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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Itchy Wool in June

It's a true sign of an overboard knitter that she is willing to pile stacks of wool on her sweaty lap in the middle of June. Even more proof of her devotion: wearing the itchy wool shrug on a 95 degree day.

Pattern: Top Down Shrug
By: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli of
Moonlight Stitches
size: 40-42
Yarn: New Zealand Wool Pak (formerly known as Baabajoes Wool Pak), blue
needles: size 13

The needles were too big for this yarn. The fabric is loose and lacks backbone. I think I'll reknit it with size 11 and knit the next size up. As it is, I just needed to finish knitting this quickly so I could wear it as a sample and offer it as a pattern choice for my first intermediate knitting class. The students chose between this shrug, a baby cardigan and a simple, but lovely shawl. All choices feature top-down construction. This shrug pattern is perfect for the class because it is offered in several sizes, and it gives instructions for three sleeve lengths.

Father's Day was an inspiring event around here. The big boy loves sewing pillows (thank you very much Montessori school), and he decided that his dad needed a new pillow with a pocket for keeping his guitar picks. The pocket came from the rear of an adorable pair of corduroys worn by both he and his brother. I was so attached to these trousers that I patched the knees twice for each boy and I was clinging to them for a memory quilt project that I'll probably never get around to making. Seriously, picture low-rise corduroy Levi's on a 2 year old!

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The shrug is so cute Molly-

And I'm not even talking about your "total package(s)", which I must say are offset well with the shrug.

I LOVE LOVE the pillow. You inspire me to do projects with the kids rather than send them off to amuse themselves while I do a project by myself.
love the shrug...the button is pretty fabulous. Also love the pillow idea....i agree with Joanne, you inspire!
WOW! Thank you so much for choosing my pattern to be added to your curriculum. ;) Yours turned out fantastically! You are a good woman to whip that baby out in this season. I can't wait to see your students' and/or your next versions. Proceeds from my patterns are keeping my podcast page up and might someday get me a set of knitpicks harmony interchangeables; so, thank you for the support of my noble causes.

Your boy is so cute! I love that project and plan on sharing the idea with my older son too who just started learning of the joys of a needle and thread also.
The shrug is beautiful and as Joanne said, it looks great on you!

I am so impressed by the pillow. He did a fantastic job. The stitches are so straight. Maybe he can come over and teach me how to sew?

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