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NEW PATTERN: AMAZING WOMAN SHAWL

There are some incredible women who make up this knitting world that I’m so lucky to be part of. This shawl celebrates the blending of all of the talent across the industry - and hopefully brings you some squishy knitting joy! And it’s no accident that it’s International Women’s Day! Let’s hear it for the WOMEN!!!!

What is International Women's Day? 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
~ via https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Since International Women’s Day is about unity, celebration, reflection and advocacy for change, I thought it would be a perfect day to share a new shawl pattern that is all about celebrating the amazing talent of the women of the fiber community. We can come together to celebrate the AMAZING WOMEN in our lives and make a change for other women at the same time!

THE AMAZING WOMAN SHAWL

How To Affect Change

So you’re probably wondering how knitting a shawl can make a change, right? Well, I certainly don’t have all of the answers but I’m hoping we knitters can come together and make a small change with two organizations.

The sale of this shawl, which is available for just $4 on Ravelry, will be used to make donations to two women-based and run organizations making positive impacts in two sectors of women’s lives. $3 of each pattern sale will be divided and sent off to Women for Women International and Girls Who Code, Inc. The remaining $1 goes to covering all PayPal and Ravelry fees.

For Young Women - Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission:
to close the gender gap in technology.

This charitable organization really struck a chord with me as I read statistics on young women in school who profess an interest in the science and technology (STEM) streams when compared against the actual rate of follow through. Girls Who Code is providing opportunities outside of the regular school curriculum to give education and training that will allow young women to enter the computer / programming workforce that is, truly, our future.

For Mature Women (most with families) - Women for Women International

Our year long social and economic empowerment program provides marginalized women with the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to come together in classes of 25 women to build support networks, to share experiences, to learn critical skills, and to access new resources.

What struck me most about the content of this organization is the belief that women are not merely victims of war, but are the mechanism for change. It’s powerful and motivating and that can change lives. While these women are not local to most of us, unlike the young women and girls who are helped by Girls Who Code, our sisters being assisted through the Women for Women International program are just that: our sisters. If I can help make a small impact on their lives, even from a distance, I’m happy to do so!

 

Details About the Amazing Woman Shawl

This shawl is knit up using 3 skeins of either fingering weight or DK weight yarn (the pattern provides instructions for both) and is designed to be accesible to all knitters (see the list of required skills below).

Each of the colors shift into each other. When choosing colors, it is recommended to look for colors/speckles that are similar from one skein to the next. For example, in the Fingering weight shawl, the pink speckled matched the pink speckles in my yellow skein; and the purple skein matches purple speckles in my pink skein. I chose to shift from lightest to darkest but get creative! Just choose your 3 favorites and go for it!

Shawl Finished Sizes: Fingering (DK)

  • 62 (55)” / 157.5 (140) cm at the neckline edge,

  • 29.5 (25)” / 75 (63.5) cm from neckline edge to center point

Required Skills

  • knit

  • purl

  • kfb

  • carrying colors

  • Icelandic Bind Off (video tutorial provided)

GET THE AMAZING WOMEN SHAWL PATTERN

NEW PATTERNS: A BLUE MOON FIBER ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA!

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This has been a banner week here at The Unapologetic Knitter. For the first time ever, I’ve released 4 patterns… FOUR! It was insanity! It wasn’t planned to go down this way, I assure you, but with one timeline or another changing, this is how it all shook out.

The funniest (saddest?) bit about all of this is that 3 of the 4 patterns have been in the works for over a year… but I digress!

The first of today’s newly released patterns has its roots in a relocation effort up the west coast - when I moved from San Diego to Hillsboro (just outside of Portland, OR)

BACK ON TRACK SHAWLS

The original 4-panel Back on Track shawl (red) was a labor of love; I knit the over-sized wrap/shawl/poncho shortly after relocating to Oregon as we rented a home while we searched for our “forever” home. It was my first time using Blue Moon Fiber Arts and I became an instant fan! The drape from the silk in the Polworth/Silk blend is pretty dang dreamy, and my oh my is it warm! It’s my favorite going-to-the-farmers-market accessory!

The newer 2-panel Back on Track shawl is traditional in its triangular shape but generous enough in size that it can easily wrap around and create an oversized cowl look. I'm pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to choose a favorite between these two!

And today’s second offering is a design I’ve had in mind for quite a few years but not one I ever felt brave enough to try until Tina, of BMFA, said she also loved it. A little support goes a long way!

THE EVERYDAY CARDIGAN

This drop-shoulder cardigan is this knitters dream come true - there’s almost no finishing (save for a tiny seam at the back of the collar and up the sides of the pockets) and is dress-up and dress-down-able on a whim! I will wear this to the grocery store, on my sofa while I knit, and probably any chance I get in the transitional seasons over summer dresses.

And just because I know you’re going to ask, the leather backpack is made by the wonderful talent, Julie, of Split Rail Leather. I promise, if you make the investment, you won’t be sorry. I use this thing EVERY DAY! Much like my cardigan. :)

Wanna save on these patterns?

Now through end of day Sunday, February 17th, you can save 10% off on Ravelry using TUKLUVSBMFA on either of these patterns. Plus, since I do really love BMFA, I’m offering 10% off my other designs featuring their yarn: Cabin Rose Cowl and the White Hart Socks. The same promo code will save you 10% off at checkout on Ravelry!