FO: Westport Shawl

I’ve finished my first project since starting work. Looks like knitting and being a productive member of society can co-exist! I was having some trouble finding a balance between the two at first, but now I’ve settled into a nice routine.

Pattern: Westport Shawl by Sarah Wilson
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy

I only did 14 repeats (2 less than recommended) for the middle section, mostly because I was anxious to finish. It turned out to be the perfect size.

Here are some photos.

Blocked Lace Edge

Button Stitch Detail

Lace Edging


Back in the Groove

This post is long overdue, but there’s been good reason for my absence: new job, new apartment, and finally new project on the needles.


I’m working on the Westport Shawl from the Summer 2012 issue of Knitscene. It’s the perfect blend of straight knitting and lace, just enough to keep me interested while allowing me to do some mindless knitting. I even stepped a bit out of my usual preference for colour. Look at that blend!

Stay tuned!

The Perfectly “Usable” Yarn

So I may have misspoke when I said that the Panguipulli was unusable. I wasn’t content to just let it sit unused in my knitting trunk, cast aside and ignored. So after trying many different patterns I thought, let’s go for something simple.

It doesn’t get much more simple than garter stitch. I figured at least this would let the vibrancy of the wool come through. The colours themselves would be the detail. I knit up the whole skein and then sewed the ends together to make a cowl/scarf item.

It’s not the most exciting piece, but it’s functional, warm and I no longer feel bad about leaving the yarn. Okay there’s still one skein in there, but that’s beside the point.

The Unusable yarn in all its glory

Turns out it's just as functional as all my other yarn

Up close and personal

The Perfect Unusable Yarn

During my brief stay in Victoria I had to find a LYS and have a quick peek at what’s hot on the other side of the country. While I was inside I (of course) found some yarn that I fell in love with, Panguipulli by Araucania. I bought two skeins and figured I would have a wealth of ideas about what to do with it.

Doesn't it look just wonderful

Enter the problem. I want to make something small, preferrably only one skein. So I looked at all kinds of scarf and cowl patterns and even found a few that I love! I’ve cast on three different projects with this yarn and every one I have ended up ripping back.

The aftermath of another failed attempt

Try as I might I just can’t find something to fit this yarn.

Any suggestions?