Saturday, January 21, 2017

Arabella - On The Needles

Started this great sweater on January 6, 2017.  I love this pattern - Arabella designed by Ann McCauley of  Brooklyn Tweed.  I'm using yarn from Virtual Yarns.  Colourway: Erica - Hebridean 2ply direct from Scotland.

Socks and More Socks

I love knitting socks, and I especially love this beautiful hand dyed merino and kid mohair yarn called Kidazzle by Fleece Artist, from right here in Nova Scotia.  The colours are gorgeous, and so much fun to wear.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Keith's 2017 Hat

This is Keith's 8th hat.  He gets a new handknit hat every winter.  This is Fortnight - by Brooklyn Tweed.  Made with Cascade 220 Charcoal Heather.  I love the addition of garter stitch which makes for a thicker, warmer band.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Getting Ready for Craft Market

I'll be selling my pillowcases at a little craft market this Friday at Parkland senior's complex on College Street here in Halifax.  This will be my first show, so it will be a good chance to see what people want.

I really dislike "matchy matchy" and have decided to make each pillowcase unique.  Even if the fabric is the same, I'll change up the colour of the trim so they are not the same.  I like the idea of mix and match.  Coordinating colours and/or patterns for a more creative style.  What do you think?

Monday, March 28, 2016

A New Direction

I've found a new passion.  I've been sewing pillowcases using these gorgeous 100% cotton fabrics, then finishing them off with hand crocheted lace trim.  Having so much fun!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Keith's 2015 Winter Hat (2 in 1)

My husband Keith has been getting a handknit winter hat every year for the past seven years.
This hat is reversible so technically this is his seventh and eight hat. The pattern is called Holly Jean by Mandy Powers and is available at  I made this with Berocco Alpaca which resulted in a very soft, and extremely warm and cozy hat. 

I call this the inner hat since I knit it last

The outer hat was a bit tedious but a lot of fun to knit.

In this photo you can see the two patterns.  The two-tone hat was made first, then you just pick up the stitches around the starting edge and start knitting the three-tone hat.  One fits inside the other and makes two hats in one.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Isobel of Mar

Hands at work.  Isobel of Mar cardigan - designer:  Alice Starmore of Virtual Yarns - Scotland.

Getting closer to the finish line.

After blocking.  Really happy with the outcome, but I overblocked it and it's about one size too big. 

Back view.

More detail.  Would make this again.  The Virtual Yarns are beautiful to work with.

Knitting Brings Joy

Diane's Cowl

Diane's Cowl

Evelyn's Shawl

Evelyn's Shawl

Anita's Nightcap

This was such a joy to make.  An 1890's traditional nightcap knit in pink cotton.  If I was to keep in tradition, it should have been made with an unbleached cotton yarn.  Wanted to make this more feminine for my dear friend Anita.

Rae's Feather and Fan Scarf

Angora is such a treat.  Not only to work with but to wear.
This little gem was a Christmas gift to my mother-in-law two Christmases ago.

Northman Mittens

Northman Mittens made for Amy last Christmas.  Really happy with the outcome except the lining stretched.  Would use smaller needles for the lining next time. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Next Project

As you know by now, I'm a huge fan of Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed.  His knitting patterns are impecably written and are absolutely gorgeous to look at.  This is my next project.  Pattern is called Autumn Leaves Stole.  Yarn is 100% wool, worsted weight also by Brooklyn Tweed.  Colour: Plume.   The stitches are on the needles and I'm ready to start the pattern.  Stay tuned for photos of work in progress.