Friday, August 31, 2012

What's on my needles: August 31

Lots has happened this summer, but I just am not quite ready to write about it yet.  For some reason, I felt I needed to post my reflections about those things before I resumed posting about the crafty things... not quite sure what that is all about, but I no longer feel that way.  I've missed blogging, so I hope blogging becomes part of my normal routine again....

Judy over at Patchwork Times has a Friday Linky for "What's on Your Needles" Click here!  I do love my knitting! Here's what I'm working on now:

This is part of the beginnings of a shawl based on the pattern Meghan Jackson's Forget-Me-Knot Shawl using a gradient yarn crafted by Laura and Kelly at The Unique Sheep  This is their Verve yarn base in the Peacock colorway; the four color graduated skeins total 400 yards. 

The pattern calls for 430 yards of yarn and gives two options: nupps (a small multi wrapped bobble) or beads.  As I'm short on yarn, I chose beads.  They are quite subtle and as there are not many; they will not add much weight.

There are several ways to add beads.  In my opinion, the least tedious method uses Super Floss... yep!  Here is a link to a blog that describes the super floss method as well as other popular ways: Fleegle's Blog about adding beads

I usually cut off a lot of the longer, floppier floss beyond the fluff and then wrap what remains through the holes in a cute button.  Not the best photo... but you get the idea.  This is such a great way to carry the beads along.  When I finish adding the beads, I weave the loose end into the button holes too.  Works flawlessly.

My plan is to give this shawl as a Christmas gift.  Best get busy!

Hope the last couple of months have been wonderful for you and yours!


Mary said...

Love the color of your yarn. I also like using the super floss for adding beads.

fancystitching said...

LOVELY shawl! I can't wait to see how the color gradations progress.

Becky G said...

Thanks! I'm @ 4 rows full on in the second skein. The dyers recommend adding the new yarn gradually. Each skein moves toward more green.
I hope to get it completed by the end of September. Thanks for the encouragement!

Judy D in AZ said...

The peacock yarn looks very rich. I'm looking forward to seeing the shawl as it progresses.

Carrie P. said...

such pretty yarn for the shawl. The person that gets it will certainly love it.