Down the Ravelry Rabbit Hole

I’ve been getting tons done on my two main projects right now. My MO is to work on my giant blue rectangle aka Easy Folded Poncho early in the day. Then, once I’ve knocked out a significant chunk, I’ll reward myself by working on my Miller’s Daughter. That way, I make good progress on both of them and I don’t get too overwhelmingly bored.

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It’s getting giant-er!

I don’t have an updated MD pic because…well, it all kind of looks the same now. It’s bunched up on the needles in typical giant shawl fashion, so it’s tricky to see the shape or any change in size. However, as I might have mentioned before, I am madly and thoroughly in love with this thing. Unfortunately, the weather turned around today and it looks like we’re solidly in pre-summer mode here*. I just want to scrunch it up and wear it forever, but I would probably melt or catch fire or something.

On to the rabbit hole. Despite the fact that I’m “booked” several projects out, I keep getting lost in pattern searching on ravelry. There’s so much out there and I just want to knit it all! I keep adding favorites and adding things to my queue. I’m up to 16 items on my queue, which is kind of crazy for me. I don’t tend to queue things unless I’m 90% sure I’m going to make them. I use favorites to earmark things I’m interested in but might never get around to, or things I might want to look at later for inspiration. In particular, I’ve been bitten by the shawl bug pretty badly. Part of it might be the Melanie Berg KAL that I’m doing right now, but several of her shawls are really calling to me.

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Photo copyright Melanie Berg. Via ravelry.

Meet Rheinlust. I didn’t realize how interesting this shawl was until I saw a bunch of close up pics on the KAL thread. The wave motif is worked horizontally and is made with twisted stitches. That gives each little wave a very crisp and three dimensional look and adds lovely definition. I think it looks best in a tonal, midnight blue shade. This one is going to have to wait until I’ve whittled down my stash quite a bit. It takes about 950 yards of fingering and I don’t have any solids with that yardage currently.

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Photo copyright Melanie Berg. Via ravelry.

Another Mairlynd shawl that has tempted me is On the Spice Market. This one has a main color and six contrast colors. I’ve seen some really lovely color combinations on this one. Amazingly, I have enough stash yarn to do this one–all in Koigu KPM–so this one might find its way to my needles sometime soon! My MC would be this greyish lavender:

I have several choices on the contrast colors, so I’ll see what looks good together next time I dig them all out.

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Photo copyright Melanie Berg. Via ravelry.

The last Melanie Berg shawl I’m going to talk about today is The Love of Spiders. Just look at it. Really, need I say more? It’s got gorgeous texture, shape, contrast and structure. I love it!

What are your favorite shawl patterns? Have you knit any of the ones above? What pattern bug has got to you lately? I’d love to know!

Happy knitting!

*I’d say spring, but it’s too humid for that shit, yo.

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12 comments

  1. bonnyknits · May 26, 2016

    I’m in the same place: I want to knit ALL THE THINGS, especially shawls. The ones you’ve featured are so pretty. I definitely need to explore her designs. (And your last line made me LOL for real. I’m in Missouri. Same.)

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    • alexand knits · May 26, 2016

      I fought hard just to limit myself to three! Life would be a lot easier if I liked shawlettes but no…I want all my shawls to be giant. So they take forever! Must knit faster!

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      • bonnyknits · May 26, 2016

        You are a stronger knitter than I am; I have six right now but really want to get it down to maybe three or four. My only saving grace with shawls is that I do like shawlettes, and I like doing them in DK or sport weight, so at least they go faster than fingering!

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      • alexand knits · May 26, 2016

        Yeah, that’s a good thing! My current shawl WIP is in lace weight. I’m still not exactly sure what I was thinking!

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      • bonnyknits · May 26, 2016

        The Millers Daughter? You were thinking it’s gorgeous!

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      • alexand knits · May 26, 2016

        Oh yeah, you’re right!

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  2. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · May 26, 2016

    I love the shawls 🙂 The things I find myself looking at lately are knit summer t-shirts. However, with my middle bulge (hopefully to be gone soon), I just don’t think I could pull them off. I’ve also been looking at a lot of baby patterns for my niece. I’m trying to not look at patterns until I have all my WIP’s off the needles, but it’s a losing battle 🙂 I also LOL’d at your final comment!!!

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    • alexand knits · May 26, 2016

      There are a bunch of people at my LYS (customers and staff) who have come in lately wearing their newly knitted summer tanks, tees and shells. I admit I’ve been eyeing up a few patterns, myself. I think they can look really cool, but I worry about being too hot. I’m always hot as it is! However, I do have a good bit of cotton, linen and other lighter fiber blends hanging out in the old stash, so maybe I’ll try something out!

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      • Paula @ Spin a Yarn · May 27, 2016

        That is the thing I would be worried about too! Being too hot. We have such huge temperature swings. For example, it’s 54 degrees F here now and it’s supposed to get up to 86. So I’ve got layers on for the morning and as the early afternoon comes on, it’s time to start shedding. Ok…what does that have to do with anything? It’s super early here and I probably shouldn’t be allowed near a keyboard. Anywho, if you decide to make one, I can’t wait to see it! I need to get some summer yarn; however I’m on a yarn diet 🙂

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  3. Stefanie · May 26, 2016

    These shawls are striking. I love that blue you’re working with.

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  4. fiberandsustenance · May 27, 2016

    I love all three of these! I think they’re all in my favorites already! I also really like her Moonraker shawl, which I even have a kit to make! I’ve been on a sweater kick lately – I have about nine I want to be knitting all at the same time – very practical!

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