My apologies for the recent radio silence. Nothing major has gone on around here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy! I’ve been crafting and reading up a storm, and I’m gonna share some of my recent efforts here.
So, I’ve been on a bit of a shawl making phase as of late. Of course, you saw LoveWave in all of its glory a couple of months ago, but I now have two more to showcase for you!
The weather wasn’t cooperating the last few days as summer is prime thunderstorm season here in Florida, but we actually managed a dry day today, and got some good shots of these shawls with the setting sun in a partly cloudy sky. The lighting was real nice, but it was hot as balls out there when taking these pictures, upper 80s Fahrenheit and humid. I was sweating up a storm after just five minutes out there. 😓
The first is an asymmetrical triangular shawl knit with the second of my two cakes of WoolEase Cakes in Aphrodite. You’ll remember that the first was used to knit my LoveWave shawl.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes in “Aphrodite” / Needles: US # 7 (4.25 mm) / Pattern: Be Simple Shawl by Carolyn Glauz-Todrank (this is a free pattern from Ravelry, and will work in just about any weight of yarn…just be sure to use the recommended size needles for your yarn if you want nice stitch definition, although garter stitch in slightly larger needles will probably produce a nice, cushy fabric as well).
This was a pretty fun, mindless knit, especially after the lace-filled adventure that was LoveWave. It was just a simple, short set of rows to work and shape the shawl (increases on every row to shape the asymmetrical edge and decreases on every other row to make the straight edge along the top), and then a picot bind-off to finish it off. I actually finished the knitting portion of this while watching WWE’s Super ShowDown event back in June, even winning a game of Yarn Chicken on the bind-off, but I didn’t get the ends woven in until this week.
The second shawl I finished was something I like to call the Hades Shawl: 1. Named after the colorway I used to make it, and 2. It is a crocheted skull covered in skulls. If you have figured out what the title of my post is referring to, the skulls part is quite pertinent as to why I chose “Shawls to the Wall” as my post title. (And if you don’t get the reference, don’t worry, I’ll explain at the end of my post.)
I had fun with this one, too!
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes in “Hades” / Hook: US size G (4.25 mm) / Pattern: Lost Souls Skull Shawl by Maryetta Roy (this is also a free pattern on Ravelry; it was originally written for worsted weight yarn and a size H hook, but I decided to go down a hook size for this yarn since its weight was closer to a DK…the size G hook is about the same diameter as my usual size US #7 knitting needles)
The only thing I’d do differently next time is crochet this one in a solid color, since the stripes get thinner the further along you go (as more yarn gets eaten up with each repeat), but other than that, I’d totally work this pattern again!
(I also have an idea to do a shawl in the Hufflepuff colors, since that’s my Hogwarts house on Pottermore, using the same pattern I used to make my Unicorn Shawl last year. It’s still in the early planning stages, though.)
My Neapolitan blanket is coming along nicely, I am now adding my first round of brown rectangles that will represent the “chocolate” in the color scheme. I have been chronicling this one a bit on my Instagram, as I tend to do with my works in progress (boy do I love the Stories function for this).
As for reading, I’ve managed to finish two books since my last post (War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut). I’m about 70-80% done with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, started The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, and I also got a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. (I’ve been posting about all of these over on my Instagram, which has also been great in connecting me to other readers as well as knitters and crocheters.)
Okay…now, the explanation of my post title. “Shawls to the Wall” is a pun on a song title by a heavy metal band from Germany 🇩🇪 called Accept, whose best known song is “Balls to the Wall”. Those who know me well know I’ve been a classic rock fan since my teenage years, and that has also grown over time to include hard rock and heavy metal. (And I’m not the only person in my family who likes listening to heavy metal: my dad has been known to listen to both heavy metal and old school country in equal doses.) I’m also of the belief that “Yarning is metal.” 🤘 Both knitting and crocheting. (In fact, one of the crocheters I follow on Instagram is a huge death metal fan and he enjoys crocheting to very loud, screaming music. Me, I prefer crafting to history videos and documentaries…we all have our preferences.) So, for all you crafters out there who thinking that your craft is metal, this song is for you.
You get your Shawls to the Wall, man…Shawls to the Wall!