Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Wool Shawl

Today I’m introducing a new category: Work in Progress. I’ve mentioned before that my yarn basket is home to many unfinished Things. Hopefully by throwing them in the public light I’ll be motivated to finish them. I may or may not publish progress reports.

I’ve been thinking about starting Work-in-Progress Wednesdays for awhile now, but was finally driven to it by today’s lack of a Thing. I had grand plans to whip up some more orange crowns for Saturday, because frankly, once Koningsdag is passed, I will have little use for bright orange acrylic until next year. However, I couldn’t for the life of me find my 5mm crochet hook. It is NOWHERE. And the bright orange acrylic is still gracing my coffee table in non-crown form.

So I needed something to post about. And quick. It’s beading night tonight.

Last year, when I was in my Japanese crochet pattern phase, I found a pretty shawl pattern. I tested a square with some blue wool, blocked it, and liked the result.


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In January of this year I picked up some super fine merino wool in black to get started on a full shawl. So far I’ve made nine squares. The pattern calls for 39, though as the wool I chose is much finer than the pattern suggestion I’ll probably need to make 60 to achieve the same size.


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I make one square every Saturday morning in the cafe at the pool while Esther has swimming lessons. I also try to bring it along to Martina’s violin lessons. If I can make two per week, I may finish this by winter. That’s a big if, though. I’ll keep you posted. Or not.


Cost of this project so far: €4.95 for one ball of wool. (I’ll get 10 or 11 from each ball, so this won’t be a cheap Thing by the time it’s done.)






  3 comments for “Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Wool Shawl

  1. Tobi Paton
    April 24, 2014 at 4:51 am

    That is going to be one awesome shawl. Keep going, you can do it! I think I can, I think I can!!

    • April 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks. Your comment encouraged me to buy another 2 balls of wool today — that should take me half way. 🙂

  2. Tobi Paton
    April 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Did you learn nothing from the baby blanket situation? Commit! Go get all the yarn you need to finish it!

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