A birthday gift


This was supposed to be the beginning of a Mirkfallon shawl. For my sister-in-law’s birthday I ordered yarn and bought the pattern to make matching shawls (hers will be grey and gorgeous). It looks fine in the photo, but in reality, I just wasn’t quite happy with the gauge. It felt just a little loose. Since it’s 8 skeins and not a small project, I want the drape to be just so, and I want to love it – so rip rip rip. I’ll be starting again on Thursday afternoon after a bit of work in the morning.  I found a needle that I think will work tucked away in my drawer. I’m pretty sure it’s a 2.5mm, but I can’t find my needle gauge to double check. I’ll just fly by the seat of my pants, rather than wasting time scouring the house for the silly thing – more knitting time!

Purple seems to be my colour lately – I’m completely drawn to it in any shade, bright or muted. I chose some stash threads to begin a stitch along piece by Northern Expressions Needleworks that is being hosted by my local shop – the “Twisted Band Sampler” in shades of (you guessed it) purple.


I love the butterflies.

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9 Responses to A birthday gift

  1. margo says:

    That looks like a lot of stitches, good thing you decided to rip back before you got too far. I crocheted a shawl many years ago but have never knitted one yet……there is plenty of wool in the stash, just waiting for the right pattern to catch my interest.
    The week Prince died I knitted a face washer in the lovliest purple soft squishy cotton, it looks perfect stacked among all the others which are white.
    I hope you get both shawls finished in time to snuggle into such comfort when the cold weather hits hits your area.

  2. karen says:

    I love purple! and green and yellows. Well I guess I like lots 🙂 I had to redo the baby sweater start since I didn’t read the directions like I should have 🙂

  3. Fawn says:

    Love the purple!

  4. Laura says:

    I love the butterflies, too. You are getting the stitching done like it is your J O B!

    • caroline says:

      LOL Laura – I wish it was my J O B!! I’m pretty fast, I stitch two handed with the fabric on a frame which speeds up the process. I also stitch every day late into the night, I love it!

  5. Andi says:

    Oh that purple is amazing- both in the knitting and embroidery!

  6. Carol says:

    Hi Caroline 🙂 I’m finally following you in Bloglovin’ so I can visit your blog regularly. Love your purples! I’m so sorry you need to start over with your gift. I don’t knit, so it looks perfect to me in the photo, but I’m sure you want it so be just right for your sister-in-law’s gift. Your Twisted Band sampler is growing nicely, too!

    It’s been fun meeting you on IG, but I do still love the blogging format. If you have the time, I’d love you to come visit me at http://stitchingdream.blogspot.com/.

    Enjoy your day–hope it includes some stitching/knitting time 🙂

    • caroline says:

      Well hello! How nice Carol, and thank you! I’ve got your blog open on my laptop and tonight after my teaching is done, I look forward to having a sit down and proper catch up on you!

  7. Gracie says:

    Cheers for your beautiful work and for your brave frogging and new beginning! xx

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