Friday, 14 January 2011


Hi everyone

Ready for a long story short??

For a long while now, years in fact, I have been admiring and day-dreaming over the beautiful shawls that you see in blogland and Ravelry.
I really do not like working with yarn below 8ply/DK, so I have been trawling and drooling over patterns.  Lined up so many in my queue it's ridiculous.
Some of them are crocheted but the majority are knitted.

Now it's not the lace that bothers me.
I know I can read a pattern (don't like charts) and understand what is needed.
My problem lies with ME!!!!!
I am not too sure that I can keep my attention span going over the length of some of those very, very, very long rows - most end up with well over 350-500 stitches.  Just not too trusting with my focus.  And I DISLIKE intensely frogging knitting.  No probs with crochet, so much easier to frog and pick up again.

But I am majorly drawn to the knitted patterns.

And then I found this pattern - Pimpelliese
  • I loved it - the 'v' is not too deep.
  • I could work it to what yarn I had (you work half the weight increasing, then the second half decreasing)
  • A simple 11 row pattern.  Which when I concentrated, instead of working multiple projects, I had 'down-pat' in no time at all.
  • And because its worked side-ways, there was not too many stitches to deal with
  • Can be worn as a shawl, scarf or wrap - wonderful
All extremely important points to me

Will definitely be re-working this pattern, and I can't wait to try it in a lighter weight yarn.
Yes, I know I said I prefer working with DK, but this is a slightly thicker than I would like to wear.
It just does not get that cold here.
And I think it would sit a even more better on me

So would you like to see it ????


All nicely folded so you can see the edge

Yes, you might be sick of this yarn.  I bought 10 balls of it very cheap for various charity projects.  Down to the last one now

Fully extended - well as far as my little arms can reach :-)

Just need a beautiful timber shawl pin!!!!  Or a FANTASTIC brooch
And yes I am being fussy - I will not buy this item over the Internet, as I really MUST see it and touch it - No luck so far

Luckily these are not my colours - so it will be gifted some time, probably a nursing home
Or even more likely now, it may be sent to Queensland.  Hopefully to cheer some one up.

Bye for now


  1. It is beautiful Maria,love the colour. I think what I like most about it is , it doesn't look heavy.
    And you model it so well :))
    Hugs pat :))

  2. Just gorgeous, Maria! It looks great.

  3. It is really beautiful! It will look fab with just the right pin. Well done!

  4. That pattern is in my favourites on Ravelry! It's so pretty. And a lovely idea to send it to Queensland too.

  5. Thanks for all your good wishes.
    You know , you don't give yourself enough credit. You are very accomplished with your knitting and your crochet. I love all the stuff you make. The shawl is lovely. Make one in the colours you love for YOURSELF !

  6. Maria,
    This is so pretty! Looks nice on you too.
    I love the colours and I love the edging.
    Simply beautiful, well done !
    Hugs Suex

  7. I'm with you on the frogging Maria !
    Well deon for your persistance to finish the shawl, its a wonderful colour and finish. So generous of you to be thinking already to send it onto QLD.

  8. Hi there Maria, thanks for popping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment about my crochet.

    Love the shawl you have finished.......I joined ravelry, very addictive but great fun.

    florrie x