Monday, 28 August 2017

Ta Dah! A shawl finish.

This is a Ta Dah! moment, but it is a little late.  I would guess about a year late!  Better late than never though right.  If you follow me on Ravelry you will already have seen this - project page is here - but I thought the rest of you might like to see it too and hear about it.  I do also like to keep a record of my makes - eventually! - on my blog.



The shawl is late because I bought the yarn a long time ago and then didn't do anything with it.  I had the idea though to make a variant of my Jo Shawl using it along with some another yarn to make it large enough.  I wanted to use acrylic yarn because the person that I wanted to make it for isn't good with wool (as in they find it too scratchy and itchy), and I also don't like to impose hand washing on to someone else.  So I chose to make this with a ball of Womens Institute yarn in a grey colour and half a ball of Hayfield Bonus in a pink colour.  Both are DK weight acrylic yarns.



So this is the final finished object.  It has gone off to the new owner and I hope they enjoy it, especially as I have had it finished for so long - I finished it last year! - and it was just waiting for me to sew the - four! - ends in and send it off to them.  I did wash it on a wool cycle in the washing machine after I had finished it just to soften it up a bit and it worked beautifully so I can recommend washing these yarns to make them a bit cosier after you have finished your project.



This isn't the most interesting post, sorry!, but I hope you liked seeing that you can take a pattern and change the yarns and give something a different look and how that might work.  It is amazing what using a different yarn or colour - or striping - or making something in a slightly different length or size can do for a project.  This is about 20cm shorter than the original Jo Shawl and while I like the longer length for me, I know that the recipient of this will prefer a shorter length.


That is it!  Another Ta Dah! and another catch up finally finished!

Amy

p.s. glad you liked it my lovely friend!

30 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Amy and I love the contrasting colours. X

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  2. I love it Amy, an unusual and clever way of combining two lovely colours.

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  3. It is lovely Amy. I've enjoyed looking at your other 'Little Women' character scarves.
    When I completed my studies with the OU, my last course was Children's Literature. It was no easy task despite the title. One of the books was Little Women and as it was a favourite of mine and I'd read Louisa's other titles in the series, I was delighted to study it further.
    If you care to look into the subverting of gender roles in both Little Women and Treasure Island, you'll find it fascinating, or at least I did.
    Louisa never intended to write a typical moral story for girls embracing a gender that kept girls in the home and content to stay there. Money and pressure to conform steered her path probably. Jo's short writing pieces likely express how she would have preferred her style to be. The sort of penny books that boys enjoyed, full of adventure and blood etc. Still she clearly had her way, by removing the Father from the scene (temporarily), Jo was free to be 'the man'. Louisa also refused to allow her readers to dictate that Jo marry the more feminine male Laurie, and instead 'for fun' married her to a father figure in the professor.
    Cathy x

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  4. It's lovely, I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled with it. I use acrylic yarn for blankets as they're much easier to wash, in fact, I've got one drying on the line at the moment after having it in the washing machine this morning.

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  5. I love the contrasting colours,it certainly lifts it and gives the whole thing extra interest. A beautiful make.

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  6. Beautiful, Amy!! I know the person who received it is so happy! blessings ~ tanna

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  7. I think a shawl always makes a lovely gift. It turned out beautiful.
    xx Beca

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  8. I just ordered the pattern, and I can't wait to get started!

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  9. I love the shape! Cute! Way to go, Amy!

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  10. That pop of raspberry pink looks great with the grey, really adds something!

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  11. Definitely worth a Ta-Dah! Those colours work well together.

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  12. That's a nice design, I like the asymmetry. I like the two colour contrast too.

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  13. hello stranger! Its a lovely shawl, lucky recipient. Had to laugh at the 4 ends LOL. Hope all well with you, I have bee a bit sort of AWOL but am back now with lots of summer stuff to share. Kids back to school next week, we must catch up. Oh I'm starting a local crochet group, feel free to come along, its near my house, I'll be blogging about it soon :)
    xo

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  14. Lovely Amy, clever girl and glad the recipient liked it. Take care.

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  15. You are so talented! I love it!

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  16. I am always thrilled to read of an acrylic that is well behaved. YOUR shawl finished so beautifulLly. I love it

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  17. That is such a pretty shawl. Beautiful work, Amy.

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  18. Yay for finished objects. I know the new owner will LOVE it.

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  19. I love your shawl. I'm sure the person who received it loves it too because it's a lovely design and the combination colours are very attractive. I do admire your talent. xx

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  20. Looks gorgeous to wear and also as some wall art - well done. I have so many unfinished projects around the place (ok world!) it is always good to celebrate such success!
    Wren x

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  21. Isn't it lovely, the colours are.a great match (I do love grey) and I know the WI yarn is so soft xx

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  22. This is such a beautiful shawl! I like the lower edge of it and the change with the colour is nice and bold. It looks so pretty draped on the hanger. Great design Amy!
    Wendy

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  23. Your crochet edge is so neat. I really like the two tone colours. Jo x

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  24. Hi Amy! You are just so creative and I love your use of the two colors! Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're having a great week.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Now that's an interesting shawl with the two colours. Very nice! I trust the new owner is enjoying her new shawl.

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  26. So creative, love the two contrasting colours.
    Lisa x

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