Archives For May 2013

Welcome to Week 2 of the Curious Collective Shawl Project!

This week we are going to decide on the shape of the shawl. I have given you a choice of three basic shapes. Within those broad shapes there are a lot of possible variations. For example for semicircular, I am also thinking about crescent shapes here. Triangular can be regular, wide, rounded – there are really a lot of possibilities.

If you have other ideas that you want to expand on, please add them in the blog comments.

After the poll was such a nail-biter last week I am so excited to see what the results are this time! I will close the poll at Midday Friday 31 March May (GMT). (oops!)

So go ahead, vote, comment, share with your friends!

You can join in at any time!

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Important message for people who signed up early on last Sunday. When I first posted the project on Ravelry it was as a free pattern. However, I was quickly told that when I changed it over to a paid pattern, those who had signed up when it was free wouldn’t be on the list for updates any more.

So if you are one of the 100 or so that signed up before I was aware of that problem could you please message me on Ravelry at HellsBells. I will then send you and updated pattern so you will still get all the updates and final pattern. I have just sent out an update to the pattern for Week 2, so if you didn’t receive an email with this update then you are one of the early birds.

Welcome to all my new visitors who are joining in on this project to collectively design a shawl pattern!

The results are in for week one of the Curious Collective Shawl Project! Incredibly, after 1550 people voted, the results were only 2% apart

Textured stitch patterns win by a whisker! I’ll be pulling out my stitch dictionaries for knit and purl combos, cables and slipped stitch patterns this weekend. I can’t wait to get swatching. I already have lots of great ideas.

Curious Collective Week 1 results


You can join in the fun any time. Simply visit the blog  here to vote on your design choices each week and purchase the pattern from the Curious Collective Shawl Project page on Ravelry. The pattern is currently $1.50 which is a great discount from the full price of $6 once the voting is over. You will then be able to join in the knit along when the pattern is released.

I will be posting the poll for Week 2 tomorrow. I am adding three options to the vote this week and maybe it won’t be such a close result!

Are you surprised by the result? Happy with the outcome? I would love to hear your reactions in the comments!

Simple Sunday Pleasures

Helen —  May 20, 2013 — 2 Comments

After the incredible excitement of the launch of the Curious Collective Shawl Project it was difficult to calm down on Sunday (and has been since!).

I decided to try a “soft launch” with a few friends to test out the new polling gizmo I am using and that the instructions were clear. But as soon as I posted it on Ravelry it went crazy. I am so happy that people think this is a fun idea!

I can’t believe what a close run race it is between lace and texture so far! It really isn’t clear what the final result will be this week.

I did manage a few more down to earth activities on the weekend.

I finally cast on and managed a few rows of my Radiance shawl for the Curious Handmade KAL.

Sweet Clement yarn

This colour is electric. Miss L was rather taken by it too. I think she is appreciating the cashmere content!


I did a bit of cooking on Friday for meals for the kids and to stock up the freezer. I made a massive batch of spaghetti bolognaise. In an attempt to include veggies I followed a tip from my friend Oliva who told me about her Green Brew trick. This is a bag of baby spinach and head of broccoli after being steamed and pureed with the cooking water. Mixed in with the mince, the kids were none the wiser. I also added grated carrot to the sauce. I didn’t think it impacted the taste much but the texture was a little weird!

Green Brew

A lovely BBQ with friends on Sunday evening finished the weekend on a very relaxed note. The kids ran around and we caught up on life. Everyone was happy.

Welcome to the very first week of the Curious Collective Shawl Project.

For this project you can join in to help create a new shawl design!

It is a choose-your-own-shawl adventure and you will collectively decide on various design choices through a series of polls over the next five weeks.

Now the first thing I want you to know that this is not a knit along. Not just yet anyway. I’m not even sure there is a name for it as I haven’t seen it done before, but let’s call it a “design along”.

The only design decision I have made at this point is that it will be a two colour shawl. Other than that I have no idea how the final shawl will look – everything else will be up to you!

For the next five weeks I will post a poll here every Monday with a question about the design of the shawl. Then on Friday I will check the results and announce the collective choice.

There is a pattern page for the Curious Collective Shawl on Ravelry where you can sign up to receive the pattern. Until we get to the end of the design process, this will only be a placeholder. Once you have made all the selections then I will spend a week or two finalizing the design, writing up the pattern and testing and anyone who has purchased the pattern will then have access to the full pattern when it is released.

The price of the pattern will be free until 24 May and then gradually increase to full price after the full pattern has been released. So the earlier you go in the better deal you will get!

You don’t have to purchase the pattern to play along with the polls and likewise you don’t have to vote on the polls to buy the pattern. But I think it would be more fun if you do both!

Once the pattern is released I will host a knit along for the pattern.

So for week one here is the poll. Vote away, share the Curious Collective Shawl Project with your friends, and please comment on any other thoughts you have about the design choice!

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…and I’m not referring to my bottom (although to be honest it is a little).

If anyone has come back to check on the grand launch of the Curious Collective Shawl project this week – sincere apologies as it has been delayed by a week.

And I have discovered a lot about chicken pox in the last two weeks. And how you are not allowed to fly when your child has them.

We were away for a short holiday and a few days before we were due to fly back those little telltale spots started appearing on Lexie. At first I was in denial. For two days there were only three spots. But after that there was no doubt. Frantic googling ensued. Mumsnet said, “you cannot fly”. The lovely Singaporean doctor concurred. We had to wait for 6 days until the spots were nice and crusty (sorry if that is just too gross but that is what the Dr said!).

Several deadlines were missed, and being back at work this week has been absolutely manic. Usually it is a fine line whether minimum hygine standards are met and dinner cooked around here, and I’m not too proud to say that the line was crossed this week.

But the good news is, we survived, and I will be spending the weekend putting the finishing touches on what is going to be a very, very fun adventure with the Curious Collective Shawl project. So please do check back on Monday and I promise the adventure will begin!