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A new triangular scarf

imageI had a single skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino.  This is a lovely soft 4ply yarn.  I decided to design a shawl for it.  My plan was to keep it geometric so that the spine down the middle looked like it belonged there.  I had to restart about 4 times until I had design I liked.

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The final design I came up with was to have straight lines of YOs  going out from the centre of the shawl and a line of YO around the bottom to tie in with the spine that comes with the basic centre top work down design.  This is my favourite shawl construction because you can stop when you run out of yarn so you don’t have to think about yardage too carefully before you start.

The shawl ended up being 70cm deep and 140cm wide with blocking.  A good size to wear wrapped around the neck for winter and looser for the cooler days in Spring and Autumn.  Monkey says its a shawl, I say it is a scarf.  Its that size inbetween; a large scarf or a small shawl.

I’m looking at my notes at the moment to see if I have sufficient to write up the pattern.  Let me know if you would like to make one, it will give me a bit more incentive to get the pattern written!

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2013: I did achieve something!

Well the year is almost over, what did I get done this year?

The first thing I completed was a summer tunic that I really enjoy wearing.  I have received a number of compliments and even had people suggest I make them to sell.  I tell people to go to Dairing to get the kit when they say that.

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There were a number of scarves, knitted and woven, a couple of cowls and a couple of hats.

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I worked with silk, stainless steel, linen, cotton, alpaca, wool, soy and mohair.

PhotoGrid_1388289299171[1]I also learnt to weave with 2 heddles to make a 2×1 twill.

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So what will 2014 have in store? Maybe a few UFOs completed, some knitting, some weaving and some embroidery.

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Noro appears to be designed for weaving

20131107_114857I love how Noro colours come through when woven, a lot more than I like it knitted.

I made this scarf yesterday from 2 balls of Noro Sekku which is a lace weight cotton blend.  The colours blend in weaving so the stripes are not as defined as they are when Noro yarns are knitted.  The result is lovely and much quicker and easier to do as well.

I have another 2 balls in a much darker colourway that I will also weave.  I hope the dark colours come out as well as the light ones did.

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