Wednesday, April 18, 2012


To use up another skein from my stash, I have started Henslowe by Beth Kling, a lacy pie-shaped shawl with a pretty picot edge.

I'm using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Oxblood, a purpley red.

I really like the varigation in this yarn throughout the garter.

Top favorites of this pattern on Ravelry are:

treeseeker's Henslowe in a gorgeous slate blue:

NormaPatx's Henslowe in this pretty pink/brown sugar colour:

and finally, MsBimbamboum`s Spring Henslowe - pop of pink! 


I really like the Roman stripes lace pattern, and how you increase at the end of the garter rows with a YO, which then are picked up to start the lace.

A gorgeous pattern. Check it out.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


I started with 1 skein of Madelinetosh DK in Composition Gray. I forget even purchasing it. It is a gorgeous purpley gray, that needed to be made into a shawl. Because I had only 1 skein, and it is DK, I was limited to meterage.

After the suggestion  of 198 yards of Heaven, I bought the pattern, and gave it a try. Several times. I couldn't get past the first 5 rows. This was a pattern where placing stitch markers actually hindered the count, and the WS was referenced but not defined...etc.

This just did not feel right.

So I moved on, to the free and fabulously simple The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. It's small, but it's long enough after blocking that it fits around your neck like any other shawlette.

I love it. I will have to purchase some lighter clothes so it will stand out like it should. And the WS (easy to tell on this one) is just as shiny - I really think the hat pattern Rikke would really look great in this yarn.

Can't wait to wear this out on my knitting date today.

Ravelry Link: The Age of Steel
Yarn: Madelinetosh DK in Composition Gray

Other projects I finished recently:

1) Summer Flies Shawl by Donna Griffin. Such a fun knit. The pattern is divided into sections, like chapters of a book, so you feel like you are checking things off a list as you are completing them.

Small accomplishments. As each section is different, it keeps you interested. The picot edging is my favorite, as well as the knotted section.

Pattern: Summer Flies by Donna Griffin
Ravelry Project Page: Summer Flies

#3: Jane by Jane Richmond - I love this slouchy hat that I did in Madelinetosh Vintage in Baltic. Love this colour. I can't believe I gave this hat away. But the receipient deserves it. This blue is amazing. And I love blue.

Pattern: Jane by Jane Richmond
Ravelry Link: Jane for Tabitha
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage in Baltic

Can't wait to knit more of Jane's patterns in the upcoming KAL at Urban Yarns! Ok, I've already started because I just love her patterns. I'm going to be doing Rae in this Springtree Road sock yarn:

Super easy so far!

Happy Knitting.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Flew by, with some big news smacked at the beginning. On Saturday, March 3, A proposed. He did it in a very "us" way - private, on the way home from a walk to Granville Island, and me, as usual, totally unsuspecting.

I love the ring as well - it won't get snagged on my knitting - simple but sparkly - describing my personality to the tee, of course.

I am very excited to spend the rest of my life with this man! Who else would get my knitting obsession? (ok, he doesn't get it 100%, however, he did have the patience to take photos of my Jane hat I made on the way to Granville Island - what man in their right mind would care to do that when he has a ring in his pocket?!!!)

Yes everyone, I SCORED!!!!

Of course, since the afternoon of March 3rd, I have started to think about wedding stuff. Tons of details and then not a lot all at once.

I am also struggling to think of how to involve knitting in my wedding - do I?

Look at this gorgeous photo of SweetGeorgia at her wedding - more photos at her post.

Or maybe it's a wedding veil:

Well - too much for me. I LOVE this bouquet with the cameo:

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I love this wedding shrug that anniesue did:

Wedding planning online is now another time suck on top of Ravelry. Top sites to waste time on:

2) Syle Me Pretty Canada
3) Real Weddings Magazine

I am debating over colours now - what do you think of choosing a SweetGeorgia colourway and matching everything to that? Hmmm...not a bad idea, I think.

As the price of a wedding in Vancouver is astronomical (for what we want, anyway), I need to save every penny I can. And how can I do this. Yarn diet!!! The horrid but necessary words came into my head soon after the proposal.

I have a largeish stash - and it's full of gorgeous skeins of yarn. It's time to get creative.

After listening to Marianela's rant on stashbusting, her rules and regulations, I have adopted some for myself.

1) Update my queue in Ravelry. It was an ugly, un-used tool for me that I set up sometime 3 years ago and never changed. It is now fresh and relevant, with the specific skeins I will be using. Ideally going for free patterns.

2) Christmas presents: I am allowed to buy yarn only for presents. Specifically with a project in mind for a specific person. No waste.

Already knit this year with stash yarn:

Two Owlie Hats:

Sammy the Sock Monster:

I recently finished up this gorgeous shawl - I LOVE Springtree Road Yarn. Such saturation of colour.

In fact, my top 3 yarns to knit with, just because of the colour:

Springtree Road

And that's saying a lot.

Two KALs for the next couple of months:

1) Urban Yarns Jane Richmond KAL - not announced officially, but I'm already starting with Jane Richmond's Rae in this awesome Springtree Road yarn yellow colourway:

2) SweetGeorgia KAL - not sure which stash skein I will use yet, but I have a couple of ideas.

Other stash busting projects I have started this past month:

1) Drop Stitch Cowl. I really like this one done by knitmish:

2) 198 Yards of Heaven. Check this one out from ramblingroses':

Ok, off to make some pancakes. But first, a shout out to the new book I am shocked with:

This book is making me pay attention.
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