MCM #60 – Two Needles + 3 Strings = A Beautiful Make

Happy Monday, and welcome to another fantastic edition of Main Crush Monday!

I hope you got to spend some time sewing or crafting last week and are all ready for a new week. I know I am!

I made some progress on my M-I-L’s quilt last week, and I really like the way it looks so far. I won’t be able to share too much just yet – the pattern I’m using has been written by a friend and I’m testing it for her. Believe me though when I tell you that I’m sure you’re going to love it. The pattern is great, and I can’t wait to share more with you sometime soon.

Today I want to show you a scarf/shawl/wrap that I finished knitting a few weeks ago. I am absolutely in love with this and wear it almost every time I go out.

Drachenfels knit pattern

You can see I still need to learn how to block a knitted item!

I felt like such an adult while knitting this, and here’s why. Until I made this the only pieces I had knit were straight scarves and hats. Then I got adventurous and made myself several pairs of socks. {Heaven!} After I made the socks, I felt it was time to let go and try something with a little more flair.

After cruising around Instagram, I found the pattern for this shawl and a recommendation for the yarn. Then I was off and running, or in this case, knitting!

Drachenfels Knitting Pattern Shawl

I wish you guys could see this in person and touch it. The yarn is so soft and warm but not hot, and the drape is just gorgeous.

But you want details, right?

Here you go – the pattern is called Drachenfels by Melanie Berg and is available on Ravelry. It is a wonderful pattern. Well-written and easy to understand, I had no trouble following along. I consider myself a beginner knitter, so I was excited that I was able to follow the instructions so easily. If I wasn’t sure about something, like changing yarn colors, let me tell you – Google and YouTube are my best friends! I learned so much just by watching a few videos. I definitely would recommend this pattern, and would not hesitate to purchase other patterns by Melanie.

The yarn. Oh, the yarn!

First, it came in adorable twisted skeins. (You know you’re a grown up when you have to undo the skein and roll the yarn into a ball before you use it!)

It is called Staccato and made by Shibui Knits. The colors I used were Ash, Tar, and Ivory. It is 70% Superwash Merino and 30% Silk, and it feels and knits like a dream. I ordered it from Knit-Purl.com (no affiliation) and they were great to work with. Shipping was super fast, so once I decided on the yarn and project I had my supplies in just two days.

Can you see how the yarn has a natural shimmer to it?

Hand Knit Shawl Shibui Knit Staccato

I’m already looking for my next project using this yarn. I absolutely love it!

And that is my crush for this week. I won’t have much time for knitting this week as I’ll be sewing away. But I can’t wait to start my next knitting project. It is such a portable craft – much of this scarf was made while sitting at the dealership waiting for my car to be serviced. 🙂

So now it’s your turn to share your crush. But first, let’s recap a few that were linked last week.

Teresa of Teresa Quilts shared her rainbow zigzag blocks. I love the bright colors and am looking forward to seeing the final layout.

Photo by Teresa of Teresa Quilts

 

Michelle of Michelle’s Romantic Tangle is making a scrap quilt that is so lovely. Imagine how fun it will be to look at all the bits and pieces and remember the original projects or places the fabric came from. This is a great way to clean out those scrap bins!

Photo by Michelle of Michelle’s Romantic Tangle

 

Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting made a cutting/storage table and shared information on how she and her husband put it together. There’s tons of storage space, and now I’m rethinking the layout in my own sewing room…

Photo by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

 

Now it’s your turn! I hope you’ll share the projects you are working on this week. Your crush can be anything that has you excited to be crafting and in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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20 Responses to MCM #60 – Two Needles + 3 Strings = A Beautiful Make

  1. Knitting is a complete mystery to me and I am in awe of your shawl! It looks amazing!

  2. Patricia says:

    Your knitted shawl is gorgeous! I’m sure it is soft and cuddly! Great finish!

  3. The scarf is really cute! I can’t imagine knitting something like that. I’m pretty basic when it comes to knitting. It doesn’t come very naturally to me. I stopped at a quilt shop that had yarn today; I was thinking about you and your scarf as I looked at all the cool yarn. I opted to leave it there though; too many projects on my table at this point!

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  6. Tracy says:

    Your scarf is so lovely!!! I am such a beginning beginner knitter that I really can’t even call myself a knitter yet, but I know enough to know that yarn looks positively scrumptious!!

  7. The shawl is beautiful, Beth! It looks soft even in the photos. I know it looks great on you 🙂

    -Soma

  8. Bobbi says:

    Your shawl is marvelous! I keep thinking I should learn to knit someday.

  9. Oh my gosh, Beth, this is so lovely!! The colors and the pattern. Yum!!!

  10. Andrée says:

    Hi Beth, what a beautiful shawl!

  11. Karen Goad says:

    lovely shawl!! looks great

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  13. In the winter, I wear a scarf almost all the time. This sounds delightfully soft and very cozy to wear!

  14. beautiful knitting project! I think you are an adult ( ha ha)

  15. Teresa Harrison says:

    what a surprise to see my design wall as your first recap. I had set that on aside to do some other things, but this is just the inspiration I need to get back to that one, thanks,

  16. Tish says:

    I love the colors on your scarf. It looks super comfy. I’ve always thought I would like to learn to knit, but I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to have an new hobby till we live in a bigger house 🙂

  17. Jayne says:

    I have always wanted to knit! Your scarf is gorgeous…I’m in awe!

  18. Nancy B. says:

    I love your shawl!!! Yes, knitting with silk and wool is a dream.

  19. Vicki in MN says:

    Thanks for the shout out Beth! I love your shawl-nice work you grown up you:)

  20. It’s a beautiful scarf. Love the colors. I don’t knit, there’s just not enough hours in the day, but when I retire it’s on the list of skills to learn.

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