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Bella Botanica


This is a poor picture in terms of color, but I did finish my Bella Botanica in lovely Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread. The Maple tree still hasn’t come back from the hard frost and drought of last summer.


I knit this shawl on US 2’s, beaded the edging with a “Fleegle Beader.” and used nearly all of the ~750 yards I had leftover on the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread in colorway Thraven.




Asterope is a lovely shawl. Well written, and the only thing I had trouble with was the crocheted edging. I know how to crochet. My fiber arts journey started with crochet. The problem was that I wasn’t decreasing enough stitches when I attached my edging. I was nearly done with my edging when I realized that something wasn’t quite right. So, after ripping out and reworking the edge, I finally finished my sweet little purple shawl.

Everything was going swimmingly until I realized how many freakin’ points I would have to pin out. I think I used 80 of my 100 pins between the points and the top edge. It is curved, so my blocking wires don’t work as well. Sigh. After crawling on the floor pinning, pinning, and re-pinning, I was very pleased with the finished job.


Sadly, my usual shawl-in-the-maple-tree shots will be more sparse this year. The tree was full of leaves, and then we had a heavy frost. It hasn’t really recovered from the indignity of losing 94% of its leaves. 😦


The Stats:
Pattern: Asterope Shawl by Romi
Needles: US 5 Hiya Hiya Circular Interchangeables
Yarn: Aracuania Itata Multy, most of the skein, color 1009 Mystic
Modifications: None

Sophia Shawl

The Sophia Shawl was originally an idea for a pattern. In the course of knitting it I came to the conclusion that, though pretty, it wasn’t meant to be a pattern in this iteration. I may come back to it at some point, slim the body, deepen the edging, and knit it in a more solid yarn. Then again, I may just let it rest.




I did alter the edging from a traditional Estonian edging that is knit separately and sewn on to one that is knit outward from the edge of the shawl. It will make a lovely gift for someone, even if it didn’t work up into quite the right result for a pattern.

The Stats:
Pattern: based on Estonian stitch patterns (love those nupps)
Yarn: Handspun yarn I purchased on ebay (way back when I was starting to knit)
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable

Handspun Holden Shawlette

The Holden Shawlette is a very quick little knit with an interesting pattern construction. Two of the pattern rows are decreases, then the third pattern row has the yo increases. While it was a quick shawl, and it does show off my handspun nicely, I’m not sure that I would knit it again. The pattern photos on ravelry made it look much more lacy than the finished project.

I also would have changed the lace pattern had I realized that the construction included 4 more stitches than needed; these stitches framed the center repeat. Inevitably, I would miss knitting that stitch in pattern and have to tink back to correct it. Not my idea of a fun “detail” in a shawl.



Pattern: Holden Shawlette
Yarn: Handspun from Zero Etsy’s Nymph Batts, approx. 470 yards
Needle: US 5 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable
Modifications: Knit 8 more rows than called to use more yarn and omitted the picot bind off.


Lilac Leaf Shawl

You know how I love lace. This was a fairly easy pattern. The only thing I struggled with was kitchener stitching and ensuring even tension across the row as I finished. I find it difficult to keep my tension nice when stitching together lace. I can manage finishing in many weights of yarn easily, it’s just the lace that gives me fits. I think it turned out well. Can you tell where I stitched it together?


The color is off in this picture, the first and third pictures reflect the true color.

I love the little nupps!

The Stats:
Pattern: Lilac Leaf Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Circular
Yarn: Alpaca With a Twist Fino color 4009
Modifications: Knit more repeats of the lilac leaf than called for to use more of the yarn


Liblikakiri Shawl Preview

At some point I will have this shawl pattern available for purchase, and take better pictures of it. 🙂 Right now it’s finished, the charts are done, but I haven’t put the pattern together or had someone test knit it. My goal with this little bit of love was to use 1, and only 1, skein of Malabrigo Lace. I love Malabrigo, but hate having leftover yarn from a second skein.


My stitch patterns are based on two Estonian Lace Stitches, a version of Liblikakiri (butterfly) and a half-drop leaf stitch. Neither one is quite the same as the original, but both are instantly recognizable.

Pattern: Liblikakiri Shawl (my own)
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in color Pagoda Red, 470 yards, 100% Merino Wool
Needle: US 4 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Circulars

Anyone interested in test knitting this? I will warn you that it is not for an inexperienced lace knitter. There is patterning on both sides in the butterfly section and the nupps must be executed carefully to keep them uniform and round.  Drop a note in the comments or send me an email (knitterbunny AT gmail DOT com) if you might like to test knit this shawl.

Handspun into a Project

I used a bit of my handspun to make a small scarf/shawl thingy. As I was knitting it, I discovered that in several spots, the twist was a bit loose. Which is sort of funny, as I thought that this skein was more consistently spun than my previous singles had been. Oh well. (shrug)

In any case, it did turn out cute. Although, I couldn’t finish the shawl exactly as written. I would have run out of yarn long before the stated bind-off. So, I just knit as far as I could, which meant no second increase, and a much smaller ruffle on the edge.


The little ruffle is still cute though. It’s sort of hard to see in any of the photos. I mean, the ruffle is pretty small, but that’s what happens when you have a limited amount of yarn (especially handspun) and it runs out.


The nice thing about the yarn being slightly underspun is that it makes the yarn softer in the finished project. I expected the Wensleydale to be much coarser to the touch, but the fiber, yarn, and final project are soft and lovely.

So, the stats:
Pattern: Fallen Leaf Frilled Scarflette
Yarn: Handspun Yearling Wensleydale locks
Needle: US 6 Hiya Hiya Interchangeables
Modifications: Oh my. Well, the biggest one is that I only knit one increase instead of two in the ruffle which meant that the ruffle was much smaller. So, there wasn’t much of a frill in the frilled scarflette.