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I will say this: lists are everywhere. I have lists. Reed has lists (slightly less legible).

We are plotting. And planning.

Some items are simple. Take a shower. Brush teeth. Watch a cartoon. (That one’s on Reed’s list, anyway).

Others are more complicated. Go here. Do this. Make that happen.

Even the lists have lists.

It’s overwhelming and thrilling all at the same time.

I want so desperately for everything to happen all at once, but I am wise enough to know that is not how the world works. Things take time. Perseverance. Hard work. And eventually the pieces fall into place.

I am reminding myself to be forgiving. Patient. Slightly more organized.

In the end, the hours in each day don’t change. No matter what, there’s only 24. (Someone really oughta get on that problem.) I can only knit as fast as I can knit, and of course I secretly wish I had an army of knitters (and gardeners and window washers) at my disposal to speed things up a bit. Or more hands. (At least a self-driving car…)

My post-Reed bedtime plans are always ambitious, and I’ve honestly vacillated between feeling like I need to work into the wee hours…to make progress and generally catch up…and to just sit and knit and simply BE.

Now, I know you KNOW me by now and of course already have guessed which path I’ve chosen. Especially given I’m working with this AMAZING!!!! silk/merino blend from Beloved Yarn in the sunniest of colors. There’s just no other option.

(If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably been noticing my feed’s been extra cheery and yellow lately.)

Thus, the list waits. (Except for the item related to finishing the bright, sunny shawl…good progress there!).

And, as always, I knit on.

I so hope to finish the shawl this weekend, although I don’t want to jinx myself. We all know a poorly-time frogging can unravel (pun intended) even the best hatched plans. Some problems even ambition can’t fix. That’s the beauty and plague of knitting all at once: you can only work one stitch at a time.

Rainland Shawlette Pattern Release

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

Remember when I finished this baby? And the little grey version?

Well, the pattern is finally out. Tech edited, shiny, and everything. The best part is the pattern includes versions to accommodate both yarn weights: Sport and DK.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

I love this pattern because it is simple. Sometimes (most of the time) simple knitting is my favorite. Especially as yarns are so amazing and soft these days. The truth is I often feel like I don’t need a fancy pattern. My gorgeous yarn is enough.

I just want to knit it up.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

That’s why I love Rainland. It’s as basic as they come. I would have titled the pattern Basic Shawlette, Plain Jane Shawlette, or even Boring Shawlette, but those names have actually been used already on Ravelry.

So, we have Rainland. All you need to warm your shoulders on a drizzly (or truly rotten) day.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

Rainland is also super cool because it’s a one-skein wonder. If you have 360 yards (329 m) or so of a lovely skein of DK or Sport that’s been waiting for Just the Right Pattern in your stash…well, this just might be your number. Put those souvenir skeins to use!

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

The stripy version of Rainland is knit in a handspun DK weight yarn that was gifted to me by a friend. Her sheep. Her spinning. Her dyeing. Special. I like wearing it “wrong side” out quite a bit also. The colors are fun that way.

The all-grey version was worked up in Madelinetosh Pashmina. Um, that’s amazing stuff. So soft with an out-of-this-world Drape Factor. It grew A LOT during blocking, and the pattern is written to accommodate that as well.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

I love these easy crescent shawls and could knit them over and over. I think they are very wearable in scarf or shawl formation, with substantial (but not too substantial) tail ends for wrapping or tying.

The bottom garter edge is knit first, followed by the stockinette middle. Simple wrap-and-turn style short rows create the crescent shape. If you are new to short rows, don’t fear. You can still do this. The written instructions are there and quite clear. This would actually be a good starter pattern for a knitter new to short rows, or someone who might need a refresher. There’s not a lot of other craziness going on to cause undo stress.

I believe in you.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

Rainland is available on Ravelry and Love Knitting for $5.00 USD. (Subscribers, check your emails. You should have a coupon code for 50% off. Mwah! I love you all!)

The holidays are fast approaching (Gasp! Faint! Cuss a little!), and this one-skein wonder just might make a nice gift for someone on your list.

Rainland Shawlette by This Knitted Life. Pattern provides instructions for both DK and Sport weight yarn. Amazing one skein wonder. Sometimes simple is better.

So, here’s to simple. And easy. And workhorse knits. A cheers to you!

I look forward to seeing you at the Yarn Along. I’m still listening to I’ll Give You the Sun* and reading Truly Madly Guilty* and loving both.  I haven’t made much progress on my audiobook because Reed insists on listening to his own stories, with which he is officially obsessed (The Magic Tree House* series). I think I am going to have to find the kid some wireless headphones so we can each enjoy our respective audio stories in the car. Already, we go our own way. So much for car chats. Sigh.

