Archive for January, 2009

January 17th, 2009 | Link

Fetching gloves

This is the popular Fetching glove pattern from Knitty, knit using two strands of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, the last of the lot I purchased from eBay.

They need blocking (the top edge curls a bit too much), but I enjoy wearing them. They’ve been great for working from home when it’s been chilly, and for extra wrist coverage when my hands are in my pockets on the way to work.

Mrs. Darcy’s Scarf
January 15th, 2009 | Link


I mentioned the low-budget Masterpiece Theater serial of Pride and Prejudice was four or five episodes, right? So in addition to a scarf for Edmond, I had time to weave one for myself.

The yarn is Crystal Palace Waikiki, a slubbed cotton-rayon blend. 60 ends, 7.5 dpi reed, finished size about 6″ wide by 67″ long.

I’m happy with the loose weave and texture on this scarf, but considering its decorative nature I could have gone with something a couple inches narrower. Still, it has a dressing-up feel to it that I like.

It’s been a crazy busy week this week, between exciting developments going on at work and in the evenings trying to finish my brother’s new company web site for launch. I think I would like to be knitting, and not trying to make absolutely positioned navigation sub-menus work across different browsers and operating systems. But, alas.

Mr. Darcy’s Scarf
January 14th, 2009 | Link


E. got Parallels working on my Mac a couple months ago, and over my time off at Christmas I began taking advantage of instant streaming on Netflix. The selection kinda sucks, but I ended up watching a low-budget Masterpiece Theater serial of Pride and Prejudice that stretched four or five episodes while I wove. Thus, ironically, my husband who dislikes Jane Austen has become the recipient of Mr. Darcy’s Scarf.

This is more of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport that I bought from eBay. I used leftovers from the Luna Capelet for the warp and a fresh skein for the weft so there would be continuity throughout the scarf: you can see there’s a vertical strip of a beige-y color on the left, which shows just how varied the colors are in this dye lot.

The scarf was 60 ends with a 10 dpi reed, and measures about 5″ wide by 72″ long excluding fringe.

Luna Capelet
January 11th, 2009 | Link

Detail of Luna Capelet

Luna was my Christmas Day knitting. Though the style is a little unusual for me, I love the picture in the book: the yarn, not so much. So I knit it from two strands of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, which I had purchased from eBay.

I like the way this turned out, but I did a couple of extra repeats of the lace pattern that I think now I did not need. The one time I wore it, it kept slipping down my arms. I think it may be because the yarn is stretchier than the Louisa Harding yarns the pattern called for, and also heavier, and so it is stretching when I wear it. I plan to rip out the extra rows and see if that fixes the problem. If not, I will try crocheting in some elastic under the top garter stitch band.

I also really like the buttons, which the friendly lady at the notions counter at Britex sold me on. They are stone or shell and very polished, and are a big step up from the plain plastic gray buttons I would have picked.

Mags’ Clapotis
January 9th, 2009 | Link

Detail of Clapotis scarf

Trying to go in order of completion here! This is the Clapotis scarf pattern from Knitty—an older and very popular pattern. I modified mine to make it a bit narrower and longer. The yarn is lace weight wool from There are about 850 yards on a skein: I used part of it on the Mockingbird Scarf and still had enough left for a scarf 13″ wide by 77″ long, blocked.

I don’t have a fancy name for this one because I knit it over a period of a few weeks. It was my plane knitting for Calgary and LA, and handwork for a lot of television watching. I finished it just before Christmas but it took a little while to get around to blocking it. My younger sister spotted it while I was in Calgary and claimed it, so it’s soon to be off to the Great White North.

Home Life Scarf
January 8th, 2009 | Link

Home Life scarf

This is my new favorite scarf. I finished it before Christmas, but hadn’t gotten around to photographing it until now. It is woven from Malabrigo Yarns Silky Merino, and it is the softest yarn ever. The finished size is 4.5″ wide by 54″ long, excluding fringe: 48 ends with a 7.5 dpi reed. I wear it to work, at work, at home. I lurve it even more than its namesake, the song “Home Life” from Rook by Shearwater—and that’s a lot.

Home Life scarf

I hope you are all having an excellent 2009 so far! I took some time off at the end of the year, and completed a bunch of projects that I’ll be posting over the next while, so stick around!



My name is Shannon Hale. This blog is on indefinite hiatus, but it contains archives of the last 10 years of posts about bookbinding, knitting, sewing. and other random things in my life.


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