First of all I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your kind words and thoughts on my last post. I think many, many of you feel the way I do and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts and feelings.
I finally have a finish, feels like it has been weeks and weeks since I have been able to say that. Here is the Betty Shrug which is obviously not a shrug based on the pictures above. I think I got a bit carried away don't you think? This is an amazing design by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes from the book Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper of Loop.
I made this version of the shrug/sweater in Shi Bui baby alpaca dk in the color mineral. I believe I bought this some time ago online from Eat Sleep Knit. This is a beautiful yarn to work with and as you can see once I got going I could not stop, thus this shrug turned into a sweater. I used a size J hook to get gauge which somehow was very difficult for me to achieve.
I really liked the pattern but played around with it a lot, not just in the length but also in how I joined the rounds. I needed something less fiddly and what I did worked well for me. I joined as I went, as suggested, which made this pattern so fast. I ended up adding 16 extra diamonds or squares to the project to make it a lot longer. I also added 14 triangles as I did not want pointed sleeves or points at the bottom of the sweater, for me I like a cleaner finish, more symmetrical. I had the yarn so I went for it. I might not be able to design a thing but I can sure fiddle around to make something more my style.
In total I used 950 yards of yarn for this project out of my stash. Watch out Linda I am going to enter this in your next Stash Buster's Party.
Hope you are all enjoying you week. Little Buddy and I are off to the splash park this afternoon to meet one of the little boys I used to work with, who was adopted by two amazing women. I haven't seen him in ages and I can't wait to see how big he is. We have two very special days coming up for Little Buddy, I will check back in soon to let you know all about them.