it’s getting cold…

November 25, 2010


It’s getting cold (correction: it is cold).

Christmas and other depressi festive and gift-giving holidays are approaching fast.

Therefore: a small cashmere quickie, as in

  • instant warmth
  • incredibly quick knit — even quicker in DK or Worsted
  • Thank You — to those who have bought some of my previous patterns in my first year as part-time pattern maker-upper (see Ravelry page for details)


Oh, and it comes with matching or non-matching mitts, too.


I used 1 skein (200yds) of Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply (100% cashmere) and 4 mm needles for the cowl (3mm for the mitts).
The cowl may have to become wimple. After all, it’s only November and we already have snow. In the meantime I’m knitting a thicker version in Worsted weight (Heaven’s Hand Wool Classic from Hamilton Yarns):


a small gathering of semeles

September 13, 2010

semele shawl

semele shawl

Yarn: 2 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in GoldBrownSilver (silk/merino) — gorgeous, silky drape

semele shawl in Sea Silk

semele shawl in sea silk

Yarn: A single skein (400 m) of Handmaiden Sea Silk

There will be more scarflettes like this one, good quick present size — perhaps in Yarn Addict‘s Ocean Silk. And I really want to try Blue Moon Fibre Art‘s sea silk — especially in the fantastically named colourway, Pond Scum.

This can be done…

August 19, 2010

… in three days.

Alceste knit with The Yarn Yard Crannog, a lace-weight 100% merino superwash(150 g/750 m). This laaaarge shawl  (almost 3 metres long) is knit with 1 skein.

Deadlines work

The beautiful new lace yarn — Crannog in Beetroot by Natalie of The Yarn Yard — arrived on a Friday. Knitting began Friday evening. Three days later  – a (huuuuuge) shawl (it grew mightily in blocking…).

Criteria: lace or mesh pattern must have rest rows, charts must be super easy to memorize. Quick, quick decisions —  a curved shawl shape rather than a rectangle? Yes.

The construction is, yet again, a sideways shawl knit in one piece. I like these for at least two reasons.

1. No endless rows — towards the end when you might be losing faith and want to cast on for something entirely different, the rows are getting shorter and shorter and the knitting speeds up

2. You know you will have enough yarn because you simply turn when half of it is gone (or when you think the shawl is half of what it ought to be, or when you get bored — well, ideally halfway before you get so bored you want to do anything but finish)

I wouldn’t say this was a particularly interesting knit, given the repetitiveness of the pattern. But I do love the result. The 8-row lacy border worked enough as an incentive for me to keep going… one more border repeat, one more… one more. Well, that and the deadline.


Stitch pattern for the body: Barbara Walker’s version of traditional Star Rib Mesh. It repeats over 4 stitches and 4 rows, but is really a 2-row pattern that shifts sideways (purled rows on the wrong side)

Border: open, airy lace points and a faggoting column inside

Edge: picots and a simple yo column just inside it

I didn’t want any thick borders or dividing lines between the body and the edges, so the increases and decreases are worked into the first stitch “really” belonging to the faggoting column. Likewise between the column and the border.

I think I will make a stole version of the pattern as well.