Friday, September 13, 2013

A Very Special Finished Shawl ... and a Wee Give-Away

Amazingly, I have a finished project to share with everyone. I completed Andrea’s shawl late during the Labor Day weekend, and she received it at the beginning of this week.

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that she loves it as much as she does.
There's that Wonder Why Gal, hamming it up
for the camera in her new favorite shawl

Andrea can thank me all she wants, but the pleasure was really all mine. There’s an almost vintage vibe to the finished shawl, especially with the addition of the silk lace weight she chose which I held double with her handspun. We've both agreed that the photos don't do it justice.

Maybe she’ll get a shot of it with Confetti Reign, the gorgeous alpaca who donated the fiber. He’s a keeper for certain.

On the current JAL front, I’ve just started working on my green Tunisian Meets Tartan bag. Here are the materials I've chosen:
Yarn is always so intriguing to me. I'm using four different Cascade 220 Superwash colorways, and all four of them have a different hand, mainly in the thickness department. The two heathers (the lichen and the plum) are definitely thinner in the hand than the sand and the natural. I wonder if the dye process accounts for the difference?
Finally, I have a magazine and yarnie give-away. As you all know, my most recent design, Les Lignes Area Rug, was just published in a special fall issue of Crochet! Magazine. I have a copy of the magazine (which is rather thick, folks) along with three skeins of Wool-ease Thick and Quick in bluebell and natural to get someone started on their very own area rug. In order to be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment here telling me how (or if) crochet helps you unwind after a long day, and if it doesn't, then how does it figure into your leisure time? I must admit, if I don't regularly knit or crochet at least a little each evening, I am not a very happy camper. I know many who design don't feel that way, but even now, I love both disciplines, and couldn't envision my life without hooks, needles and fiber, glorious fiber.
There are some nifty projects in this
special fall edition of Crochet! Magazine
You'll have until next Thursday evening, 9/19, to leave a comment. And, if you're a good little tweeter, you can earn an extra entry if you leave me a tweet at my brand, spanking new twitter handle @denisevoiedevie. Yes, folks, I'm kicking and screaming my way into the 21st century. Gah.

Do make certain you fly on over to Andrea's Wisdom Begins in Wonder and check out what everyone else is all atwitter about this Fiber Arts Friday.

One last look at all that handspun goodness


  1. The shawl is amazing, you can almost "feel" the softness. You have outdone yourself again with that rug, it's very art deco.

  2. This is a pretty shawl. I live how she lives it. You can see it all in her smile.

  3. Love that shawl, and we definitely need to see a photo of it with Confetti Reign!

  4. Love everything about this post!

  5. Gorgeous shawl, Andrea looks so happy!!

  6. That shawl just looks so *soft* !
    I too must knit/crochet everyday, or I feel something is really wrong :-) At the moment, my summer garden granny squares is my portable project, so it is getting done bit by bit :-)

  7. I love this shawl more than words can say. I no longer own Confetti Reign but she will forever be my most favorite Alpaca. That's why this fiber/yarn and now finished good is so special. I only hope her new owners love her as much as I do.

    1. OhMyBob, no more Confetti Reign (and sorry I got it wrong earlier, it's a she). Sigh.

  8. Beautiful shawl!

    lmecoll on Ravelry

  9. Crochet and knitting help me to relax, meditate and leave my mind free. Love your shawl.
    asteride on Ravelry

  10. Gorgeous shawl.
    Mostly I knit to stay sane. It worries people when they see how many hand knits my family is wearing. I'm just dabbling in crochet but hope to improve.

    tktl on Ravelry

  11. Love the shawl! And the rug, which I spotted on Raverly. My favorite way to relax before bedtime is to crochet or knit while listening to audio books. It gets my mind off of the daily business while keeping my hands busy, which I need or I get antsy. Been getting antsy a lot, lately. Need more yarn. Soon it will be cool enough to tolerate it's wooly goodness again.

  12. I am happy to have come across your blog. I have not yet been dragged into the 12st century so you are ahead of me there!