Friday, January 22, 2010

Going shawl-out for 2010!

Saroyan progress shot
Waaa-waaa. Ravelry has been blowing my mind recently with a lot of crazy awesome features. The newest one? The Help for Haiti patterns: buy a pattern from a favorite designer and at least 50% of the proceeds will go to relief efforts for Haiti. Yo: I'm not talking about crocheted toilet paper holders here (see how I vilify what I don't understand?), I'm talking about patterns that are already in your queue. I nabbed several, including KK's Dorothea beanie, M-H's Simple Things, Daybreak, Wandering the Moor and two shawls I've been dying to make: Clothilde and Milkweed. So check it out, the designers have been so generous to offer their proceeds.

While on the topic of Ravelry, I am excited to have joined an insane group on there called 10 Shawls in 2010. Yup, you guessed it: you knit 10 shawls in one calendar year. I'm kind of excited about it because I have recently rediscovered the awesome power that is the shawl, and it is this: the key to wearing them and not looking like a society for creative anachronism member or historical reenactor is to wear them as bunched up as scarves. VoilĂ . Such an earth shattering observation! What's next? Leggings as pants? NO.

I'm making fantastic progress on my Saroyan, and have my eye on the above-mentioned shawls as well as a top-sekret test knit, Mara, another Shetland Triangle, Summer Shawlette, Woodland Shawl, and Candlelight Shawl. Am I missing any? What's your favorite shawl pattern?

33 comments:

Judi P said...

I've been lurking for a month or so and just have to leap up to say, yo! you are so right about bunching up those shawls!!

One that looks particulary fabulous that way is Ysolda's Damson. And right now (well, at least as of yesterday) she's giving 80% to Haiti relief. How could you go wrong.

I'm not a speed knitter, and I finished one in three days right before Christmas. Gave it as a gift, but cleverly enough, to someone who lives at my house. It goes beautifully with my winter coat as a neck scarf.

Chantal B said...

Thank you so much for the those very very nice shawls that you present! And I look forward to see your Saroyan - I didn't know that pattern - looks very nice!

sophanne said...

I may not get to ten but shawls are all I have on the needles right now. Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawl book has enchanted me and I'm off to join that rav group!

Thanks!

Clumsy Knitter said...

Oooh...all good shawl choices. Good luck! ;-)

Jodi said...

Your Saroyan's looking lovely! Great shade of blue.

I'm with on the 10 in 2010 bandwagon for the exact same reason - shawlettes make wonderful scarves.

How about Citron and Traveling Woman? They're both on my list.

Jadielady said...

I have Soroyan in my que too. Don't forget about Wendyknits' newest pattern Argus - its a gorgeous lacey shawlette, and it is also one of the ones with a portion of the sales going to Haiti.

Tonia said...

I can't live without my Ulmus....

Rose said...

What pattern is the one in your photo? It's pretty. I have been wanting to knit/have a shawl but feared them for many reasons. As I near my birthday, I am loathe to look even older than my age. Bunching a shawl up? I want to see a photo, please.

Rose said...

Okay, I read a little more carefully and know that you showed the Saroyan, which I have now downloaded. Thanks for the link(s) but I'd still love to see a bunching photo.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Saroyan looks great so far!

Anne said...

I am ALL ABOUT the bandito shawl - especially littler ones that give you that just-right extra layer of warmth. I have two Ishbels (yellow and blue) and I wear one at work virtually every day. I'm eager to make Milkweed as well, and I really like Aestlight, Damson, Springtime Bandit and Multnomah. And the other, like, FIFTY shawls in my queue.

nicole said...

Thanks for the reminder dude, I've been meaning to purchase "Wandering the Moors" for a while now.

But 10 shawls in 2010? To quote my favourite line in "30 Rock" that's coco for kookoopoops!

If anyone can pull it off though, it's you! Let the drooling over your FO's begin! (Eww, that last sentence came out wrong, but you know what I mean)

peaknits said...

Wow that Saroyan is GORGEOUS! I love the pretty blue! I think you hit all of my favorite shawls, can't wait to see each one of yours!

Kirsten said...

Yes, the bunching does work to help us look younger and hipper with our shawls. However, I will admit to wearing mine like Tasha Tudor in a cold restaurant from time to time-instantly aging myself by 30 or so years.

Laura said...

Springtime Bandit, sister. That's a great shawl pattern. And there's another great Kate Gagnon shawl in the new Knitscene. I think it's called Conifer.

