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The Reveal

30 Jul

My parents visited this past weekend, and I was finally able to give them their birthday gifts. Allow me to present Quill for my mom, and Caldwell for my dad.

Quill, designed by Jared Flood, was published in the 2011 Brooklyn Tweed Spring Thaw collection.

Caldwell, designed by Stephen West, was published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Volume 1.

Both of these projects were knit with Knit Picks simply organic cotton – Quill in sport weight, and Caldwell in worsted weight. The colors suit my parents’ wardrobes and personalities, and I feel the patterns complement each other well. I hope they have wonderful knitwear date nights when the weather gets chilly.

Both of these projects were challenging for me in their own ways. Quill is a simple pattern, but it’s huge and requires a lot of time, patience, and blocking with wires. Caldwell is seamed and finished with an i-cord bind off all around. This was a new technique for me and took a lot of time.

I was so pleased that my parents loved their gifts. Their reaction made all of the hard work and long nights worth it. I unfortunately forgot to pull the beautiful photo of both of them wearing their gifts off my mom’s camera before they left, but perhaps I can get it on the blog later.

Additionally, my dad added a wonderful treat to my mom’s gift and bought her a silver shawl pin that features oak leaves, one of my mom’s favorite motifs. All in all, I think she had a beautiful 50th birthday, and my dad will have a great 62nd next weekend.

But you know, my parents weren’t the only ones who received gifts this weekend. I got some new toys, too! Most notably, my mom brought me some gorgeous rosewood Knitter’s Pride Cubic DPNs. These square needles are ergonomic, strong, and create more uniform stitches.

The GNP socks are still in progress. I’ve missed the deadline for the competition, but hopefully they can still make it up to Whitefish in time for the auction.

Because I just started a new job (which I love!) and had family visit, my lofty goals of completing my GNP socks and competing in the Ravellenic Games (formerly the Ravelympics) were not realized. I did, however, cast on a sweater with the yarn I had set aside for the competition.

Great things start with small beginnings. That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.

This little sleeve will eventually be the Agnes Pullover from the latest issue of Knitscene. I don’t normally purchase that magazine, but just about every pattern in the fall issue is gorgeous, especially Agnes.

I had hoped to have some more impressive in-progress projects to share right now, but I am so happy I took time to relax and enjoy my family’s visit. My parents and aunt don’t get to come out here often, and the Ravellenic Games aren’t a good reason to ignore my family.


  • Quill is a traditional Shetland hap shawl.
  • The buttons featured on the Caldwell vest are apple wood and purchased from Woods of Narnia on Etsy.

Happy Easter!

8 Apr

Vegan cashew "goat cheese" with chives and poppy-thyme crackers.

Vegan hot cross buns from http://www.vegandad.blogspot.com.

My Easter shawl is 38" long across the shoulders and 19" down the center back.

The main part of the shawl is knit with 100% sugarcane yarn, and the border is organic cotton.

The small shawl rests nicely on my shoulders or can be work as a neckerchief.

Project Details

Easter Shawl

Pattern: Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West

Yarn: Araucania Ruca Multy, 100% sugarcane, colorway: 19 (peach); Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport, 100% organic cotton, colorway: Bittersweet (dark brown)

Needles: US 7 32″ circular


Prep Time

7 Apr

The day before a holiday I’m often in the kitchen most of the day. I like to prepare as much of the special food as I can so that I get to relax a bit on the actual holiday.

Here are some of the things I have preparing right now:

Cashew cheese logs are resting for 12 hours before they can be baked.

Hot cross buns are on their second rise of the day before baking.

My Easter shawl is soaking in some Soak rinseless wash before blocking.