FO Friday: Little Brown Aeolian Shawl

Way, way back in May 2010, I selected some soft brown Alpaca Cloud and some gorgeous bronze beads for a full-sized Aeolian shawl …. a mere 2.5 years later, I have  finally got this sucker lovely creation off the needles!

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Project: Little Brown Aeolian Shawl

Pattern: Aeolian Shawl

Designer: Elizabeth Freeman

Available: FREE! on knitty.com

Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Carob Heather

Beads: #8 Miyuki seed beads in Dark Bronze Metallic

Now, here is a case where I had to be a process knitter.  I absolutely love the finished shawl.  Alpaca Cloud is light and soft, the beads are shiny and delightful, the edging and shape of the shawl are perfect.  BUT — the knitting, oh the knitting! It was interminable. Beading and nupps? Seriously? I stopped counting stitches when I hit eleven repeats of at least 30 stitches each, per half. Ugh.

But look at this:

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…. totally worth it.

I always like to block almost before the last stitch is off the needles. This project was no exception.  For your edification, I give you the pre-blocked shawl…

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… and the blocking shawl!

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FO Friday: Tute Catkin

I finished my Catkin a couple weeks ago! I’ve been wearing it a LOT because it is so lovely.

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Project: Tute Catkin

Pattern: Catkin

Designer: Carina Spencer

Available: $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Tosh Light in French Grey and Byzantine

Buttons: LaMode Style 24794 1/2” antique silver (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)

This is a pattern designed for Tosh Light, and I found two colors of Tosh Light I loved …  is “French Grey” a brownish grey, or a greyish brown?  Either way, it really allows the Byzantine to shine. Working with a single-ply yarn is always a bit more challenging that working with a nice round plied yarn, but sometimes the results are just so lovely, I don’t mind a bit.

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The striped neck section was a bit boring to work, and keeping track of the increases was a pain. I stalled out a bit there.  I stalled out again in the textured middle section, until I figured out the pattern and didn’t have to watch the chart as closely.  The slipped-stitch lollipop section was fun, fun, fun — no stalling out there at all, even though the rows were at their longest.

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I especially adore the slipped-stitch vertical stripes at the corners!

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