I prefer deeper colors

I’m not a fan of pastel colors.  I like deeper colors.  So why were these three 200-yard skeins of pastel yarn in my stash?

Those four little words…it was on sale.

The Ka’ana Shawl by Jennifer Weissman takes 600 yards of worsted weight yarn.  This Wool of the Woods – Capri is dk but since it is a shawl, it’s an okay substitute.  The yarn is very splitty so I have to be very careful when knitting so I get all the super fine threads that make up the strand.


This cotton shawl will be just the thing to wrap around my shoulders on a summer evening to ward off a bit of a chill while relaxing on the deck or porch with a glass of wine.

Nineteen rows into the leafy lace pattern.

I started on the last ball of yarn and still have fourteen more rows before three rows of garter and bind off.  Another game of yarn chicken might be afoot…

I didn’t win at yarn chicken

I didn’t win but at least I figured it out before I got too far into the lace motif.  The Kindness shawl is off the needles and blocked.  I had 48 inches of yarn left after I did one row of the lace motif and an extra row of knitting.

I love it!

I love the colors.

I love the yarn.

It’s the perfect size to wrap around my neck instead of a bulky scarf.

And I only found one mistake.  But I don’t care.  At least it’s not a dropped stitch!


Almost finished.  Only one more row of the horseshoe lace pattern then three rows of garter stitch and bind off and my Kindness shawl will be off the needles and ready to block!I don’t have a scale to weigh the rest of the yarn but I want to use as much as I can.

So my plan is to put in a lifeline at the end of this last lace row and see if I can get another horseshoe lace repeat before I run out of yarn.  If I don’t, then I can just rip back to the lifeline and continue with the three-row garter stitch and bind off.

I’ve only played “yarn chicken” once before…and lost.

A new pair

Last May 15th my sister-in-law slipped on her basement stairs and clunked down the three remaining steps on her left heel.  Her heel was shattered.  The surgery went well and the bone, with the help of plenty of titanium, healed.  Unfortunately, a sore and subsequent hole/wound from wearing a special boot did not close up.

I lost count of the various surgeries she’s undergone and had to wear a wound vac for several weeks. During this time, she was still teaching and wore the pair of slippers I knit for her to school as she needed to keep her foot covered and warm.

She was finally able to wear “regular” shoes sometime in January.

I received the following text from her Saturday evening: 

And this is my progress.

I’m using a wool and hemp blend yarn that I picked up somewhere (no idea where)…

…and an acrylic yarn held together for the seamless slippers.

I should have them finished later today then I can sew on some soles, make pom poms and have them ready to mail by the weekend.