Back in April I wrote about how I finally gotten the whole appeal of wearing shawls as shoulder-wear, and by May I had decided to get involved in the crazy scheme over on Ravelry to make ten shawls in 2010. That's right - I was going to crochet ten shawls before the year was over, and I was going to enjoy every second of it, dogammit.
I've shown you most of my progress on crocheting six of the shawl here, here, over there, yonder, and also wherever. Today I realised that I haven't shown your shawls six, eight and nine. So here's a little show and tell.
Number six was a simple shawl called "Country Cotton" by Lion Brand Yarn, a free online pattern and it was made in a month. Instead of cotton, I used Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool 8 ply in the Thundercloud colourway. It is divine yarn to crochet with - I have some more in red that I have grand plans for. The pattern was easy, brainless, and therefore perfect for watching the rest of season one of "Gossip Girl". It's also the biggest - and warmest - shawl I have made and it's the most perfect thing to wear on blustery winter days while walking along a seaside clifftop. Or down Northbourne Avenue. Whichever.
Number eight was another Lion Brand free pattern - Bridal Shawl. I crocheted this shawl with a Crazy Zauberball in the Burnt Almonds colourway. This yarn was perfect. Unlike the Noro I used for the Painted Mountain Shawl, it had no breaks, no unevenness, it was smooshy soft and it bloomed beautifully on blocking. I started it in mid June when we started watching season two of "Gossip Girl", and finished the rest of it while I was in the Northern Territory.
Number nine was done as a crochet-a-long with a friend. I had two skeins of Wollmeise Twin in Vamp red, and we decided to both crochet a shawl in the same yarn. My friend made a South Bay Shawl (which I had already made) and I made a Glorious Morning shawl, which I had had in my Ravelry queue for a while. I actually love my friend's shawl a lot more than I love my own, but I'm still really happy with how mine turned out. I crocheted this at the same time as number eight, and also finished most of it while sitting on a bed with my friends in a wooden cabin with a granite stone floor in the Northern Territory. This shawl has a lot of friendship in it. It was an easy pattern, but I kept making mistakes and could only crochet this when I could concentrate (therefore it wasn't the perfect "Gossip Girl" project). I had a few problems with running out of yarn and having to rip back several rows TWICE *sob* but all in all this is a lovely shawl, in a fantastic colour and as I wear red most days of the week it's been a great shawl to wear to work.
This photo was taken when it was sleeting, a month or so back. Do I look cold? I was!
Stay tuned for shawl ten! Soon! Or tomorrow. Whichever comes second.