Wednesday, February 4, 2015

An important realization...

Okay, so this post is completely different than all my others. It has nothing to with knitting, or textiles of any sort.

Lately, I've realized the importance of taking care of your body - inside and out. So this is a post about all my thoughts, goals, and accomplishments in treating my body the best I can.

My reasoning behind this, you ask? I've learned that a lot of your overall health and well-being has to do with how you view and treat yourself. If you neglect even the simplest things like hygiene, exercise, and diet it affects your self-image. Over the years I've been content with myself, but not proud or confident. I've spent the years just living day by day, completing all my "to-dos" and rushing from one thing to another, never paying attention to what I put in or on my body; plopping into bed without taking the proper care of prepping my body for sleep. Now let me add here that you may be picturing me as a frumpy, overweight mess, and I am not. I look well groomed, like I exercise and eat well. Thank you genes! But despite that, I've realized that if I keep up this routine I've fallen into, it will be too late to try and make up for everything I haven't been doing. It will catch up.

So as I've just recently entered my mid-20's, I've decided now is the time to take the extra time and effort in my life to maintain a healthy, youthful body, and therefore mind.

To begin, my skin. I've never had a huge problem with it, but I get the occasional dry skin or nasty pimples. I tried all the stuff from the drug store and it only ever seemed to make the condition of my skin worse. So I started by switching the soap I used to an all natural, goat's milk soap. Easy on the skin and hydrating. Then, after reading the backs of all the lotions, I realized that they were all horrible for you and switched to hydrating my skin after the shower with coconut oil for my body and olive oil for my face. Coconut oil is also a great make-up remover! It doesn't sting your eyes, or dry out your skin. I've also noticed that to eliminate the dry skin I tend to get below my lips and on my forehead can be eliminated by exfoliating. So far I've used raw honey and it works amazing! As time goes on I will experiment with other natural methods. On that note - exfoliating your whole body is important! It increases circulation and keeps your skin fresh and soft. Sometimes I use the exfoliating gloves with soap in the shower, other times I use a "bath brush" and dry-brush my body before I shower. My brush also has massaging knobs, so after I've exfoliating I treat myself to a nice, quick massage.

In the past I've always seen these things as a waste of time - I'm too busy to do this! But those extra moments I take to do it, help improve my mood and lower my stress, which is completely worth my time!

Next is diet. Now, I will never be a complete health guru when it comes to food, because I believe in moderation. That being said, it is important to emphasize "healthy" choices in your moderation. But an In-N-Out hamburger every once in a while is fantastic. I will never give that up. Some candy or cake on holidays, yes please! I see all these friends on Facebook who are constantly focusing on the healthy foods and punish themselves when they cave for something they think is forbidden. That's not the mind-set I have.

The majority of your diet should be filled with fresh, nutrient packed food. We all know this. Less red meat and carbs; more fish, and fruits and veggies, and nuts. The benefit of this? Your body responds accordingly. When you feed it the fuel it needs, it will return you with the favor of energy, good skin, and a nice physique. And on a broader scale, the less processed, "fake" food you eat, the less chance of cancer as you're not putting chemicals into your body. An easy way to get a lot of the nutrients you need is smoothies! Add all the difference fruits and veggies you need for the day, blend, sip and bam! Easy!

I was once given this simple advice that made it super easy to start the process of switching over my food choices - when you go the grocery store, shop on the outer aisles where the fresh foods are; stay away from the center aisles as much as possible. Now the trick is making it to the grocery store often enough that I constantly have healthy food ready to go!

For years I've wondered why I'm so tired and why my stomach hurts. When I looked at what I was putting into my body, it all made sense.

And last but not least, we all know that you can eat as healthy as you want, but without exercise it really isn't going to do much. They go hand in hand. This is an area I have more goals than in-action. They say as little as 30 minutes a day. And often I wonder where the heck I have an extra 30 minutes (plus you know the time to get your proper exercise outfit on, and then shower afterwards... it's really more like an hour!). I might also add here that I should be exercising right now, while my son is sleeping, rather than typing on the computer. But, anyways, exercise is key to a youthful, healthy body! You look at old people who don't nearly look their age. Why? They exercise (and most likely eat good too).

