created Sep 8, 2019 - updated Jan 22, 2020
At 2:20 p.m. on Fri, Aug 30, 2019, Deb and I left the "NeverMore Used Books" store, located near our home in West Toledo for Amish country in northeast/north central Ohio.
At 5:05 p.m., we arrived at the Inn at Honey Run. Temps were approx 80 to 82 degrees. We stayed at the Inn in July 2016, but on that visit, we stayed two nights in one of the Honeycomb buildings, which was fascinating. This time, we stayed in the main building, which has its benefits, since the wonderful restaurant and outdoor seating areas are located in the main building too.
We stayed in room number 321. We had dinner reservations for 8:00 p.m. It's a fantastic restaurant.
For my first shawl, I started crocheting it on Saturday morning, Aug 31. We sat on the second level patio at the Inn. I crocheted and Deb knitted.
I used three skeins of yarn from Briar Rose Fibers. I bought the yarns on Sat, Aug 10, 2019 at Spinning Moon Farm's store, located in downtown Blissfield, MI. The I-75 Yarn Crawl occurred during this time in August. The owner of BRF held a trunk show at the Spinning Moon Farm building.
Description of each skein/cake:
- "Fourth of July"
- 100% Merino Wool
- Approx 175 yards
- Approx 2.7 oz
- Gauge: 20 sts = 4 inches
- Needles: US #6-7
- Hand wash / dry flat
I'm unsure of the official color names, but this is how I described the three skeins of yarns.
- rusty red
- rusty yellow
- dark green with a little dark blue mixed in
The labels did not give the color names.
For the pattern, I used Double Crochet All the Way Shawl by https://wilmade.com.
About the design
This easy crochet shawl is made with double crochet stitches. I chose a basic triangle shape, which means we make two increases in every first and last stitch and one increase in the middle of the shawl (to create a corner). It’s the basis I use for most of my shawl designs.
The shawl is worked top-down
We turn our work at the end of every row
The first 3 chains at the start of every row count as 1 dc
The last stitches of a row are made in the third chain of the previous row
The amount of stitches mentioned at the end of a row only includes the double crochet stitches and not the chains (the first 3 chains at the start of a row count as 1 double crochet).
I crocheted most of the shawl during our weekend stay at the Inn: Sat, Aug 31 and Sun, Sep 1, 2019. I finished it on Sun, Sep 8, 2019. I did not crochet much of it during the week.
I used the following hook size: H/8 - 5.0 mm.
That hook size was at least one size larger than what I should have used for the yarn size, but that was intentional. I wanted to keep the crocheting loose. The pattern used only double crochet stitches, which naturally makes a loose or drapey item.
We checked out of the Inn at about 11am or Noon on Sun, Sep 1. But we stayed around until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. We considered staying one more night. We ate lunch on the main building's deck while we crocheted and knitted. Then we walked around the grounds some more. We crocheted and knitted while seated in plastic Adirondack-styled chairs, situated along a clear, shallow flowing stream in a wooded area.
We hiked around the grounds at the Inn on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. We spent a long time by the camp fire late on Friday night. We took early morning walks. The open area of the hillside contained a lot of blooming native flowers. It's a great place to spend a few days. On both visits, we drove nowhere else. We stayed on the grounds during our entire visits.
On either the Saturday or Sunday fiber period on the large outdoor deck that's connected to the restaurant, someone else on the deck worked on needlepoint. We had knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint occurring at the same time. A fiber afternoon.
The weather was great all weekend, except for a little rain Saturday night. I think that I preferred visiting in the late summer/early fall because of the blooming flowers, but the early July period contained more nesting birds. I'd like to visit in late October or early November.
Anyway, this is smallish shawl, I think. This shawl has a triangle shape. It started in the middle at the top, and it grew outward and downward. I started with the red yarn, followed by yellow, and then green. Nearly the same amount of yarn was used for each color.
Wed, Jan 22, 2020 update
We have experienced a mild-ish winter with very little snowfall. We received 2 to 4 inches of snow back on Nov 11, 2019. That was followed by several days of cold weather with temps occasionally dropping to 10 to 15 degrees. That winter weather lasted about one week.
Then late last Fri, Jan 17, 2020, snow began falling, accumulating to around 4 inches before the precip changed to rain before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Temps warmed to the 40s on Sat, Jan 18. Then temps plummeted to the mid teens by sunrise on Sun, Jan 19. Temps were in the teens on Sun, Mon, and Tue and around 20 today.
I walked Barney twice on Sun, twice on Mon, once on Tue, and twice on Wed. We both enjoyed the wintry weather. Of those seven walks, I wore the above shawl two or three times, and I wore the second shawl on at least three walks.
I will never wear a shawl draped over by back and pinned in the front, unless I use that technique as a layer under other layers when bundling up for below zero weather. I could see that having good utility.
I will, however, wear shawls rolled up and wrapped around my neck like a scarf. That's how I wore my shawls during this chilly period, which will end now.
The shawls rolled up and used like scarves worked well, even the second one where I used fingering and lace weight yarns. The rolled up shawls become spongy and thick, which kept me warm.
The shawls use more yarn than my typical scarf pattern, but I can see the appeal to knitting, crocheting, and using shawls. People can wear fancy lace shawls purely for aesthetic reasons or maybe to provide a tiny bit of warmth in a cool setting. But those same shawls can be rolled up and used as warm scarves, which provide utility.
The first two shawls that I crocheted were simple and plain. I used different colored yarns in both, but not fancy stitches nor patterns were used. All that fanciness gets lost when it's rolled up and used as a scarf, which is how I will use shawls. But I might try my hand at crocheting with tiny yarn to make something more aesthetic.
Shawls can vary in size too, more so than scarves. I have seen some shawls that look like long, narrow blankets. Shawls and wraps can come in many different shapes. I like the triangle look. I've seen some that were designed to look similar to tall, skinny right triangles.
Shawls can be worn in many different ways. Again, most shawls use more yarn than scarves, but the versatility of shawls is fascinating.
Maybe for my third shawl, I'll use this simple pattern.
Wilma has created a lot of nice shawl patterns for crochet.