The Peacock Shawl, Duinen II, and a Unicorn

Behold! The peacock shawl is finished!

Eilian 2Eilian FullEilian 1Eilian closeup

The pattern is the Eilian Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen which is available for free on Ravelry. I used Red Heart Lacie yarn — swiped the last in the store just in time before learning that it had been discontinued. It was a sign, in my opinion. I was meant to make this shawl!

The pattern is easy enough for a beginner who wants to tackle a bigger project and Jasmin’s patterns are easy to follow. She also gives a diagram of the pattern (which I personally prefer to written instructions).

Current WIPs — Duinen II by Jasmin Räsänen

After finishing the shawl and updating my Ravelry page, I had a look at my queue and Jasmin’s “Duinen II” pattern was next on my list. Well, poor old me had to go and start it. I mean, I’d only bought the yarn for the project seven months ago already.

The yarn is Elle’s Pullskein DK in the Mayapple colourway and I am using a 4 mm hook. (If you’re wondering, the hook is also an Elle hook and I can highly recommend their ergonomic ones. Very comfortable to work with.)

Mermaid Tail Shawl & Sparkles the Unicorn

I have also taken out the Mermaid Tail Shawl again — and managed to get another four balls of the crochet cotton, which means that I’ll now be able to finish it! (I’m noting the pattern as I go and will post it once it’s done.)

Mermaid shawl

Unlike the Lacie yarn, the “Cool and Crazy” colourway has not been discontinued, but the closest shop in my area that stocks it is quite out of the way for me. While I was there I also picked up another ball of the Mayapple and a ball of the white Elle Family Knit DK* that I was using to make Sparkles Twinkletoes, the unicorn. Yes, that is her name and I am sticking with it!

Sparkles is part of a gift that I made for a friend’s stork tea/baby shower. I’ll do the next post about the gift and give all the pattern links and yarns that I used then.

In-between I am also still crocheting away at the baby beanies for charity. You can see them and get the pattern from my Ravelry project page.

Well, that has been my week in crafting — I would love to hear how your WIPs are going or see some FOs! Why not leave a link in the comment section?


*As you can see, I am a fan of the Elle yarns and thread!

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


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