As a kid, you spend your days outdoors playing, running, riding bikes, and maybe you get into a sport (I was in gymnastics). As you leave highschool your hormones catch up to you and you lose any interest in keeping active and your focus turns to college or work leaving you with little time, let alone energy to get out and do something. I have managed over the years to stay somewhat active with dancing and the occasional hike, but not nearly as much as is needed to maintain a healthy heart rate, cardio and muscles. 

 Exercise not only benefits your body, but your mind. If all you do is slump around all day, your mind is just blah. This is where I struggle. I'm always low on energy and lacking that driving, unstoppable motivation. That's not to say I'm unmotivated - I am a productive, go-getter person, but I find it harder to push myself when I'm so in-active. Not to mention, when you exercise, the increased blood-flow helps stimulate your brain, therefore your creativity, brain-power, and happiness. Endorphins. We've all heard of them. The chemical released that makes you happy. Exercise is the main trigger of this hormone.

So what I'm getting at is that all of this put together - an overall healthy diet, exercise, & hygiene - contributes to a healthy you. No one in the universe will ever regret being healthy. No one will ever be ashamed of being healthy. Everyone wants to be healthy, but can't find the time.  So my solution to this, is make it a part of your day. Make it a "to-do" to be added to the list of all the other things you have to do. If you see it as a necessary part of life like working and being on Facebook and checking your e-mail, it will make it so much easier to do. It's not hard to change what you buy at the grocery store. You have to be there anyways, so just direct yourself to different aisles. Instead of spending an hour on the computer a day looking enviously at all the other people who are fit, and healthy, get up and go do something. Instead of  passing time dinking around on your phone until it's time for whatever is next, go take care of your skin, or plan a meal.

When you've taken the time to take care of your body, and make it the best it can be, you feel good. You feel good about your choices, and your body. When someone feels good about themselves, it shows. They glow, they light up a room and put smiles on peoples faces. When you take the time to take care of yourself, you can better take care of those who need you.

And I will say that having a kid has definitely helped open my eyes to this! It's necessary to play with him, teach him things, take him to the park. Instead of eating junk, I have to make healthy food to feed him too. And pampering myself with taking care of my hair, and skin is a nice way for me to get my "me-time".

With all that being said, I guess I can relate it to my knitting. Knitting is my hobby, but it's also become an addition. Too many hours do I spend just knitting for the sake of knitting. I love it, it makes me happy, but sitting on my butt, twisting my wrists for hours at a time is doing my body no good. I spend all my free time getting in any more rows I possibly can (where most people would sit on Facebook), when maybe I should collect that time and use it to my advantage in the long run. That doesn't mean I'll stop knitting or learning new things, or challenging myself in my fiber world, but I think it's time to take a step back and realize that I have other ways in which I can feel productive and accomplished.

TTYL ta ta for now. :)




Monday, September 15, 2014

DA Legwarmers

I attended my local junior college for my continued education and every semester I would take a dance class of some sort to keep my motivated and get my exercise. For the majority of the semesters I would choose the same instructor. She was energetic, motivating, fun and graceful in her own way.  Throughout the years I was there I took note of her style, and in my last semester I decided to knit her a pair of legwarmers. She always supported my knitting, letting me share projects and events with the class, so it seemed only right so pass on a piece of my work to her.

The design is a series of continuous cables to signify her everlasting energy, and her elegance of movement.

DA Legwarmers
($3.00 pattern)


Celtic Cable Gloves

I designed this pattern as the next step from my free pattern, With a Twist of Mustard. With a longer length and more complex cables, you're bound to master the art of cables. None the less, it's a fairly quick, satisfying knit!

Celtic Cable Gloves
($5.00 pattern)




Winter's Tree

UPDATE: This pattern has been updated as of 9.15.2014. Due to several complaints of ambiguity, I have tried to improve the pattern. Please let me know if it needs any additional changes.

