I am… not good at keeping up with stuff.  As you can probably tell by the total absence of blog updates in the last… several months.  It seems I can reliably keep up with a limited number of things at any one time, even if they are things I enjoy doing, and when choosing between keeping up with yoga, dishes or the blog, the blog ended up falling by the wayside.

But I’m back!  I hope!  And eager to get back into good habits on here.  So to start off on the right footing, here’s something awesome.  You may recall the pretty rainbow skein I spun up back in the arse-end of 2013.  Well, it was gifted to a more talented knitter than I, my lovely big sis-in-law, who saw fit to not only turn the skein into something gorgeous, but draft a whole new pattern for it!  I present to you, the Rainbow Road Scarf.

Isn’t that gorgeous?  The pattern is all kinds of fun, and I love the lace pattern used in it to create waves or repeating curves.  I want one, I need one, I’m going to spin up more yarn specifically for this project.

…Right after I finish knitting an entire family of Clangers and a Soup Dragon to go with them.  In time for Christmas.  O_o

Zephyr MKAL is Almost Done!

Posted: 04/07/2014 in Knitting

There is just one clue left in the Zephyr MKAL on Ravelry! All that’s left on the little cardigan is sleeves and weaving in the ends, and it’ll be finished. I’m rather low on yarn, so I’ll be knitting the shortest available sleeve variation.

I also took the time to pick out some cute mis-matched buttons that match the blue and green flecks in the yarn. I happen to think they look quite cute, even if my camera decided to wash the colour out of the yarn in half the photos!

I think I’d have preferred a faster MKAL for this – I knit the baby size version as recommended so I could keep up with the MKAL, planning to use the final pattern to knit larger size cardigans for my nieces afterwards. But as it is, we’re already into Summer and it feels a bit late to start knitting gifts for Summer clothes, knowing they’ll get a month of wear of them and probably have grown out of them by next year. After all, we won’t even get the clue for the sleeves for this for another 10 days. If not a faster paced MKAL, perhaps it would have been good to start the MKAL earlier in the year, timed so it would finish in time for the cardigans to be ready to wear all Summer long.

That said, I enjoyed this pattern a lot – it’s got a simple enough pattern that it would make an easy introduction to lace for newer knitters, but is quick and satisfying enough not to get boring. It’s also easy to modify – I saw some knitters on the MKAL knit the lace pattern into the side panels rather than using garter stitch, to great effect, and I could see a similar triangle of lace used to enhance bell shaped sleeves working very well indeed.

I may have to experiment with some variations like that when I do finally get the chance to knit a version for my nieces later on.


Fabulous Modelling by Boggle the Owl

Progress is going well on the Zephyr MKAL.  It’s a really easy pattern, and has the advantage of being incredibly quick to knit, as well.  We received clue 3 yesterday, which carries on past the lace portion until the sleeve stitches are slipped onto waste yarn.  I’ll be interested to see where we go from here – will their be shaping?  Is it going to be an open, drapey, triangle-shaped cardigan or something more close-fit?  Will there be pockets?  Will the simple lace be repeated on pockets and/or sleeves?  So far it’s been a very simple pattern and I’m eager to see where it goes.

DSCN0019Clue 3 also included optional shaping to raise the back, making for a more fitted neckline.  I’m always up for anything that will improve the fit of a pattern, and the shaping was so fast and simple that I couldn’t say no.  I’m very pleased with how it looks!

Now, on to the pattern request.


So, as you know I recently finished spinning up some lovely laceweight merino fibre in my Piscean skein.  The yarn has been wound into a big ball for ease of knitting, and the only thing is I need to find something to knit with it!  It’s very difficult to choose a pattern, and I’d appreciate any suggestions people have.

So far, I’ve narrowed my choices down to:

Moth Kisses by Anne Hanson

I love decorative ruffle cuffs, and these lace-weight cuffs with an attractive design and scalloped hem look like just my sort of thing.  They use 150 yards of yarn, so I could conceivably knit 2 pairs with my Piscean and still have 100 yards or so left over.


