Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monsters, cables, and FOs, oh, my!

Fini!

The shrug I've been working on is finally complete. Well, more or less. After putting it on I think the ribbing around the opening should be an inch wider. The chunky-looking Terra yarn from The Fibre Company seems to call for more than the 3 inches of ribbing that the original pattern said to use.

The shrug began as a free simple shrug pattern from Caron yarns. I added a Celtic cable (also called the Saxon braid) from Super Stitches Knitting, flanked by two 4 by 4 cables twisting in opposite directions.

Here's a detail of the cable pattern:

And no sooner had I finished the shrug (which I wore to school the Friday before Halloween over a black cotton top and a long woolen black skirt, with black boots, to be sort of Celtic and cable-y and y'know, mysterious and all), than I took up the needles and some Lion Brand Organic cotton and started work on two mini-versions of Penelope the Empathetic Monster from Danger Crafts. One of my colleagues lost a sister to a long, terminal disease, and another just lost his mother quite suddenly. I thought they both needed some empathy, in small, desk-sized versions. By Monday evening I had two mini-Penelopes:

One in green and pink:
And one in blue and green:
They appeared like magic on the desks of their recipients this morning and were much appreciated.

4 comments:

photoknitdog said...

Beautiful shrug. And those monsters are adorable!!!

Taphophile said...

Finished things! Your shrug is just lovely. Cables are my favourite thing, so you had me at cables. :) Monsters are very sweet.

lunaticraft said...

Aww, they're so cute and charming!

Beautiful cablework, as well. I'm a sucker for great cables... and seeing beautiful applications like this makes me want to take the plunge and actually knit a few!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Shrug looks great! Those are super-cute monsters.

 

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