Originally inspired by Buttony Sweater by Katie Marcus, the design of Winter's Pine and Winter's Oak (combined to create "Winter's Tree") is a modern, yet simple sweater. The off center buttons and asymmetrical collar give it an edgy look, but with the form fit design element, it makes it classy and elegant. I first used a variegated yarn by Malabrigo (Winter's Pine version) of which was so yummy to knit with! My only issue was that it pills like crazy, and that drives me mad. So the second time around (Winter's Oak) I used Rowan Alpaca Cotton.  This sweater can be knit with one color, two or even more! The pattern below is that of Winter's Oak,  but it can easily be altered to fit your own vision. Enjoy!




 
Materials:
·  6 (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins Rowan Alpaca Cotton (Brazil 403); 1 skein Rowan Alpaca Cotton (Rice 400); 148 yds per skein (this is the yarn used for the sweater in brown and white) OR 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) Malabrigo Worsted; 210 yds per skein (this yarn is the yarn used for the sweater in variegated dark greens)
·   Size US8 Circular 32”+
·  Size US10 Circular 16” or US10 DPNs (whichever you’re more comfortable with)
·  Stitch markers
Sizes: 
·   Bust: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)
·   Finished Bust: 37 (39, 41, 43, 45) – allows for a nice fit with shirts underneath +1.5 -2” for buttons
·   Finished Length: 23.5” (24, 25, 25.5, 26)
Gauge:
4.75stitches per inch
 6rows per inch 

Abbreviations & Techniques:
  RS = right side
  WS = wrong side
  PM = place marker
   s1 = slip one; insert needle into stitch as if to purl and slip to right needle, yarn in front
  k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
  ssk = slip slip knit; slip first stitch knit-wise, second stitch knit-wise and insert left needle into front of 2 slipped stitches, knit 2 together
  p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
  p2tog tbl = purl 2 together through back loop; coming from the back of the work, purl stitches together (a very difficult technique to describe by words – if you’re able to watch a video, or refer to a photo, it’ll save your life!)
  m1L = make one left; pick up line between two stitches by inserting left needle front to back and knit the stitch through the back loop
  m1LP = make one left purl side; pick up line between two stitches by inserting left needle back to front and purl the stitch normal
  m1rP = make one right purl side; pick up line between two stitches by inserting left needle front to back and purl the stitch through the back loop
  m1r = make one right; pick up line between two stitches by inserting left needle back to front and knit the stitch normal
  WT = wrap and turn work; if on knit side bring yarn to front, slip stitch knit-wise bring yarn to back slip purl-wise, turn work – if on purl side bring yarn to back slip stitch purl-wise bring yarn to front slip stitch purl-wise and turn work
  Picking up wraps = Knit side – lift wrap from under and place on needle behind the stitch that it was wrapped and knit them together through the back loops; Purl side – lift wrap from the RS of work and place on needle untwisted and p2tog


