Category Archives: Lace

Swallowtail Shawl


First completed project of 2011 is finished and on its way to the recipient.  Despite adding additional repeats to the center motif, the final measurements still brought in a modest sized shawl; however, I am still pleased with the results.

This was a pleasant knit from beginning to end and I began to miss it immediately after casting off.  Even though I like the look of nupps, I hate knitting them; however, that didn’t seem to pose a problem.  The nupps in this pattern are fairly small (only 5 or 6 loops) and were not nearly as painful as some I’ve done in the past.


I am still on the look out for the perfect cardigan-a Sunday sloucher, tweedy silk/wool mix, warm but not too chunky,not too thin,maybe a few cables?  …


One Thing Well Done….

…..”hope is healing and generosity is healing






these are healing

and dreams are healing visions, sacred songs, dances, inspired drawing

the awe and wonder we feel,

and art is healing need I say it? – endless burgeoning diversity,

the loveliness of one thing well done, with great care, and boldness too……

…..Buddhist Prayer


Pattern: Swallow Tail Shawl by Evelyn Clark

Yarn: Laceweight Raw Silk Tsumugi by Habu Textiles

Needles: Size 5

Modifications:  Rumor has it that the sizing is a bit too small.  Adding an additional 5 rows to the center repeats for a larger  final measurement.

Recipient: Aunt Effie -a knitting prayer of hope comfort and healing


“May whatever is healing, touch whatever needs healing”

Norwegian Purl

Lucia is the most popular project on the needles these days.  I’m 3 quarters through the center panel.  The beads bury themselves deep in the mohair, but perform as light magnets and cast a subtle reflection from the most modest light in the room.

In the course of this project, I’ve discovered another benefit of learning Continental stitching.  If you are holding your yarn in your left hand in Continental style, your right hand (which would normally be used to hold your yarn) is free to pick up  and place beads.  Overall beading is smoother and the rhythm of the knitting is better maintained.  Little things like this make me very happy.

I’m new to  Continental knit stitch, but I now prefer it over the throwing technique that I’ve used all of my knitting life; however, Continental purling still felt awkward.  While searching You Tube, I found a video for the Norwegian Purl.  What is interesting about this stitching style is that the yarn can be held in the back regardless of whether you are doing a knit or purl stitch.   Immediately you may be able to see how this can be wonderful for ribbing, eliminating the  tiresome activity of moving the yarn to the back and front of your work for alternating knit and purl stitches.  Norwegian purling initially looks complicated and  involves a lot of twisting of the wrist.  This personally tires out my hands, but keep in mind that this is solely from a beginner’s stance.  My hands may need a  bit more time to relax and become acclimated to the technique.

If you’ve never tried these alternative knitting methods, there are a variety of ways to learn them and I encourage you to do so.  You may find some very pleasant benefits along the way.

Blue Pleasure

There are two beaded wraps in Silky Little Knits that immediately caught my eye:  Gleam and Lucia.   I bought two colors of Kidsilk just in case I decided to go with Lucia, which has a contrasting border.  The winner?  Lucia.

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk

Needles: Size 4

Casting on: Now!

P.S.(Casting on anything makes me very very happy and that’s how I want to start the new year-happy!)

Aeolian Shoulderette


I was extremely concerned about getting this project done on time, but…it’s done!-with 24 hours to spare.  She will go up for auction Monday night.  Wish her the best.  In the meantime, I hope to get more pictures .  Happy weekend.