TFA Year in Colour: Uxbridge Shawl

Awhile ago Tanis emailed me, asking if I’d be interested in contributing a pattern for her new yarn club, the Year in Colour. Every other month you get a skein of fingering weight yarn in either merino or merino/cashmere/nylon, and a one-skein pattern to go with!

My month was September, and here’s my Uxbridge Shawl.

uxbridge shawl

This shawl features a stretchy lace mesh and ruffled edging in Tanis purple label – it’s so soft, and I love the colour! The pattern will be exclusive to the club until 2012, but you can still sign up for the Year in Colour and receive all the past yarns and patterns together!

Cuppa Tea Cowl

I’m rather obsessed with knitting cowls right now – so here’s another pattern for you! I’m loving this light yet warm cowl with my summery tops, since it hasn’t actually been cool enough for full on sweaters yet.

Cuppa Tea Cowl


This soft, drapey cowl is worked in the perfect blend of baby alpaca, silk, camel and cashmere – what could be better? Knit in the round with four different easy and pretty stitch patterns as well as four different colours, which keeps the knitting interesting and fun. This cowl is great for using up the smaller amounts of pretty yarns lurking in your stash!

Technical Editing by Alexandra Virgiel

One size; 25” / 64cm in circumference, 12.5” / 32cm deep

Sport weight yarn, approximately 385 yds / 352m total.
Shown in The Fibre Company Road to China Light (65% baby alpaca, 10% cashmere, 10% camel, 15% silk; 159 yds / 145m per 1.75 oz / 50g skein)

1 skein each of (from bottom to top) Smoky Quartz (A), Riverstone (B), Hematite (C), and Aquamarine (D), approximately 30g / 96 yds / 88m of each colour.

US 5 / 3.75mm circular needles, 24” / 60cm long
stitch markers in two colours or styles
tapestry needle

22 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ / 10cm in Seed Stitch

Cuppa Tea Cowl

The Ravelry page is here, and there’s more photos there too!

3-page PDF includes photos and abbreviations. Available through Ravelry, payment through Paypal (no accounts required).

$5.00 CAD

Cuppa Tea Cowl

Cuppa Tea Cowl

rhinebeck sweater(s), 2011

This year will be my sixth one going to Rhinebeck, and I’m so excited! The fall light, the country air, the yarn, the cider donuts. Of course, it wouldn’t be Rhinebeck without a pile of knits to show off, so I’m working hard to get this one done in time.

pile o' sweater

It’s fingering weight, but I’m up to the yoke and pretty optimistic about it!

And then there’s this swatch, which I just knit today. I bought the yarn at my very first Rhinebeck, and it would be awfully nice to wear a sweater out of it this year (provided it’s cool enough).


I guess I have a lot of work to do, though.