A Tale of Two Shawls

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Two shawls, one in jade green on top of one in gray and mint greenIt’s no secret I like yarn. (And beads, ink, paper, stationery, etc.)

I don’t usually have more than one crochet or knit project going at once, but, well… I do now. You can see part of both of them in the picture here. Here’s how they came about.

Yesterday, I had an appointment. I didn’t know how long (or even if) I would have to wait. I didn’t take anything to work on. That’s unusual for me. I bought some yarn (Lion Brand Mandala in Echo Caves) and a size J/10 5.75mm hook. (Now I have a spare J hook since I gave my other spare away.) I started what is known as the “Virus Shawl.” It works up fast and is pretty no matter what type or color of yarn you use. (Here’s a link to the pattern’s Ravelry page if you’re interested. It’s easier than it looks. The hardest part is counting to 10.)

Then today I got to go to a JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts (the closest one to me is at Sooner Mall in Norman, Oklahoma). I shopped there a little while my mom and brother were with my niece to get her eyes checked and get new glasses. I had taken my new project with us and worked on it on the way up, but I left it in the pickup (it wouldn’t fit in my purse). Instead of going out to the pickup to get it–you guessed it!–I bought yarn and a crochet hook. This time, the yarn was Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Cake in the color Jade Pool. I bought a size K/10.5 6.50mm hook (now I have a spare of that one, which I didn’t before).

With this yarn, I’m making a variation of this shawl. I’m using the same weight of yarn (3, light) but a different hook. The pattern calls for a size M/N, which I used in the first shawl, but I wanted to experiment with the different size this time around. This shawl also works up quickly.

Since I started the first shawl yesterday, I will finish it before I continue working on the second one. I love the colors of both of them. I find them soothing and inspiring at the same time. It’s interesting how it’s possible to create something from, basically, nothing in a relatively short period of time.

What are you currently working on? Do you have more than one project going at a time?

Happy creating!

5 thought on “A Tale of Two Shawls”

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  2. jencnipps Post author

    I can honestly say it is both easier and harder than you think it will be in the beginning. Then it gets to where you can do it without really thinking about it. Well… I can do that with crochet and some knit patterns. It really depends on how complicated the pattern is.

  3. Jeanine Byers

    I love creating something from nothing! Blog posts, websites, books, graphics. But I bow to you with the knitting, because I’m not worthy. ;)


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