Posts Tagged ‘Ravelry’

’tis the season to share….and there is much to share given that there are many postings in the Skein Lane lineup. I asked Jan for some details on what she literally just finished at this past Friday morning knitting group.  Jan says….

  • Pattern: Verybusymonkey (all her stuff can be found on Ravelry, bought via download) – “Irish Moss Shawl.”
  • Fiber:  a Blue Moon (Fiber Arts) yarn that I found at the show in San Mateo – Marine Silk Fingering.  100 grms/3.5 oz/487 yards.  The colorway is Sky Blue Pink, and you really do get a shimmer of pink through the yarn as light reflects from it.
  • Content: 51% silk, 29% merino, and 20% sea cell rayon.
  • Gauge: 28-32 sts per 4 inches on size 1-3 needles.
  • Washing instructions: hand wash or dry clean.


“The pattern version used a 435 yd skein of yarn and therefore my skein of 487 yds should have been sufficient, but it wasn’t.  Most likely my gauge was the culprit.  In any case, the pattern fortunately suggests where to bind off if you’d like the shawl to be shorter n the back or if you’re short on yarn.  I thought it might be obvious that I cut it off 4 rows early, but it’s not. The dark purple shawl that I did before this one is also a Verybusymonkey pattern.  I LOVE her stuff!”

A couple footnotes from Carolyn here: I did take a couple more photos of Jan modeling her beautiful shawl….but they are nowhere to be found….better hire a new photographer. I just checked out the Verybusymonkey site…..on my….there are many beautiful shawl patterns!

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We do cook….and we do knit! Many of us refer to our knitting patterns as our knitting recipes! Here’s a bit of what’s cooking at the moment.

Kimberly - Honeycomb Cowl

Kimberly – Honeycomb Cowl

Some of us….Kimberly, Jean, PJ and Laurel are knitting (or just completed) the Honeycomb Cowl  published by Madelinetosh and featured on Ravelry.com. This simple 4-row pattern, worked in the round, produces excellent results. You have two choices for the number of stitches to cast on…it all depends on whether you want to have a single “wrap” around your neck or a longer cowl that you can wrap twice around. Oh……I have just added this pattern to my “do list”…..will knit with the wonderful yarn that “my personal shoppers” picked for me at Interweave Lab Knit last fall.

PJ has repurposed a merino sock yarn for her version, Jean’s version is a brown wool yarn, and Laurel is knitting her version with Brown Sheep’s Superwash Pride in Mint.

My (Carolyn) Hitchhiker Scarf

My (Carolyn) Hitchhiker Scarf

I think I mentioned recently that I was a season or two behind (on many fronts)…and that I  embarked on knitting the lovely merino sock yarn that was gifted to me by Maurie when she returned from working in Germany a few moons ago. I’ve loved this yarn but couldn’t decide how I wanted to “feature” it. I finally embraced the ever-popular Hitchhiker scarf. My tune now is much like “99 bottles of beer on the wall”…..I am humming “32 thumbs on the hike and only 11 to go”! Who knows why but I had a bit of a “brain freeze” in the beginning and a couple of the thumbs weren’t quite right! I had a knitting melt down and frogged back to almost the beginning. I am quite happy now and will be wearing this soon. In fact, I am now catching up on Downton Abbey and plan to start Season 3 after a meeting tonight. Looks like I will make a dent in “only 11 to go”!

New Sock for Bonnie

Bonnie recently purchased this lovely colorful packet of mini-skeins of yarn….I think it was at the Interweave Knit Lab last fall. She has designed her sock with her color line-up choices and she is custom-shaping. I love this sock and the custom fitting!

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