Day 3: With the random already!

FO: Rhinebeck Shawl

Let's talk about some knitting!

When it became clear that I wouldn't get a sweater finished for Rhinebeck, I concentrated on finishing a shawl that I'd started with some of my new crazy colorful hand-dyed yarn.

I had hoped to bring a sweater to Rhinebeck, anyway, even if it wasn't the sweater. My bright idea being to go vintage, wearing the amazing Sasha Kagan "Cable Leaf Coat," that my sister Sharon knit in the 1990s. It's the cover sweater of Vogue Knitting Fall 1993 -- Rowan + chenille + need I say more?! Alas, it was WAY TOO BULKY to bring along (I tried and it took up a full 1/4 of my suitcase). It was way too warm to wear it on either day, not to mention it's a beast to carry around, so I'm glad I didn't force it.

So, anyway, instead of a Rhinebeck Sweater, I had a Rhinebeck Shawl:



  • Ravelry Project Page: 2016 Rhinebeck Shawl
  • Pattern: Close To You by Justyna Lorkowska (free pattern download on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: Make.Do "Be" Fingering/Sock, colorway "Party In Here"
  • Needles:  US 6... long & straight
  • Start to Finish:  October 3-12, 2016


Big, big love for this project. It was a fun pattern to knit, and it's wonderful to wear (and I've been wearing it a lot)! It's mostly garter stitch, but there's a variety of different textures & edges, from plain garter & YOs to picots & sawtooth. A great pattern for a wildly variegated yarn!



I promised to read. So here I am. The shawl is lovely. The yarn you dyed is such a beautiful combination of colors. Fingering weight-yikes!


Gorgeous color!


I love it! It's just plain FUN -- from color to design. XO

Robin F.

Love the shawl. One of these years i'll get to Rhinebeck!


I'm glad to see this post with lots of photos of this lovely, colorful shawl! I've never been to Rhinebeck, but I think this is far better and much more versatile than a sweater. Great yarn, great pattern, great FO!


Oh my. That yarn, Vickie! I am just so in love with it! Perfect match of yarn and project!


Great design to show of the happy yarn. Much better choice than a chenille sweater, hands down.

Amy C

Oh! That is a lovely combination of color and design, plus it looks so wearable! I envy you for the chance to be at Rhinebeck. One day. On the other hand, I've got tickets to Scotland to do the Edinburgh Yarn Festival next March, so my jealousy isn't, perhaps, as deep as it might be.


That is a perfect scarf - so colorful and interesting. I'm going to have to check out that pattern, it looks like hitchhiker but way more entertaining to knit.


Beautiful! Off to grab the pattern, thanks!


The shawl is perfect out of your "party" yarn!


I love this colorway---do you sell your yarn?

Barbara S

Fabulous colors in that yarn....and it goes great with the pattern. I'm inspired to make one myself.

gale zucker/she shoots sheep shots

What a great match of yarn plus pattern. Win!


this is about the happiest shawl I've seen in a long time - of course the pattern and the yarn go great together, but also all the fun times it's already seen (and gonna see)!!


Love the pattern you used for that shawl. I will have to find that on Ravelry and download it. I have to admit to being a bit jealous of your talent in "creating" your own yarn for so many of your projects!

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