Does this look familiar? It's part of my fabulous, pink yarn stash. Back in April (I think) when I was organizing the Stash Studio, I realized I had TEN TUBS OF PINK YARN. I do love pink, but that even overwhelmed me. I decided I would do two things; 1) I would use my pink yarn for a chair for the Artalicious Chairity Auction and 2) I would use the yarn in a class on the Survivor Shawl. I sorted my pink yarn and had a tub for the chair and three tubs for the Survivor Shawl class.
There it is. Isn't it beautiful?!?!?! Three tubs of pink yarn. Participants in the class got to "go shopping" in my tubs of pink yarn as part of their class fee. Each participant got to choose 10-15 balls of pink yarn to make the magic ball for the Survivor Shawl. Yarn for eight shawls was pulled from the tubs AND THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT! .
Classes are always great. You get to see old friends and meet new ones. Across the table is my dear friend, Kay Reeves. I wrote about Kay and the shawl she is wearing in my May 22 post. Wasn't I right?!?! Wasn't that yarn just made for her!?!?! Across the table in the front is Patience, one of my favorite knitters at Ann's By Design. I just love to see Patience's name on a class list or see her smiling face come to Friday Social Knitting. She is the nicest person. Sitting behind Patience is Jean. Jean is new to classes at Ann's By Design. It is always great to meet a new knitter. On the table you see all of the yarn each of them chose. Isn't it beautiful!?!?! Have I ever mentioned I LOVE PINK YARN.
The Survivor Shawl starts with making a Magic Ball, another one of my favorite things. Just as a reminder of how to make a Magic Ball; 1) Cut your yarn into 5 to 25 yard pieces equal to about 400 yards. 2) Organize you pieces into a color blend you love, making sure you don't have very fine yarns touching. 3) Tie the pieces together with an over hand knot leaving about a 4 inch tail. 4) Wind the yarn into a ball and you're ready to go. For a more detailed explanation go to my March 27, 2014 post.
Cast on 120 or 125 or 130 or however many stitches you want on size 15 needles and knit every row until it is the desired width. I loved people "ooing and ahing" when the pink changed yarns and they had a new color to work with. I had forgotten the "I'll just work one more color," "I want to see what the next color is." or "WOW! Look at this! I didn't realize how beautiful it would be." Oh, the wonder and the beauty of a Magic Ball. It is, well, magic!
I just wanted to make sure you saw my size 15 Swaroski crystal needles. Aren't they just the bomb! I love them and really only get to use them for Survivor Shawls and Jan Bags. They match my sparkly yarn.
I am toying with the idea of knitting Survivor Shawls for our Hickman Cancer Center. Participants can make a trip to my yarn tubs, then knit a shawl for the brave women who suffer through and survive breast cancer. I guess I'll bring that up to Ann and see what she thinks. Just writing about pink yarn, Magic Balls and Survivor Shawls has put me in a great mood. I guess I'll go work on my shawl.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.