This shawl is made from the same pattern as the Nightwatch Shawl with one major difference--I repeated the yarn over (YO) at the end of each row (after the first three rows) as well as having it at the beginning. This means the shawl widened faster than the Nightwatch shawl. I've decided I like this pattern better because the point is not as long in the back. So my pattern stitch is as follows:
K 2, YO, K to end (repeat 2 times)
K2, YO, K until 2 stitches are left on needle, YO, K to end. Repeat until you have 150 stitches on needle
BO loosely. This can be the hardest part. You need a stretchy bind off. I am on a search to find the best one to use with these large needles and not so stretchy
I added three rows of a chain stitch edging on the two sides. Across the top (neck) side, I did one row of single crochet, turned and did 2 half-double crochet in each single crochet. It gives it a slightly ruffled edge.
Needle: 17 US
Yarn: 3 skeins Sugar N Cream 100% Cotton, Worsted, Country Sage Ombre (main), 2 oz (56.7 g), 95 yd (86 m); Trim: 2 skeins Peaches N Cream 100% Cotton, Worsted, Oasis, 2 oz (56.7 g), 95 yd (86 m)
Why did I use yarn that is typically used for things like washcloths and dishcloths? Because it is sturdy, washable, easy to work with, inexpensive, has lots of color choices, and I can buy it at my local Walmart. When you live in rural New Mexico, 90 miles from anything, that is a big plus.
It is hummingbird season here in the New Mexico mountains. The feeders get really busy in July and stay until well into the fall. We keep three or four feeders out and fill them every day, sometimes twice a day, this time of year. We love living where hummingbirds spend the summer. We sit on the deck every evening and watch them. That is our de-stress time of day as we transition from work to home.
We've tried several styles of feeders, always looking for something easier to clean. Because of the sugar in the water and the occasional creepy crawly that gets in and drowns, feeders often get what looks like a dark colored mold and floating scummy stuff if you don't clean them regularly. Bottles with narrow necks were always a problem as were bases that you could not take apart easily to clean.
This year we tried these new feeders that are saucer shaped--the Perky Pet Hummingbird Oasis. Those have proven super easy to clean because the top just lifts off, you scrub out the insides, refill it, pop the top back on and hang it up. There are a couple of little irritations, however. The ant moat on the top has to be refilled 2 or 3 times a day because it dries out so fast--but then of course here in New Mexico, the humidity is usually in the single digits--very dry, with intense sun and frequent wind. I've also seen other birds sitting on top of the feeder drinking out of the ant moat. So if I am not diligent about refilling it during the day, I have ants in the sugar water at day’s end. It also hangs crooked. Try as I might, I cannot get it to hang level, so one side gets empty faster than the other side. However, I do like the easy-to-clean feature.
I tried putting Vaseline on the hanger to deter ants, but that hasn't worked so far. I guess when it comes to hummingbird feeders, there is no perfect answer. I was thinking of trying a larger ant moat, like the Trap It Ant Moat. If you have a solution, please leave it in the comments below!!
I am making some changes that will hopefully, help me keep my Twitter messages more focused. I consume mass quantities of information daily and always feel compelled to share the useful, interesting or really cool things that I come across. Much of what I consume and write about is crafting, gardening, etc, but I am also fascinated with all the new technologies that emerge at break neck speed and are so hard to keep up with.
In an attempt to be better organized, I have set up the CraftandGarden Twitter feed, where I will continue to post about things related to gardening, crafting, permaculture, DIY projects, etc. I hope you will continue to follow me there.
I am also a Geekand am constantly reading about and tinkering with all kinds of web tools and software. The technology that interests me most is that which I find potentially useful for very small businesses, mom and pop shops, freelancers and small nonprofits. Sometimes it is just a really neat idea worth sharing. I am going to continue to post about those on my JKIsom Twitter and I hope you will follow that as well, if it interests you.
I am a maker--crafts, DIY, garden, upcycling, instructional design--I am always designing and making something, be it a new recipe, new knitting pattern, a class for compliance training or landscaping a flower bed.
I am also a collector and curator of vast amounts of information that interests or inspires me. I have a growing collection of DIY, crafts, and recipes on Pinterest.
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