Phoenicia ta-da!

2015 is starting off pretty productive (as far as yarncrafts go). My latest knitted wrap/shawl thing is complete! Introducing… Phoenicia!

Phoenicia knitted shawl/wrap on NotYourAverageCrochet.comThe pattern is available on Ravelry for $5.50 (click here).  There are many ways to make this shawl, but I followed the designer’s method (except I left off the picot edging).

I used 305 yards of DyeForWool’s Fingering Merino/Baby Camel in the Dyeing Rose colorway.  This is the leftover yarn from the hat I made when I reviewed this yarn a while back (click here for the full review).  This yarn is so lovely and soft and warm!

Closeup of Phoenicia shawl/wrap on NotYourAverageCrochet.comI really like the fan type lacy pattern of this one — it’s different from the very popular leaf style that seems to be all the rage these days, so it seems refreshing.

After blocking the wingspan was 70″!  Can you believe I got that much out of just 305 yards of yarn?  I couldn’t either.  Super impressed with this.  And finally, to demonstrate how it looks on:

Phoenicia shawl/wrap modeled on

Plenty of room to let it hang loosely, and it won’t fall off due to a short wingspan like many shawls I’ve seen.

I love it and I can’t wait to wear it with the hat I made with this yarn!

Thanks for stopping by!



“As You Wish” wrap: Ta-da!

Here’s my last FO for 2014:

As You Wish knit wrap completed by Hannah at

It’s the As You Wish wrap/shawl by Boo Knits (available on Ravelry for a small price).

Yarn used: KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering in Belmont colorway, 1 skein

Needles used: US 7, 8, 9, and 10, respectively

Size: about 64″ across once blocked (163cm)

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at

The wool/nylon blend yarn is nice and soft, and the colorway is GORGEOUS.  The photos don’t really do it justice.  It’s a pretty decent price over at KnitPicks, too.  It blocked nicely and has a lovely drape:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at

This wrap/shawl is a good weight for winter here in South Carolina; we’re averaging lately in the 50s and 60s (F) so it’s not near freezing or anything.  For other, chillier areas, this would probably be good for Spring or Fall.

Here’s a photo of the right side of the work:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at

And the right side of the ends:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at

I really like it, and the pattern wasn’t hard to follow — it wasn’t frustratingly difficult or boringly easy.  You really do mix and match parts of the pattern to make the shawl quite literally as you wish.  For details on exactly how mine was constructed, visit my Ravelry project page and check out the notes.  And can you believe this decent sized wrap just took one skein of yarn?  I’m really happy about that.

Well, Thanks for stopping by, that’s all I’ve got for today!  See you soon!

browzing the interwebz

Well, really just browsing Ravelry…  Do you ever do that, too?  I mean, just looking at patterns without thought for what yarn/hooks/needles you have or what skill level you’re at, just saying “ooooo, pretty!”  I’ve added tons of faves lately and I wanted to share since I haven’t done that in a long time.  I’ll start off with some free patterns by Silvia Bo Bilvia, who is now in my fave designers category.  Click on the pictures to go to the pattern pages.  I love the name of this first one:

A Blanket For Seriously Cold People; uses super-bulky yarn

The Lace Mess Shawl; uses bulky yarn so should work up fast!

The Lonely Tree Shawl; uses worsted yarn

Common Bean; also uses bulky yarn

She has more such shawls, which I think are nice because they don’t use fingering weight yarn like many other shawls do.  Those take FOREVER to make!

These next pieces are by various other designers, and are also free:


Nine Dwindling Cables

Knitted and Scrunched Beanie; you can loosen the ribbon tie so that it’s more slouchy if you like.


F498 Worsted Merino Superwash Spring Beret; I’m going to make this together with my friend!


Cupcake Mittlets

Black Death

I’m sure you noticed these were all knitting patterns, but I’ve shared a zillion crochet patterns already and haven’t added more to my Ravelry faves recently.  Most, of these patterns are worsted weight or thicker, which is what I look for in knitted projects since they take longer than crocheted ones for me.  I’m planning on making some of these to sell — the friend I’m making the above hat with has very graciously allowed me to use some of her rented shelf space in a local store, and so of course I’m going to break into my stash and get moving, since Winter is Coming.  Haha, Game of Thrones.  That reminds me of this item I pinned on Pinterest:

$18.50 from KellyConnorDesigns on Etsy

Tee-hee!  I don’t need another project bag but just looking at this one makes me smile.

Well, it started raining as I was writing this up, so I think I’m gonna spend some time snuggling with my dog on the couch under a crocheted blanket, drinking wine and eating blueberry-french-toast cupcakes (there’s an awesome cupcake foodtruck that I visited today) while watching a slightly spooky movie — maybe the 4 hour long version of “Jane Eyre.”  Scary movies aren’t fun at all for me, but just a little creepiness is OK.  Sounds like a good evening to me!  If I feel like it I might start up one of these projects, too!

That’s all for tonight, ya’ll have a great evening!

while you wait…

I know you’re probably eager for news about the giveaway.  Well, there are lots of entrants, which is great!  But right now, I want to share with you a pattern that I came up with yesterday and today.  It’s for a shawl-like neck warmer.  It’s made in the usual triange/half-circle shawl shape, and if you put it on with the point towards the front and wrap the ends around your neck, you can fasten them underneath the point part under your chin with a button, if you like.  I hope you like it!

in-a-day wraplet

And if you like, I just put it on Ravelry so you can put it in your favorites or in your queue if you like.

Hope you enjoy!

newest project: wrap

Honestly I didn’t really care for the way my recent sweater turned out.  The more I look at it the more I think ‘eh, it’s OK, but do I actually want to wear it?’  It doesn’t really fit quite right and I’d have to adjust it often.  So instead, I decided to make something else to take on my Christmas trip to England this year (and if I like it I might make my mom one, too).  I’m about to start on this (pattern here).

I love it because the cute tassels add a little weight to keep it in place.  I decided to make it in a more reddish color though (orange is not my thing), and my yarn just came in today!  I got it from Knitpicks, and it’s the Palette Yarn fingering weight in Rose Hip and Raspberry Heather shades:

I’m really excited about this yarn because it’s the first time I’ve ever bought yarn online without knowing what the brand feels like, and it’s actually really soft for 100% wool! It was also really appealing because of its cheap price, and I’ll definitely be buying from Knitpicks again.  I’m gonna get started on this project tonight, hopefully, while listening to the audiobook of the current Pern novel I’m on, Dragonseye.  (It’s really good, as are all the other ones I’ve read, and I recommend them highly).

On another subject that I really want to share with you, my boyfriend is starting a garden on our back patio.  He’s growing all kinds of peppers and tomatoes and herbs, and his goal is to make salsas and chowchows soon.  In his shopping at the Home Depot for plant necessities, he bought me a plant and pot of my own (he’s so sweet):

Isn’t he cute?  I named him Albert.  He’s a succulent, which I think are gorgeous, and they’re pretty hard to kill which is perfect for me (I kill every plant I touch, even aloe plants).  Hopefully Albert the Succulent will live — I think he’s so sweet!

So that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!


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