Tiny Garden, June 12

It’s not so tiny any more! Things grow so fast at this stage.




The peas look great! I hope they don’t ALL mature while we’re away on vacation, but on the plus side at least my cousin will have something to harvest when she comes over to water?




Beans (green and purple), zucchini, eggplant.


Maybe we’ll finally get some edible sized cucumbers this year?



The flowers got a bit knocked around in the storms this week – mostly the carnations since they’re pretty exposed, and on long stems. The flower boxes of marigolds and petunias still look great, they have filled in so much!


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Have a great weekend!

Spring/Summer Accessory Patterns

As a follow up to my post on Spring/Summer sweater patterns, here are some of my older lightweight accessory patterns to knit this season! Links go to Ravelry where you can purchase them (or click the “patterns” menu at the top of my site).

I’m actually kind of enjoying looking back through my older designs – seems like just yesterday some of these were released when it’s been years!

Bestellen Shawl
Bestellen Shawl – think cables are only for heavy sweaters? Not at all! Bestellen features a lace-and-cable pattern that’s ever so pretty. Shown in laceweight yarn here (madelinetosh prairie) and fingering weight on the pattern page. Lace and cable pattern is charted only, no row by row directions.

Massey Wrap
Massey Wrap – a light and lacy stole worked on the bias in a ribbing-based lace pattern. Originally this pattern was charted only, but I recently wrote up a supplement with row by row directions that you will also receive when you purchase the pattern (as a separate file). So if you liked this one but don’t like charts, there you go!

Linger Shawl – part of my On My Way mini ebook. Linger is a top-down elongated triangle with asymmetric lace patterning and a knit-on border. Uses just one skein of Wollmeise sock yarn!

Anticipate Hat and Handwarmers – not into shawls? This hat and fingerless mitt set are easy and light enough for summer evenings.

Terauley – top down triangular shawl in a knit purl pattern for those who aren’t so into lace, with a geometric border. Uses just 100g of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock.

Cerasus shawl
Cerasus Shawl – I haven’t released a lot of patterns for laceweight, but this one gets toted around a lot in the summer for when I just need something over my shoulders. The gorgeous gold yarn is from Fyberspates, just 1 skein.

Leonarda – garter ridges and an interesting drop stitch border. I wrote lots of options for this one – there are directions for a small shawlette, full size triangle shawl, or rectangular stole! Something for everyone.

Cuppa Tea Cowl
Cuppa Tea Cowl – perfect for leftover bits of fingering or sport weight yarn. Shown in The Fibre Company Road to China Light, which is so drapey and light yet warm.

Ilkley Shawl
Ilkley Shawl – a bottom-up triangle for once! Large and small sizes, perfect for two or more colours, in garter stitch and a slip-stitch pattern.

milkweed shawl
Milkweed Shawl – an oldie but a goodie! This pattern came out in 2009 and has over 1000 projects on Ravelry, which is so amazing! Top down and reversible, using 100g of sock yarn. This sample was knit in Koigu KPPPM, and the colours really show nicely. Charted only.


Have a great weekend!

Recent Finds

I met up with Denny at the Textile Museum’s “More than just a yardage sale” on Friday and found some great stuff! See previous years’ haul posts here and here!

Usually the sale is held partly in the building and partly in tents in the adjacent parking lot – but the lot was filled with huge production vehicles, probably for the Suicide Squad movie filming here. They moved the whole sale inside and it was INSANE. If you’ve ever been before, you know that it’s already a crowded affair. It was even worse inside! But people are (mostly) polite and want to work together to keep the cash line moving and such.


Fewer purchases than previous years, but I have more fabric than time to sew, so…


Wool-ish plaid flannel, a little over 2m.


Crinkly cotton, nearly 4m – more than enough for a dress! Maybe lined with voile since it’s a little sheer? (Look at me, talking about making dresses like I’ve ever sewn a successful one.)


Jersey, 2m! I’m always on the lookout for decent jersey. This one has a bit of a slub to it, feels like it might be wool.


Fun plaid – I didn’t notice this pulled section until I took it out to photograph, but I can work around it. The fabric is nice and light, maybe for a tank top?


Oooh pretty silk.


A couple of lining fabrics, because I always forget to buy them and then obviously I don’t have it when I want it! It’s pretty difficult to discern the type of fabric, but I tried to pick ones that had a good drape and smoothness and weren’t too crunchy.


Other bits – a little bit of Aida, an assortment of buttons (there was one real mother of pearl button in there along with the plastic ones!), a roll of ribbon and a tin. It does have the ‘decorative cams’ inside (for a sewing machine) but I really just bought it for the tin!


Then on Saturday I went to check out a yard sale up the street, and got this Sigma lens for $30! It doesn’t autofocus with my camera body, but that’s okay. I should probably practice my manual focusing, for fun at least.


Preliminary testing indicates nice photos! Happy marigolds.

So, a consumption-y post for sure, but at least everything is from a previous home. I’m usually pretty bad at finding cool things at the thrift shop, yard sales, on the street (and have friends who are awesome at it), so it was really pretty satisfying to come up with some gems this time.