Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Knitted Shawlettes

As long time readers of this blog know, I own and quilt shop and LOVE to quilt.  But a close second is my love of knitting (and then there's paper crafting, gardening, cooking....).  Never enough hours in the day!

Bryce Canyon Shawl

I do a lot of test knitting for "verybusymonkey", who is a talented knitwear designer.  I recently tested the 4 shawls in an e-book for her.  Test knitting is like proof-reading.  I knit the item and look for bloopers- and edit the pattern.  It's so much fun- and I end up with some great knitted things.  These are called "shawls" but I almost always wear them as a scarf.  They're small, as shawls go, and I love draping them around my neck in the winter- they keep me nice and toasty.  :-)


 Canyonlands Shawl

If you are on Ravelry, you can find all of these patterns by searching under verybusymonkey.  If you're not on Ravelry, you can find VBM patterns here.  Not familiar with Ravelry?  If you knit or crochet- you HAVE to check it out!  It's like facebook for knitters (sort of).  If you're looking for me on Ravelry, my screen name is suehauser.


 Grand Tetons Shawl

 You might notice a theme in the names.  The shawls in this collection are all named after National Parks.  The designer donates a portion of the sales of these patterns to the National Parks Foundation.  (Her pattern prices are very reasonable, but the way).


Olympic National Park Shawl

This last one is a favorite of mine.  Oh, MY.... this is beautiful!  It was so much fun to knit the little leaves into the piece.  As you can see by the tablecloth in the picture, I made these last fall and winter.    I have more, but I'll save them for another post.


5 comments:

Jackie said...

Beautiful shawls! It must be fun to be a test knitter. You must also be a pretty quick knitter. VBM is so generous to donate a portion of her proceeds to the National Parks!

Gene Black said...

Those are gorgeous. I don't need another hobby or I would be trying to learn knitting. LOL

Nanbon44 said...

the shawls are wonderful... My mom use to knit and crochet, a skill I never learned..

Judy S. said...

Welcome back! It was a busy spring here also. Your shawls are fabulous. I need to check her out on Ravelry.

Lori Miles@Split-Site PhD said...

I have been trying to learn to knit for a long time. These are beautiful. I love all of the different designs. These are wonderful.


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