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A flurry of finished objects – part two

The next two FOs are both Andrea Mowry designs. The first is the Om Shawl, a versatile little number that’s sure to get lots of use once the weather turns chill again this fall. It’s a rectangular shawl with buttons along the bottom and about half way up one side that allow for a wide variety of configurations.

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I started it last November but had to put it aside both for Christmas knitting and my Swirl sweater knit-along that started in January. So, I’m sure pleased to have finally gotten this one from WIP to FO status. I also enjoyed trying my luck with two-handed stranded knitting in the blended color sections. It’s a fun technique and one that I’m really keen to get more practice on.

Next is another shawl, the now ubiquitous Find Your Fade. It’s a wildly popular pattern, and for good reason. It’s flexible enough to have some fun, with the eyelet and color melting sections making things interesting just when you might be getting a little bored with the garter stitch sections.

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They’re so colorful, you can really wear these shawls with just about anything.

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And, as with the Om Shawl, the Find Your Fade can be a shawl, a scarf, a throw – it’s up to you how you want to use it.

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The next and final installment of “Flurry of finished objects” – the Swirl sweater!


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Snow day! … kinda

There are so many great things about working from home: zero commute time and cost, changing from jammies into street clothes optional, anytime can be snack time, and when the job makes me nuts, I can take a break and play with my cats.

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But for those of us who work from home, there is no such thing as a snow day. Today we had a fabulous snow – probably around a foot, with wind and cold temps. This is exactly what winter in the mid-Hudson Valley should be. If I weren’t a work-from-home person, I’d have been so excited to spend the day with my knitting, hot cups of tea, and my furry companions. But the winds didn’t knock out my internet connection, so the work day went on as usual.

But with it now being too dark to shovel again, the wind can toss that newly fallen snow and I’ll stay inside where it’s warm and cozy (my clanging wind chimes are a constant reminder that I should stick with this plan). With a looming deadline for my knit-along project, which I want to cover in an upcoming post all about the “create”-along phenomenon, I’ve unfortunately had to set aside my Om Shawl WIP.

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I can’t wait to get back to this, as I think it’s going to be a beautiful and versatile piece. The pattern is by Andrea Mowry, who has some stunning designs that are well worth a look. I found the pattern through the O-Wool site, where I also purchased the yarn as a kit for the project. It’s the first time I’ve attempted any kind of color work other than simple stripes, and I’ve been really pleased with how it’s turned out so far. The combination of the modern knit design and O-Wool’s environmentally responsible approach is further evidence that knitting today is a wonderful mix of tradition and innovation.