Category Archives: Shawl

Ripping out and knitting more

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I’m coming along on Blue Skies. I did have to rip out three rows (I’d forgotten the eyelet row), but have gotten to the next eyelet row. I’m looking forward to this scarf.

In sewing, I’m working on little backpacks for First Lady and Matriarch. They love two little reusable shopping bags we have, so I think the backpacks will be pretty fun for them. I’m just trying to decide if I should decorate the back pockets with their initials or with a star and a heart.

Finished Kerry Blue


Ravelry Link Kerry Blue

Pattern: Kerry Blue

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare

Needles: Size 3

Amount of yarn used: 108 g

Source of Yarn: Knitpicks

Modifications: I used the Haruni bindoff.


A strong shawl for a strong girl.

Finished Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters

Ravelry Link Boundary Waters

Pattern: Boundary Waters

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare

Needles: Size 3

Amount of yarn used: 104 g

Source of Yarn: Knitpicks

Modifications: I used the Haruni bindoff.


A beautiful shawl for a beautiful girl.

Just need blocking and trimming

They’re cast off.

The ends are woven in.

They need to be blocked and have the ends trimmed.

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I may have a long car ride coming up. I’m getting out my red lace scarf.

Over halfway!

I’m over half done the casting off on First Lady’s shawl.

A different color!

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I cast on for a sock for me in the Nordlys yarn today. It is not white. It is all for me.

I finished the main part of Matriarch’s shawl by the girls’ birthday. It’s over half cast off now, so I have hopes that I’ll be able to finish the casting off by the one year anniversary of when they came home.

Afghans for Afghans isn’t running a campaign now, so I’m waiting on the Car Seat Test mitten. I think I’m going to knit things in bright colors for myself for a bit.

Of course, I am thinking a little about two tiny Rhinebeck sweaters…

Knitting in natural

I’m on row 162 out of 171 on Matriarch’s shawl. This is the last row where the pattern is in groups of nine repeats; after this, it’s in groups of 19. Counting this, only three more rows are pattern rows with an actual pattern.

I’m looking forward to knitting something in color!

Still more shawl

I’m on the last page of instructions for Matriarch’s shawl!

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If I keep working on it, I may get all the knitting finished by her first birthday. Then I just need to figure out what edging to do for her shawl and First Lady’s. I want them to match, so I’m thinking of a simple looped edge like First Lady’s called for. That, though, requires crocheting, and I’m not sure I have that much crochet in me. Does anyone have a simple knitted on edging or fancy castoff?

More shawl

As always, Matriarch’s shawl is coming along, although slower than I’d like. I didn’t get to work on it as much as I’d hoped while traveling to Maryland (I slept in the car) and I had some unexpected things that came up.

She keeps trying to touch it. I know it’s because they’re interested in string now (also containers and transparency), but I like to think it’s because she realizes it’s beautiful and will be hers.

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I am looking forward to having the shawls finished and knitting something for myself again. This has been a lot of white lace.


Edit: This came out much more depressing than it was supposed to! I meant it to be more like things I’ve read recently about how the pregnant body becomes a public space for comment and that it’s strange how people in public interact with me only as the subtitles for the girls and think that I always want to stop and answer all questions, no matter how personal, even as I’m hurrying somewhere or trying to calm a crying baby.

I’m now 50% through Matriarch’s shawl. Both girls keep trying to touch it, since they’re very interested in string and paper.

Matriarch and her shawl

In The Reluctant Father, one of the strands is about how, when his daughter was born, his wife vanished. I can definitely feel that. As I walk the girls around campus, it’s amazing how many students talk about them as if I can’t hear. In the grocery store, it can be hard to get the groceries without people asking about them. If I’m trying to run a fast errand, someone will stop me to argue with me about if they’re identical or sororal. The girls exist, and I’m just there as a caption.

When I go out for a run, it’s amazing. I’m just a normal person with her headphones in.

I also feel sort of vanished in the knitting I’ve been doing. I knit the soakers that they outgrew before I finished them, which were black and white. I’ve been knitting the white christening shawls. I have the mitten from First Lady’s car seat test, but Afghans for Afghans isn’t currently collecting and doesn’t seem to know when it will again.

As usual, my big conference and my husband’s overlapped. Normally this just means both of us are frantically working on our papers/posters/workshops at the same time, but this year had the added complication of the girls. My parents, therefore, came up to wrangle, and the girls went to their first academic conference, which they seemed to enjoy. I’m so lucky to have parents who could and wanted to do that.

My mom and I went to Webs later in the week, bringing the girls. Their baby books now have entries about first LYS trip.

Girls in Webs

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I got myself some sock yarn in bright colors that hopefully will make me, as I’m stopped to be asked about the girls, feel less invisible.

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