Finshed Project: Range shawl

I recently finished Andrea Mowry’s Range shawl. I have knitted a few patterns of Andrea’s  and really dig her cozy and trendy style. Uncharacteristically, I went with similar color choices to the pattern. I have never been drawn to browns and natural colors before but I have knit more than one shawl now in natural colors. (Beeton Shawl.)

Closeup of Ombre Tweed
Closeup of variety of stitch patterns and my new love, brioche.

This pattern is a lot of fun to knit. This was my first attempt at brioche stitch and there’s lots of color changes and textures. This wasn’t my first attempt at brioche stitch, but it took a little while to get in the swing of things. I used Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in four different shades. I wore this shawl as a scarf to Wegman’s one Sunday to grocery shop and was waiting in line to order coffee. A young woman working stopped in her tracks and was like “oh my god, your scarf is beautiful! Did you make it? Did it take a long time? You should sell those on Etsy!”

I like the finished size of my shawl since it makes a nice size for me to wear around my neck which is the way that I would chose to wear it most frequently. I think it’s a touch too small for me to wear around my shoulders, but I’m not too upset about that. The only thing that I wish I changed was the second shade of dark brown. I feel like the colors are different enough, but not radically so and I think a bigger contrast level would have highlighted the pattern more. Just another excuse to knit another! After this pattern, I definitely think that I want to experiment a little more with brioche stitch. Good thing Andrea has a lot more patterns for it!


Tin Can Knits Mukluks 

Hi everyone!

I was lucky enough to be able to take Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week off of work. I’ve filled my time with a few doctors appointments and a visit to my mom’s house in Buffalo. I live and work in Rochester and it has been a big point of contention to my family, all of whom live within ten miles of each other.

On Sunday, I left Rochester at about 8am to join my mom, my Aunt Missy, Aunt Lynn and my cousin Jessica for a craft show. It was a small show and we made it through the whole thing in around a half an hour. I bought a few candles. Afterwards, we went to a local diner for breakfast. The topic of conversation turned to Aunt Lynn’s annual girls only holiday party. The plan this year was to fill a pair of holiday socks with holiday treats and each attendee gets to pick their pair. Without fail, I decided to knit a pair. Jessica and Aunt Missy already are bickering about who gets to claim them without knowing what they might look like!

Pattern: Tin Can Knits Mukluks

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in cranberry and starlight

Size: Adult Small. Since I don’t know exactly who will be getting these, I figured the small would be the best size. I have larger than average feet (size 10) and these actually fit me pretty comfortably.

My plan for today is to make progress on the second and have these cozy slippers ready to go! I got a flu shot today and am feeling pretty lousy. Being cozy on the couch and watching reruns of Ugly Betty are what’s in the pipeline. I hope you have a relaxing and fabulous Thanksgiving!