strawberry tart

Thanks so much for your reception of the Massey Wrap! I’ve been wearing it a lot – light enough for springy weather, but long and warm enough for the occasional blustery day like we’ve been having lately.

I don’t have much in the way of knitting to show you all, so how about some yummy dessert instead?

oh yeah

I made this for denny’s 50th birthday party at lettuce knit yesterday. I’ve had such a craving for a strawberry tart and haven’t found them anywhere – and of course, my homemade one is tastier anyway!

I used this recipe from Confessions of a Tart, slightly modified. I had an 11″ tart pan rather than a 9″ one, so I doubled the pastry recipe and had enough for a pretty thick crust on the big tart, and a couple of mini ones (which are still chilling out in the freezer). The fact that this pastry doesn’t require pie weights is great, since I don’t have any.

I made 1.5 times the pastry cream so I’d be sure to have enough, and I used half a vanilla bean in the milk rather than vanilla extract at the end. Delicious – the pastry cream is my favourite part, really. It’s quite eggy on its own but works so well with the strawberries. I don’t generally like to buy strawberries out of season, but this week I found some organic ones that actually smelled and tasted like proper strawberries and were cheaper than conventional, too!

No glaze; they’re kind of heavy and weird. This was all freshness. I’d definitely make it again – perfect for a crowd and would work great with all kinds of fruit – I think whole blueberries would be really good.

you know you want some of this

Happy Birthday Denny!

Massey Wrap

And now for the fruits of that photoshoot at Wychwood Barns!

Massey Wrap


This lacy wrap in fingering weight yarn scrunches up as a scarf or expands to be a stole. Versatile and easy to wear, Massey is knit on the bias in an easy lace pattern that looks great on both sides! One side features a geometric diamond pattern while the reverse is a wide and lacy rib. The knit-as-you-go I-cord edges are neat and pretty – a perfectly lovely piece for spring layering.

The stitch pattern used in this piece was inspired by “Another Lacy Rib” from Lynne Barr’s mindbending book Reversible Knitting. Technical Editing by Jaya Purswani.

Massey Wrap

One Size: 13 inches / 33cm wide by 80 inches / 203cm long, blocked

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon; 215 yds / 195m per 2 oz / 57 g skein)
4 skeins in Cranberry
or 860 yards / 780 m of fingering weight yarn

US 6 / 4mm needles (circular or straight)
tapestry needle
stitch markers (optional)

5 repeats of lace pattern = 3.5 inches / 9cm square, blocked
Approximately 24 sts = 4 inches / 10cm across in Stockinette Stitch

Gauge is very flexible for this pattern – use a needle size that will get you a fabric that you like.

Massey Wrap

Skills needed: knit, purl, increase, decrease, chart reading. This pattern is suitable for beginner lace knitters.

3-page PDF includes charted lace patterns only – no row-by-row instructions.

Available through Ravelry (no account needed), payment by Paypal.

$5.00 CAD

Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.

Massey Wrap


Wychwood Barns on Christie St. in Toronto – the farmer’s market is here on Saturdays, year round. It’s basically a garage that was used by the transit system, that’s been converted into live/work/urban agriculture/community space. Pretty awesome, and lots of fun backdrops.

artscape wychwood barns

Taking your own photos is kinda hard.


And then there was this guy.

this guy...

“hey beautiful! how bout you take a photo of me? you can always erase it later!”