Since I'm sending a hat to cousin Matt, I thought I had better go ahead and make everyone else in the house (and nearby house) a gift too. You know, when it rains, it pours. So for my Aunt Linda, I made a small shawl. I've been rather captivated lately with all the shawl patterns coming out for the autumn, but I don't know anyone that actually wears shawls. They always seemed so fanciful to me. Now, a shawlette, I tell myself, anyone can wear. Even I have one, in the same yarn I used for Linda actually.
Pattern: Le Weekend Shawl (free)
Yarn: Hayfield pure wool classic 4ply. This was a bargain buy on Ebay ages ago, and I still have loads. I wasn't overly impressed when it arrived on my doorstep, but I washed it and blocked it better than the last time, and it feels softer now, more wearable.
One last thing I wanted to say--about blocking. People go on and on about "Blocking magic" to which I normally think in my head, "Yeah, it's good, but is it magic?" Well that was before I knit a shawl (now two, stay tuned next week!). Blocking really, really IS magic. It is my new very best friend!
Lastly, here are a few devil tails I whipped up for Halloween. Both my girls were devils, I don't think they understood the irony.
Have a great weekend!!