Knitting Under the Radar

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During the entire Art Show preparation time, from beginning of January to last week, I have been knitting. A lot. It always surprises me, every year, when busy full times hit, that I keep on knitting unaware of how the few rows here, some stitches there are adding up. I’ll be sharing just a few of the begun-and-completed projects from the last two months. This first one comes with many links for those of you who love to knit. Or, if you’re wanting to learn, perhaps it might inspire you to take up some needles and yarn. 🙂

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(On the yarn winder is the scrumptious Noro red I used for the ruffle on the edge. Surely every artist has a yarn winder attached to their drawing table?)

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I first saw/heard about this shawl on the blog of a favorite knit designer, Susan B. Anderson. She made one for herself, showed her pics of it in progress, and I drooled. The cool thing was that it used leftover sock yarns, wound into a “cake” using a yarn winder, joining the leftover bits using a very cool “Double Knot” technique. Susan directed us to Paula Emmons-Fuessle, the designer of this shawl, her pattern, and website too. I purchased the pattern, received a yarn winder for Christmas, learned the double knot technique from this video (Paula directs you to this one), and off I went. Paula’s pattern gives you a terrific way of remembering this technique and is worth the price of the pattern just for this! This is a very easy pattern! It’s your basic triangular shawl in stockinette, switching it up to garter whenever you like, adding any variation of “ruffle” you would like. (Paula’s pattern gives you several options for the ruffle.)

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I also discovered that Paula, known as Prairie Piper on Ravelry, has a podcast. I am new to the whole world of knitting podcasts. These are really awesome listening (or watching) segments, perfect for listening to whilst knitting! I’ve listened to several different ones, and thus far, Paula’s is my favorite! She is a bagpipist (is that a word?), she loves to walk and observe nature, and of course, is an awesome knitter and designer. I’ve actually knitted designs of hers before without really knowing who she was. I’m glad I’ve discovered her podcast! Here’s a link to her podcast/blog, and to her spot on Ravelry. You’ll enjoy getting to know her and her designs.

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The shawl was addictive to knit! It was much like reading a book whose chapters end with a hook: I just couldn’t wait to begin the next leftover yarn color, to see how it would look! I think I made mine a bit bigger than Paula’s, due to having so many leftovers. But then I stopped and realized I could hang onto the rest for my next Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl! I will surely knit this one again, and soon!

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Of course, I love drawing the finished knitted pieces. The reference photo was a bit of a funny pic as I purposely didn’t get my entire head in the photo. Two reasons: one, it was taken early morning before showering and “fixing” my hair! Two, I wanted the photo to concentrate on the SHAWL and not on me so much. And I do not particularly like photos/drawings of people with their whole heads chopped off.

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This morning I woke with the added image of the balls of yarn coming out of my head. I liked how the knitting needles looked like either antennae or chopsticks seen in hair sometimes. Just for fun. Knit. Then draw the knitting. Now THAT is fun!

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