Another stripey triangle

Looking back over the makes of the last months, it’s clear that I have been fascinated by the interaction between colour and texture. A lot of my makes utilise purl ridges to make a contrast colour really pop – like my Caterpillar Cardigan.

This triangle shawl uses the same basic technique, and even very similar yarns. The green lambswool has been replacec by (naturally) brown shetland lace, but the long colour changes are provided by some Kauni effect yarn in pink/beige (or EJ, on the linked page):

Kauni effect yarn pink/beige

Other than that, it’s a very simple, classic triangle shawl. Started at the top of the “spine”, I just alternated 2 rows of Shetland in garter stitch with 2 rows of Kauni in stockinette until I thought it was big enough (it’s just about, could have done with a couple of more inches, as I really wanted a huge shawl to wrap around me and use as jacket substitute).

Stripey triangle blocking
Stripey triangle blocking

Initially, I was going to do a bi-colour ruffled edging, but then ran out of yarn. Or, as it turned out, didn’t really, however could not find the 2 balls I was sure were somewhere (a project bag in the big seagrass box all my WIPs live in – in other words, exactly where they should have been. I’m not sure how that temporary blindness came over me …) but couldn’t locate at the time.

So I ripped it out, smartly without having taken any photos, and replaced it by a simple variation on a Van Dyke Edging.

Stripey triangle van dyke-ish edging
Stripey triangle van dyke-ish edging

I really like the effect these long colour changes have when combined with a solid contrast colour, and have a feeling I’m not done playing with that … I think a striped cardigan might be next, this time leaving out the purl ridges and sticking to stockinette.

Stripey triangle
Stripey triangle

Or maybe another shawl, as I have a a skein of Kauni lace …

Another shawl?

Lazy Weekend

My weekend was mostly spent reading, and catching up on some sleep and cleaning around the house.

Hence I don’t really have a lot to share in terms of knitting or sewing today, and will keep it brief.

I did print, tape and cut/trace the pattern for the blouse I’m making for the VPLL1912 Titanic project, and I did sort my fabric into my brand new plastic boxes.

VPLL1912 #1000 Basque

For tracing pattern, I use greaseproof paper. It’s sturdy, cost-effective cheap and the only downside is that it can be a bit narrow, in which case you have to tape the pieces together. This only ever happened to me for trousers, tho, and was easily solved by using some sello tape.

Patternmaking with greaseproof paper

For me this works really well – what are you using? Or do you cut right from the pattern sheet?

Somehow, I don’t like doing that … I think it’s a combination of the delusional belief that one day I will loose these extra 10 pounds, and the fact that I started sewing from magazine patterns (because that was what we had at home … for the longest time, I didn’t even know that you can buy individual patterns. Ya, how embarrassing, I know … ), and since there are many patterns on one sheet, you obviously don’t want to cut it in case you want to make another one from it.

Of course there was some knitting, too. Since the football turned out to be really captivating (sorry, England, but Buffon is a god) I needed something easy to work on, and started yet another shawl.

This one is going to be a present for a friend, and she likes surprises, so the lack of discernible detail in the photo is (for once) on purpose:

Yet another shawl, somewhat secret


Summer Mystery KAL with Wendy

Click on the picture to see the Ravelry group.

It’s this time of the year again.

Last year, when I participated in my first KAL (knit-along), I enjoyed the process immensely. There is something enchanting about knitting the same thing as many other knitters around the world, not knowing what it’ll end up looking like but faithfully trudging on, and have a forum to discuss any challenges the pattern might pose.

Mystery KALs are always a special case. Usually, you get the pattern for less than then full sale prize, but you don’t know what you’re buying. For me, that adds to the appeal, but can of course backfire.

I have done a KAL last year where I had to give up, because no matter how I looked at it, I didn’t like the pattern. It was painful to knit, and I didn’t like the look. After several tries, I finally ripped it.

Gauge swatch

This is the gauge swatch, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love this one. So far, I’ve just cast on, so there is nothing else you show you yet.

New on the needles: yet another triangle garter shawl.

This yarn has been in my stash for a while. It was one of the first “nice” yarns I ordered for myself, it was shipped all the way from the U.S., got stuck in customs and is just gorgeous.

PSFA DeLite Silky Cashmere

So it was a bit of shock to me that, despite the fact that I love it and really, really want to us it, I found it near impossible to find the matching project.

I tried Diantha from SusannaIC. Didn’t like it. I tried The Forever Shawl – nope. There were a couple of other things I tried, and forgot. Nothing seemed to work.

Until I decided to go back to the basics, so to speak.

I pulled out Jane Sowerby’s “Victorian Lace Today”, and after some deliberation settled for a quite simple garter stitch triangle, the “Shoulder Shawl in Syrian pattern”.

Syrian pattern

What can I say? It works really well! I’m finally happy, and hope to make some good progress during this week.

