First, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who left a comment about Rippy. My family was very touched; many comments brought tears to their eyes. My brother was glad to see that so many other people had had cats live so long and that became such good friends with their people. I used a random number generator and it chose comments 3 and 19, so I have emailed Bridget and Lynn, asking for their mailing addresses to send them yarn. Maybe next year my blogiversary, or Blog Day, which sounds even better to me, will be more cheerful. Let’s hope.
I finished Nelosys (Never-ending Left-over Sock Yarn Shawl) way back in June, and just didn’t get around to blogging about it. I kept thinking I could get in a modeled photo shoot. However, that hasn’t worked out, and the blocked shawl lying neatly folder on my work counter finally shouted, “Just take my &*%#%@* photo and blog me!” All-righty then.
Those of you who don’t remember my posts of last April (if you do, you need help), Nelosys is a shoulder shawl of my own design, which I knit using left over sock yarn. I chose my cool-colored leftovers, transitioning to a new color through 3 rows of garter stitch so that purl ridges formed on the right side (row 1 in old color, rows 2-3 in the new color). Each new new colorway has at least one color in common with the old. This caused a shift from blue-purples to blue-greens and back ending with purple-greys on the outside edge (the shawl is knit top down from the center with 4 increases every right side row).
From the top:
1. Claudia Hand-Painted, Walk in the Woods: stockinette
2. Shibui sock yarn, Midnight: seed stitch
3. Fleece Artist Merino, Midnight: crossed stockinette
4. Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, Peacock: rice stitch
5. Fleece Artist Merino, Nova Scotia: fleck stitch
6. Fleece Artist Merino, Hercules: moss stitch
7. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Black Pearl: garter
I knit the shawl with size 5 needles, but bound off using size 7 needles. I didn’t pin for blocking, just laid it out nicely after a nice bath in my shampoo for color-treated (cough! cough!) hair. It is 54 inches along the top hypotenuse, and 27.5 inches from the bottom tip to the top edge. I was out of cool-colored sock yarn at this point, so I’m glad I got a shawl of a usable size. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. We keep our house very cool, and I wanted something to keep my neck and shoulders warm when knitting or reading. This should fit the bill!
I’m not ready to start a second Nelosys, but I’m getting a good collection of leftovers in bright colorways…
13 thoughts on “FO: Nelosys”
I don’t know. That sort of language from a shawl? I don’t think you should encourage such outburst, especially at such a refined time as cocktail hour. Speaking of, what about one of these:
I like Michael’s thinking on this! Who knew your pretty shoulder shawl was such a prima donna?
Congrats to the winners! Indeed – here’s hoping your Blog B-Day next year is much, much cheerier.
No matter how sassy that shawl was, it turned out great!
How exciting to be a winner! And I love your shawl. I’ve never seen a shawl knit from leftover yarn before. This is a great idea! I’ve seen monster socks and blankets, but never the shawl before.
Wow, that turned out beautifully! I may have awhile to go before I have enough to do one, but I love the idea.
Oh, the Ramos Gin Fizz. Be still my heart. (Hm… I need to find a place in Portland that makes them.)
The shawl looks great, and the different pattern stitches go together very well. The cool colors look great together.
I’m thinking that’s a great idea for a shawl (and I guess I need a life, b/c I do remember those posts!). Can’t wait to see the new one done, either!
It’s beautiful…and looks as if it will be lovely and warm this fall.
It’s beautiful, congratulations on finishing it! I always think I’ll do something like that. However, thought never seems to turn into action …
The shawl is beautiful! What a good use of leftovers!
And many many condolences on the kitty situation. It’s so hard to loose our furry family members.
Brenda- It is wonderful, and I’m sure you will wear it alot this winter.
That shawl’s rather pushy! But it’s so pretty too!
What a great use for leftovers! It looks like a comfy shawl, and I’m sure it was fun to knit, too.
Both of my cats are sitting next to me on the couch right now. They say hi 🙂
Wow, that turned out so beautiful! You have a real eye for combining colors.