Mara Shawl 

Happy Independence Day!!! 

Here we are right in the middle of a hot and dry summer and I’m knitting heavy duty shawls with worsted weight yarn. 

I have all of my stash listed on Ravelry and lately I’ve been scrolling to the bottom of my list to find my oldest yarns. I’ve been doing really well with using up my older stashed yarns. I’ve only purchased yarn twice since my Christmas/Birthday yarn from my hubby in January and they were for specific projects. I also have a storage bin full of odds and ends of acrylic yarn. I’d like to turn it into a scrap afghan to leave in the car. 


  • RECIPIENT: sale item 
  • PATTERN: Mara Shawl 
  • SIZE: – 
  • STARTED: June 16th
  • COMPLETED: July 1st 
  • YARN: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in the shade of Purple Mist 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 723 yards
  • NEEDLES: 5.0 mm/US 8 

Imbue Shawl 

I love how my most recent shawl turned out. I knit it with some yarn that I bought in December of 2014 to use for some color work hats. I had found that the baby alpaca yarn was so soft that was slippery and hard to work with. It split when I was trying to knit with it. I was so frustrated with it that I stashed it away for a few years while I decided to figure out what to do with it.  I did take the white yarn out at one point and  dyed it teal blue.

This past January I set a goal to knit a shawl with it just to get the yarn out of my stash and I came up with this beauty. The teal blue and black combo is just stunning. By knitting this gigantic shawl I managed to eat up about half of the yarn that I had originally purchased. I am thinking of knitting this pattern again but flip flopping the colors so that it isn’t the exact same shawl. I think that I finally found the perfect shawl to wear with my black dress. I’ve been looking for something to cover up tattoos with when I go to funerals as not everyone in my family appreciates my pieces of art work the way I do.


  • RECIPIENT: myself
  • PATTERN:  Imbue by Lisa Mutch
  • STARTED: Jan 24th 2017
  • COMPLETED: March 24th 2017
  • YARN:  Knit Picks Diadem Solid
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 707 yards
  • NEEDLES: 5.5 mm/US # 8

I love how this shawl turned out. It’s my favorite thus far!

I hope that you all have a happy, safe, creative weekend!!! ❤ Missy

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The Because I Love You Wrap

WOW, I might be a bit biased but isn’t this shawl stunning? It’s the Because I Love You Wrap by Amy Meeks. She’s the Sister of the designer of the shawl that I knit last week. Aren’t they both super talented designers?

Because I Love You Wrap

I knit this shawl with yarn that I dyed several months ago. I love how it turned out. I am just disappointed that my picot edging on the left edge didn’t lay down better. I wonder if some starch would help in the blocking process but I don’t want to wear something stiff and crunchy around my neck either.


I have started a second Wendy Sky Shawl. This one is for my Step Grand Mother. I’m thinking about using the scraps from all three Wendy Sky Shawls to knit a hitch hiker shawl for my daughter. I think that pattern should be fairly easy to modify so that it fits a pre-teen girl.


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My First Wendy Sky Shawl

When I first heard about the Wendy Sky Shawl I knew that I had to make one in colors that my Sissy Brittany would have liked. Wendy’s Sister Debby designed the pattern in her memory and 20% of the all pattern sales will be donated to the San Diego School District’s Program for hearing impaired and deaf children. What a great cause!!! Check out the Periscoping Sister’s Raverly Group

This is one of my favorite pictures of Brittany. It was my inspiration when dying yarn to knit this shawl with.


I knit this shawl with size US 6 knitting needles and yarn that I hand dyed myself. I used Knit Picks Stroll Bare yarn as a base.

Mom's Shawl
Mom’s Shawl


I have yarn set side to knit two more of these shawls. One for my Step Grandmother and one for myself. Each shawl will be slightly different considering I had three attempts at dying the green yarn. This was the one that my Mom liked the most.


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Lafayette Shawl

This is the first time that I have knit a pattern off of the info band on a skein of yarn. My Mother gave me the yarn for Christmas last year and then she hinted that she liked the yarn. So to be a smarty pants I decided to knit the pattern that came with it and give it back to her. I plan to save the paper info band that came with it to use as packaging for the shawl this year for Christmas.

This shawl was a blast to knit with worsted weight yarn. It worked up really fast and has just enough details in it to keep the knitting interesting but its not complicated in the least bit. It could be easily knit with a fingering weight yarn and made bigger by knitting more than the 7 sections that the pattern called for.

lafayette shawl


While the shawl is gorgeous it was really a pain to photograph. I had to take a picture in the natural light to get a decent picture of its colors. Not the easiest thing to do in the snow.

This is my first Christmas gift completed for this year and my first entry for the #shawlalong2016 which runs from January through March I believe. It’s in the Andre Sue Knits Ravelry Group as well as a few others.

I hope that you all have a happy, safe, and creative weekend.



The Ashton Shawlette

The Ashton Shawlette was knit with 430 yards (0.24 miles) of bare yarn that I ordered from Knit Picks and then dyed with tea. I used US size 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles.

I love how the details in the lace turned out so beautifully and it feels so soft and cozy while I am wearing it. I can not wait until the temperature drops so that I can start wearing my hand made shawls.