I am really liking how the yarn-overs at the start of each row provide loops for the knit-on border that’s to follow later (and will cover my vow for the “real” lace I made earlier this year).

Loopy border

You haven’t seen the give-away to celebrate my 100th post? Check this out!

Nicoletta finished

I mentioned this shawl before in this post.

It’s a light crescent shawl I designed for my little sister’s (who, to be fair, isn’t really that little) birthday, and hence named the pattern after her (vaguely).

Meet Nicoletta:


This baby is rather shallow, but wide enough to be wrapped around your neck twice.

The main body consists of garter stitches in two colours, framed by eyelet rows, and finished with a slightly ruffled garter stitch edge.

Now, the “slightly ruffled” … I doubled my stitch count, and the result is pleasant enough. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more ruffly, to be honest, although I believe this is perfect for my sister, who’s not the kind of person for luscious ruffles (or lace, for that matter, which is why this is a more rustic design than I usually do).

In honor of my sister, this pattern will be available at a hefty discount until May 10th, then the price will rise to £3.50.

Nicoletta, the two-colour garter stitch crescent shawl, is available through amazon. My first ebook – I am so excited!

Click on the image to be taken to – if you don’t live in the UK, though, you can just go to “your” amazon, and should be able to download it from there, too.

Or snap it from Ravelry:

In one word: ruffles

Maybe you remember the shawl I made for mom’s birthday? You can find it here, if you want to have a looksee.

As it happens, my little sister’s birthday is just a couple of weeks before my mom’s, and even though we usually don’t make a huge deal out of it, it feels wrong to send my mother something and not my sister.

So I embarked on designing a shawl for her, too …

I used my now favorite yarn again, Blacker’s Pure Fine Shetland, and decided on a dark gray as base with some natural/off-white stripes.

Blacker pure shetland
Blacker pure shetland

Since the shawl is still a WIP, I can’t show you too much of it, but I can tell you this much:

  • it features a garter stitch body
  • of course there are eyelets
  • it will have ruffles

The latter is driving me slowly insane at the moment, as the edge rows are now (guestimated, I can’t be arsed to actually count the stitches … ) well beyond 600 stitches.

Sneak peek ruffles and eyelets
Sneak peek ruffles and eyelets

Stay tuned, as I intend to publish this pattern at some point, too.

Sneak Peek for the striped crescent shawl-with-no-name


There will be garter stitch, overlapping leaves and my new favorite technique: Jeny’s super stretchy bind off.

Triangle of Trifles (not truffles, though I assure you I had some during the holidays)

To get this out of the way: yes, there was chocolate.

Champagne truffles
Champagne truffles

There also was knitting.

Continue reading “Triangle of Trifles (not truffles, though I assure you I had some during the holidays)”

The KAL is dead, long live the KAL …

Fickle-Zen clue #2
Fickle-Zen clue #2

Clearly there is only one thing better than knitting – knitting in a group!

And since my job and it’s sometimes crazy hours, in combination with my general tendency to be a bit shy to just show up for meetings, make it difficult for me to join an actual knitter’s group (though I haven’t quite given up on it yet), obviously a virtual knitting group is the next best thing.

And by “next best”, I mean absolutely bleeping brilliant. I had such a blast with the Susanna IC KAL that even while it was still going, I started looking for another one.

Enter stage left: Roxanne from Zen Yarn Garden, who generously offered for me to join the Fickle-Zen KAL very last minute. The yarn, travelling all the way from Canada to the UK, took it’s sweet time, but arrived in time, and is absolutely gorgeous.

Choices were between Lemongrass green, Marigold yellow, and Raspberry purple … I was in the edge to go with the Lemongrass, as purples seem to be taking over a bit at the moment, but then couldn’t resist the stunning colour, and I lurve it!

The whole project, so far, is just a joy – the group is great, the chatter pleasant, the yarn a joy to work with, and after the latest fine lace, knits up quickly, and the pattern looks great and is easy to follow.

I == happy bunny.

Fickle-Zen close up 1
Fickle-Zen close up 1

New lace: Fickle-Zen Mystery KAL

Since I’m having such a blast with the Susanna IC Mystery KAL, I was more than happy to jump onto the bandwagon when offered the chance for another one.

This one is hosted by Michelle of Fickle Knitter Design & Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden.

It started with a bit of nail-biting, as the mail with my yarn took aaaaaages, but finally arrived yesterday. So after a feast of sushi, I raced home, wound the yarn into a ball and started knitting immediately. Of course, I had to rip once to start over again (this seems to be a bit of a theme with me and the lace shawls, lol), which was in no way the patterns fault, just my usual “oh, so this reading thing is actually required to understand instructions?” approach.

Here’s a pic of the finished clue #2:

Fickle-Zen Mystery clue #2
Fickle-Zen Mystery clue #2