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A Purple Shawl for Fall

Simple short-row crescent shawl with a check stitch border. Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca.

You’ll be happy to know the purple yarn did indeed turn into a shawl, although, in all honesty, I may have spent more time unknitting and reknitting and than Just Knitting. This simple crescent shawl has a check stitch border. Sometimes I forget alternating knit 2, purl 2 can look quite pretty for being so boring. I had envisioned a broader border of check stitch on the top. It seemed I had so much yarn remaining until all of the sudden I didn’t have any yarn remaining. I hate when that happens. I wanted to make a crescent shawl that was deeper than my last two, and I did. But I also wanted the ends to be pointy. And they aren’t.

Womp. Womp.

However.

Now I know, for pointy ends, one INCREASES and does NOT decrease.

I learn something new every day.

I’ve had these two gifted skeins of Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca in my stash for a year or two now. When I wound them up to try out my swift earlier this year, I decided the yarn was mighty fine actually and added it to my mental Knit Soon list.

I do follow through on most things. Eventually.

Fall arrived here right on schedule. Crisp air. Even a bit of drizzle. I busted out some socks. Switched from white wine to red. All I want to do is lounge around and knit. I know that’s not quite possible, but I am going to keep dreaming about it anyway.

All things in good time.

Little Grey Shawl

Meet the my latest wardrobe essential. I finally finished this baby, knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina’s* Kitten colorway.

Me-ow!

My new petite shawlette is another version of my first crescent shawllette.  The gauge was smaller on the Pashmina, which required some reworked math to result in similar dimensions.

Nothing’s ever easy.

When I eek out time to write the darn pattern up, I will include two-for-one instructions for a couple of different gauges and corresponding yarn weights. That’s always nice.

Petite shawlette in Madelinetosh Pashmina (Kitten colorway). Meow.

We all know I LOVE Madelinetosh, but this is my first time knitting with the classic Pashmina base*. (The hat I also have on my needles is in the Pashmina worsted base, which I have used several times throughout the past year.) I can’t believe this skein has been languishing in the hall closet for the better part of a year! It was amazing yarn, and this shawl was the perfect one-skein wonder.

Petite shawlette in Madelinetosh Pashmina (Kitten colorway). Meow.

I love the simplicity of this petite shawlette. You can wear it with anything, every day. Pure stockinette contrasted with a classic garter band. It’s easy knitting, as long as you are comfortable trying some basic short row knitting. Nothing fussy. This baby has class all the way to the finish line.

Petite shawlette in Madelinetosh Pashmina (Kitten colorway). Meow.

As you read this, we are on our final family camp out. (I scheduled the post in advance of our trip.) Hopefully, if I am lucky, I am working on a new pair of man socks from a shaded chair, overlooking a lake. Fingers crossed.

*The original recommendation to try the Pashmina came to me via a comment from Fog Knits! I love reader advice. You gals have so much good stuff to share!

Just Knit

Crescent shawl in the works using Madelinetosh Pasmina in the Kitten colorway. Simple is better.

Finally. After so much fiddling, I can just knit. I have spent so much time of late finishing projects, weaving in ends and blocking. And swatching. Oh, the swatching! Not to mention all the tiny projects–some baby hats and of course socks.

All of it is necessary, but none of it gives me the satisfaction of just knitting.  It’s like the difference between driving in stop and go rush hour traffic and just zipping down the open highway, with nothing but wild, undeveloped country out the window and Michael Jackson on the radio. Or maybe the Dixie Chicks. I’ve been so indecisive about music lately.

Anyway.

I’m knitting. It feels good. Even though I can’t decide if I am going to run out of yarn or have too much left. It’s a painful kind of mental pickle to be in. A very stressful kind of relaxation, if you will. I know I am sunk either way. The odds that it will work out just right are slim. A statistical anomaly.

This is why it is a terrible idea to ever just buy one skein of anything. I like one-skein projects as much as the next person, but really, what a horrible idea! It’s like tempting fate, especially if you dare to substitute yarn. Better to buy two and finish up with left over yarn (maybe an entire skein!) than suffer the stress of Will I/ Won’t I.

Never again will I just buy one skein. NEVER.

Unless it’s for socks. That doesn’t count.

I decided to pick my grey project back up, now that the colorful bit is all knit up and see if I can’t come up with the perfect recipe for a simple shawlette. Like the little black dress of knitting. No frills. All sex appeal, plus a eentsy bit of cozy soft sheen. It is Madelinetosh Pashmina, after all.

Now tell me this, knitters: yarn can be sexy, right?

P.S. Don’t forget, the Olympic Knitathon starts in one week! Are you ready?!!? Any and all knitting projects count.

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