Amelia said...

if it's a triangular shawl (and large enough) you can wear it with the large point in front and wrap the two ends behind your neck and tie them again in front. then skew it slightly to the side.

earthchick said...

Oh Lordy, did I really need to read this? Must. Resist. Temptation. I will not try to make 10 Shawls in 2010! I won't! Mark my words! (and then make me eat them when I decide, oh, in about October, to try to make it happen!)

Mara is totally on my list - I have some handspun marked for that. And I have some Sundara that's been patiently waiting to become a Shetland Triangle for about a year (I finally photocopied the pattern so that I can return the library book that I've had out for all that time). And I am SO smitten with Wandering the Moor, maybe also in handspun.

And of course your Saroyan has made me want to cast on for that, too, and pronto!

LEO said...

Mara is definitely high on my list as well! I think I realized something this summer - that I am exponentially more likely to finish a shawl the less purling there is involved. Those long purl rows just bore me to tears - hence my interest in Mara. I do love that summer shawlette you linked to - the purling obviously didn't bore me too bad since it's at such a large gauge, and I love the shaping over the shoulders that keeps it so nicely in place. I wore it at my wedding but I've only really had one other occasion to put it on since then, which is a shame. It does seem like a dress-up shawl only.

Besides those, I've had daybreak in my queue for a while - Stephen West has some really lovely shawl patterns. The textured shawl recipe also looks so wonderfully drapey and cozy. And as much as I'm not that into knitting lace I really, really want Jared Flood's Willoughby. I love how antiquey it looks, and the combination of laceyness and texture isn't something you see a whole lot. Finally, the other garter-based shawl on my list is Multnomah.

Hey, how about sharing. Apparently someone put a truth serum in my coffee this morning.

Yarnhog said...

I'm personally still determined to make Swallowtail. Someday. I've actually knitted half of it twice before deciding I didn't like the yarn. So maybe third time's the charm. I won't be joining your efforts (!), but I will be watching from the sidelines. ;)

Angela said...

I'm making a Laminaria for my Ravelympics project and in preparation for my upcoming (hopefully in fall) trip to Estonia.

Sue said...

I have three shawls on the needles at the moment,
Little Colonnade, Springtime Bandit (my second, love this pattern), and Forest Canopy.
My all time favorite pattern is the Shetland Triangle. Probably my second favorite is Ishbel. I also have many in my favs, such as Milkweed, Damson, Colonnade, Mara, and Luminaria.
I am definitely signing up for the Rav group. Thanks for all your inspiration! I am going to try the only 3 projects at a time to see if I can get some things finished. We'll see how it goes!

GinkgoKnits said...

Anything from Nancy Bush's Estonian Lace book is my choice. I've already knit two projects from that book and am working on a third. Also, the Aeolian and Laminaria shawls from Knitty are must knits on my list.

Jen (Purlgirl918) said...

You can doooo eeet! I have so many shawls in my queues...both the one on Rav, and the one in my head. But I've never knit one. I need to get on that.

Yvonne said...

You know, I heard about that group...looked at that group...and decided it was too crazy for me! I'll be rooting for you, though!!

Kathy said...

I'd recommend SeaScape. Thank you for all the pretty shawls. I've been looking at Wandering the Moors and Saroyan for a bit.

Kathy said...

Oh yes... have you considered Levens? I'm amazed that she's designing at 11 yo!

Kathy said...

I made a smaller shawl a couple years ago and it is wonderful as a scarf. I tend to wear mine around the house rather than out and about. My favorite that I really, really need to just DO is the Northern Lights shawl. I love the stripes.

Jessica said...

Sort of an oldie but I recently conquered Swallowtail and Ishbel is a new fav. :)

Chancy said...

My thoughts on shawls are pretty much exactly your thoughts on shawls. The bunched up scarf look makes all the difference. Last Friday I just bought Damson and Herbivore through the Help for Haiti feature. Such an awesome movement.

yahaira said...

I still want to go back to and oldie but goodie, the diamond shawl!

Alison said...

Oh, leggings...

agreed, NO.

lynn said...

How about... http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/colourflow-wrap
i had so much fun splurging on the koigu- then there was the thrillllll of cutting it open!
priceless

Linda said...

Wow--I love your Saroyan! Your shawl ideas are all so pretty. My rav queue just got longer!