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

The Knit Picks Onyx Swift. Save Time Winding Hanks of Yarn into Balls!

We are always looking for ways to save time, aren’t we?
I found an awesome tool that has no rubber on it, and in a few quick minutes you can have your yarn wound into readily usable balls from those intimidating hanks!

     We are always looking for ways to save time, aren’t we? If you have a latex allergy, everything seems to take longer. For instance, cooking from scratch every day is time consuming. So, you look for ways to save time with other things you do. When I knit or crochet and I get yarn in hanks, I always look at winding them into balls as a daunting task. It’s either find someone to help who is willing to hold their arms up at certain tension until you get the yarn wound up into a ball; or if you can’t find a willing soul or you are living by yourself, sometimes you try the method of putting the hank over the back of a chair or a wash basket but ultimately the yarn gets bound into knots before you are through and you either waste some of the yarn or take an hour to unknot it. All of it takes a lot of time.


I found an awesome tool that has no rubber on it, does not use any rubber bands or masking tape to hold it together for storage and in a few quick minutes you can have your yarn wound into readily usable balls or cakes if you use a ball winder. It’s the Yarn Swift!



 It comes in two colors, natural and Onyx. I personally love the onyx because it makes the yarn colors pop while I am winding them. It is made with birch wood and is laminated in the black color. It comes with a plastic reusable netting for storage. It is durable and has metal screws and a plastic stopper at the end to prevent scratches when you clamp it to your table for stability.




It is really easy to use. You just clamp it to the table or surface that is no thicker than 1 ½ inches. You open the hank of yarn, put it on the swift, push up on the lower center of the swift until it opens and the yarn stays on its own a tension so it won’t fall off and tighten the center screw. Here is a link to my video how I use it. I hope it helps. Once you clip the strands of string holding the hank together and find the ends of the yarn, you can wind away. It is so quiet and spins as fast as you can wind. I like to wind a bunch of hanks into balls at the same time so they are ready when I want to knit. You won’t believe how much time it saves!

I never look at those hanks of yarn as a project of their own to be wound into useable balls. The Knit Picks Onyx Yarn Swift has solved that problem by saving me time, it is fun to use and it also did not cause any latex reactions when I used it. There are no rubber or coated parts. The quality of this tool is outstanding and will last for years and probably generations. It is a fun tool to use and if you have a ball winder, you will really save a lot of time. Get those hanks turned into balls of readily usable yarn so when you have time to knit, crochet or weave, you can get right to it. Have a ball!