CO 175 (185, 195, 205, 215) with MC using 2x1 ribbed long tail cast on method and size 8 needle
Rows 1-3, & 6: Complete a 2x1 rib (k2, p1) in MC ending with k1(k2, -, k1, k2) (each size isn’t perfectly divisible by 3, so you’ll have an extra stitch or two at the end of the row depended on the size.)
Rows 4, 5, 7, & 8: Complete a 2x1 rib in CC ending with k1(k2, -, k1, k2)
Continue ribbing as noted about with MC only until total ribbed edge is approximately 3 (3, 4, 4.5, 5) inches or until desired length.
Begin decreases (side shaping) as follows (dec. 4st every 5 rows 7x):
Row 1: s1 k36 (38, 41, 44, 47), ssk, PM, k1, PM, k2tog, k75 (81, 85, 89, 93), ssk, PM, k1, PM, k2tog, k49 (51, 54, 57, 60), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 2 & 4: s1, purl to end of row (EOR)
Rows 3 & 5: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 6: s1, p51 (53, 56, 59, 62), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl (<-- this may be confusing you, refer to abbreviations page!), p73 (79, 83, 87, 91), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p36 (38, 41, 44, 47)
Rows 7 & 9: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 8 & 10: s1, purl to EOR
Row 11: s1, k34 (36, 39, 42, 45), ssk, k1, k2tog, k71 (77, 81, 85, 89), ssk, k1, k2tog, k47 (49, 52, 55, 58), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 12 & 14: s1, purl to EOR
Rows 13 & 15: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 16: s1, p49 (51, 54, 57, 60), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p69 (75, 79, 83, 87), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p34 (36, 39, 42, 45)
Rows 17 & 19: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 18 & 20: s1, purl to EOR
Row 21: s1, k32 (34, 37, 40, 43), ssk, k1, k2tog, k67 (73, 77, 81, 85), ssk, k1, k2tog, k45 (47, 50, 53, 56), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 22 & 24: s1, purl to EOR
Rows 23 & 25: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 26: s1, p47 (49, 52, 55, 58), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p65 (71, 75, 79, 83), p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p32 (34, 37, 40, 43)
Rows 27 & 29: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 28 & 30: s1, purl to EOR
Row 31: s1, k30 (32, 35, 38, 41), ssk, k1, k2tog, k63 (69, 73, 77, 81), ssk, k1, k2tog, k43 (45, 48, 51, 54), p1, k1, p1, k1
Knit in stockinette st. for 3 (3, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75) inches being sure to continue edging pattern on the RS rows only (knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1). End with a WS row. You can hold the sweater around you to test fit. You should be just above waist (smallest part of torso). Make alterations as needed – knit more or less as everyone’s body is different!
Begin increases as follows (inc. 4st every 5 rows 6x):
Row 1: s1, k31 (33, 36, 39, 42), m1r, k1, m1L, k65 (71, 75, 79, 83), m1r, k1, k1L, k44 (46, 49, 52, 55), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 2 & 4: s1, purl to EOR
Rows 3 & 5: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 6: s1, p48 (50, 53, 56, 59), m1rP, p1, m1LP, p67 (73, 77, 81, 85), m1rP, p1, m1LP, p33 (35, 38, 41, 44)
Rows 7 & 9: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 8 & 10: s1, purl to EOR
Row 11: s1, k33 (35, 38, 41, 44), m1r, k1, m1L, k69 (75, 79, 83, 87), m1r, k1, m1L, k46 (48, 51, 54, 57), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 12 & 14: s1, purl to EOR
Rows 13 & 15: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 16: s1, p50 (52, 55, 58, 61), m1rP, p1, m1LP, p71 (77, 81, 85, 89), m1rP, p1, m1LP, p35 (37, 40, 43, 46)
Rows 17 & 19: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 18 & 20: s1, purl to EOR
Row 21: s1, k35 (37, 40, 43, 46), m1r, k1, m1L, k73 (79, 83, 87, 91), m1r, k1, m1L, k48 (50, 53, 56, 59), p1, k1, p1, k1
Rows 22 & 24: s1, purl to EOR
Rows 23 & 25: s1, knit until 4 sts remain, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 26: s1, p52 (54, 57, 60, 63), m1rP, p1, m1LP, p75 (81, 85, 89, 93), m1rP, p1, m1Lp, p37 (39, 42, 45, 48)
You should have 4 less stitches than you CO with – 171 (181, 191, 201, 211)
Knit until total piece measures 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) inches and place all stitches on hold using waste yarn. This is a good time to wrap the sweater around you to see if you need to knit more or less. Sweater should reach right up to under arm.


Sleeves (knit in the round):
Using a provisional CO, cast on 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) stitches with a size US 10 needle (CO more stitches for a looser fit). Place a marker at the beginning of your round.
Knit in a 2x1 rib for 3”; switch to a size US 8 needle and continue for another 1.5”
Transition round from cuff to rest of sleeve: ssk, k1, k2tog, k13 (14, 15, 16, 17), ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to EOR
Knit in stockinette stitch for 1”
Increase 2sts every 9th row 5x as follows:
Round 1: k1, m1L, knit until 1 stitch before end of round, m1R k1
Rounds 2-9: knit
Repeat rounds 1 through 9 four more times.
Increase 2sts every 7th row in the same manner as above for a total of 5 times.
You should have 52 (54, 56, 58, 60) sts
Knit in stockinette stitch until sleeve measures 17 (17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5)” – try on to make sure it reaches right to the crease of the armpit. It shouldn’t come up over the shoulder yet.
Place stitches on hold and cut yarn leaving an 8” tail.
Repeat this for the other sleeve and place these stitches on hold as well.

