Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Life



I bought this yarn last summer to knit a shawl for a friend of mine, with the idea of giving it to her for her birthday.  When I was on the very last lace repeat, I held it up and realized either 1) a small child took a pair of scissors to it or  2) a moth had found it.  Either way, it was un-salvageable - at least without pulling it all out and reknitting.  Since it was a fingering weight yarn and had already taken me quite a while, that thought was just too much for me at the time.  I came up with another gift for her and tossed the ruined shawl in the deep recesses of my stash.



Until last week.  I got it back out, frogged the entire thing (shedding no tears, surprisingly), rewound the yarn and started over.  A different pattern this time, "The Age of Brass and Steam.".  I was waiting for yarn to come to finish Dinah's Bulle, so I knit on it pretty nonstop and, after two days, it was finished.  I love it.  Breathing new life into something that was unusable is a great feeling.  The yarn is malabrigo sock and the color is Archangel, most accurate in the first picture above.


In the meantime, I've made good progress on Dinah's Bulle - I just have the sleeves and pockets to finish and should be done later today.  I bought the yarn from a fellow Raveler, as I often do, but this time I was in for a surprise.  She had 6 skeins for sale and I asked her to split it and just sell me 3, which she agreed to.  Imagine my surprise when the yarn arrived and she had given me all 6 skeins for the price of 3!  I am so humbled by acts of generosity such as this.  It really reminds me that there are some amazing and wonderful people out there.

In sewing news, I found this sweet and easy tutorial for tiered skirts for my girls.  I went out last night to pick up some fabric and should have these whipped up later this evening to be tucked in with their other birthday gifts.  It looks like I have enough fabric left over to make one for their new baby sister as well!  3 matching little girls.  I can't imagine anything sweeter.

Linking up today with Ginny and Nichole.

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23 comments:

  1. That shawl is gorgeous. Sometimes leaving something for a while and then going back to it gives us the space and time to be ok with our mishaps!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, you are totally right. For a while, I couldn't look at that yarn without getting mad! Now it's remade into something I love. All it takes is time.

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  2. Beautiful shawl! Love the colors. Isn't it nice to take the time to hand make items during busy days with children?!

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    1. Yes! I love having my hands doing a little something while I help with Math or listen to reading. Definitely helps me slow down!

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  3. How depressing! But it does have a happy ending. The shawl is gorgeous.

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  4. Oh, no! How horrible. I'm glad that you were able to make lemonade out of lemons. It's a beautiful shawl.

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  5. The shawl is gorgeous and the name is great. It's so nice to go back and rescue these old projects sometimes but I really do need a break from them. It just hurts too much to fix them right away sometimes.

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  6. Do you have any websites you would suggest for learning how to knit? All of your creations are so beautiful, and I would love to learn how to do this for myself.

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    1. I initially learned from my Grandma, but found www.knittinghelp.com to be hugely helpful. There are videos of all sorts of different stitches and a lot of help to be found there.

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  7. I love it! I enjoy making shawls :)

    Colletta

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  8. I love the colourway! Beautiful work!

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  9. I've knit that shawl before and it is a wonderful pattern. Love the beautiful yarn!

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    1. I forgot to mention I did 5 pattern repeats altogether - just in case you make another one in sock yarn! It's amazing how far it reaches!

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  10. gorgeous......and good for you reclaiming a lost project!!!

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  11. i love what you did, it's just beautiful. i agree very much and believe that there are usually no tears in unraveling when the time and inspiration is right, lovely!

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  12. Beautiful shawl. Love the colors. I will have to try this yarn! It looks funny to knit!

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  13. I have that pattern in my Rav library - your post makes me want to cast on!

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  14. So glad you were able to salvage such beautiful yarn! I had a pleat neck tunic almost done for my youngest. Two weeks ago I ripped it completely out because I had misread part of the pattern and it was maddening, it's a Debbie bliss pattern and I hated how she had it knit in front and back instead of in the round. I figured if I was going to rip the front I might as well reknit the whole thing in the round, plus add an inch or two. I think aim going to knit one more inch before splitting for sleeves. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I put my daughter in tiered skirts all the time with a cute top and leggings. Can't wait to take a peek!

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  15. That's beautiful, I love the colour.

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  16. LOVE the shawl. I added you to be my friend in Ravelry.

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