The Delightful Dragon Light Demiluna Shawl

This is a delightfully easy pattern to knit. It sits beautifully and is a crescent shape. I must admit I’m getting quite partial to crescent shaped shawls as they sit neatly on your shoulders and don’t tend to move around too much.

Demiluna Shawl 01

The name of the pattern is Demiluna Shawl and is a free Ravelry knitting pattern. It’s based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic Pi Shawl pattern and is finished with a garter stitch rib edging.

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I love all the eyelet holes.

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The yarn I used was particularly beautiful to knit with. It’s Augustbird’s Rich Sock yarn which is an 80% merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon. The colourway is ‘Dragon Light’.

Augustbird Dragon Light

This is not a colour I would usually use however I think it looks gorgeous and will match jeans perfectly.

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The blocking certainly brought out the pattern.

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This is one pattern I will probably revisit as it doesn’t require too much concentration and those are the patterns I like. That way I can knit and talk at the same time quite easily! I have just started knitting another one!

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Some side view pictures of the shawl…

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Demiluna Shawl 04

Not long ago I showed you the beautiful spinning wheel lamp that I found on Gumtree. Well I found another one about a week or so later and here it is.

Small Lamp 01

It’s not as large as my first lamp but I love it all the same.

Small Lamp 02

One of my friends has suggested I wrap variegated yarn around the lamp shade. She must have been reading my mind. The lampshade currently has little cherubs around it and I thought straight away that I’d like to make it more ‘fibery’.

Small Lamp 03

Who’d have thought I’d pick up two spinning wheel lamps in as many weeks!

Small Lamp 04

They do look quite lovely together don’t they?

Two Lamps 01

I do love lamps as they provide so much atmosphere, particularly in winter…

Two Lamps 02

This morning I spent a wonderful two hours with friends completing a yarn bombing project. Here’s a progress pic…

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It’s coming along nicely and I can’t wait until it’s completely covered.

Until next time…

Melanie

 

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A Rainbow ‘Happy’ Citron Shawl

They say that bright colours make you happy. Well, if that’s the case you should all be happy after reading this post!

I’ll start with the yarn first. Would you have fallen in love with this brightly coloured yarn? It’s a new one this season for Spotlight called Fayette. It’s an 8ply / DK, 60% wool / 40% acrylic blend.

Moda Vera Fayette Frenzy 02

This colourway is called Frenzy. Don’t you just love it? Reminds me of a macaw.

Moda Vera Fayette Frenzy 04

The pattern is called Citron and is free on Ravelry. It’s a pattern one of my friends was knitting not long ago in a similarly coloured yarn. I was quite captivated with it so decided to make a Citron shawl as well.

Here it is …………….

Rainbow Citron 01

Are you happy yet?

Rainbow Citron 02

I started the shawl using size 4mm needles and felt that it wouldn’t turn out as large as I wanted it so after a few rows I progressed to size 5mm needles but still wasn’t satisfied so I jumped onto size 8mm needles which made it lovely and big enough to wrap right around me.

Rainbow Citron 04

This is a picture taken with the shawl on the floor to try and give you an idea of its size and shape.

Rainbow Citron 05

The size 8mm needles really show the m1R holes in the shawl but at least they’re all evenly spaced! Would you believe the last few rows of the frill are knitted in a different yarn as I ran out of the Frenzy. I used a crepe 8ply / DK yarn of similar colours. You’d hardly notice the difference.

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I only did a gentle blocking as I didn’t want to disturb the gentle rouching throughout the shawl.

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or the frill along the edge.

Rainbow Citron 09

You could say I am very happy with this shawl. What do you think of it?

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I hope I have lifted your spirits if they were in need of a lift 🙂

Today I am off to join a yarn bombing exercise at the Terrace Cafe in Cleveland. We’ll be yarn bombing a cane chair. It’s part of a Curated Spaces Project being undertaken by Redland City Council so I am hoping a few people turn up. It should be fun! If you look at the picture at the bottom left hand side of the link it shows a small piece of my yarn bombing from a previous project….the brown/cream stripey looking knitting.

Until next time…

Melanie