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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Obviously this is much later than "tomorrow."
We just returned from a great vacation in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. We spent September 24 at the Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin Cranberry Festival. This is a really great little festival which includes bus trips to a cranberry marsh, arts and crafts vendors, a cranberry recipe contest and a taste of local restaurants. It was a great day.

Easy cranberry sauce recipe:
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
Bring to a boil.
Add one pound of cranberries. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries "pop."
They will jell as they cool.

Enough off topic, back to Faroese Shawls.
If you have completed all the math for making the shawl as indicated on Worksheet #1, you are ready for Worksheet #2. Simply plug in your calculations from Worksheet #1 and you will have your pattern.
Next I will make some comments on Lace Knitting.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Designing a Faroese Shawl

Good Evening!

The Faroese Shawl is a wonderful garment that will not fall off your shoulders due to shaping in the shoulder area.

These shawls were traditionally started from the bottom worked to the top. Why?
I don't know, but I'd speculate that it's more fun to work from a huge number of stitches to none at all! Another advantage is that a cast-on edge can be much more giving than a cast-off edge.

Traditional shawls did not have fringe. They were working shawls. Who would want fringe dipping into the milk pail? They could be worn loosely around the shoulders, or tied at the waist for warmth while leaving the arms free for work.

So, if they were working shawls, why did they have lace panels?  Once again, I don't know, but I'd guess that not only did the ladies like to add a bit of beauty to their shawls, but the lace kept the knitting interesting.

Today we are adding a worksheet for designing your own shawl. Warning....there is math involved! This is unavoidable due to the shoulder shaping. Tomorrow we shall add the worksheet which allows you to plug in the numbers for your very own shawl.
Thanks, Linda, for modeling the shawl!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Faroese Shawls: 
The traditional shawls that won't fall off!

Want to design your own shawl?

Read on!

This information will allow you to design your own shawl. 

You will not find a pattern for a specific shawl here as there are many great patterns by excellent designers available. 

Here you can learn the math behind the shawl, select a yarn, determine a gauge and proceed to design your own shaw.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hello World!

Once upon a time I had a website on AOL.
One day AOL said, "Goodbye," so the information was tucked away in the depths of my hard drive.
Recently I decided to once again share with the world.

I especially love knitting, spinning, weaving, off-loom bead weaving and paper arts.
Oh yes, add quilting.
That's a lot of fiber in a lot of forms.
The beads only qualify due to the fiber that holds them together!

The first posts will be the material from my former website.....
     How to design your own Faroese Shawl
     Notes on lace knitting.
Then we will be on to new ideas and information.

I look forward to visiting with you.
Carol Connors