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This lace pi shawl was my heirloom knit. How do I define an heirloom knit? I think it's one that I wanted to invest a lot more in terms of the material and the time. I did invest more in the yarn and pattern, but I had to rush to finish it as my September became hectic. I was knitting it everyday for about a week to finish it. I even had a little cramping.…

I really enjoyed this pattern overall. It only had two rows and was very easy to knit with while watching movies or TV. I didn’t feel pressured to finish it and loved going back to it. I don’t always wear my Stephen West shawls, but I’ve enjoyed knitting everyone of them. Shortened mine from the pattern because I had read many people ran out of yarn. I went to about 12" rather than 14" before…

One of my best knit items yet. Last summer, I tried making Evelyn A. Clark's other popular pattern Swallowtail Shawl and ran into a lot of problems so it has been hibernating. I am ready to tackle it again after this wonderful project. Popularized by Brooklyn Tweed's version of aran lace, I decided to do some stashbusting with my Patons. This was one of my most enjoyable knits; it's easy to knit up and remember.…

 On your left, is the two balls of Wendy Merino DK that I bought an hour ago, and on your right is The Bane of My Existence: a tangled mess of the Misti Alpaca Lace that I posted about buying in this post. I starting putting it in a centre pull ball using the toilet paper roll method, but let's be honest, I have never had to use a reshape a hank of yarn, and…

Here I am spending money again on yarn. One of my LYSs is having a clearance sale on Meilweneit Cotton sock yarn (45% cotton, 42% wool, 13% nylon) at 50% off so I bought a skein of the Spirit (knits wide stripes) yesterday. Who doesn't like good, discounted sock yarn on sale? As for the Misti Alpaca Lace (100% baby alpaca), I bought that today because I was  inspired this morning to start Swallowtail Shawl,…

Clapotis, started February 26th, 2007, finished May 4th, 2007 Pattern: Clapotis from Knitty Yarn: 100% mercerized cotton DK Needles: #8/5.0 mm straight bamboo Cost of Project: $10 for the yarn Pattern Notes and Comments: One of the most well known of online patterns. I've wanted to knit this for awhile, and considered a lot about the yarn. The pattern uses a lot of it. I found a discounted cone of DK cotton at my LYS.…