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A belated Christmas gift


Sometime last year I saw a picture of this shawl and found the directions for making it. I asked Rob if he would make it for me for Christmas. He agreed to do so and has been working on it ever since. We picked out the yarn together and he began working on it. He started at the narrow end, so each row became progressively longer. I especially like the picot edging. He finished it recently, so now I am all set to hunker down in my warm shawl on chilly fall and winter days.

picture of Shawl

Becka


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10 Comments on “A belated Christmas gift”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Sep 23rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I love it! Rob…..will you make all Becka’s commenters a scarf, too?? 🙂

  2. #2 Rob
    on Sep 23rd, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    @Deb I’d much rather make a scarf. That shawl took me forever! (obviously, since the yarn and the promise were a Christmas gift last year.) 😀

    I made a scarf for our daughter Megan a year or so ago, and it went much faster. Here’s a picture of one end of it.

    picture of scarf for Megan

  3. #3 Sherry
    on Sep 23rd, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I love it! Wow…he is so good. I want a scarf, too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. #4 Kathy Sorensen
    on Sep 24th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve been hearing about Truly Tasha’s shawl for years on the internet, but never bothered to look at a picture of it. It seems that someone, somewhere is always making one! Now I’ve got to make one. I think I’ll use some left-over stash of 1824 wool. I have plenty, so it won’t cost me a cent. The pattern is an easy traveling project from what I saw in the pattern. Too bad it won’t stuff into my purse once it gets going good! LOL. Congratulations to Rob for his expertise. Hey, Rob … I just finished a pair of Norwegian Sweetheart Mittens in red and white for a wedding shower gift for a granddaughter. Also made a large Aran afghan in off-white for their wedding gift. Now I’m making a Rowan lace cardigan for a different granddaughter. What are you working on now? Becka … can you knit? or do other needle art? I think your blog buddies would love to hear about any projects you do in that arena.

  5. #5 Vikki
    on Sep 24th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Great! I’ll settle for the scarf!! It’s a deal!!! Will my scarf be done before Christmas? What kind/brand of yarn did you use? I personally love the Simply Soft yarns. How about either light blue or purple? Are you familiar with the fan and feather stitch?

    It does look like it took a while. Knit, correct? I prefer crochet myself because it tends to have a more lacey look plus it goes a lot faster than knitting. I used to teach a crochet TOPS class here at BJU until they killed the program last spring. Tried to do a knit class a couple of times too, but only one or two signed up – if any at all.

  6. #6 Danette
    on Sep 24th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    That’s beautiful! A great gift.

  7. #7 Rob
    on Sep 24th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    The shawl was for the most part “nice, mindless” knitting — 99% knit, with very little purl. By the time I got to the widest part, though, the 29″ circular needle was extremely crowded, and by the time I reached the end of a single row I felt as if I had knit across several time zones. That’s part of why it took me so long — I would “max out” in just a row or two. The size of the shawl is about not quite half an afghan, so it’s not small. I tend to stick to smaller projects that come off the needles much sooner. Several times I have really enjoyed making the Rambling Rows Afghan by Cottage Creations — http://www.paradisefibers.net/Rambling-Rows-Afghan-p/2222.htm — even though it was all knit, no purl. You do a block at a time and watch the whole thing grow, with no sewing blocks together when you’re done.

  8. #8 Tammy
    on Sep 24th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    That is gorgeous!

  9. #9 Carrie
    on Sep 28th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Very pretty. I have been thinking about knitting a shawl, but I have hats and mittens to finish up–we have snow already! The shawl will have to wait. But maybe Mr. Loach would make one for me. :o) Since everyone else is asking, I thought I’d put in my bid too.

  10. #10 Becka
    on Oct 3rd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Kathy,
    I do know how to knit some, but the only thing I have been knitting lately is some dishcloths. They are a nice little portable project to work on in the evenings for a while before bed or when we are on a car trip. Rob has far surpassed me in the knitting department. I dabble in a few other areas, but my main craft area is sewing. I like to make all sorts of small sewing projects such as table runners, baby blankets, bibs, etc.
    My daughter Nora and I were looking at yarn last week and saw some self-striping sock yarn. Have you done any knitting with that? We picked up some free pattern leaflets for socks and a very cute baby sweater for possible future projects for Rob. 🙂


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