Braidsmaid Shawl

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

I recently made Martina Behm's Braidsmaid shawl for a swap and fell in love with the pattern. It was really fun to knit - just the right balance of ease and interest. It's mostly garter stitch so limited purling is involved. Phew.


I added a full repeat of body pattern I, making the shawl wider and longer...and using up quite a bit more yarn! I like the resulting size though. It's big enough to really curl up in.


The yarn I used a silk blend yarn from Manos del Uruguay. It was a delight to work with!! It has a soft and shiny texture but still feels cozy and warm.


I usually don't like knitting the same pattern more than once (just like I don't watch movies more than once :)) but I think I'd make an exception for this one. I want to make one for myself!

Seattle in a Box

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I recently swapped with a crafty friend from the Netherlands. One of my favorite things about international swapping is learning and sharing more about each other's hometowns so I wanted to include something to represent my Seattle pride!! This little matchbox is what I came up with.


Of course the outside had to have some painted raindrops! The inside is filled with a collection of things that I associate with the city. They are handdrawn doodles with some water color accents.


I hope my swap buddy enjoyed learning a bit more about my hood!

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