This knitted scarf/shawl is my latest project. It has a lot of detail in the lace and was a huge accomplishment!
I picked up the old knitting needles again and I am loving it. Knitting has come and gone for me for years. I will get inspired, create something small and then away they go again. I have made a bunch of scarves but that’s about it. They are fast, easy, and great for gifts!
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young. She was an amazing knitter (is that what you call someone who knits?). She created some of the most impressive things – including two dresses. As an elementary school teacher she used to bring her projects outside during recess and knit away. When it got too long she would throw it over her shoulder and power on. Can you image? Knitting a dress while standing outside during recess watching your children play? Impressive!
I remember the first time she taught me to knit. She brought needles and some yarn when she came to visit and we sat on the couch together and she showed me the basic knit and purl stitches. I was young and I remember it being hard! And after she left I couldn’t remember how to do it and I was so disappointed!
It took me a couple tries before I could remember what to do and felt comfortable with the stitches. I spent a week with her one time while my brother and grandfather went deep sea fishing and we knit a bunch of washcloths together. My goal while I was there was to work on a project with her and increase my knitting skills. Washcloths were perfect because they are super quick, there are some increase and decrease stitches so it doesn’t get boring, and they look great afterwards. Everyone got washcloths after that week!
I have moved on since my washcloth days. This shawl is my biggest, most detailed knitting project I have ever worked on.
I stopped into Twisted PDX, a local yarn store, found a pattern I liked and this beautiful golden yarn. It was great to talk with the people at Twisted about pattern recommendations and pick up everything I needed for the project. I ended up choosing Honey Bunches by Irish Girlie Knits.
The lace was hard and it took a lot of counting and concentrating. Usually I stick with projects that don’t require a lot of concentrating. As I have mentioned before, I like to watch TV while working on projects and this one was difficult to do in front of the TV. It was a great learning opportunity for me!
I love the detailed zig zag stitches on it. Mine are not perfect, that’s for sure but it still looks great. Plus I love that I can wear it as a scarf or a shawl!
I think Pomma would be very proud to see I have continued knitting.