I hope all is well. It has been months since my last published pattern but I’m very excited to finally introduce the Riley Shawl! I’ve been working on this shawl since November of last year and months later, here we are…a finished product!
The Riley Shawl is the first pattern on Purl Avenue that is available for purchase. So head over to Ravelry and Etsy for purchase information.
Knitted using three skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage, the Riley Shawl is a triangle shawl that is worked from the bottom up. I’m so glad I picked Tosh Vintage because I absolutely love the bouncy, squishy characteristic of this yarn. The colorway used is Hudson River Blue (color might be disco’ed) but I can certainly see a variation of gray looking great as well. After blocking, the shawl measures roughly 63″ by 30″ but you might be able to squeeze in a few more inches depending on how aggressively you block it.
It has been a while since I last posted a pattern here due to my mishap back in January. But I am happy to say that I am recovering nicely. Currently, I am no longer in a boot and started driving again this past week. I’ve been going to physical therapy for two weeks now and have about another month to go.
It’s been an interesting journey and I underestimated how difficult the recovery phase would be. With that said, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being able to drive again is huge step forward even though the pain still persists. I imagine the ankle stiffness and pain will be with me for months to come but having my mobility back is pretty awesome.
About a month ago, I started on a shawlette using the Schachenmayr yarn I bought over a year ago. I finished the project last night and blocked it. Here is the finished project:
If you’ve never knitted a triangle shawl before, this will be the easiest one you’ll ever knit! Aside from the eyelets around the bottom edge, the rest of the shawl is knitted in stockinette. For extra flair, I added tassels to the ends. I’d like to point out that the edges do curl. This was done on purpose because I like the way it looks. If you don’t like the curl, I suggest you add a border around the edges. This pattern is worked from the bottom up.
The material is cotton and knitted with needles a few sizes larger than the recommended because this shawl is designed to be worn in warmer climates.
Measures approx. 63″ x 16″ (160cm x 41cm) after blocking.
After breaking my ankle exactly two weeks ago, here is an update. A few days after the injury and after the ER, I went to the orthopedic surgeon but nothing could be done because my foot was too swollen.
As a result, I had to sit around with a broken ankle for eight days until the swelling went down.
On the ninth day, I went into surgery. It was an outpatient procedure that was supposed to take 1.5 hours. I went in and the first thing they did was give me a regional block in an attempt to numb the leg. At the time, I had no idea what to expect from the block procedure. As it turned out, the anesthesiologist stuck a needle into the back of the leg, and used an ultrasound to find where to inject the numbing solution. Well after what seemed like several minutes, the procedure was complete and a complete failure. For some reason they couldn’t find what they were looking for to numb the leg.
I was then transported to the operating room. While they were prepping me onto the operating table, the last thing I remember was a brief conversation with the crew about Downton Abbey. LOL! Now that I’m thinking back on it, it’s pretty funny–our choice of topic, that is.
Shortly after, there was the “gas.” I will never forget the smell…
I woke up in the recovery room plagued with nausea and found out that my surgery had gone over by two hours! What was supposed to take 1.5 hours took 3.5 hours. They had trouble setting my bones back into place. In addition, the gas anesthesia that they gave me made me immensely ill. In response to this, the nurse gave me “anti-nausea” medicine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. To be honest, I don’t think it was anti-nausea medicine. I think it was a tranquilizer. As the nurse put it, “I think she’s comatose.”
The days after the surgery were extremely rough. I have to say that the day after was the worst! The pain was definitely on a level that I had never experienced before. And on top of it all, I had the lingering smell of the gas anesthesia on my breath which made me sick for several days after surgery. There is nothing worst than the smell of what can be described as a “strong plastic odor” every time you take a breath out.
It hasn’t been a full week after surgery and find myself easing off of the pain medication. This too makes me queasy. As you can tell, I am extremely sensitive to medications.
Anyway, I promise I am going to wrap up this horror story. So I am currently wrapped up in another splint and I have to sit around for one more week until my post-op check up.
Now, on to knitting! A while back, a fellow blogger contacted me about translating one of my patterns to her native tongue, French. Of course, I agreed. I am in no shape to translate my pattern to French, at least not well. My knowledge of the language is not, by any means, fluent, even though I did take French for two years in high school and two in college.
Emmanuelle was kind enough to translate the Linen Chevron Cowl to French and put it in a PDF format.
I truly enjoy sharing my work with the knitting community and enrich people’s lives one at a time through knitting. If there is an opportunity to share it with different people in different languages from different countries with different cultures, I will definitely take it!
If you would like to translate any of my patterns to another language and share it with your community, please let me know! For you loom knitters: if you are interested in converting my patterns for loom knitting, please contact me!
Please bear with me through this rough time as I slowly get my life back to normalcy. Thank you all for your kind words and your well wishes!
Hope everyone is doing well. These past few days have been very cold here in the south with temps dipping below freezing. With the frigid weather, I went out last night after work and got some firewood to make a fire. It was the first one this season!
It was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire and some knitting to soothe away the tensions of the day.
Speaking of knitting, last week I finished a cowl that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. Those of you who have been keeping up with me via social media have seen the progress of this cowl and as promised, I am posting it up today.
This cowl, called the Irish Mesh Cowl, was knitted previously using Knit Picks’ Billow yarn in Tea Rose (shown below). I designed this cowl about six months ago and am now revisiting it and will share the pattern with you all.
The revisited version is done Ash. Note: Knit Picks Billow yarn is cotton and the yarn weight varies even though it is listed as Bulky Weight. If you want your cowl to look a little more uniform, I recommend using a different type of yarn.
After blocking, the Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash measures about 30″ circumference and 11″ wide and is slightly smaller than the one in Tea Rose (I don’t remember the measurements).
It’s been what seems like an eternity since I last posted a knitting pattern here on Purl Avenue. My day job has consumed so much time and I find it difficult to find time to knit and post new information here. There are so many things that I’d like to take on but there seems to never enough time in the day for me to do so 🙁
After completing the Linen Chevron Cowl, I was finally able to start a new project with The Louisa Harding yarn I bought while I was in Vienna, VA several months ago. With this fun yarn, I knitted a lace shawl that I could wear on a casual day out.
The Casual Lace Knit Shawl is a simple and straightforward project that is perfect for those who have never knitted a shawl before. It uses a little over three skeins of Louisa Harding Noema Yarn which is more than I expected. But overall, I am very pleased with the result.
Measures 62″(157.5 cm) X 25.5″(65 cm)
The next time I knit this shawl, I think I will knit it in a gray or blue color. If I do, I will keep you all posted. Anyway, here is the pattern. Enjoy!
It has been a very crazy and busy month or so. I know, it has been a while since I last posted an article but it really has been hectic. Because of the time restraint, it has taken me months to complete this cowl and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the end result. The Linen Chevron Cowl was knitted using Shi Bui’s Linen yarn and it features a distinctive chevron design. Because the pattern is a little long, I’m going to keep this intro short and jump into the fun part…the pattern.
I absolutely love the chevron/seed stitch combination.