FO Friday: Nangou

Done done done! May I present Nangou!


Pattern: Nangou by Melanie Berg

Needles: US 5s

Yarn: Hansen Hand Dyes Mega Merino in Boys Don’t Cry for main color. And T&H Fiberworks Favorite Sock in Blue Suede Shoes for contrast color.

Mods: none


This is just so squishy and nice! The pattern is fab and easy to follow. Melanie Berg is just amazing. The main color was a little splitty but not unwieldy. I’m very glad I didn’t add extra sections cuz this thing is massive!


I’m over the moon with this and can’t wait to wear it next fall! Proof…..I took outdoor photos in the 95 degree heat!


Happy Knitting!

Cast On: Terribly Simple

After finishing Nangou I had a TON of the contrast color left over. I couldn’t bring myself to put it back in stash. At first it wanted to be socks and then it wanted to be a cowl and now I think it wants to be a shawl. It’s a sock skein from T&H Fiberworks in Blue Suede Shoes.


And then it hit me….I could make another shawl that would mirror Nangou in color. I did some Ravelry diving and came up with Terribly Simply by Caitlin Ffrench. The and everything was already wound so I took off!


The pattern is written for one color but I’m improvising stripes. It’s all soothing garter and the yarn is looking pretty good! This is my main project now ❤️.

Happy Knitting!!

Nangou Needs Blocking

The knitting of my Nangou is done!!


Here she is in all her unblocked glory! After a good spa day I’ll tuck in the ends just in time to take better photos and put this away for summer. 

The bind off took an entire evening! But I’m just so pleased with this. I love the colors and the squishy garter stitch. I can’t wait to see it blocked and finished!

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Nangou

My Nangou is in the final stretch!


I’ve completed all the contrast stripes and now working the final MC section. I have exactly six pattern repeats and bind off to go! The rows are getting very long. I can barely get two full repeats in on an evening. So progress feels like it is slow.

But I’m itching to get this done. Why? I’m not sure because it’s 90 degrees outside. I just want to squee over the precious when it’s done!

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Nangou Shawl

I’m three contrast stripes in! My Nangou is growing despite being close to 300 stitches per row.


I have to finish the current MC section then add another CC section and then finally add the last MC section and bind off. Between the pleasing colors and the rhythm of garter I’m fairly dedicated to this project. I’ve been rewatching The West Wing along with listening to the West Wing Weekly podcast and this project is a great match to Knitflixing.

I have enough yarn to add more sections and I’m torn. The pattern schematic tells me this is going to be 70 inches wide. Well….I didn’t check gauge so I’m not sure if I’m going to be ahead or behind of that. I want something big and squishy this leading me to adding another section. But I’m also ready to finish this and admire the finished pretty. I guess time will tell what I decide when I get closer to the end, lol.

Happy Knitting!

Shawl Redemption

My shawl has been redeemed! I pulled the needles and frogged the first attempt. And so over the long weekend I forged ahead. I managed to complete the first four sections!

There is an orange locking stitch marker to tell me the “right side”. But now that I have the contrast rows added it’s fairly obvious on its own. But I’m going to take all the help I can get!

Truth time…I still think I have mistakes in here. My stitch counts were NEVER right at the end of a section. So I just fudged it and moved on. It’s garter…..no one will know. I’m just so over the moon with my color choices that I’m having a hard time putting it down!

Happy Knitting!!

Shawl Frustration 

Okay so Jellybean and I cast on my shawl for Mother’s Day, remember? Well, I am working through the first section which is 14 repeats of a four row pattern. Simple right?

Wrong…..


The shawl is asymmetrical and should be growing faster on one side than the other. Well between some glasses of wine while Knitting and having to put this project down multiple times to deal with toddler bedtime meltdowns…..I’ve totally punted this. Like a lot. The only answer is to rip it back and start again.

I think for attempt number two I’m going to attach a removable stitch marker to the side of the shawl that row one needs to be started on AND put a row counter on my needles to help me keep track where I am in the repeat. It’s just so hard for me to “read” the garter stitch when there isn’t much fabric yet. It really shouldn’t be this hard. Sigh….to the frog pond I go…

Happy Knitting!

Cast On: Nangou

Mother’s Day came and went but I did manage to get my Mother’s Day cast on! Nangou is now on the needles.


Jellybean sat on my lap and helped me form a few garter stitches! He saw my bag and asked me “if he could help me yarn”. I said “yes of course you can yarn with me!!”

My heart is full…..❤️

Happy Knitting!!

Zoom Went The Shawl

Holy moley…..I have a finished shawl!


Four days later and I have a FO! This is my The Age of Brass and Steam in the gradient Rivulet set from Island Yarns. I literally just couldn’t put this down!

It’s all curly in this photo but it’s actually drying/blocking as we speak! If I can’t talk my hubby into it I may have finished photos tmw…stay tuned….

Cast On: Gradient Age of Brass and Steam

After my recent trip into a yarn hole I came out with the most beautiful DK gradient set! 


I just KNEW this yarn needed to be a Brass and Steam shawl! I wound up my cake with Russian joining the individual colors so it’s all ready to cast on! I need another WIP like I need a hole in my head but yet here I am…

Doesn’t the cake just look so awesome!!