Saturday, February 11, 2012

Curaçao do Arco-Iris Shawl

I am currently obsessed with shawls. Again.

I noticed something. After a break-up, I always get obsessed with scarves and shawls. I guess it makes sense, in a way. Something to warm my cold, lonely heart or some shit right? :/

Well, lemme back track a bit.

In the past three weeks I:
  • sprained my knee on my way to work (long story...)
  • missed three weeks of work, 1.5 because of said knee (*sadface* no tengo moneh...)
  • dumped the boyfriend (boo, hiss)
  • got a promotion (oh fuck yeah!)
  • got a fully paid 4 night, five day vacation to Miami (yayyyyyy wooo hooo!)
Busy? Oh yeah. Drama llama and I are close friends, if you couldn't tell *eyeroll* 

Knitting has been sporadic, to say the least. I couldn't concentrate enough to work on my Mitts of Awesome (aka my fair isle mittens, which I am contemplating frogging :/), and totally flaked on a KAL (*sighs*). I started a shawl the week I was home for my knee (this one) but it's tedious as fuck. I am still working on the fucking ruffle -___- I will attempt to finish it this weekend >___> but I may just start a sweater for my sister. Her birthday is coming up, and I promised her a sweater ages ago...she's pretty skinny, so I should be able to finish it in two weeks (right? Maybe? It's worsted wt on #8's... I think I can swing it :P)

So. The promotion.... no more customer service for me! I am now the head of Marketing and Social Media.... and other assorted things that don't fit into the title. I am overjoyed! No more dumb ass customers to ruin my day yayyyyyy! To celebrate this, I was given a vacation, so I can go into my new position "refreshed with a new outlook on blahblablah".

Worked for me.

But as these things always go for me, the weather was abysmal in Miami. I only did maybe 1 1/2 days of actual sightseeing, The rest of the time, I was holed up in my room crocheting, or wandering around South Miami looking for a new place to eat :P Luckily I packed a project I knew would be time consuming. I didn't expect to finish it there, but I basically did XD

This is the Blue Curacao shawl by Doris Chan, a famous designer in the crochet world. I greatly admire her patterns.... though this one was written kinda shittily. I will forgive her... though the written directions had me ripping out my hair -___- Good thing I know how to read crochet charts or I would have been kinda fucked and SOL. I actually bought the book just for this pattern. I never do that…but its so awesome. I bought the book a couple of years ago, but I never could find the right yarn or have the quantity on hand to make this. Also, I have been looking for an awesome shawl pattern for the yarn used. How funny that I should come across this pattern and see people have used Kauni to make it? I will admit I was originally going to knit a shawl using the yarn >__>

OK, great. Picture time!

The beginning. Ugly right?

Looking better...

Halfway into the second pineapple repeat.

starting the third repeat.

Voila! I still need to block it though.
Isn't it gorgeous??!?? Squeeee ^_____^

It's the most awesome thing I've ever made, hands down. I fucking love it, and I plan on living in it ^___^

It took me about 3 days to finish it, as I stared it Monday evening, and finished it Friday, I didn't work on it on Wednesday :P

I used Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn in the EQ / Rainbow colorway. I used all but 8g of the skein, and I was 4 rows away from finishing. I added an extra pineapple repeat because I feared it wouldn't be as long as I'd like. I thought I would have had enough to finish, but alas! I was wrong. Good thing this is crocheted, and not knitted... at least I can always go back and finish it if I want to one day.... though it looks pretty swell as is. I have to block it this weekend.... and soak it in hair conditioner, as this yarn is not very soft. I am now officially obsessed with crocheted shawls and PINEAPPLES! Yeah! :D Must find another pineapple shawl pattern to do :P

I have a new ami in the works as well! I think I will make a new pattern out of it. Stay tuned.


  1. Deena!!! I love this shawl. Congrats on the promotion: excuse you!!! Sorry to hear about the BF. you rock it lady :) Miss you. Will u be at the next meetup on 2/18?
    XOXO Jackie

    1. Thanks hon! Of course I will be there! I haven't really missed a meetup yet :P

  2. This shawl is gorgeous can't wait to see it (and you in person). Congrats on the promotion! We really need a catch up session. This was made with Kuani? I am so excited to use that yarn. I actually pulled it out the other night to make another clap.

    1. Thank you kindly ma'am! The colors are awesome, but the yarn is scratchy. I don't think I'd ever us it again because of the lack of squish. A pity, really.

      If you want to make a Clap with it, use size 6 needles :P


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