Alpacas at White Horse Farm Shawl Idea #1

Remember how excited I was about the Barbie shawl? The Barbie shawl was going to be knit up into an adult version, right?

Wrong. It’s been frogged. It was miserable to knit. It was difficult to keep track of where I was. I couldn’t imagine trying to write a pattern for it. The chart would have been hundreds of lines long with changes on every line. So I made an executive decision and into the frog pile it went.

Onto hopefully better ideas.

Here are pictures of my latest shawl design. This will not end up in the frog pile for complexity, that’s for sure. It may find its way there for a million other reasons, but not that.

Pros of this shawl:

  • Easy pattern: only 2 stitch patterns to learn
  • Repeating pattern: just add more ‘v’ sections as the shawl gets wider
  • Quick to knit
  • Simple, yet elegant: can go from the office to the local tavern
  • Uses beads

Cons of this shawl:

  • Design may be too easy, which in effect may render it boring
  • Not your typical, fancy shawl … again, the word boring comes to mind
  • Uses beads (some people aren’t comfortable using beads in their knitting)

So what is the verdict?

Off to the frog pile or into my list of KIP (Knits in Progress)s?

What do you think? Constructive criticism wanted!


Progress Made on List of KIPs

My Current List of KIPs (Knits in Progress):
  1. Alpaca Shawl
  2. Purse for CAL-KAL
  3. 6th Block in Ode to Quilting afghan
  4. Mystery project submitted to Knitter’s magazine
  5. EtsyFAST’s July Challenge

Guess which one I worked on over the weekend.

None of the above.

Instead, I started a new project!

I couldn’t resist the new yarn I got in my Stitch n Pitch grab bag. The Frizzato yarn looked so lovely and so lonely sitting in the basket next to my knitting chair. It whispered in my ear that it wanted to be made into a scarf. I listed all the projects I had to finish, but it didn’t care, persisting that it had to be knit into a scarf now … in the middle of summer. I caved to its sweet talking.

I am glad that I did. Frizzato was right. It does look good as a scarf. You see it here paired up with Reynold’s Blossom yarn in white.

It wasn’t my intention to give it a patriotic flair. It just turned out that way. But, it seems right with July 4th right around the corner.