Blocking to the Rescue

Pretty much from the time I cast on the Starshower shawl-cowl, I began thinking about blocking it when I finished. It was knitting up kind of stiff, even though the pattern was lace-ish, and didn't have the drape that I was hoping for. Did I swatch before I started? Why, no I didn't. Thanks for … Continue reading Blocking to the Rescue

Ciao bella, Arabella!

It's always a treat to see the beautiful creations of fellow knitters. At a recent dinner party, dear friend Alison arrived with a gorgeous shawl draped around her shoulders. She obliged my desire for a few photos and explained that she'd won the yarn (Full Moon Farm Silk and Merino Corriedale Cross) at a knitting … Continue reading Ciao bella, Arabella!

Self-Striping Magic

Self-striping yarn amazes me. Actually, the dyers who create self-striping yarn amaze me. How do they do that? How do they figure out how much yarn to dye in each color, and, more importantly, how do they actually dye it? I know I could look it up on the Interwebs and find some videos, but … Continue reading Self-Striping Magic

Shawl: Dropped & Draped

Dropped-stitch shawl hanging out in the shade. Thanks to Sister-Friend Cathie (she of the knitting cruise and Ontario road trip), here's a photo of the shawl "in action." What a wonderful evening we had with my our Mom and our unphotographed husbands! on Instagram:

Tropical Salad Shawl

The colors of the Madeline Tosh yarn that I purchased in Ontario grabbed me from the moment I saw it at The Little Red Mitten. Even though they aren't colors that I wear at all very often -- yellow and orange aren't very flattering on my Celtic looks -- I knew I'd buy it. A fruit salad of mango, … Continue reading Tropical Salad Shawl

Knitting by the Sea

I had the great good fortune to spend Memorial Day Weekend on my favorite island, surrounded by the sea, fresh ocean breezes, thick evening fog, and lots of testosterone. Yes, it was me, Patrick, and eight young men, ages 17 - 20. A wonderful time was had by all. On Saturday morning, Patrick and I … Continue reading Knitting by the Sea

Traveling Shawl

It's graduation season, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to travel for several special occasions.  Before heading to New Orleans for niece Rachel's graduation, I cast on a dropped stitch shawl for the journey.   There's lots of sitting and waiting during commencement exercises, so the shawl grew a bit by the return flights. I … Continue reading Traveling Shawl