Here’s what you do. Gather together a skein of fingering-weight yarn and a pattern a friend has been kind enough to ask you to test:


Add a pair of needles, and give yourself a few days.

In the end, if you are smart enough knitter to follow a simple pattern, you will have this:


Combine green ramen noodles with water:


Break out the blocking wires:




Then drape it over your mother’s shoulders:





Then feel very pleased with yourself.

Project Details:
Pattern, Verdaia (Ravelry link) by Jodie St. Clair
Yarn: Panda by Wolf Creek Wools, superwash merino, bamboo and nylon
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Dates: 20 January – 4 February 2010
Modifications: nary a one. I could have knocked this out a few days quicker, except that the people at worked seemed to think I should actually put in daily hours.

I had great fun knitting this, and I’m so thrilled with the results. Mom picked out the yarn at Black Sheep Gathering last summer, and I feel so lucky to have found a great pattern for it. Many thanks to Jodie for letting me test knit this. I’m beyond flattered by your faith in my skills.

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16 Responses to Transformation

  1. Oh! I like that… I like that muchly. *heads off to get the pattern*

  2. bellsknits says:

    wow! I've not seen that pattern before. The whole way through I was trying to guess what it was. I love it! the colour, the delicacy, everything. Well done!

  3. Donna Lee says:

    That is so beautiful. The color looks good on mom, too.

  4. handeyecrafts says:

    Every step just gorgeous.

  5. AlisonH says:

    I should say so! It's gorgeous, yarn, pattern and model!

  6. Rose Red says:

    Oh it looks fabulous! Love it! Off to queue it immediately!

  7. Alwen says:

    Oh, that is lovely!I'm all about the color in these black/white/gray days.

  8. Lynne says:

    That is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us.Congratulations to Jodie for a lovely pattern.

  9. Jodie says:

    Green ramen noodles… hehe…Lovely!

  10. essjay says:

    Lovely lovely lovely! Your work is amazing Anree!

  11. Kathy says:

    Well placed faith, I think. I love the cables!

  12. Chandler says:

    Oh, lovely! I've become a shawl person since moving to the Pacific NW…you're making me itch to finish the dang shawl I've had on the needles for over a year!

  13. Laura says:

    LOVE IT! The shawl is beautiful!!! Your Mom is a lucky lady!

  14. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh!!! THat is incredibly beautiful!!! I have been macrameing bracelets while I have been here and I want to knit when i get back. Maybe you can teach me????!!!I will try and get some vincuna wool for you. Any special color??? I will get it later when I am closer to leaving.

  15. Joanne says:

    Great looking shawlette! Great looking knitting! Great looking Mom! :)And I am amazed by your willpower when it comes to homemade cookies. I don't know that I would have the strength. I have to freeze half of any cookies or fudge I make. Otherwise? I eat it…right away.

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