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A small shawl

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Sometimes projects are inspired by different things. This project came about because I had earrings with no outfit to go with them. It’s all well and good for me to watch PBS dramas, lust after the costumes, then see show-inspired¬†earrings on Amazon.com while innocently browsing for something reasonable like homeschool workbooks, then to add them to my¬†wishlist, and to actually receive them for Christmas (in 2014)…but it’s another thing altogether to find something in this Kentucky homeschool mama’s closet to wear with Downton Abbey earrings. So crocheted a shawl to go with them! I used Andean Treasure yarn from Knitpicks for the first time, and it will not be the last. I loved, loved, loved this yarn. It may be my favorite yarn I’ve ever used. It’s soft and delicious, the color was so complex and beautiful (I used midnight heather), it didn’t split, it didn’t grow when I blocked it, and it doesn’t appear to be pilly. Wow! The pattern was nice too. I like the patterns by DROPS design; they are clearly written without over-explaining and they have clear charts. This pattern, 104-11 Crochet scarf, is mostly just a chart but it makes good sense. The result looks more complicated than the crocheting. I didn’t love the look of the ends of the scarf so I sewed mine together to make a loop. It’s quite possible that now I need a cup of tea and a Downton Abbey jeweled pin to go with it…

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A crocheted shawl

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I recently finished this crocheted shawl for myself. I don’t even remember how long ago I started this project–maybe 18 months ago? I kept it in my car to take in with me when I needed something to do in waiting rooms or boring places. Then I lost the paper pattern I’d printed from the internet and abandoned the project for a while, searched on Ravelry but couldn’t find it again, then finally came back to it and decided I was just going to need to figure it out or frog it, so I figured it out.

Next the project sat in a bin under my sewing table for another month or so while I put off weaving in the ends (oh procrastination!), until one chilly morning recently I realized I needed it because there was yogurt or something smeared on the only cardigan I owned that matched my dress, so I threw it on as it was and wore it off to my Sunday School, where I sat quietly and wove in the ends in the back row.

 

It’s a good weight and has a nice drape. I used cotton yarn from Knitpicks–I think this one. I fastened it with my husband’s tie bar because that was what I could find in a hurry, but I think I have some of my Grandma’s vintage pins somewhere that would look nice on this. I’ve been on a Jane Austen kick lately so the completion of this project is well-timed; maybe I’ll put it on while I have my afternoon coffee and daydream away my worn house-slippers and my crayon-stained wall as I watch out the window for Mr. Darcy…