what’s going on?

it has been busy over here!  my husband, who is an adjunct professor at 2 colleges/universities, is done for his semester.  which gives me a bit of time to work… meaning business work, but also housework and other odds and ends. sadly, not quite as much woolie work as i would want.

this sweater just needs the underarms grafted.  but it doesn’t need to be done right now, so probably won’t be.

almost done!

three baby patterns just need the math written up so i can get them to test knitters.


baptismal vest


i’ve been busting out a shawl for a friend who is moving away very soon.  there will also be a pattern for this one.

shawl in progress

and i need to spin some hair for a doll my mama is making the babe.  who, by the way, is passing the baby stage entirely too fast!

plus, my biggest wish, is to get the studio in a decent state so i can start having open studios in the fall!  but i’ve got all summer to do that minus big trips to MT, AK, and a cross country drive.  we’ll see.  this week we’ve been enjoying ben’s break with long walks, trips to the park, home cooked meals, and plenty of daddy/baby jogging/walking expeditions.  not to mention, naps for all.  and today i got to sleep in until 9.

and i’ve been particularly enjoying this.

i heart clothes lines

hope you’re having a nice spring!

springling tests!

first, the winner of the knitgrrl book is… number 28. that is the lovely charity over at atomicLuLu. congrats and i’ll be sending it along!

and now the tests – the version with more lace, done by wordlily, more info over here on her blog

and Debi made this smashing orangish-pink one with the lace border.  on rav here.

my other tester seems to have fallen from the face of the earth, so i hope she’s doing alright. i’ll show you hers when i get a photo of it. this was my first pattern with yarn support, so all of these are made from single skeins of snapdragon light fingering. fun!

and thanks again for your lovely knits, ladies!

p.s. this post is a pre-cursor to 60! skeins of snapdragon light fingering that i dyed this week and will be putting up in the shop on sunday the 1st – an early update this week to coincide with some ravelry ads.

springling shawl

at the test knitters

A simple little garter stitch spring shawl pattern with a little bit of lace border, with notes for a larger lace section and for a larger shawl.

Yarn: 1 skein cosymakes Snapdragon Light Fingering or 700 yd [640 m] of light fingering weight wool

Needles: Size 7 US [4.5 mm] 24 in. [61 cm] circular needle or whatever size you need to get gauge

Gauge: 10.5 sts/2 in. [5.1 cm] in garter stitch

Finished Size: With a little bit of lace edging – approximately 44 in. [111.8 cm] from tip to tip and 15.5 in. [38.4 cm] deep, with a larger lace edging – 48 in. [121.9 cm] by 19 in. [48.3 cm]

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on ravelry here, and my version can be found here.

springling shawl

mentionable monday: handspun multnomah

in light of the wednesday update this week being the falkland fiber club, i thought i’d feature two beautiful multnomah shawls made from croci – the very first ever fiber club colorway.

falkland fiber club croci

katy’s lovely shawl can be found here on ravelry. the exciting part about this shawl, for me, is that i got to see it while she was knitting it. she had to come to pgh on business and i actually met her. mind you, i have ‘known’ her on-line since way back before this blog existed and she test knit something for my book even!

and jamie’s beautiful one can be found on ravelry here. i like the bottom photo a lot.  i also recommend checking out the rest of her projects on ravelry, a lot of handspun goodness there!

holland lake daybreak

i finished this vacation knitting up a while ago, but had to wait for the weather to cool down (and until i found my darning needles to sew in the ends!)  before we photographed.

holland lake daybreak

holland lake daybreak

pattern: daybreak by Stephen West – i made the large size

yarn: light weight vintage wool, may sport weight? and my handspun shetland singles – seen in the handspun gallery of this fine book.

holland lake daybreak

needles: don’t remember ;)

totally a fun knit. i love shawls and i’m sure i’ll get a lot of use out of this one. i am, right now, sitting in the house with a strong breeze blowing through wearing the shawl. perfect timing.  it may also be time for a cup of tea.

raveled here.

holland lake daybreak

holland lake daybreak

holland lake daybreak