Lauren asked how to make a rectangular shawl like the Shoalwater Shawl. It’s a matter of math. You can use these instructions to make a rectangular or square shawl with any stitch.

I read on the Shoalwater pattern that the stitch used was Old Shale Lace, so I found that stitch on the Internet. There are a lot of variations you could do of it, but I used this scarf pattern as a basis for my shawl. I made a few gauge swatches and blocked them out till I got a gauge I thought looked right. I figured I want a shawl that is about 63 inches wide. (Figure how wide you want your shawl by using a tape measure and spreading out your arms.) My blocked and approved gauge swatch was 4 inches wide, and I knew I could repeat the swatch stitches all the way across, so I used a shawl width that would be divisible by the number 4. (60)

60 inches wide/4 inch gauge swatch=15 repeats of the gauge swatch

24 stitches in the gauge swatch x 15 repeats=360 stitches across

So I knew I could cast on 360 stitches, knit what I had done in the gauge swatch 15 times and get a shawl that would be 60 inches wide. The plan is to knit it till it is a height I like, too.

(Also note that if you use the pattern I linked, instead of alternating between YO, K1 and K1, YO, I always put my YO first (YO, K1.) It looks the same and you don’t have to remember to alternate.

I hope that makes sense…let me know if it doesn’t.

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted, as usual, but I wanted to let you know that I have been knitting! I have been working on a rectangular shawl, using the Feather and Fan stitch (Old Shale Lace.) I’m using alpaca yarn called “Peru”, by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. This is the yarn that Jeremy gave me for my birthday…last year? I was originally planning to make Shoalwater Shawl, but I saw another, rectangular shawl in the same stitch and decided that a rectangular one would work better for keeping my arms warm. So I just used a stitch found on the Internet and came up with my own pattern. Simple enough.

I am using Addi Turbos for the first time. They are quite nice. I won’t be buying a lot of them, as I can’t afford that, but it will be nice treat every once in a while. I told Jeremy I had bought a pair of Addi needles and he said something like, “Oh, the Addi Turbos? Nice!” He also knew about Yarn Harlot being in town before I did. How did this happen? It is cool, though. :)

I added the pattern for the Roxie Soap Bag. It has been test crocheted by my little sis, Christen, and passed. She even said nothing needed changing, so I guess I get an A. There is no picture at the moment, but I’m hoping to get one up eventually. It works up so fast though, if you want to know what it looks like, just make one.

Last Thursday, June 7th I finished up my flower dishcloth, shown alongside the double woven cloth. I also made these stitch markers for my dishcloth swap pal. I like that the photo captured the iridescence of the smaller beads. Both cloths were sent off to my pal on Monday, along with the markers, soap and some chocolate.

stitch markers


My Spring into Summer dishcloth pal, Mary is a real sweet gal. She sent me two dishcloths, a scrubbie and towel, all crocheted in shades of green and green variegated yarn. I put the towel up right away in the kitchen and I’ll probably save the cloths for washing my face. They look like they would have a nice texture for gentle exfoliating. Along with all the crocheted items, she beaded a set of stitch markers with tiny dice to represent that she lives in Las Vegas.

There are all kinds of other goodies, too and I hope I don’t leave anything out as it’s all out of the package and around the house now. She sent honeysuckle perfume, which is a really thoughtful touch. I love honeysuckle. Mary also sent me a book, Knitting Rules, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a felt cover notebook, knitted dishcloth pattern booklet and little “E” shape sticky notepad. Oh, and there is yarn, too! She sent me several skeins of cotton in shades of green to make more dishcloths.

All the while the swap was going on, I received e-mails every few days from Mary. She “snooped” around my blog, as she put it, to find out what I liked. She did a good job of snooping! It was a pleasure exchanging e-mails and having Mary as my partner. Thank you, Mary!

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of knitting or crochet the past few weeks, as I somehow injured my right wrist. I have been really trying to take it easy and not stress it out too much.

However, my oldest niece, Roxie, (daughter of Lindie) is going far away and I felt compelled to crochet her a little gift to remind her of home. I came up with a lacy soap bag, making up the pattern as I went along. It was impromptu and the process of making and giving felt like a different kind of project, one that was possibly more personal than any other I have done. So given that and the fact that I gave it to her the day after it was finished up, there is no picture. I wrote up the pattern and my little sister, Christen, kindly tested it out for me. I will be posting it on the site.

(Notes added to clear up some confusion about the family tree hehe) 

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