I spent the summer knitting four shawls of various patterns to give as gifts. I dubbed it my "summer of unselfish knitting" since I usually only knit for me. It was fun! I tried three new patterns and liked each one for different qualities. I also stash-busted, using up yarn I owned already, with the exception of the last shawl that was knit out of yarn bought on Chincoteague Island.
TGV: this pattern is from a collection of shawl patterns named after various trains. The collection of four patterns is called Trainspotting for Stitchnerds, which is an awesome title! I knit this pattern twice, in two different colors and yarns, to give to my friends celebrating their 50th birthday this past weekend. This pattern was the easiest to knit and was very portable. I knit much of each of them at Phillies games and at the beach.
Ponies on Parade: was a basic pattern that gave me lots of trouble! I had to rip out this project at least three times. It was frustrating! Once I got it, though, it was a fast shawl to knit and simple. I used a specially dyed yarn from a yarn company that is now retired, so the yarn is essentially one of a kind. I believe it was called snapdragons and was dyed for a sock kit I bought at least ten years ago. Schaffer yarns are really beautiful. It's a shame that they are no longer around. This was knit for my sister in law's birthday!
Ishbel: This pattern was the most fun to knit of the three. The lace pattern kept it interesting and I decided to add beads to the last section to add some sparkle. This yarn was amazing. Chincoteague Colors from Carodan Farms in Conch Beauty. I love how this one turned out! It was knit for a birthday gift for my dear friend who introduced me to Chincoteague, and fine yarn!
Next up on my needles is a Wallaby sweater for my son and soon another shawl, probably a Boo Knits pattern.