Thursday, August 28, 2014

Favorite cardi, favorite yarn, favorite color

My newest pattern is a short-sleeved cardigan in Pashmina that's going to be a great transitional piece! I love it over a tank or t-shirt now, and can't wait until it's cool enough to wear it over a long-sleeved shirt :)

It's called Robie Street for the street we lived on this summer in Halifax. I always love knitting with Pashmina, and this colorway - Fig - is one of the best browns ever. Sadly discontinued :(

And I also released a cowl a couple of weeks ago - Blackberries, knit in the divine Tesseract DK.

I think I may need a sweater out of this stuff!

Now I'm working on a pullover in the very nice Rowan Pure Wool, but after knitting with Pashmina and Tesseract, it's wearing my hands out. Partly because it's heavier yarn but also because it just doesn't glide across the needles like the luxury stuff!

Our time in Halfax ends tomorrow - it's been a great summer! Here's a postcard for you :)

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Which comes first?

Usually the name is the last thing I decide on with a new pattern. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to do a garter stitch, multi-colored shawl that I could name 'Divergent'. I sketched this out in Paint, thinking it would be appropriate for that name -

I knew short rows and decreases would be involved, but really wasn't sure it was going to be possible to knit. I just started knitting and figured it out as I went. Surprisingly there was very little ripping out involved, (less than usual for me even when I know what I'm doing!) I wasn't even sure things were going to work out with the cast on number I started with. I just couldn't see my way clear ahead of time. The whole time I was knitting I was figuring I'd have to do it twice (or more) to get it right. But look - this is the first (and only!!) go!

This was intended to be a Mystery KAL, but I polled my Rav group and they voted for just a regular KAL. It starts on September 24 but you can get the planning sheet now for 40% off so you'll be ready to go if you want to participate. Details can be found here. It is much easier to knit than you would think! And the funny thing is I ended up changing the name! I was trying to think of a project name that didn't give away my pattern name and came up with 'Exit 0' - there's an exit 0 on the 102 near where we've spent the summer in Halifax. Then I decided I liked it better than 'Divergent' :) It seemed appropriate since the idea and the shawl were both 'born' here :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I've been wanting to knit these two skeins up in something together ever since I swatched for something else using some leftover Bark from my Cinnamon Scone cowl and leftover Weathervane from a shawl. (I had to substitute Forge for Weathervane since I couldn't get any more.)

This is my Rumple Scrap scarf/wrap -

The colors make me really happy :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Late Summer KAL!!

I'm so excited about this pattern and this knit-a-long :)  I love hoodies. I thought a lot about what I wanted in a knitted one. A hood of course -

and a kangaroo pocket -

big buttons with button loops -

Long long sleeves -

and a split garter hem -

I love wearing these!

Because there are so many parts to a hoodie and because some people find the top-down simultaneous sleeve sweater construction intimidating, I'm hosting a KAL in my Ravelry group. Tips and chat, pictures and prizes! Part 1 goes out on August first. Right now you can download the planning sheet so you can find your yarn, pick your size, check your gauge. I think the KAL is going to be a lot of fun - I hope you'll join us!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer knits on sale!

Sale includes all patterns in this bundle - Summer Knits

Monday, May 5, 2014

Beach brain

I love the ocean. Growing up my favorite times were when our family went to the beach for a week or two. When I had my own family it continued to be a favorite spot for us to unwind and reconnect. I am usually with people who like to go and do while we're at the beach - amusement parks, water slides, shopping, sight-seeing - but once I'm at the beach I just want to stay put because there's just nothing better. And I love any beach - north or south, sandy or rocky, calm or stormy. Even though I didn't mind all the snow and cold weather we got this winter, I did seem to start thinking about the beach pretty seriously toward the end of it and I gravitated towards colors and designs inspired by the sea.

Sea Salt

Pawleys Shawl

Sun Tea

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yarn Shop Envy

This past weekend I had a trunk show and did a class at Knitters Nook in Columbus Indiana. Nyra should probably be glad I don't live nearby because I would be sitting on her couch knitting ALL THE TIME. She has such a fabulous shop - beautiful and well laid out, stocked with great yarn and supplies, and really nice, friendly, helpful staff. Her customers are awesome too. I have to admit that it was a little hard to get geared up to do this after the events of the past month, but I'm so glad I did! My husband went along to help with the driving and we both had a great time. Columbus is a very cool city and we are grateful that we got the chance to spend some time there. Here are a few photos -


Merrywood looked right at home on the shop couch.

Alicia stayed busy winding yarn.

It was grey and rainy outside but bright and cheerful inside!

That's Nyra on the left.

It was a shop birthday/pajama party Saturday night! (Not quite ready in this photo but everyone looks happy!)

Being serious :)
Thank you Nyra and everyone in Columbus for making us feel so welcome!