Tuesday, February 28, 2012


i am so sorry...i have neglected my 'simple gifts' for so long!!  i am enjoying knitting my Echo Flower Shawl in Madelinetosh sock 'glazed pecan'.  it's a golden brown ... a little darker color than the pattern picture below: ~

i'm going to make the larger shawl-size. i have 2 wound balls of 395yds each so i hope i don't run out of this pecan! it's the most complicated pattern i've attempted. the little bumps you see are 'nupps'(pronounced 'noops')...these are prevalent in Estonian lacework i've read about by Nancy Bush. this pattern also has '2 into 9' and '3 into 9' stitches increasing the stitches on your needle from 2 into 9 by yarn overs.  it gets a little tight unless you hold the yarn very loosely.  as i work these they keep getting better.  (aside: i asked a yarn shop owner for help on this pattern & she didn't know what these two techniques were!) there are so many stitches/techniques involved in the world of knitting, my knowledge/skill level doesn't even scratch the surface!! lol  but what i've learned about knitting is all self-taught and i'm very proud of that!! (the only knitting class i've ever taken was a Fairisle Christmas stocking class where we designed our own Christmas stockings!)
i just found out my two nieces are both have baby girls in May and July! back to my binder of baby sweaters/dresses!! i love knitting baby girl items! this will be FUN!! the july baby's mom requested a purple baby blanket...i picture light lavender...LYS here i come!!!

i know my blog background makes it more difficult to read, but i LOVE the 3 Kings bringing Gifts to the Baby Jesus!!  thus, my title.  i follow the Shaker Simple Gifts philosophy and St.Francis of Assissi is my patron saint!! SIMPLICITY...

 ^)^ hawknitr

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