I promised in my last blog post to put up other pictures of what I did in 2013, and update you on where I am with Grietje’s Rose Trellis Shawl. Honestly, I have put that aside to work on my first afghan that I am making for my step-mom, Rachael.
She asked for one in early January, so I started researching available projects, and I found one that I think she will love. I am making the Cromwell Court Afghan from the Lion Brand website. I will be alternating between Grietje’s shawl and this afghan for
the foreseeable future. They are both huge projects, especially for a novice knitter like I am. I have aspirations on being a master knitter, but I don’t expect that will happen within the next few months, LOL.. Are any of you master knitter’s? If so, how long did
it take you to get to that status?

You can find the free pattern here:

[URL] http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90331AD.html[/URL]

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 46 x 54 in. (117 x 137 cm)

I am doing it in 4 different colors that I have in my stash. I have quite a bit of acrylic in my stash that I have purchased for baby patterns, etc. So, I decided to make it with acrylic worsted weight, and I used Vanna’s Choice, Red Heart (eek!), and Lion Brand Pound of Love baby yarn. I am using a snowy white, burgundy, charcoal, and olive green in the blanket, but the main color will be white. This is an excellent use of my stash and it will allow me to use up some of the partial skeins that I have or the odd skein that I didn’t use in another pattern. In my mind it is going to be very pretty. I am doing 5 repeats of the white, adding a color and doing 2 repeats of whatever color that I am using at the time, and then 5 more repeats of the white, etc. until I get it the length that I want it to be. This pattern is very easy to memorize as well. All of the yarn is a nice thick worsted, although not the yarn called for in the pattern. I dislike working with bulky yarn, so I had to add more cast on stitches than they called for to make it the size I needed for it to be. I imagine the weight will cause it to stretch beyond my imagination as it is already getting stretched out and I am only into row 33 or so into it.

I am liking the pattern, and on the plus side I am not bored with it yet. That is saying a lot because I get bored very quickly, which is why I change patterns so very much. As it is now, I will probably pick up the shawl and go back and forth between this pattern and the shawl just to keep things interesting.

Speaking of shawls, last year was the year of the shawls. I made my SIL a pink simple shawl, and I wanted to show ya’ll what it looked like. It was a simple stockinette triangular shawl with added fringe. It was made with 100% mohair, and she loved it. OF course, Katie has taken over possession of it because it is pink and it is for princesses according to Katie. J

Until next time!