Dreambird Progress and a Leafy Shawl

I have been diligently working on my Dreambird Shawl, and really enjoying it. I followed the written instructions for the first feather, but after I understood the pattern I started to just follow page 16 with the row-by-row stitch count. I have completed 8 feathers so far, and love how the yarn has knit up with the smooth color transitions. It reminds me of autumn leaves.

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I think I have enough yarn to do about 18 feathers, so Im almost half way! My daughter, who adores owls and birds, has fallen in love with this pattern and already requesting one of her own. I believe she wants a neutral background color with blue and green feathers. So it appears that I will be doing another Dreambird once mine is complete.

I also finished my Leafy Lace Shawl. I used the Caterpillar Cresent Shawlette pattern, but instead of garter stitch for the body of the shawl I did stockinette. I also added another repeat to the lace so there are three completed leaves, and then another half leaf rather than the two and a half the pattern would have you knit. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Magnolia Leaf (the Webs 40th Anniversary version).

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In other news, my amazing nephew turned one month old yesterday! He is so cute, I can hardly stand it. My daughter and I go over to see him 3-4 times a week. I love holding him and talking to him, giving him baths, and spending time with my sister and her husband. My sister is doing such a good job with him. Im really proud of her!

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Look at that cute, baby smile! Sticks his little tongue out and everything. Im going to have to find some more cute baby boy patterns to knit up for him soon.

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About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 16 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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