Note: As this was one of my first patterns – the first attempt (the dark green) was done with the drop shoulder technique. The second (brown and white) was done using the raglan sleeve  technique. I’ve found the raglan to produce a more satisfying fit, so I’ve written the pattern accordingly. 

Attaching sleeves to body:
Note: Remove any markers as you come to them.
Begin to re-thread your needles through the body piece (RS facing you rethread from right to left) until you reach 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts before your first marker (this will make your front right) – place the next 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts on hold from body piece. Pick up all but the inside 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts from one sleeve (that will remain on hold – your increases should mark the center of these sts), and continue to pick up the body stitches (back side) until you reach 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts before first marker on backside (back left) – place the next 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts on hold. Pick up all but the inside 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts (will remain on hold) from sleeve and pick up the remaining stitches on body (front left).
Join in new yarn.
 Knit 1 row, slipping the 1st stitch
Purl 1 row, slipping the 1st stitch
227 (241, 255, 261, 275) sts should be on the needle.

 

Shoulder Shaping (raglan):
Row 1 (RS): s1, k24 (27, 30, 32, 35), ssk, PM, k2, PM, k2tog, k34 (36, 37, 37, 39), ssk, PM, k2, PM, k2tog, k66 (70, 75, 77, 81), ssk, PM, k2, PM, k2tog, k34 (36, 37, 37, 39), ssk, PM, k2, PM, k2tog, k40 (43, 47, 49, 52), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 2: s1, purl to EOR
Row 3: s1, k23 (26, 29, 31, 34), ssk, k2, k2tog, k32 (34, 35, 35, 37), ssk, k2, k2tog, k64 (68, 73, 75, 79), ssk, k2, k2tog, k32 (34, 35, 35, 37), ssk, k2, k2tog, k39 (42, 46, 48, 51), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 4: s1, purl to EOR
Row 5: s1 k22 (25, 28, 30, 33) ssk, k2, k2tog, k30 (32, 33, 33, 35), ssk, k2, k2tog, k62 (66, 71, 73, 77), ssk, k2, k2tog, k30 (32, 33, 33, 35), ssk, k2, k2tog, k38 (41, 45, 47, 50), p1 k1, p1, k1
Row 6: s1, purl to EOR
Row 7: s1, k21 (24, 27, 29, 32), ssk, k2, k2tog, k28 (30, 31, 31, 33), ssk, k2, k2tog, k60 (64, 69, 71, 75), ssk, k2, k2tog, k28 (30, 31, 31, 33), ssk, k2, k2tog, k37 (40, 44, 46, 49), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 8: s1, purl to EOR
Row 9: s1, k20 (23, 26, 28, 31), ssk, k2, k2tog, k26 (28, 29, 29, 31), ssk, k2, k2tog, k58 (62, 67, 69, 73), ssk, k2, k2tog, k26 (28, 29, 29, 31), ssk, k2, k2tog, k36 (39, 43, 45, 48), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 10: s1, purl to EOR
Row 11: s1, k19 (22, 25, 27, 30), ssk, k2, k2tog, k24 (26, 27, 27, 29), ssk, k2, k2tog, k56 (60, 65, 67, 71), ssk, k2, k2tog, k24 (26, 27, 27, 29), ssk, k2, k2tog, k35 (38, 42, 44, 47), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 12: s1, purl to EOR
Row 13: s1, k18 (21, 24, 26, 29), ssk, k2, k2tog, k22 (24, 25, 25, 27), ssk, k2, k2tog, k54 (58, 63, 65, 69), ssk, k2, k2tog, k22 (24, 25, 25, 27), ssk, k2, k2tog, k34 (37, 41, 43, 46), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 14: s1, purl to EOR
Row 15: s1, k17 (20, 23, 25, 28), ssk, k2, k2tog, k20 (22, 23, 23, 25), ssk, k2, k2tog, k52 (56, 61, 63, 67), ssk, k2, k2tog, k20 (22, 23, 23, 25), ssk, k2, k2tog, k33 (36, 40, 42, 45), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 16: s1, purl to EOR
Row 17: s1, k16 (19, 22, 24, 27), ssk, k2, k2tog, k18 (20, 21, 21, 23), ssk, k2, k2tog, k50 (54, 59, 61, 65), ssk, k2, k2tog, k18 (20, 21, 21, 23), ssk, k2, k2tog, k32 (34, 38, 40, 44), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 18: s1, purl to EOR
Row 19: s1, k15 (18, 21, 23, 26), ssk, k2, k2tog, k16 (18, 19, 19, 21), ssk, k2, k2tog, k48 (52, 57, 59, 63), ssk, k2, k2tog, k16 (18, 19, 19, 21), ssk, k2, k2tog, k31 (33, 37, 39, 43), p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 20: s1, purl to EOR
You should now have 80 less stitches.

