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Dragon Scale prayer shawl

Just finished a prayer shawl using the Dragon Scale pattern, which was a new stitch for me. Not sure which side is the "right side" as they both look interesting and give the fabric a nice texture.

Louis

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quick knit cowl for fall

The owner of a local yarn store was interested in a few of my designs and asked me knit a model for her store; here's the result. The fabric is created using three strands at once and knits up quickly using size 19 needles. Light-weight and chunky, I was able to knock this out in about 6 hours. The pattern is attached.

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simple prayer shawl

Wisdom seems to come with age and experience. In the process of losing my wife to cancer, I came to realize that prayer shawls were an answer to not knowing that to do when someone is in treatment, going through a difficult life-altering situation, or in need of comfort. To honor Kay, I have been knitting prayer shawls for 8 years and this is #131.

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Triple Stitch Prayer Shawl

My daughter asked me to knit a couple of prayer shawls for a mother and daughter who were having some significant health issues. Nothing too complicated, but the shawl will be a mental and spiritual hug for a couple of women who need need support while going through some tough times.

Louis

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coughing and sneezing and knitting

It's like this. I have the worst cold I can remember. I took a swan dive into bed a week ago and feel like I'm just turning the corner. The Kimberly-Clark Corp sent me a thank you bouquet for helping their stock market prices soar due to my abundant use of tissues. In between sneezing and coughing, I have been knitting like crazy to keep my hands busy.

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stash busting chunky cowls

Guys, I have been on a roll cleaning up my stash of yarns. Given the sub-zero temps lately, all of us are trying to stay warm. I have knitted some cowls for friends AND have managed to make a huge dent in my stash of yarn. Color me happy. Recipients have been friends, family, shut-ins, old, young, and all sizes.

Happy knitting and hope all is well with you!

Louis

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Greetings from the tundra

So it's like this, guys. A friend asked me to knit something for an elderly relative in assisted living, so I knitted her a big cowl, which led to me to puttering around with some stash yarn and big needles. Well, after a few martinis, some bulky cowls appeared and seemed to catch the eye of some female friends.

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prayer shawls

At the request of some friends, I completed a couple of prayer shawls that will go to their loved ones who have entered chemo. In both cases, cancer has been detected in early stages, but the there are no joys with chemo. Both are acrylic so they can be washed when necessary.

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Roman Stripe Stitch Prayer Shawl

Just finished a prayer shawl using James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn. Thanks to Johnny Vasquez at New Stitch a Day, I learned how to do the Roman Stripe Stitch. He has THE BEST tutorials! The shawl is a combination of the Roman Stripe and stockinette stitch and contains a great palette of colors and texture.

If you aren't familiar with Johnny's work, got to http://newstitchaday.com

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double-strand Whelk Stitch prayer shawl

I've enjoyed learning how to do the Whelk Stitch, courtesy of our friend, Johnny, at New Stitch a Day (great video tutorials), and tried using two strands of Lion Brand Baby Soft to make a prayer shawl. I'll take it along when I go to church on Sunday. And speaking of Sunday, Happy Father's Day to the dads who knit.

Louis

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