FO: Faded Roses Shawl

Faded Roses Shawl
Faded Roses Shawl

It took almost two years(!), but I finally got around to blocking this lovely shawl by Kelene Kinnersly. The pattern is called the Faded Roses Shawl.

I used Pisgah Peaches & Creme for the yarn in the colorway Paprika. It's a 100% cotton yarn. After blocking, I noticed the yarn was sort of pilling, and I don't like the drape. The fabric is really stiff.

I plan on remaking this pattern with a DK cotton yarn that's suitable for garments, but with the same size needles as for the worsted yarn. Hopefully that will improve the drape. I need to start using higher quality yarns for these kinds of projects.

More information on this shawl is available on Ravelry.

Throwback: Spooky Spider Cowl Featured on Ravelry

Throwback to that time last year when my Spooky Spider Cowl was featured on the front page of Ravelry! Being featured was a sorta pie in the sky goal of mine, but I definitely didn't expect it, especially not so early into my knitting/crochet career. I was also surprised that this particular project of mine was selected.

Spooky Spider Cowl on the Ravelry front page
Spooky Spider Cowl on the Ravelry front page

The cowl is knitted in worsted-weight cotton yarn.

Original pattern is Spider Cowl by Kitterly.

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Free Halloween Project: Minecraft Inspired Mask

DIY Halloween Mask: Steve from Minecraft

DIY Halloween Mask: Steve from Minecraft

If you are looking for a last minute DIY Halloween idea (and your kid loves Minecraft), look no further! This masks uses only felt and glue, making it ideal as a quick project. A couple of years ago I made a Minecraft mask for my younger son who decided at the very last minute that he indeed wanted to trick or treat. This is what I created that Halloween day. Continue reading

FO: Crochet Planned Pooling Neckwarmers

I just had to jump on the planned pooling bandwagon! Here are two projects I designed using Red Heart Super Savers yarn in the colorway Antique.

If you are not familiar with planned pooling, it is a crochet technique using variegated yarn to produce a specific pattern, most commonly argyle.

You can find more info about these projects on my Ravelry page.

Site Update

Last night/early this morning, Cedar & Linn underwent major site updates, including a new theme! I had originally envisioned C&L as more of a recipe site, but that didn't really materialize. I chose a theme that better reflected the direction the site is heading, toward being a primarily crochet and knitting blog. There are still some kinks that need to be worked out with the new site, so don't be surprised if a late night web surfing results in a maintenance warning. Thanks for visiting! ~ Raquela