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Ready for Spring Shawl - Avalon

Avalon was one of my favorite yarns for this spring.  The Cotton blend plays well on the needles and has great stitch definition.  It took a while to tell me what it wanted to be.  Sometimes I touch and see a yarn and it is screaming at me.  Avalon needed some time to decide, but I think I am quite pleased with the results. Top-down shawls are fun and great travel projects.  I discovered a new bind-off in the process - Icelandic bind off.  It is a great edge for a shawl - it has some give to it.  I used 2 colors for this shawl - you could easily use more or less. Materials: Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic - 175 yds/100g) - 2 sks color A (18 - Turkish Sea) & 1 sk color B (25 - Georgia Peach) US 8 Needles (I would suggest at least a 32-40" cord on the circular needles) 2 Stitch Markers Yarn Needle Finished Measurements (after blocking): 58" across top edge 24" from point to top edge Gauge unimportant Abbreviations: K - Knit YO - Yarn Ove

Third Time's the Charm in Tangier

Tangier is one of our newest yarns - a worsted weight silk blend.  Available in 14 vibrant colorways, the silk blend is soft and drapey, yet has this wonderful spongy, squishiness to it. I knew that I wanted to make a short row scarf worked from end to end, creating a bit of a ruffle.  I also knew I wanted to limit it to 1 skein.  Unfortunately the first time around, I realized I went too wide and was running out of yarn before it was long enough, so I ripped it back.  The second time was going much better on length and width, but I was not thrilled with the shaping on the decreases, so I ripped it back again.  Fortunately, the third time, I got the shape I wanted in a fun scarf. Materials - 1 skein Tangier ( 50% Silk/ 16% Cotton/  17% Rayon/17% Acrylic - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in color 01 - Fantasy - US 8 Needles - 1 stitch marker Abbreviations - K - Knit - YO - Yarn Over - K2tog - Knit 2 Together - w&t - Wrap and Turn - Bring yarn forward, slip next stitch p