Ashton Shawl

However, I must admit that this project was not without its frusterations. I started the first section over three times before finally getting the hang of it. Then when I started the last two charts I had to rip it apart and start over 3 more times. Luckily I used dental floss as safety lines after each chart repeat so it saved from having to completely start over each time.

Ashton Shawl

I think that I am going to wash and reblock this shawl with a little starch so that the scalloped edge stays more dramatic. This is the most detailed and intricate pattern that I have knit thus far. I haven’t decided if knitting lace is worth all of the fussing yet or not.


Pretty in Pink Color Affection Shawl




I finished another Color Affection Shawl by Veera Välimäki. I knit it with Knit Picks Yarn in these shades Hollyberry, Peony, and Ivory. I used .52 miles of yarn to knit this shawl. Isn’t that crazy????

I changed the pattern slightly to try to get the edges not to pucker as much. I knit the increases on every row as YO’s instead of make one left and rights. It helped with most of the shawl, but it still puckers really bad on the edge of the 3rd section where all of my color changes took place. I don’t think that I will bother making this pattern again since the puckering annoys me so much.

I realize that I am probably my own greatest critic but when you spend the better part of 2 weeks making something it’s disappointing when it doesn’t turn out they way you expected it too.

pink color affection

However, the shawl feels so soft and cozy while its wrapped around me. The colors compliment each other really well and the visual effects that the pattern construction created are beautiful.

you can see my project notes here

101 purple color affection shawl

Here is a picture of the first Color Affection Shawl I knit. If you’d like to read about the pattern tweaks I made with this shawl click here.



Hitchhiker Shawl

I finally got around to knitting the Hitchhiker Shawl. I have wanted to knit this pattern for well over a year. I used some of the Unicorn Farts yarn that I hand dyed a while back. I also have some pink Princess Farts yarn that I plan to use to make a second Hitchhiker Shawl someday soon.


This pattern was a blast to knit up until the last 5 or 6 repeats of the pattern. I just wanted it to be done so I could try it on. It’s so soft and squishy and it turned out really lovely. It is going into my Christmas gift pile.

hitchhiker close up




Pegasus Farts Triangle

I have been super busy with end of the summer children’s activities and knitting my first lace shawl. This shawl took me a week and a half to create.
Pegasus Fart Triangle Shawl

I love how detailed the lace is although I sort of regret my choice of yarn. I think that the lace would look better in a solid color. So, I guess that I will just have to knit it again. 😉

Duane Park Triangle

NOTES: The pattern is the Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur. I used Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn by Knit Picks. I dyed the “Pegasus Fart Yarn” and the “White” yarn is undyed. The entire shawl was knit on US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.

oops dye

Unfortunately, when I soaked my shawl before I blocked it the color bled. I thought that I had rinsed my hand dyed yarn sufficiently but apparently not. I guess this is a learning experience for me. It may have been a bit of an over stretch to use my first hand dyed yarn in such a detailed project. Especially since I paired it with an undyed yarn. Live and learn right?!?!

I started knitting a hat with more of my hand dyed yarn while this shawl was blocking. I noticed that the yarn from the hat did not have an odor to it like the shawl yarn did. I think that I may have over saturated my first yarn with dye and I don’t think that I washed it out enough. It’s also possible that I didn’t heat set it enough. I solar baked it wrapped in plastic wrap inside a navy blue tote for about 4 hours on a nearly 100 degree day. I know the heat index was over 100 that day. I think a lot of yarn dying experiences are just trial and error but if anyone has any advice to add I’d love to hear it. I also plan to purchase one of the products that is suppose to help with the color bleeding issues. I just have to do some research to figure out which one I want to buy.

All in all I am trying not to be too frustrated about it.  It’s yarn… they make more… and I’ve learned a lot… but I have a lot more to go.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison



Purple Color Affection Shawl

My latest shawl is done!!!

101 purple color affection shawl

I love the colors. I love how the stripes line up and make up an interesting visual texture. I love how soft and cozy it is but…

101 purple color affection shawl

I hate how the shawl refuses to lay flat. Once I get it to lay flat in one area it ripples up in another area. I even added the extra YO’s that were suggested to help with that issue. I aggressively blocked the shawl and it did improve slightly but it still won’t lay flat.

However, I wonder if this will even be noticed when the shawl is worn. I have decided to wait until I can wear the shawl before proceeding with the pink shawl. I may just look for a different pattern. I have found through trial and error that I prefer the results of shawls that are knit from side to side.

All in all I am a little frustrated and disappointed. I am hoping that the shawl grows on me.


My 101 Purple Color Affection Shawl was knit with US size 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles. The Color Affection Pattern is by Veera Välimäki and the yarn is from Knit Picks in the following shades Lilac, Lilac Mist, and Ivory.



Pimpelliese Shawl


I love this shawl!!! I knit it using the free Pimpelliese pattern found on Ravelry. I used US # 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles and Knit Picks Stroll Tonal yarn in the shade of Blue Violet. Since I don’t own a yarn scale. I guessed at where the mid point should be and luck was in the cards for me as a finished with just inches of yarn to spare.

pimpeliese shawl 2