Thursday, October 31, 2013

Harvest Shawlette and Other Easy Autumn Crafts ~

It's always important to learn new techniques and knit things that challenge you but sometimes it's also nice to just knit something familiar, easy and stress free.  And that's the inspiration for this Harvest Shawlette that I'm wearing which is my pattern for a single skein simple shawlette.  I can hardly claim much originality as it's more a compilation of my favorite shawl techniques learned from years of knitting shawls along with a bit of my own originality thrown in.  Nonetheless I have written the pattern out and provided a free pattern pdf download for those interested.


The pendulum does swing.  Recently I've knit a number of long skinny scarfs that are all the rage along with color block, stripes and modular shaped shawls, but I was feeling more in a traditional mood given that this is a time of year when one thinks of home and hearth.  So this shawl is a triangle shape as they have been knit through the ages.


And before I forget!!!  I really really love the yarn I used for this project and I have to thank Andi a fun blogger, prolific knitter, and great source for inspiration who writes the blog mysistersknitter because it was she who turned me on to Spinning Fates an indy yarn seller.  The yarn I used is called solar flare and has fun flecks of metallic threads that twinkle in the light adding a festive feel and although this colorway has a distinctly Halloween feel I think it can be worn through Thanksgiving.  That is if you don't mind being slightly off on your seasons, which I don't, and given my proclivity to wear Gothic style shawls can hardly be surprising.


Particulars: Harvest Shawlette free pattern download; 1 Skein Aurora (440 yrds) by Spinning Fates (colorway Solar Flare); US 5 circular needles.  This is an extremely simple pattern and is well suited to strongly variegated yarn but might also look nice with a solid color and contrasting border.  It is a true "shawlette" so please consider the finished size 46" x 16" (post blocking - merino wool will not hold a block well - and if you use a yarn that does hold a block it will result in a slightly larger version) when deciding whether 1 skein will be large enough or if you need to use two skeins and make a larger version.

Simple Autumn Craft


I always enjoy crafting at this time of year and it's an added bonus to create something that you can actually use.  This year I decided to do away with those annoying half used coffee bean packages.  My crafty solution was a mere $2.50 investment in a photographer's print (2.5" x 3.5") and an empty glass jar.  I simply glued the print on and sealed the surface using modge podge and was delighted with the result  And I was feeling very crafty and frugal until my Flickr buddy Michelle (who takes wonderful scenic photographs) pointed out that I could have used one of my own prints for a mere .41 cents.  Oh well!  I still would have chosen this cute Halloween witch that I purchased on Etsy from ElaineCoxArt!

Fun with Photography ~


Everyone has a camera these days and if you are looking for ideas to practice your photography look no further than your own back yard.  It takes patience but it's very relaxing to sit and watch for birds and with a little luck they will come and sit still long enough for you to take their picture.  This is a warbler which is a very common bird where I live in the Santa Monica Mountains.  There are some UCLA Professors who periodically come to my neighborhood to record the Warbler's song with the hope of learning their language. I told them that if the birds are saying anything unflattering about me to keep it to themselves.  

Until next time, be well and love well and remember this holiday season that it is the simple things such as sharing meals with family and friends that make this time of year so special.

13 comments:

SissySees said...

So much beauty in one post! You, your shawl, the bird photo... I'm glad someone is being creative because nothing is happening here but work, walks and trying to adjust to a new schedule.

Kristen said...

I always love your posts. Thank you for the pattern, it's simple and lovely, just the kind of thing I like to knit!

Tracy said...


LOVE the seasonal splendor of this shawlette, Claudia... the color way is just perfect! The leaves are going fast here, and we changed the clocks back the past weekend. Making lots of goodies with squash & pumpkin. ;o) I've not been well for a while, and hence not around so much. But things are looking up, and it's good to be back in blogland. Happy Days to you & yours ((HUGS))

Carolyn Tiley said...

As always an interesting and inspiring blog. And I'm so pleased to see some ORANGE in your knitting ;-)

knittergal said...

you are so glamourous in your shawl! I'm so inspired by what you create... and thank you for the pattern, I'm off to download it now. happy autumn!

animalcrazy said...

Simple and pretty pattern! Thank you. Glad I found the pattern and your blog:-))

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this pattern, Claudia. I'm still at the stage where "easy and simple" always call my name. I think I have an Ellen's Half Pint Farm variegated skein or two that would be perfect for it. Right after I finish the Sursa (first but not my last!) that is halfway through its ruffle (you enabled that one), a One Row Shawl pattern that is scrumptious made with Silk Garden Sock in a drapey gauge, and a cardigan that I am hoping to start before the end of December. At that point your shawl should be poised to take with me on a long traveling expedition. Your directions are so clear and your example is so tempting. So see, your "simple pattern" has flown into the queue of someone who never knew she had a perfect place in her knitting schedule for an easy shawlette until she opened your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and the perfect timing!
Chloe

missyinedmonds said...

I love the yarn and pattern you used for the Harvest Shawlette. Very Halloween-ish.

Hilary said...

I love your design! I'm a big fan of garter stitch and ruffles, so this is right up my alley. :) Nicely done! I also always love hearing about the non-knitting crafts you've been doing. What an adorable Halloween-y jar! I've always wanted to try modge podge...

Also, your request to the UCLA professors cracked me up! :)

Tanya2 said...

That bird photo is fabulous, Claudia - great color composition and I love the contrast in focus!

shabby girl said...

LOVE your shawlette! The colors are so nice with your pattern. Thank you for the freebie! I'm always on the hunt for smaller shawlettes to wear as an everyday accessory. Sand and Sea is a favorite!
Bird watching is so soothing to me. When we had a house, before we took off in the motorhome, we had so many great bird photos.

violet said...

The shawl pattern is really lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

lovely post, Claudia! such a pretty knit shawl and adorable craft. Love hearing you're enjoying photography, all such creative and beautiful outlets of your talent