Back Shaping:
 Knit until 4st before back left marker WT
purl until 3st before back right marker WT
*knit until 2st before last wrapped st WT
purl until 2st before last wrapped st WT*
Repeat last two rows
Knit across picking up wraps (3) until  2nd to last st before back left marker WT
 purl picking up wraps (3) until 2nd to last stitch before marker WT
 knit across picking in the last knit wrapped stitch and knit all the way across
Purl back picking up last wrapped stitch
 Knit in stockinette stitch for 2 (2, 4, 4, 4) rows

Collar:
Complete 2x1 ribbing for 3” ending with a RS row (ready to knit a WS row). 
RS row: *k2, p1* to EOR (Note: Your size may not end up with a divisible by 3 number for the collar, that’s okay, just knit the extra stitch or two at the end of the row.)
WS row:
If you ended your RS row with a k1, then you will do p1, *k1, p2* to EOR.
If you ended your RS row with a knit 2, then you will do p2, *k1, p2* to EOR
If you ended your RS row with a p1, then you will do *k1, p2* to EOR

We are now going to be doing a 2x1 ribbing on the WS (which will become the right side when folded). Do exactly what you did above, but reverse.
BO the 12st from sleeve and under the arms using a three needle BO from the inside of your garment.
Add button holes to your liking using the Japanese technique - whipstitch a hole wherever you want your buttons – or use any technique you like!
Sew up the holes at the underarms and sew in all your ends!
Wet block and lay flat to dry for a day or two.


Copyright 2011, Alisha Bright. All Rights Reserved.

It's Been a While

After a year and a half, I've managed to get my butt over here and update! 

I stayed on the farm until mid-April of 2013. I made my way up to Canada, with a boy who I'd met back home and had come to visit me, where I was proposed to! (Eeeee!) And then back home I went. 

I did however, in the days before I left the farm, learn how to dye a skein of yarn with koolaid...



 ...And shear an angora rabbit.




Once we returned home, I fell back into the busy routine of work. I have since managed to publish 2 designs.
Celtic Cable Gloves
DA Legwarmers 

But more than anything I've been busy with an amazing thing called "family". 

These photos will explain it all!






So naturally, I spent the majority of my knitting time while pregnant knitting things for my son! 

I managed to spin some yarn for a blanket I knit him:



Three and a half months after his birth, we got married! And of course I had to knit myself a wedding shawl. It's originally the Rock Island Shawl by Jared Flood, but as I always do, I had to make my own changes.  I added beads to the bottom border and continued the lace for several more repeats.


So there's good reason I haven't managed to update this in a while! Now that I'm not planning a wedding and have settled into motherhood a bit, I'm hoping to get some unpublished designs out and perhaps design some more.

Happy knitting!