Category Archives: Knitting

Knitting Up Summer and the Kindness of Bloggers

Lontue Macrame Shawl

Originally dubbed the Seaweed Shawl because of the colorway, it will always be the Breaking Bad shawl now.

Way back in January, in the middle of a cold gray stretch of winter, Kaleidoscope Yarns sent out an email with a photo of a summery shawl out of Araucania Lontue, a cotton/linen yarn. I wasn’t the only one to be taken in by such brilliant marketing. When I placed my order for the two skeins required to whip up this warm weather beauty, they had already sold out of my first choice of color. Did I want to wait for their supplier to re-stock? Of course not—I needed to start knitting summer right away. I chose another colorway (their customer service is excellent, by the way!) and cast on during a chilly bit of February. This has been my pick up and put down project for several months. My Breaking Bad project. (DH and I started and watched the whole series during this time period, and my level of suspense during many of the episodes required a knitting project to calm my nerves and distract me during certain intense segments.) It’s an easy two-row pattern.

I have a winter shawl to work on when the last half of BB Season 5 begins next week, the Color Affection

Color Affection Beginning

This week I was surprised to find out I won a giveaway from Swell Sewing! Tracey’s post about feeling sentimental really struck a chord with me as I navigate the empty nest. Check out this awesome package I received in the mail.

giveaway Package

Look at the cool fabric and rick rack wrapping! I can’t wait to make something out of the typewriter fabric and that graphic print.


How cool is that? A sewing machine necklace and an Aneela Hoey journal!


I love this diagrammed sewing machine tea towel!

Thanks so much, Tracey! I appreciate the blogosphere love! If you’ve never been to Swell Sewing, you should definitely go see what she’s been up to. She makes lovely garments and recently finished a fantastic quilt.

Do you have any projects you associate with a certain series or program?


Maggie Rabbit

Maggie Rabbit
It’s summer, and there has been a lot of sewing and knitting going on, but… It’s summer! So, not much blogging. I have some catching up to do. This is my version of Maggie Rabbit by Alicia Paulson. I bought the pattern instead of the kit and used materials I had on hand to make her up. The body fabric is from a thrifted fleece that wasn’t flattering on me any more (hmmm, questionable whether it ever was, actually). It was a little more stretchy than I imagine the felt would be, so this makes for a nice cuddly soft toy. I had a lot of fun with this, but wasn’t feeling the boots on this version. I do think she needs a companion and another outfit or two, so this won’t be the last you’ll see of Maggie I suspect.
Maggie Rabbit Pattern

Two Scarves: Autumn Lace Ribbon and Daybreak

Autumn Lace Ribbon Scarf

I finished Veronik Avery’s Lace Ribbon Scarf. It took me a long time—almost a year! I kept putting it down for weeks, then months at a time and it was hard for me to get into the rhythm of it. There was this that happened too: Tangled Mess of YarnThe nice yarn ‘cake’ that the yarn store wound for me fell apart and then slipped into a tangled hot mess before you could blink an eye. I think I’ve reached a higher level of enlightenment by the long evenings spent untangling this beast. Er, or maybe not. So glad I persevered though. The Malabrigo Sock yarn is soft and the whole thing is very drapey. More details here.

I also finished Stephen West’s Daybreak earlier this month. I used part of a skein of Crazy Zauberball and some Brown Sheep Wildfoote that had been marinating in my stash for quite a while. Nice little pattern and I’m sure a few of us will be grabbing this throughout the winter. DH has requested one in red and brown, specifically, and I’m happy to oblige. It was a nice knit.

Daybreak Shawlette

Teenager soon after waking. He likes it, really.

Black and White Daybreak

A Sketch Journal: MMM Days 1–3

Me Made May began rather gray and cold, allowing me to grab some wool to start off the month! Here are some sketches of the handmade or refashioned things I wore the past few days.

Me Made May days one through three

May 1st, 2nd and 3rd

    1. Butterick 5678 – long sleeve eggplant stretch cotton – (Mentioned at bottom of post here)
    2. Green cabled wool hat
    3. 22.5 Degree Scarf
    4. Ribbed wool socks – made for husband. Stolen out of husband’s drawer a year ago when they weren’t worn frequently enough
    5. Liberty hankie – tucked into pocket of jeans
    6. Colette Ginger – thrift store brown pinwale corduroy, with added patch pockets for dog treats!
    7. Cotton string market bag
    8. Schoolhouse Tunic
    9. Refashioned totebag – Took my favorite Strand bookstore bag apart and made it roomier by adding a flat bottom and side panels, and lined the whole thing

Day 1: Work at home. Chilly, rainy day.
Worn with jeans and clogs. Hat and scarf worn while walking the dog.
Day 2: Work at home. Warmer!
Worn with thrifted floral cardi, brown tights and loafers. Used bag for trip to the grocery store.
Day 3: Errands, work at home.
Worn with skinny jeans, bright green long-sleeve tee, and gray converse. Used tote to carry knitting project while son took driving test. (He passed!) 

Me Made May. Sorta.

I’m going to jump in and challenge myself to try Me Made May 2012.

I, Lynn (, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear one sewn/refashioned or knit item each day for the duration of May 2012.

I think this will be a good challenge for me. I don’t have quite enough hand-sewn items to fill out a month’s wear of clothing, and it will encourage me to refashion those items I’ve been meaning to, get creative with the things I do like to wear, and determine what types of items I’d really like to add to my wardrobe. I threw in knit items too, but I don’t know if May will be cool enough for wool hats or socks, so we’ll see how that works out!

The one thing I’m not sure about is a daily photo parade here or via uploads to the flickr group. I will document my participation in some fashion, but at a slower pace and with a change-up of me standing in front of a shrub. I don’t think that would be that interesting, so I’m not sure why anyone else should! Maybe I can muster a weekly photo collage of closeups or details of the outfits I come up with. I’m a graphic designer—I’ll figure something out!

Have you ever participated in anything like this before? I know these challenges have been around for a while. What was your experience?

What’s On My Needles

Lace Ribbon ScarfI picked up a souvenir the last time I was in New York – a hank of Malabrigo Sock yarn from Downtown Yarns. My first playdate with Malabrigo and such a pretty rust color! I decided to make Veronik Avery’s Lace Ribbon Scarf after seeing so many pretty versions around Ravelry. I cast on in late November, and only got a few inches into it before the holidays were in full swing, and the project became one of those things I kept moving around my desk but never getting to.

Some time in the last month or two I rescued the scarf-to-be and have been giving it my (only slightly divided) attention in between sewing projects. When I’m too fried to sew, I find I can still knit. And knitting is the perfect accompaniment to the second round of Downton Abbey viewings I’ve been slowly enjoying, bit by bit.

Lace Ribbon Scarf with lifeline

the handy dandy lifeline

I feel like I’ve been making good progress, but that’s still an awful lot of yardage I have to get through! It’s like I’m knitting with air—I just don’t seem to be making much ground. I guess that’s how it goes with lace. I’m also paranoid of losing my place in the pattern and having to rip all the way back to the beginning. Hence the lifeline you see there – I keep moving it after successfully completing each 24 row repeat, and it’s already saved my neck a few times. The lace pattern is not that difficult, and every other row is exactly the same, but whenever I get too cocky and think I know what I’m doing and can pay less attention, I find I’ve screwed up and have to tink back a bit.

If you go to New York, I highly recommend Downtown Yarns for a visit! Such a sweet little shop in the East Village. This was my first visit there, but I’ll definitely be stopping in again.