in progress :: shawls (and a contest update!)

in progress :: Sunset Aranami, originally uploaded by earthchick.

So I basically have been knitting whatever I feel like knitting for the last two or three months, and it turns out what I have mostly felt like knitting has been shawls. No reason in particular (I’m not trying to do 12 shawls in ’12, and I don’t have some major shawl-wearing event coming up). I just like knitting shawls. I also like knitting sweaters, mittens, hats, and socks, but right now it’s shawls that have my number.

I have two on the needles right now. That one up there is Olga Jazzy’s Aranami, an AMAZING (and amazingly fun) knit – such inventive construction! It’s all garter, so it has made for great knitting while reading.

wip :: Sunset Aranami
I’m using BrooklynTweed LOFT in an array of oranges, reds, and purples, for a sunset-inspired gradient shawl. In the pic at the top, I was on Tier 9. I’m on Tier 10 now (the final tier) and am super-psyched about finishing. It’s going to great for fall!

in progress :: Through the Loops Mystery Shawl
Also on the needles right now is another Through the Loops pattern, natch. This is her June Mystery Shawl KAL (through clue 2). I got about halfway done with clue 3 before I started my next doctoral class and had to set it aside (for reading-compatible garter, above). I have somehow kept from looking ahead at other people’s projects to see how it turns out – so it’s still a mystery for me! Mine is in Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere 2-ply in “Curacao,” and I’m kind of afraid I’m going to run out. I know, knit faster, right?


The last thing in progress has been off the needles for a month-and-a-half, just waiting for me to sew buttons on it. With 3-digit temps, it’s not like I’m losing any wear-time or anything, but I do want to go ahead and get them on and get it photographed.
Zelkova button options
This, my friends, was a delicious delicious knit, pairing one of my favorite designers (Kirsten Kapur, Through the Loops!) with a yarn from one of my favorites indie dyers (Sarah from The Plucky Knitter). This is Zelkova, and I can’t wait to show it to you. Once I decide on the buttons and get them sewn on.


Speaking of Through the Loops , Kirsten is very generously offering five copies of her Nefertem pattern as prizes for my giveaway . Isn’t that awesome? Thank you so much, Kirsten!!

Well that’s what’s going on around here, knit-wise. As you can see, I’m being fairly monogamish. I will admit that I have a ridiculous number of other knits dancing in my head, including some designs I’m anxious to get out of my head and into the world in the next several months. But for now, it’s shawltime all the time.

Please note: to enter the giveaway, go to the blog entry from July 9, linked above. The only comments to be entered into the giveaway will be the comments on that post. Thank you!

Happy knitting, y’all!

3 thoughts on “in progress :: shawls (and a contest update!)

  1. I like the green buttons, too! And I love your color selection for Aranami.

    I posted a link to your family’s sand hole story on Facebook and almost immediately got a reply from a friend who goes to the Texas coast with her kids and grandchildren fairly often. She had never heard of sand holes, but will be worrying about them now….

  2. That Aranami is simply stunning! Love the colors — it does indeed remind me of a sunset. Mystery shawls always seem like too much of a gamble to me, but this one is looking lovely so far.

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