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July 4, 2020 Shawls and Tops

I seem to have misplaced June!!!

I know it was there, and I did lots of stuff, but it just went by too quickly.

This post is all about shawls and tops which I knit during the month of June, so there is proof that it was there…

UFO #26: Cayo Coco Shawl

This is a perfect little shawl for the beach, the cruise, the poolside or in my case travel knitting.

This shawl can be knit with any size yarn, at any gauge, since you decide the size.

I used Nako Fiore, a sport weight linen/cotton/bamboo blend with a bit of texture.

After blocking it became see through and light and airy.

In June we had hug your pet weekend and Casapinka came out with a pattern to support local yarn shops.

Hug Shot was designed in honor of International Hug Your Pet Weekend (a made up holiday by Sharon [a cute kitten] from Security); I love the light hearted shenanigans that go on with Sharon and you can follow Casapinka on Instagram to keep up with them.

I used Cascade Heritage in Magenta and a variegated yarn from Colour Story Yarns (colour Cupcake) bought at Serenity Knits in Newmarket.

It’s an interesting knit, written in sections with garter stitch and a slipped stitch pattern.

Very fun to knit, you don't get bored and it only took 3 days!

So I only fell off the UFO wagon for a few days, …… this time….

UFO#27 Tahiti Top Down

This was actually a combination of patterns; part Sweater Wizard and part Schachenmayr.

It created a very cool summer top! I usually find knitted tops too hot but Fashion Tahiti is a lace weight cotton yarn that you can knit on 3.5 – 4.0mm needles for a light and drapey garment.

Another Casapinka pattern I knit in June was Canyon Road;

This was a perfect knit for people like me who have a very short attention span!!

Two pretty lace panels separate areas of stranded knitting for a unique yoke with scalloped accents. This is a fairly fast sweater to knit, with subtle side seams and a casual fit.

The stranded knitting and the lace work required some focus and the rest was all TV or travel knitting.

For the main colour I used Knit Picks Diadem in Tourmaline from my stash; the deep purple came form Fibre Fest “Miss Sparkle Pretty” by Stix Yarn and Fibre and the cream was Rohrspatz & Wollmeise, picked up in Austria last year.

I really enjoyed knitting this sweater!!!

So I fell off the UFO wagon a few times in June…

Next I knit Purl Strings by Heidi K

This was a really fun knit too and it only took about 10 days.

Lots of texture using just knit and purl stitches.

Knit in Fashion Fantasy, a 100% cotton DK by Rico yarns. I found it in my stash and have no idea where I got it from or how long it’s been there…

If you’ve never knit a Heidi pattern this is the perfect introduction to her designs.

Knit seamlessly from the top down with amazingly detailed instructions.

This will be a project in the fall classes line up.

And for the last project finished in June:

Summer Light, another top down (do you see a pattern here? I love knitting top down) with a bit of lace on the yoke.

Knit in Red Heart (gasp!!!) "It’s A Wrap", a giant cake of fingering cotton blend yarn.

I know I’m a bit of a yarn snob, but I thought I’d try this yarn and I was pleasantly surprised!!! It feels really nice and cool on these hot summer days and for less than $15 you get a whole top!

OK, now it’s back on the wagon to my UFO’s again…

I was actually getting some holes in my “wall of UFO’s” until I cleaned up my knitting studio and re-stocked again…

No more holes… I still have more than 60 projects to choose from.

I hope you are staying safe and cool and getting your hair done!!!!

Mine has not been this long in years!!!!!

Keep those needles and hooks moving!

Until next time,

Happy and Productive knitting…


Ps: I had to add this lovely evening shot…

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