Taiyo Shawl: Blocking Time!

I have finished knitting my Taiyo Shawl, and now it’s blocking time!  Time to get out the mats, pins, and wool wash.  I’m anxious to see how this piece’s lace section open up.

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Taiyo yarn about 2/3 of the way through.  I should know better by now, but the Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn I bought along with it is the same weight, and worked well in completing the project.  It should feel nice and soft against my shoulders when I wear it.

Frog Tree Brushed Suri Yarn

Strangely, knitting this shawl has inspired me to pick up another shawl that I had been working on, my Faroese Elpsa Katrina shawl.  I knit one skein’s worth of the project, and sort of put it down.  Other things and projects came up, I guess.

Still, that other skein of Einband that I had bought for the project was staring me in the face for almost a year now, until I picked up the shawl back up, started knitting, and ordered more of the yarn I needed.  I can keep working on this.

So, that’s where I am with my projects, namely shawl stuff.  If you want to see the updates on Ravelry, you can see them here for the Taiyo and here for the Elspa Katrina.

Has another project inspired you to work on another different one?

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Mother’s Day Success!

Yay!  My handmade Mother’s Day gifts were a success!

I made Tuscon Shawl found in 101 Designer Yarn Stash Wonders.  It’s an easy lace pattern, and one that enjoy doing.  It’s easy to do these shawls while watching TV and such.

My mom opened hers up and loved it.  She wore it work today and it was a huge hit with her coworkers.

My mother-in-law raved about hers, too.  Her’s is the one featured above.  She really liked it!

I gave one to my Aunt Ellen, as well.  She was very excited to get it, as she is going on vacation soon and needed a shawl or covering for her head and neck.

Aunt Suzy, I apologize that you know what you are getting.  I’m going to mail it to you, and you should have it in a few days!

So, I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day and enjoyed it with the mother-figures in your life.