Knitting, shawls, Weather

Perfect Morning!

Sunny & I enjoyed a perfect morning today!

For me, that meant coffee & knitting out on the back deck (with Sunny nearby, of course πŸ˜‰)!

For Sunny, that meant a new beef chew & lying in soft, shady grass!

It’s such a relief to have some sunshine at last! And today was perfect – brilliant blue sky, warm sunshine but not too hot, a lovely breeze… listening to the music of the stream and the birds, watching all of the little creatures out and busily about! The one word that keeps coming to my mind for today is: JOY! πŸ˜„β˜€οΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΉ

Progress on my Daisy Shawl sample continues on apace!

What are you up to today?! πŸ˜„

Family, Holidays, Knitting

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I sincerely hope you were all able to enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends these last few days!

I’ve especially enjoyed the chance to spend some quality time with my sister, Hannah, and my littlest niece, Claire!

They live some distance away, but were able to come and stay for a few days over Thanksgiving, which has been a real treat! πŸ˜„We even got a chance to peruse the Christmas Tree Farm together…

Hannah, Claire, Mom, & an adorable little Christmas Tree!

… and celebrate Claire’s birthday with Cousin Vera and Aunt Annelies!

Happy Birthday, Claire!

Cousins play time! Vera and Claire are still just a tad too little to actually play together yet… but playing nicely close-by is totally awesome! πŸ˜‰

I’m also incredibly grateful for being able to live my dream of designing, writing, and sharing my knitting patterns, and for the support you all have shown me! A sincere and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you! πŸ™‚

So how was your Thanksgiving? Did you get to spend some time with family? What are you grateful for?

Happy Knitting with Love,



Rrrrrriiippp It!


And again.

And yet AGAIN!

What?! You’re likely wondering… rip what? And why? Maybe I should start at the beginning… 

On my needles right now are two scarves…

…one for my friend Kathryn,…

…and one for my friend Kayla!

So there was this gorgeous yarn by Expression Fiber Arts that we all fell in love with…

Once we’d collectively clicked “Submit” on our four skeins (one for each of us plus a lovely mint green that coordinates perfectly!)… 

…it didn’t take long for the idea of designing “sister” scarves to pop into my head! (By “sister” scarves, I mean three different scarves unique to each personality and style, but clearly belonging together. πŸ™‚ My plan is to name each scarf after the friend who inspired it. πŸ™‚

So I swatched several stitch patterns and brought them to K & K for evaluation. 

Arrowhead Lace with Cables
Falling Leaves
Norwegian Fir Tree

The general consensus was that since they were all fun and lovely, it was nearly impossible to decide which to use!!! 

If you follow me on social media, you may remember voting on this to help us decide! πŸ˜‰

Once Kathryn & Kayla had chosen their stitch patterns, we discussed style…!

Kathryn opted for a super long & slender scarf with a very open and lacey stitch pattern called “Arrowhead Lace with Cables.” It will be very dramatic, and also very versatile, perfect for wear in almost every season! 

Given that Kathryn is a talented artist and a wonderfully practical lady, I think this is a very pleasant reflection of her personality. πŸ™‚ 

Kayla selected “Falling Leaves” as her stitch pattern and chose to go with an infinity style scarf. 

A more solid lace compared to Arrowhead, Falling Leaves has a very elegant, flowing quality and I’ve no doubt will produce a joyful, eye-catching statement piece! (I see this scarf as representative of Kayla’s brilliance and expressive of her fullness of the joy and enthusiasm of life!)

Though so different, I think both combinations of stitch pattern and style will showcase the special yarn really well!

Arrowhead Lace with Cables is an easy-to-memorize stitch pattern, 

…and because the “Kathryn” scarf is narrow the rows are short; 

…so I feel like the scarf is just flying off my needles! 

Slightly different story with the “Kayla” infinity scarf, however… 

To get the “Falling Leaves” to lay the way we imagined them, “Kayla” is knit in the round. In order to create enough volume to drape the scarf twice about the neck, I’m working 19 22-stitch repeats. That means a big long cast-on. A really big, 418 stitch cast-on! Which I have already done twice and will now be doing a third time! 

The difficulty with such a large numbers of cast-on stitches, is joining to work in the round. Specifically, it’s super hard to avoid getting a twist in your cast-on! Even when you’ve checked and re-checked and you think you’ve got it, you may later discover a pesky twist lurking! Which is what happened to me today….!

After working 1.5 pattern repeats (that’s 18 rounds, or 7,524 stitches)…

I noticed this:

A twist! Aaauuuggghhh! Do you see it?

Time to rrrrriiiiiipppppp back. 

All 7,524 stitches!

Compared to the time it took to get that far… 

…ripping back took almost no time at all! 

Best not to dwell…. 

So, now I’m casting on 418 stitches AGAIN! πŸ™‚

To help me keep track of my progress, I’m placing a marker every 22 stitches as I go…

That’s a marker for every pattern repeat along the round. There are 19 pattern repeats per round, so I’ll need a total of 19 stitch markers. 

I really like these from the Sheep and Wolf because of their simplicity, pretty colors, and size. (These are the large ones, they also come in medium and small (sock knitting size!); as well as different colors.

As frustrating as ripping back and starting over from scratch seems right now, I know I’ll be glad I did when I have a twist-free infinity scarf ready for my friend Kayla! πŸ˜‰ 

And it’s not so bad! 

See, I’m making progress already! πŸ˜€

Have you ever had to rip a project back? Do you have any handy tips for avoiding the dreaded twist when you join to work in the round? I’d love to hear about it! πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!