The Shawl – Standing the Test of Time

I hope you find these shawls fun to knit and that you can gift some to your friends and family. They will maximize your time because you can knit them anywhere, while waiting for your kids at a music lesson, sports practice, and where ever you find you have time while waiting. Knitting is also a way to de-stress. Just look at what a magnificent shawl you can create while pouring out your stress.

Ladies and gentlemen, the timeless fashion accessory that is versatile, utilitarian and can have lacy detail, be it knit, woven or crocheted, is the shawl.
Shawls provide warmth, accessorize and outfit from glamorous to causal and have been a fashion workhorse throughout history. I got my inspiration to start making shawls from the PBS show Larkrise to Candleford. The character Emma Timmons wore a crocheted shawl that was useful for many occasions. Each character in the show had a different shawl.
As I started looking around for patterns, I noted that the Ravelry had thousands of shawl patterns for knit and crochet. I found two for knitting that interested me and I found several more for crochet that I will tell you about when I give them a try. The Nightshift shawl by Drea Renee Knits and a chevron designed shawl by Vanessa Ewing Knits were the first two I wanted to try. Then I bought a wool yarn that I have always admired by NORO – ITO from Japan.
I made both shawls from the same yarn and they came out so differently, you would never know they were the same yarn! The stitch patterns were very different. Next I started another one with the Nightshift shawl pattern with a different yarn from Lion Brand, Ferris Wheel. It is coming out very differently, soft and nicely shaded. This is an acrylic yarn.
From a latex allergy standpoint, these yarns have not caused any reactions, so maybe you would like to try them too.
These make great gifts and have so much versatility as far as how you wear them; for instance, around the neck, in the front, in the back, off the shoulder, around the waist, with or without a shawl pin and many more great possibilities. The person you give them to will appreciate the love and time you put into it especially for them. The shawls you knit will be a wonderful family heirloom.
This is a good project to take with you on the go, since it only involves carrying one ball of yarn at a time. I use circular needles to hold the mass of image 0stitches and to keep from

losing the stitches so this also fits easily into the project bag.

I hope you find these shawls fun to knit and that you can gift some to your friends and family. They will maximize your time because you can knit them anywhere, while waiting for your kids at a music lesson, sports practice, and where ever you find you have time while waiting. Knitting is also a way to de-stress. Just look at what a magnificent shawl you can create while pouring out your stress.
I hope you will take a look at my video and that you will find some inspiration to create. Thanks for visiting my blog. Please come back again. If you have comments or helpful hints please share in the comments. We are on this planet to help each other; sharing and caring is how we grow and become better people. Thanks a Million!

Patterns: Nightshift Shawl
Vanessa Ewing Knits Chevron Shawl
Noro Yarn: Webs      LoveCrafts
Lion Brand Yarn: Ferris Wheel Yarn

Circular Knitting Needles: Knitters Pride Dreamz Needles are really nice to work with.

Blocking wool wash

Blocking Boards
Blocking rods
Blocking Pins

Hurray! Latex-free, Spandex-Free, Lycra-free SOCKS!

One thing we take for granted in our everyday life is we will wear socks on our feet. When you are allergic to latex, you may also have a sensitivity to Spandex, Lycra and Elastane which is another name for Spandex. The challenge lies in finding a pair of socks that does not use natural rubber, Spandex, Lycra and Elastane. My solution to the problem was learning to knit socks that only had cotton, or washable wool with nylon. However, it takes me a long time to knit socks. The rubber, Spandex, Lycra and Elastane can cause itching, hives and anaphylaxis so these must be on you list of 100% latex avoidance for survival.

There are now socks available, from a company who listened and addressed our problem. The name is Cottonique. They make them in a natural color and black color. They are:

Latex-free Socks!!!
  • 100% organic
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  • Spandex free
  • No optical brighteners
  • No silicone softeners

They come in a few different sizes. They fit well and are washer and dryer safe. This company also started manufacturing some socks with Lycra and Spandex so you have to be careful to purchase the correct ones, so if you click here, you will go to the correct socks.

Our prayers have been answered that we can get socks that fit our feet that we don’t have to knit ourselves. Shout from the highest mountain to spread the word so we keep the demand up for these awesome socks! Thank you Cottonique! (www.cottonique.com)