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Old 07-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Great pattern, boring knit
I've been wanting to make the Mara for a long time now. I finally got around to it. I love the shawl, but all this garter is sooo boring! I don't even want to think about the ruffle! I think the wingspan is about 32" now. Only 14" more to go! LOL I stumbled onto the yarn on the Elann web site. It was on sale, so I thought I'd give it a try. I had never heard of it, but it's called Jojoland Rhythm. It's 100% wool, and, as you can see, it's self-striping. Here's what I have so far:
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Wake up! How can I tell you how lovely it looks when you're ??? It really is beautiful. I know what you mean, I'm working on endless growing rows of stockinette making a cape.
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Gorgeous! and perfect with the self-striping yarn.
I've finished about one-third of the Hoover blanket (central double knitting panel) and I'm ready to clean house just for the excitement. Yikes, I thought garter stitch was slow growing. We should all press on because the end result will be worth it.
Right?
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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Very very pretty, but, yeah, it sounds a bit tedious. Can you listen to an audio book while you knit or "watch" TV maybe?
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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This is an adorable shawl!

Yes...the miles of garter stitch are our PENANCE to pay...but the end will be worth it!

I especially like the simplicity of this shawl!

Oy vey! You guessed it...I downloaded the pdf, too...and plan to knit this for my daughter sometime this Fall. I just gotta find the yarn in my stash.

There are 2,783 Mara projects over at Ravelry...and the knitters have used all sorts of yarn! Even Malabrigo Merino, a worsted weight. I have loads of cream...do you think this shawl could be just as nice in a solid color?

I wish I had 675 yards of MadelineTosh dk...but I don't...and I can't afford to buy ANY YARN this year.
Period. It's stash knitting for Artlady.

The yarn you've chosen is so nice!!! Plow forth young maiden...you shall overcome! Before ya know it!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #6
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what pattern is it? i would love to knit it up
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what pattern is it?...
She mentioned the name of the shawl in her post...the Mara.

But here is a link for it! Mara Shawl as seen on Ravelry.
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oh wow so pretty.. that is next after i finish all of my projects
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Yeah...but I'm so tempted to start this while we're on vacation in the mountains next week! Mindless garter stitch is just the thing for sitting outside in the shade with a glass of white wine! Right?

I found some yarn in my stash...I've had some Malabrigo Merino for several years...plain undyed natural cream...hoarding it actually, truth be told...and I think a Mara in cream will be very versatile. I want to give it to my daughter, Lauralee. She is (at the moment) a soft redhead, and (all the time) green eyed! She's creamy skinned, but tans up well (I think the Swedish and Filipino in her!)

Anyway, what do you think about cream? There are a few Malabrigo cream Mara's over at Ravelry...they look stunning.

Most people have used the US 8 needle...but another lady adamantly swears that the US 9 gives a better drape. Less compact, more drapey. Well, hers looks gorgeous, so I'm going with the larger needle. Most people seem to use 2.8-3 hanks of Malabrigo for an average size. One lady used 4 hanks, but its humongous. Very long. Over the butt long. Way too long for my little 5'2" daughter.

These are my three middle kids...Jason, Lauralee in the middle, Maureen on the end. The shawl is for the short daughter! The daughter that's a soft redhead right now.

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My gram was a red head before she greyed to white, she looked amazing in cream, a good complement to her pale irish skin
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