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Sunday, June 6, 2010

My CASCA shawl

I'm completely unable to sit through scientific talks without falling asleep unless I'm doing something with my hands. Since I wasn't sure about bringing my knitting needles on the plane to Halifax, I decided to start a new crochet project during CASCA. I wanted to choose something that wouldn't require too much attention to gauge and that I wouldn't need to try on as I went, and so I picked the Sweet Pea shawl by Amie Hirtes from the Happy Hooker.

The yarn I chose was Vanna's Glamour from Lion Brand Yarns. This is my first time using a LB yarn, despite devoutly listening to every episode of Yarncraft, and I wasn't disappointed. I found it to be a little inconsistent in width, and it stained my new bamboo crochet hook blue, but I did like the sparkliness. Sparkliness is good.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this pattern. It wasn't so easy that it was boring, but I was able to memorize the stitch pattern fairly easily. By the time I started getting sick of the pattern, I was almost done. The results were certainly good, and I didn't even have to block it. I was worried about using such a thin yarn with a 6mm hook, but it ended up ok in the end. Hurray!


  1. Perdy.
    I wish men could wear shawls without compromising their masculinity. Perhaps I just need to look harder for manlier shawls.

  2. If it dyed your crochet hook, it will leave colour on other things as well. So, be aware of this if you choose to wear it over white or pale tops. My red silk Burmese scarf still bleeds, even after two washings.

    Nice job!