New ebook: On My Way

New patterns! This little collection features a hat, handwarmers, a shawl, and a shrug, all in lightweight yarn with an easy to memorize lace pattern. They’re all quick and intuitive to knit – I had a really nice time working up some accessories between bigger sweater projects. Each pattern is $5 on its own, or get the whole collection for just $10! Perfect for the transition to fall and (shhh) gift knitting.

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View On My Way on Ravelry!

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LINGER is a top-down, triangular shawl with asymmetrical patterning. One half of the shawl is all lace, the other half is stockinette with a narrow lace insert! Worked in 1 special skein of Wollmeise sock yarn.
Queue and fave Linger Shawl on Ravelry!

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ANTICIPATE is a hat and handwarmer set, worked in 1 skein of Socks that Rock! The slouchy hat features alternating stockinette and lace sections. The little fingerless mitts use very little yarn and feature gusseted thumbs and offset lace.
Queue and face Anticipate Hat and Handwarmers on Ravelry!

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AWAIT is a simple side-to-side shrug in stretchy ribbing and lace. This easy knit is perfect for throwing over your tees, tanks, and dresses to take them into the first days of fall! Okay, it doesn’t use just one skein of yarn, but it’s close – I used 2 skeins of luscious madelinetosh pashmina for mine.
Queue and fave Await on Ravelry!

And if you made it this far down the post, I have a giveaway for you, dear readers. I’m giving away a copy of the On My Way ebook – just comment on this post and tell me which pattern you’d like to knit! Please make sure your email address is correct, and I’ll pick a random winner later this week.

Giveaway closes at 11:59 EDT, Friday, August 22.

Friday Eye Candy

black cherry tomatoes

food!

new shawl design

soon...

I’m always in the wrong season! It feels like fall here the last couple days, but here I am getting ready to release a small collection of lacy accessories. These would be great for light fall layers and even (gasp) holiday gifts though! I’m also pretty excited about my current knitting, which is a new design for a cable-and-lace shawl in RED that does scream autumn.

A Quilt for Yvonne

Well, for Yvonne’s baby, anyway!

I started this quilt at the beginning of July. I’d seen this image on Pinterest in May or so, and had been waiting for the pattern to come out on the Robert Kaufman website – but it never did! I downloaded this image from their website in May, and it’s all disappeared now. Mysterious!

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So since I didn’t have a pattern to work from, I just made a go of it from the photo. I ordered a couple of charm packs (5″ squares) and a neutrals pack of Kona cotton from Mad About Patchwork and got to it, trying to substitute colours just based on how the photo looked.

crystal systems quilt in progress

crystal systems quilt in progress

I did post some photos along the way on my Instagram but I did want it to be a surprise, which is why I didn’t blog about it. My half square triangles are…not very precise. But I’m really proud anyway. I used the machine to piece this one! I worked in strips…

crystal systems quilt in progress

…then got the patterned part of the top together.

crystal systems quilt in progress

Then I decided it was a little too small – I was working with 5″ charm squares, but the original must have been done with bigger squares to end up at 48″. Mine was at about 30″ square here.

I picked up some solid grey for a border, and a cool grey stripe for the backing, at the workroom. I think they grey border really makes the colours pop!

Basting:

crystal systems quilt in progress

crystal systems quilt!

I got started on the hand quilting before we left for Vancouver, but got maybe halfway through before we went on vacation. Luckily I had enough time to finish in time for the baby shower once we got back! Of course I had to go out to the workroom again for the binding – Lizzy House’s pearl bracelets! I think it’s perfect.

crystal systems quilt!

I finished a few days before the shower (whew) so I washed the quilt and dried it out in the sun, and had time to make a simple embroidered label too.

Beauty shots! Finished size was about 38″ square.

crystal systems quilt!

crystal systems quilt!

crystal systems quilt!

quilt back

crystal systems quilt!

Of course the best part was watching her open it.

adorable yvonne

adorable yvonne

Best wishes Yvonne, Jeremy and Baby! We love you and of course we’ll babysit.

Five Days of Vancouver

My pattern sale ends tonight! Stock up for sweater and gift season, new patterns are coming soon!

Lots of photos ahead! A quick recap of our trip to Vancouver.

Day 0 (travel day): arrived exhausted in the evening and had Ramen Jinya near the hotel – yum!

Day 1: Quick breakfast at the coffee shop by the hotel, beautiful boat ride with Dale’s aunt and uncle around the harbour and False Creek, homemade pizza dinner at their house with their gorgeous dogs, fireworks over English Bay with a bazillion other people.

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

 

Day 2: Waffles at Le Petit Belge, walk across the Cambie bridge, bus out to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Cab to Granville Island where we had some lunch at Tony’s Fish and Oyster and wandered around. Dinner was sushi with a friend who’s moved out to Vancouver, it was lovely to catch up.

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

 

Vancouver 2014

 

Day 3: breakfast at Finch’s Tea and Coffee (super delicious), bus to Stanley Park for a trip to the Aquarium, then a walk around a bit of the park. We had some takeout from the H-Mart in our hotel room for lunch, and went out to Cactus Club in Yaletown for dinner.

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

 

Day 4: Breakfast at Gutenberg’s cafe by the library, a loooong bus/travel saga (there was an accident on the bridge, so we had to bus back down and take the SeaBus instead) to Grouse Mountain. We had some lunch at the cafe and admired the view. Dinner of delicious takeout sushi from Tsuki sushi bar.

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Mount Baker

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Day 5: Yummy breakfast at Nosherie then the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was awesome! There was a Douglas Coupland exhibit and Lost in the Memory Palace, which I had actually seen part of before, in Edinburgh. Lunch was at Meat&Bread (a grilled cheese and a porchetta sandwich), then we walked through Gastown and got Japadog for dinner.

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Very last outing of the trip was a walk to fancy bakery Thierry for macarons, a croissant, and tea. Then over to English Bay for another fireworks display! It was a lovely end to a great trip.

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Twist Collective Fall 2014: Roxton

The fall issue of Twist Collective is out and I have a new pullover pattern in it!

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Roxton is a simply shaped raglan pullover worked seamlessly from the bottom up. The fun stitch pattern uses a combination of dropped stitches and twisted stitches. I knit this sweater in about 3 weeks in April!

Here’s my original sketch…

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…and swatch. Unfortunately I don’t think I took any photos of the sweater before I sent it off, whoops.

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The neck ribbing is shaped with short rows, so it’s deeper in the back.

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There are a few stockinette stitches on each side, to make it easy to keep track of your lace repeats. If you want to add waist shaping, it’s the perfect place to work some decreases and increases.

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Fave and queue on Ravelry!
Buy the pattern on Twist Collective!

P.S. My birthday sale is still on until August 8, will you take a look?

It’s My Birthday Sale!

I’m back from my vacation to Vancouver – it was awesome. Gorgeous views, yummy food.

Now it’s my birthday, and that means it’s time for a birthday pattern sale! It’s a big one this year – I’m turning 30.

So 30% off all individual, self-published patterns in my Ravelry shop.

I know August is still sultry and slow for most of us, but it’s the perfect time to pick up a new project for the fall ;)

Extra long sale for a big birthday: sale ends Friday, August 8, 11:59 EDT. New purchases only.

Here’s a few photos from Vancouver!

on a boat!

sunset

yummy breakfast

whew!

grouse mountain

on Grouse mountain

Mount Baker

Vancouver Art Gallery

Fluevog in Gastown

granville island public market

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