no beatniks here

The cabled sweater that I started ages ago, let languish in my closet for another age, has been frogged and reborn as the Kikusui Cardigan. I did a quick sewing together and the Beatnik fit. I finished the front and back and was on the sleeves, but I just wasn’t inspired by it anymore. I loved making the cables, but wearing cables gives that chunky look that I wasn’t feeling for myself. So zip zip zip!

I looked very long and very hard to find the right pattern to go with this gorgeous MadTosh DK Merino. It’s a heavy merino and for me swatches up more like a worsted, which is just fine… more patterns to choose from!

Kikusui! I’m having a lot of fun making this! The pattern is well written and clear… I am, however, making a few modifications to the pattern as I go:

I added a pattern repeat to the collar so it will be more of a shawl collar when folded over, or it can be buttoned high on my neck when I need warmth.


I plan to make it more of a cropped length, possibly making the bottom ribbing much higher.

I’m not sure if I’m going to decrease at the waist for a fitted look or not. I may not need that if I’m going to shorten the sweater.

IMG_8794That’s the joy of making a top-down, seamless sweater. I can try it on at all stages and make changes as I go. As it is, I was this far already when I decided I wanted to collar a bit taller, so zip zipped it back and added the extra pattern repeat.

I can’t wait to get this one done and I have a feeling it will be a much-worn cardigan.


Ravelry details here.

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So I’ve been watching Netflix when I do my treadmill and Gilmore Girls is currently my obsession. So yesterday’s episode had me come to a screeching halt… this sweater!

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I love this… I don’t know if anyone has written a pattern for it, but I think I have to have it. Who doesn’t love a good granny/striped sweater combo!!



call it done

It’s been a 2-year project, one that was started with no clear idea of what I was making… scarf, shawl, blanket? I’m going to call it shanket… cross between a shawl and blanket. I suppose I could have gone with the old serape idea…


For now, it’s a nice colourful addition to my bed. And I’m calling it done.

Scrappy Linen Stitch Blanket using, not surprisingly, the linen stitch.

Size 4mm (6US) needles.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, leftover from years of socks.

Measures 30″ by 74″

Ravelry Link



04/52 : 2015

Getting back into the swing of things here! I’m having trouble remembering to use the camera, despite lugging it around.

Tulips and daffodils are in the stores now and I love to get a few bunches for the house to brighten things up and remind me that Spring is coming.


We’ve had a request for more springtime baby hats, so we’ve come up with some cute ones this week that I’m really excited about.


The cat and I are getting back to our usual routine of snuggles and love after a few days of passive/aggressiveness. I’m forgiven until he has to go to the vet this week for his checkup and shots and he sees we’re starting to get ready for our next trip. Oh dear….


I did manage to do some organizing… the pantry, refrigerator, and yarn. You know, the essentials of life! And while the East is having a heck of a storm, we’re having warm sunny weather. Go figure! I was out doing some yard cleanup this afternoon and found one little crocus blooming.  Happy Monday to you!