Sunday Happenings: A Finished Shawl and Lots of Wool

I’m so excited to have finished my Old Shale Shawl.  I absolutely love it and it will be perfect for this winter to keep cozy warm.  I ended up using 683 yards of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in Light Denim, which was 3.12 skeins.

This pattern is perfect for beginner lace knitters and goes very quickly.   I truly love how Amanda provides line my line written instructions along with charts.  This makes it very versatile for all levels of knitting.

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The finished size is just right with a span of 80″ and a depth (down the spine) of 36″. I have about 190 years left on the fourth skein that I’m thinking about making a matching hat with.

I’ve also been busy redoing my yarn stash on my shelving.  Out with the cottons/linens and in with the wools!  Most of my stash already has patterns matched and in queue for knitting, which is a good thing and keeps me highly motivated to knit.  Do you queue patterns on Ravelry using your stash?


I think later today I will start learning how to use my newly acquire Kromski spindle.  I’m very excited and can’t wait to get started!


Before leaving you I would love to share a very wonderful blog I discovered via a comment left here on mine.   Please check out Helen Trejo’s blog, there is lots of fibery goodness to be found and her recent posts are awesome!

Happy knitting!

Shawl Love

I love light weight projects to knit or crochet during the summer.  Like many of you, I don’t want a lap full of heavy wool when it’s over a 100 degrees outside.  One thing I’ve enjoyed knitting during the summer is shawls.   Today I want to share a few new designs that I think are quite lovely and worth a mention.

Sandstorm Shawl by Benjamin Matthews – a free design

Courtesy of Benjamin Matthews

Market Street Shawl by Keya Kuhn

Courtesy of Keya Kuhn

Garadh by Christina Reuter

Courtesy of Christina Reuter

Komorebi Shawl by Jessica Andrews

Courtesy of Jessica Andrews

Reyna by Noora Laivola – free design

Courtesy of Noora Laivola

Alpenshawl by Katie Flora

Courtesy of Katie Flora

The Quay Shawlette by Sara’s Texture Crafts

Courtesy of Sara’s Texture Crafts

Summer Moon by Jill Zielinski

Courtesy of Jill Zielinski

Feathering Shawl by Amanda Kaffka & Tamara Voth

Courtesy of Amanda Kaffka & Tamara Voth

Hopefully a few of these designs have inspired you to try a little summer shawl knitting!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting and crafting!


Introducing a New Design

It has been a very long time since I’ve designed anything but for some reason I’ve had the urge to start up again.  When I purchase two skeins of Rowan Pure Linen a few months ago, I totally forgot I had one skein in a colorway called Colorado.  When I saw the two colors together I immediately thought of a tree that grows here in Arizona.

Today I want to introduce you to my newest design, Desert Sycamore.  This design has been created in Rowan Pure Linen in two colors that features two lace panels at each end with a bit of runching in between.  My pattern features step by step written instructions and a chart for the lace design.








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This is a very soothing piece to knit that works up quickly.  While I designed this for the use of linen yarn, it would be lovely in wool, cotton or blends.

Happy knitting!



Sunday Happenings: Sock Knitting and Two New Projects

It is a lovely day here in the Valley of the Sun, and even though our weather has been a bit whacky here (as Andi mentioned in her post today).   What I found amazing about living in the Phoenix metro area, one side of the valley gets lots of rain and the other side seems to get none and a lot of wind.  I can’t complain though as May was a beautiful month and June appears to be starting off cool, fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed us.   Here’s  a little trivia for you, we’ve received measurable rain this week which hasn’t happen in the month of June in 13 years!!

So about the knitting ….

I’m working on my Amber Waves socks today and should finish sock number one!  Better late than never, right.


Yesterday I went to Jessica Knits to see all the new lovely yarns that Tammy has gotten in and to pick out yarn for a project I’ve wanted to make for ages, the Paintbrush Lace Cowl designed by Connie Devlin.  This particular project  uses Alchemy Yarn.  Now for those who do not know about Alchemy Yarn, it is beyond scrumptious, expensive, but so scrumptious!  I opted for one skein of Alchemy Tweedy in the color Prairie and one skein of ShiBui Silk Cloud in Trail.  I think the combination of the two yarns will be wonderful and I can’t wait to cast on.

Courtesy of Hill Country Weaver
Left: ShiBui Silk Cloud in Trail                    Right: Alchemy Tweedy in Prairie

I also picked up a skein of Rowan Cocoon in the color Lavender Ice for a pair of Slipper Socks, a design by Veronica Van.  I’m hoping this will be a quick knit and if I like them, I’m thinking I might make a few for gifts.

Sundays around our house also means doggie naps, and both munchkins are enjoying their beds today.

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Until next time, happy knitting!


Sneak Peek Friday

As many of you know I took a very long break from designing, and evening to a point.  I simply lost my desire to create, but guess  what, I have a new design coming out and I’m thrilled about it!

The Inspiration
The Inspiration
The Yarn
The Yarn
The Sneek Peek


All I will say is that there’s a touch of lace involved and a bit of fun knitting.


Happy knitting!