Celeste by Silvia Harding

I love shawls and have been itching for the opportunity to try my hand at one in a light enough weight for Summer wear.  The Celeste uses 400 yards for the smallest size, and as I have about 405 of my yarn to play with I would HAVE to knit the small size, which might make it too small for me to wear (although I do have narrow shoulders for my size).  I love the beading, the ornate back and the pointed hem.


Morticia by Boo Knits

Now this one is tricky.  I am absolutely in love with it, with the beads and the very pointy hem and the loose, open lace that all comes together for an elegant but dishabille gothic look.  It would be my choice hands down.  But the shawl needs 840 yards of yarn, and I have a mere 400 and change.  To knit this, I’d need to either track down another 100g of fibre in the same colour as what I already have – a challenge as the supplier that blended it no longer exists – or track down a complimentary coloured fibre and knit the pattern striped, which may affect the overall look quite a lot.  I also wonder if I shouldn’t save this one for use with a more explicitly gothic coloured yarn.

Others I like include:

Cumulus Shawl




What do you think?  Should I knit the Moth Kisses, and make a spare pair?  Or the Celeste, and risk it being too small for me?  Or the Morticia, and start hunting for fibre?  Or can you think of another suitable pattern to make use of my Piscean yarn?  Offer your suggestions in the comments! (If suggesting something new, please note it needs to be for laceweight yarn, under 405 yards total, and for knitting rather than crochet).


Posted: 26/05/2014 in Knitting
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I’m one of the lucky people who got a place in the Zephyr mystery knit-a-long over on Ravelry.  Zephyr is a children’s cardigan pattern with a circular yoke and lace sections, designed to work well in Summer cotton or Winter wool, and goes from sizes for 1 year old to 16.  People who complete the MKAL will get a copy of the pattern for free!

I’ve got two nieces, aged 9 and 10, so naturally I snapped up the chance to take part!  The MKAL is timed, with people needing to complete each clue on schedule in order to receive the next.  So, for peace of mind, I’m knitting a baby-size one for the MKAL that I’ll probably donate to a shelter or charity organisation needing baby clothes.  I plan to get started on a child-size sample for the nieces soon though, and I’ll post updates here as I go!

For now, here’s some pictures of the WIP.  Spoilers, for those of you following the MKAL!



I’m trying to work my way through my fibre stash at the moment.  I’ve got a few bundles of fibre I haven’t used for much, and it’d be great to get them spun and cleared so the only fibre I have left to worry about is my ouessant fleeces.  The latest finished skein is from a little 100g bag of merino fibre – the last bit of fibre I was able to get from Forest Fibres before they closed up shop.  It’s the same blue blend as my very first spinning project – the bulky blue fibre plied with silk thread from a few years ago.

This time, I wanted to get as much out of the fibre as I could.  And, now I’m getting the hang of spinning very fine threads to ply, I decided to try my hand at a little laceweight.


The finished fibre is lovely – Two skeins, one slightly larger than the other.  They total 105g of laceweight 2-ply, at 21 WPI and just a hair over 400 yards of yarn.  The original blend of colours is still visible running through the fibre, and I cannot wait to see how it knits up.  I’m hoping the varied colours will create little bands of subtle almost-stripes, but we’ll have to wait and see.


The big question of course, is what am I going to knit with it?  400 yards of laceweight seems to be enough for a pair of fingerless gloves, or mitts, or a cowl or shawlette, based on my Ravelry search (yarn weight; lace, yardage; 300-450 yards, craft; knitting, has photo; yes, sort by; most projects).  As much as I love the fibre I’m not sure I’d wear something in this specific blend of blues, so I might have a look at some patterns for things I could knit as gifts – maybe something pretty for my bestie, or big sis-in-law, or maybe something cute for the nieces – I bet I can get a couple pairs of child-size accessories out of this!


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