New Pattern! Willowdale Shawl

Willowdale is the neighbourhood I grew up in, in North York. North York was its own town (mayor, city council, school board, etc), until it was incorporated into the City of Toronto in 1998.

What’s that got to do with this pretty shawl? Not much! But it’s a nice name, right?

Willowdale Shawl 1

Willowdale is worked from the top down, beginning with a garter tab and a zigzag-and-garter-ridge lace pattern. The bottom edging is worked in a similar pattern of chevrons.


The yarn is Mountain Colors Louisa, a SUPER SOFT cashmere/silk blend. Since it’s a pretty precious yarn, I wanted to make sure that the shawl uses just one skein – perfect for light layer or even a gift for a special someone. It’s pretty big just with the one skein too, since both cashmere and silk tend to loosen and grow when they hit water. Finished measurements: 66″ across the top edge, 16.5″ deep.


The lace patterns are given in both charted and row-by-row directions.

This 4 page PDF pattern is $6 CAD.

Queue, fave, and buy on Ravelry!

May zoomed by

Now that I feel like I *might* have a bit of breathing room on my current deadline projects, a quick catch-up!

I have a couple of patterns in the new June issue of I Like Knitting. I don’t think they’re on Ravelry yet though:

dad's dress socks

Dad’s Dress Socks are worked in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, one of my all-time favourite sock yarns, in Douglas Fir. They’re worked top down, with an easy staggered ridge pattern and heel flap and gusset.

maritime baby cardigan

Maritime Cardigan is a pretty adorable (if I do say so myself!) baby cardigan in sizes 3 months – 2 years. It’s worked from the top down, with panels of twisted stitch medallions down the back and fronts, short sleeves, and ribbed edgings. This one’s also knit in Lorna’s Laces, in the beautiful Shepherd Sport (colour Poppy).

We finally got out to the garden this weekend and planted out the tomatoes and herbs. Sorry for the overexposed photos, it’s way too hot (and unshaded!) to spend much time out on the deck in the morning!


Lots of tomatoes this year: 9 plants, mostly cherry types.


The peas are doing pretty well, getting established – I wish there were most plants though, I ran out and I suspect that the squirrels may have gotten ahold of some of them.


I bought this “framberry/pineberry/strawberry” pack at the grocery store and have high hopes for them! I’ve never grown berries before. We’ll see how they do in a container. Quite a few of the plants at the nursery had teeny tiny fruit – I tried to pick ones that had flowers, but not fruit yet.


We usually just grow basil in with all the tomatoes, but I wanted some different herbs this year as well. Mint, coriander, dill and basil in a container together. It’s okay with me if the mint takes over eventually!


Lettuce that I planted a month or so ago (in COLD April) is definitely ready for some eating. The spread in the container came out a bit patchy, but I’m not sure whether I should plant more seeds since it’ll be so hot.

In knitting, I’ve had so many deadline projects that I can’t share yet, but these will be available soon!


Milkweed original and XL (uses 200g of fingering weight yarn), and a new shawlette in super pretty Mountain Colors Louisa: a cashmere/silk blend that’s OMG SO SOFT. Coming in June!

Belfour and Boden

I have a couple of new spring patterns available from Harrisville Designs, part of the Lakehouse Collection. Both are knit in Harrisville’s Silk & Wool, a DK-weight yarn with a cool pebble-y texture and great yardage. The patterns are available through both Harrisville and Ravelry.


The Belfour Tee is worked seamlessly from the top down, mostly a circular yoke construction with a few raglan increases at the bottom of the yoke for a better fit. Short rows are used between the increase rounds to lower the front neck comfortably. The body works up really quickly in the round, with some side waist shaping that you could easily adjust for a smaller or larger waist – or just work straight for a casual boxy fit. The short sleeves, hem and collar are all edged with seed stitch.

Fave, queue and buy Belfour on Ravelry.


The Boden Cardigan is worked the opposite way round – from the bottom up, with raglan sleeves worked in the round. The simple acorn lace pattern is worked in panels on the fronts and back, with stockinette sections at the sides to make the waist shaping easy. The three-quarter-length plain sleeves are great for covering your arms just enough without getting in the way! This is a great basic that can be dressed up or down, the kind of cardigan I wear every day.

Fave, queue and buy Boden on Ravelry.

merino silk 3ply handspun closeup

I finished spinning and plying up this merino/silk roving from Woolgatherings, and I love it! I was trying to get a thicker worsted-ish weight 3 ply, and I think I succeeded, though I won’t know for sure until I knit it up. I’m definitely going to be keeping this skein for myself! The colours were so beautiful in the braid, so I chain plied the singles to keep the colours in long runs. 50% merino wool, 50% silk, 275 yds / 4oz.

merino silk chain plied handspun