more shawlettes (what else)

These shawlettes have been done for a little while now & are just making their way here.

I chose this first one as a project for our trip to Disney.  
A bus ride to the airport + a 3 hr plane ride = lots of knitting time.
I searched my queue & chose Pipers Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle.  I bought, downloaded & printed the pattern & it wasn't until we were on our way that I read in the pattern description how this would be 'the perfect project for travel knitting'.  So true.

I knit it up using Princess by Classic Elite.  This yarn contains quite the blend:   
40% Wool, 28% Rayon, 15% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 7% Angora.
At first, this yarn was shedding all over my lap & I was afraid that I would always have to wear it with a white or light colored shirt.  After it was done, I soaked it in my usual way, but I was a little 'rough' with it in the sink.  I sloshed it around a bit, but not too much for fear of felting.  I spun it in the wash, laid it out flat, and when it was dry I brought it outside & shook it out.  The remaining floaties flew away & I was left with a gorgeous shawlette that doesn't leave its mark.  I can totally wear it with black!

Next up was a quick & satisfying knit.  I used Malabrigo Worsted Merino, a heavenly soft & lofty yarn for wearing around your neck.

I followed Marjorie Dussaud's pattern Winter Berries.
This was the first project that I made for myself after the holiday knitting rush was over. I simplified the pattern a bit by omitting the purling & knitting through the back loop & working them as regular knits & purls.  I love how the original design looks finished, I was just in the mood for a mind clearing knit & wanted to keep things super simple.


Winter White Hat... a free pattern

I have added a new hat pattern to the Free Pattern section on this blog.
It is also loaded up on Ravelry and on Craftsy to download for free.

I used Malabrigo Worsted Merino wool, color #63 (natural).  This yarn is very soft, lofty, and oh so warm & cozy.  A perfect fit for this hat.