|Bands of color|
This pattern is one of my go-to, TV knitting type projects because it is so easy to follow. I don't often have a cake made up, but once I make one, the urge to knit is strong, it is such fun to watch the colors unfold. Adding garter to the field of stockinette stitches gives the colors even more punch. The splashes of color are one of my favorite things about this particular shawl, my other fav is the way the ruffle came out.
|Two Cakes, Magic Cake class at Fiber Camp 2015|
|Magic Cake, image imported from PrairiePiper's pattern page.|
Yarn: All this handspun yarn was picked up off of the SPA Swap table. I used size 7 needles.
Do you know about me and rescuing cast off skeins and remnants? Do you know that I view them like rescue pets that just need a little understanding and love to come to their full potential. I don't know why, but when a friend in my knit group de-stashes, or I go to an event with a Swap Table of yarn-y goods, I look upon these wools with a kind eye and I feel the challenge to help them become something to love.
When I was at SPA, I hovered over the Swap Table a number of times. You see, each time I passed, more stuff had been dropped off. Somehow I lucked out and collected all of this wool that someone had spun and perhaps dyed. I bought quite a bit of yarn on this excursion to Freeport and the concept of making it into a Magic Cake didn't dawn on me until I was prepping for a class I planned to teach at Fiber Camp. I pulled the bag of Swap finds out and realized I had the makings of something unique. I have posted photos in the SPA/NETA FB group in the hopes the donor might see what has become of the wool they de-stashed. I know the colors are bold and to some, a bit jarring. But, that is how I roll.
|Close up of the handspun fibers|
|Fiber Camp class, Making Magic Cakes|
|800 stitches in this ruffle edge|
|Ode to Kristen Nicholas|
Do you know of Kristin Nicholas? She lives in Western MA and has just recently released Crafting a Colorful Home, a book on decorating. Kristin is known for using vibrant and saturated colors, her interiors are rich and beautiful. The palette of colors in this shawl are much like the colors Kristin uses in her home and in her embroidery designs.
|My Fiber Camp knitting|