Handspun hello – big finishes

Fresh out of the blocking pins is my Lacymmetry shawl reveal.  It’s come through an antique flax wheel, madder dye bath, and knitting with 4 posts here on the Knit Knack, phew! Wireless headphones on during Ty’s ‘quiet time,’ and I was smiling along to Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn’s music.  More solid FO pictures […]

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Newly minted knits

This post is going to read like an Ode to the Colour Purple no matter how much or little I go into the details.  It is my happy place. A few months ago, I shared about this nice act of aeroplane knitting.  This is the late-breaking progress picture! My gauge with  2.25 mm Dyakcraft needles […]

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An ounce of (Moosie) win, and shawl surgery

It’s been weeks, and I still can’t believe this statement is true:  I have a Moosie!  The whorl is 1.75″ of handcrafted moose antler on a tulipwood shaft.  All together with a balancing pin she weighs 28g or one ounce. Jonathan & Sheila Bosworth offered a group of 10 with 5 different special shaft woods. […]

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An Irieknit Design

My commissioned lace stole is overdue for her reveal!  What began as a serious inquiry last Boxing Day on broad specs grew into an original stole design with beautiful Helen’s Lace yarn and light beading. Although knitting for hire was a bundle of new challenges, I knew early on that my label as it were […]

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A Swallowtail Happy

The word Swallowtail means something to most knitters.  It’s an Evelyn Clark small triangle shawl design that has gone viral.  There are 9,543 projects on Ravelry, and now I understand why!  This cone of red Habu Tsumugi silk yarn never even hit the stash! The heap of magenta is a project that only Melvin is […]

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Winter is Coming – shawl edition

Apologies in advance for the sheer pinkness of this post. One of my first impulses after the last day of work was to get back to knitting this lace shawl.  Quietly started back in January, it was at the knitted-on-border stage when I picked it back up last month: The big fear was that I […]

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Shawls are for tomboys too

Spending 6 days home in Jamaica for my Toronto cousin’s wedding was every-minute-amazing.  A&W had a sea-side wedding in Discovery Bay.  We sandwiched this ‘country trip’ by staying with my parents in Kingston. In my carry-on was the just, just finished lace shawl – Oslo Walk by Susanna IC (publisher pics here).  Lace novice that […]

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Hot off the needles

A mother-in-law gift I can be proud of.  Je vous présenté Le Cravat! The lacy Baktus edges were too raw, and even with the extra 200′ of yarn it still felt small for her neck.  The sides have a garter lace edging charted in EZ’s Knitting Around, page 114.  Meg Swansen adapted it from a […]

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Out of the Delldrums?

5 weeks ago we ordered a new laptop from Dell.  The original delivery date came & went but now they promise the gem is “in the truck” en route to our house.  This is no special-order machine by the way.  Ask me about their customer service if you dare! Baby Sierra was born yesterday afternoon.  […]

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Mohair & other Pitfalls

Where did the week go?  Just one big blur of frenzied knitting.  I’m not quite wedding ready but am getting there.  The Wisp wrap was painstakingly slow.  Working with 2 yarns is usually not a big deal but mohair?  Keeping it all straight meant stopping each row change.  And the dark colours did not help […]

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