Friday, March 18, 2011

Always Ready.

It's been a whirlwind of a week! We attended my husbands graduation a week ago and it was a beautiful day in Cape May, NJ.
My Husband marching with his company for one of the last times.
 Wrangling the kids for the ceremony was a challenge, the baby wasn't too keen on all of the yelling of orders and applause but we made it through. In the end we were so proud to congratulate our Guardian. He is a Seaman (And yes it IS hard to stifle the jokes) and left for Food Service -Culinary- School in Petaluma CA.
With our Daughter Evelyn.  

So as you can see there is a bit of color around my neck! That would be my Annis [Rav Link]. It took about 2 weeks on and off. I call it Semper Paratus [My Annis Rav Link] (Always Ready) which is the Coast Guard Mantra. It is knit out of Shimmer by KnitPicks which is a super soft Alpaca/Silk blend! I love the fiber and will probably use it again in the future. The pattern was a bit of a bear but I prefer Triangular shawls so it was neat to try something different by working from the lace in.

Blocking... I love this part!

The Short rows for the curve and stockinette are so ingenious! I thought they'd go quicker than they did but with the kids I have my fair share of interruptions. I also tried a new technique with this shawl. I experimented with Beading... 
A better shot of the curve at rest.

I love how the beads look but in the future I want to test placement on a swatch more before moving on to my projects. For this I placed them on the decreases that were flanked by yarnovers and I'm happy with the effect this time. I wish I had placed beads instead of using the nubbs though. 
 Closeup of the beading and 'nupps'

They look excellent but were tedious to knit up. Luckily I'm pretty comfortable with a crochet hook and used that to aid in purling the 7 stitches together. All in all I love how it came out, the colorway was Shallows and the blue looked excellent in the sunshine.

And for all the Coasties and family of, Semper Paratus <3


  1. You guys look great together. Yay for a beautiful shawl!

  2. What a beautiful family and a beautiful shawl!