rice paddy


I know I haven’t exactly been burning up the internet with posts lately. Things have been quiet but good around here. Quietly working on my sweater which I’m totally in love with. Quietly working on a lace pattern to take on our next adventure. Quietly (ok, maybe not so quiet) working out on my treadmill and getting my walking muscles up to snuff.


Here is my Kikusui cardigan sweater as of today. I’m ready to bind off the ribbing at the bottom and pick up the sleeves for a big finish.  Modifications so far have been increasing the collar by one pattern repeat, eliminating the waist decreases, and making a wider bottom rib. It’s fitting like a dream and I can’t wait to get back to it and finish it off!

So I’ll be back in April with a few thousand photos and hopefully a pretty lacy thing all finished as well.

The above rice paddy photo is my laptop wallpaper curtesy of Apple. I hope to replace it with one of my own… :)


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!