TWC knits: Jillena's Anonymous Shawl

Welcome to a new feature of TWC knits! You can find previous ones here, and this is where you can learn more about how to become part of TWC knits.

Today we'll get to meet Jillena and her Anonymous Shawl – thank you so much for joining me, Jillena! You'll find the pattern here.

 
 
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Jillena is an avid knitter and yarn enthusiast who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her boyfriend and two dogs. She loves running, antique shopping, and blogging about home improvement projects. You can find her on Ravelry, Instagram, Etsy, Facebook and on her website.

 

Pattern: Anonymous Shawl | Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK in Rappahannock | Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 Lykke 40" circular |Made for: me

 
 
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When did you start knitting and what was your first project?

My Grandma taught me to knit when I was really young. I didn’t knit for most of my life, but I picked up the needles again about 6 years ago and haven’t turned back! My 20’s were fun and crazy, but I reached a point in life where I was ready to slow down and get back to my creative roots. I took a beginning knitting class at my local yarn shop and the muscle memory from when I first learned came back. It’s funny -the class was teaching English knitting, but I found myself knitting Continental because that’s how my Grandma taught me. My first project was a scarf - I think I knit the same scarf several times - ripping it out and re-doing it. I had a difficult time finding my tension when I first started!

What do you enjoy most about knitting?

I think I enjoy the feeling I get when I’m in the “knitting zone”. When I can work on a project without focusing too much and kind of zone out - it’s a form of meditation for me. Finding a true happiness within myself through knitting is a gift. For me, it is the key to slow living. I truly appreciate the serenity that comes with creating something out of nothing.

What’s your favourite making spot?

On my couch at home, with my two dogs curled up next to me and a cup of coffee by my side.

What aspects of a pattern are most important to you and what makes you love a pattern and project?

I’m drawn to a pattern when it uses a stitch or technique that is new to me. I love the challenge of learning a new skill. Most of the time I fall in love with yarn first and then look for a pattern later, so patterns that will uniquely complement my yarn are also important.

Are there any techniques / types of garments / patterns you’re looking forward to try next?

I’ve never knit a pair of socks. There I said it! BUT… I have plans to knit some - I just ordered yarn yesterday to make the Climb socks by Jane Richmond. I’m sure I’ll fall in love with sock making and will work my way through all of The Wool Club patterns!

Why did you decide to join the Anonymous Shawl test knit?

I test knit the Delamere Dress for WOODS. I loved the idea behind the book and the support that was going towards female run businesses and the European yarn culture. In learning more about the Making Stories project, I discovered The Wool Club and fell in love with Verena’s designs. When she announced that she was looking for test knitters for the Anonymous Shawl, I immediately volunteered.

What do you like best about your Anonymous Shawl?

I think I like the juxtaposition of the garter stitch with the crosshatch stitch sections - they really complement each other and create such a nicely draping fabric.

How do you prefer to wear your Anonymous Shawl?

I wear my Anonymous Shawl both as a scarf and as a shawl. I always get complements. I think people are drawn to the texture and the beautiful picot bind off.

Did you learn any new skills with this pattern?

This was my first time ever knitting a picot bind off. Verena’s instructions were so clear in the pattern that I didn’t need to watch any tutorials. It takes longer to do than some other bind offs, but the end result is worth it.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m really grateful to be part of such an amazing and supportive knitting community! I look forward to watching everyone’s progress and being inspired by new interpretations of The Wool Club designs.