Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monsters, cables, and FOs, oh, my!


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.


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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