Persian Tiles Blankets

I did the first tile on this blanket in full so that I can understand the pattern. But since then I’ve been doing the remaining 15 large tiles in groups. This is the perfect pattern for that. Each round is a different colour and there is something marvelous about watching them grow! It took a day and a half to get to the navy blue.

Next day! Onto a delicious teal. What will tomorrow bring?

Cathedral Grove Scarf

This scarf is a delicate marvel. It’s so light you barely know it’s there but there’s strength in the delicate beauty. In a laceweight alpaca this scarf is warm and soft.

Inspired by the first time I saw Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island one Easter when the snow was still on the ground and the trees towered above us. There are two lace stitches, a traditional Shetland fir cone pattern and a simple lace edging which evokes the snow amongst the trees. The sample is going to someone special but you can make your own soon. Pattern release date is January 2021.

If you are ever lucky enough to be driving to a holiday in Tofino on Vancouver Island, stop in Cathedral Grove. It is truly spectacular.

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Lace patterns – what was I thinking?

Things I like: knitting intricate lace with long repeats.

Things I don’t like: writing out said long repeats, charting said long repeats. Checking for errors.

Why did I do a wrap with a 34 stitch repeat over 24 rows in the pattern?

Because I didn’t really think the writing of the pattern through. And because – it’s so pretty, it looks amazing and it isn’t hard to knit, as long as you use the stitch markers as recommended. But writing it out is painful.

Bearded Reedling

No it’s not a look at this bird wouldn’t it make a great yarn colour post. Sidenote: Birds are amazing inspirations for yarn colours.

This bird popped up in my twitter feed this morning and I just fell in love. Look at that fluffy little ball of determination perching amongst the reeds. It’s going to make the best of a difficult situation and perch dammit.

Meet The Bearded Reedling: A Fluffy Egg-Shaped Bird That Can Do The Splits  | The Rainforest Site News

He’s good inspiration for me today as I have to get a chart done for a pattern and I had a sock setback, where I had to rip back an entire heel. So I’m getting this chart done and the pattern out to tech editing today and that sock is getting finished. If the bearded reedling can do it so can I!

Best boss ever!

Ylva Johansson is my favourite new politician. She made socks for her whole cabinet. Not only is that a huge amount of work, look at how beautiful those socks are. What an amazing present to walk into a meeting and see. More bosses with more knitting – that’s what I want to see in 2021!

Baby Alpaca

I got some lovely baby alpaca yarn on sale and I’ve been hand-winding it into balls yesterday and today. If you ever want a very soothing repetitive task hand-winding wool is a good one!

I haven’t ever used baby alpaca before and it is lovely soft yarn, can’t wait to find out how it knits up!

December Patterns

Two new patterns coming in early December, here’s your sneak peak!

Fireweed socks. These are a great simple sock that look really complicated to make but aren’t. The best kind of socks to make and gift to someone else. They work best in a solid or semi-solid colour scheme.

Pair of handmade socks

Flowering Victorian Shawl. This is a romantic draped lace shawl that uses a lovely frost flower pattern along the arms and wrists with a vine pattern across the back. Shown here in a lilac color, this is gorgeous spring or fall shawl that really shows off your lacework skills.

Persian Tiles Blanket

I am working out my issues with crochet by doing the Persian Tiles blanket by Jane Crowfoot. It is an amazing pattern and I hope I can write a knitting pattern half as well at some point in the near future. I am not someone who crochets, I cannot fix a mistake on the fly or intuit what the pattern is about to do. So following a pattern where the instructions are so clear is fantastic.

I also made a mistake in the colours. I bang on about this, but colour is important. If the colour isn’t inspiring you, your project becomes a chore rather than a pleasure to make. It also can become very unattractive. The picture above shows this – my orange was too brown, my yellow was too neon and my pale blue was too pale. It all added up to an unattractive and uninspiring mess. So I changed them. Final octagon is gorgeous and I’m happy to keep going. Which is good, because there are 15 more to make plus a bunch of smaller squares!

I get that yarn can be expensive and changing a colour can feel like a waste, but you have work on something that makes you happy. Also, I will find other projects that those colours are going to work with perfectly. The extra yarn will just help me towards my ultimate goal of achieving SABLE status (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy).

Looking forward to sharing this project with you as it progresses.

Winter Rose cowl – alternatives

Although I initially designed this cowl to be down in wedding white and to be a striking piece against black or dark grey coats, I had some very bright mohair lying around and decided to give it go. Well…..

It’s going great! So if you’re interested in doing the winter rose cowl – purchase here – there are some options for you. I am using Aloft Mohair in Mirth from KnitPicks and it is held double. Otherwise the pattern is the same. It would also work beautifully with Debbie Bliss Angel or for something really expensive but amazing Shibui Knits Silk Cloud. All would need to be held double or could be single stranded if matched with a fingering yarn.