The Newsletter Shawl

I love a good shawl: the kind that is big and warm and serves as a bit of a cocoon against the elements. As it turns out, Leah also likes this exact type of shawl, so just about every single one I knit ends up being shared.

Oh, well. She’s a much cuter model, anyway.

The Newsletter Shawl is one of Shannon Squire‘s designs — its name comes from it being a free pattern for her newsletter subscribers — and it’s such a fun, easy pattern to knit. Pick two skeins of fingering weight yarn and GO!

I used two skeins of Victory Fingering from Knitted Wit: the variegated colourway is called Unicorn Night Mares and the teal is Buckle My Shoes (I like to think of teal as a neutral so it shows up a lot in my knitting projects).

This shawl is perfect for wrapping and wrapping and wrapping some more around you since it measures just over 90 inches long (it’s about 19″ deep at the centre point and tapers out to almost nothing at the ends). Just the thing for snowy days outside or for an extra layer of cozy comfort indoors.

Or, if you’re Leah, it is apparently also the exact right size for wrapping up baby dolls and stuffed animals so that they can’t escape, in case you were wondering.

HerStory Sock Club: January

Well, that was fast — in just under a week, I have managed to knit an entire pair of socks.

This retina-searing-in-a-good-way colourway is everything you could want to help beat the winter blahs; it certainly lives up to its name of Radioactive Rainbow. Inspired by the work of Marie Curie, January’s HerStory Sock Club offering from Knitted Wit was just the thing to counter the overcast skies, rain, and snow.

Since I wasn’t sure how the different colours were going to play together when knit up, I opted for Shannon Squire‘s Otherwise Engaged socks pattern. Tried and true, this is one of my favourite patterns for multi-coloured yarn because it seems to break up some of the larger blocks of colour. In this case, the rainbows only pooled and spiralled once I started knitting the legs, which is fine with me!

I can’t say enough good things about Victory Sock, the yarn base for the HerStory Sock Club. It’s got great yardage and the yarn is smooth and tightly plied — even the socks I knit for Adam seem to last until he outgrows them (and that’s saying something). Already I’m looking forward to seeing the February colourway — only a few weeks till it’s revealed!

The Log Cabin Lap Blanket

Way back at the end of last summer, I managed to snag a set of National Park mini skeins from Knitted Wit (I fell in love with the whole palette of colours even though I have no real attachment to any of the Parks that served as inspiration for the yarn series) — then I was stuck trying to figure out how best to make use of 16 45-yard skeins.

Since I didn’t want to waste any of the yarn, I eventually figured out that my best plan would be to pair the minis with a solid, neutral colour and attempt some sort of knit-from-the-centre-till-all-the-yarn-runs-out kind of lap blanket. Armed with 16 tiny little yarn cakes and three full-sized skeins of Victory Fingering in Stellar, I had two false starts before I settled on a log cabin blanket. Third time’s the charm, I suppose!

In between Christmas knitting and a few other must-knit projects, I still managed to knit nearly two sections per week — and yesterday I finally bound off the border. Of course, there were still all the ends to weave in. I always say that I will do the responsible thing and weave in the ends as I go but that never happens — leaving me with a rather impressive pile of bits this morning.

This is definitely a lap-sized blanket, measuring just 30 x 38 inches. Endless amounts of garter stitch tend to eat up massive quantities of yarn but the finished blanket is super squishy and just the right size for chilly evenings. Or for Leah to use with her dolls, if she manages to get her way.

After knitting three blankets in the last five months, I’m ready to take a break from them for a bit. It’s back to shawls and socks and sweaters for me!