I finished my legwarmers last week and after some debate about what to pick up next, I decided to make a sock yarn shawl. I am using leftover bits of sock yarn from previous projects and a pattern I have used before. A friend of mine wrote the pattern. It's a very easy knit and I'll be happy to share the pattern if anyone's interested.
The shawl is knit from the top down with 2 yarn overs at the center and one on each side so the rows get progressively longer. I think I got a lot accomplished in just one weekend, but as the rows get longer, the progress will be more slow going.
I'm switching yarn every 2 rows so it will come out looking variegated rather than stripey. I expect these two balls to maybe only get me 1/3 to 1/2 way, then I'll pick up 2 more leftover yarns and just keep knitting until it's the size I want it to be. It gets finished off with a ruffle border and bound off in a contrasting yarn. Here's the one I made originally:
I get many compliments on this shawl and have even had people offer to buy it right off me. I think that's just a testiment to the beauty of the yarn and how nicely it drapes, and to the simplicity of the pattern.
By the way, I named my dressform Ethyl. I found her at a flea market in my hometown in Kentucky for $45! Isn't it awesome when you find something you've really been searching for and when you finally find it, you just get totally blessed by what a bargain it is? Love those kind of days!
blessings and happiness,