I now enjoy reading about it and most of all looking at the pictures.  When I look at the pictures and read about the process of getting a shawl from wool to a finished, blocked wearable shawl, I can't help but think about the hard work and conditions they had to endure to work their craft.


 This book, although thin and had to be ordered from the U.K., is packed with info, charts and ideas.


There are several pages of charts and color combinations for Hap Shawls.  Every time I pick up this book, I get a bit of hankering to cast on one or two.


There have been a couple of books lately on Hap Shawls as well as some patterns, and one of them may be my Hap Shawl this year or maybe one of Sharon Miller's.  Either way, each time I pull this book off of my book shelf, I see something new.

The book may not be for everyone, but it is a favorite of mine!