Sunday, December 24, 2006


For those who have left comments in the past: I am so sorry that you did not get posted. I JUST learned how to let comments to post and to get notified. I'll be a better blogger in 2007.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


I finished something.

I knit up a garter stitch scarf out of Rio de la Plata hand spun, kettle dyed yarn. One skein pink carnation (A21) and one skein begonia pink (A50). Remember the movie Steel Magnolias? ... pink and blush.. anyways, this scarf will be donated to the American Cancer Society. They will be able to use it for fundraising. It is supersoft and currently, taking a well-deserved soak in Eucalan. Part of the scarf was knit while I participated in the Making Strides Walk sponsored by American Cancer Society.

This Flower Basket Shawl went to a young lady on her Bat Mizvah in August. It is knit with Schaefer "Anne", one skein.

I just finished my second Flower Basket Shawl. It (seen above) doesn't have an owner, yet. I used one skein of Cherry Tree Hill Silken Mohair. It is a shop model at Purl Diva. A single skein produced a blocked shawl measuring 66" across and 32" deep. I used size 10 needles.

The shawl formerly know as Mystery Shawl 3 is blocked and waiting to be photographed. It will be a gift.

I knit a second Baby Surprise Jacket with Lorna's Laces sport in Happy Valley. It was given to my friend, Kim, who just had a little girl. I cast on another one, which will be for my sister's baby who is due to arrive in mid- to late-January.

I promise more pics on the next post. In the mean time:

Late September on a beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Wow...time flies

It has been two months since I posted. In my life October tends to be a very busy month. I hope November is quieter.

In the knitting front...I finished the "Mystery Shawl 3" two weeks ago. It is finally blocked. Photos...later. I did start a few other projects. I have a Flower Basket Shawl and Fir Cone Shawl started.

I'll update with photos later this month.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Here we go again!

I've cast on the Trellis Scarf. I have knit two border lace patterns. I'm continuing with one then will graft the second border onto the finished length rather than knitting the reverse pattern. I wanted to maintain symmetry.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


The EZ baby surprize jacket is finished! The photo on the left is taken, I think Tuesday afternoon. The completed photos will come later due to poor lighting. The rain is nicely and softly coming down, causing much greyness. It was supposed to be a knit-a-long, but I got carried away and started it last Sunday. It took just a few days to knit this. The Spun-Out pattern was easy to understand; however, the written pattern left some calculating and planning on my part. Ellen calls this reconnaissance knitting. I've made some notes, so that anyone else kniting this with the knit-a-long can have detailed knitting instructions. The general idea is the same, but I've made very slight modifications to fit my needs. I hope others might find this helpful. I WILL be knitting this again, soon. I'll probably start the next one with the knit-a-long.

I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Tuscany. It required just over one skein. The total weight of the jacket came out to 2.85 oz (each skein of Lorna's Shepherd Sport is about 2.5 oz). I may knit my next one using Harrisville Shetland. I happen to have 2 skeins available, in natural and dark grey. It'll look nice striped.

I am heading back to knitting the Wing of the Moth shawl. I hope to have that finished this month, along with the myster shawl 3 (square shawl). I have a recipient lined up for this shawl.

Guess what I got in the mail?? My friend, the Spinner, sent me 2 4plus oz skeins of handspun Finn. It is gorgeous!! I'll be swatching soon. Did you hear that? Swatching! Yes, I will do this the traditional way: swatch, then get a pattern together for the mittens that these are destined to be. The spinner will be receiving the Trellis Scarf, as soon as I've cast on and knit it. (Did you hear that strange sound? was me laughing!)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

another shawl?

Since I finished the FBS, I couldn't help but think about the Wing-of-the-Moth Shawl, so I asked my DH to buy the pattern for me (he has a paypal account). So he did the dutiful thing and got it for me. Lucky for me, while I was at the Commu-knitty night last evening, Ellen showed me lovely mohair lace from her personal stash. It was perfect! Lorna's Laces Heaven in a discontinued colorway that was just the thing for the wing-of-the-moth shawl. I wound it into a ball and cast on the shawl right there and then. I'll have photos later of the progress. There's even a race going on! Check this out.

By the way, check out the pretty picture of my FBS modeled by lovely Purl Diva.

I'm still plugging away on mystery shawl 3. I'm on the final chart/clue. I hope to be done by the end of this month. It'll be sock season soon, so I need to finish some socks I've started last month. So much to knit, so little time.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Flower Basket Shawl finished

FBS finished004
Originally uploaded by Mary in Maine.

Here is the blocked shawl. It came out to 78" across the top and 36" down the center. The superwash wool blocks well. The mohair gives it a halo.
Schaefer Anne, one skein, 120gm.
US size 8 (5.0mm) Addi Turbo needles
Total of 12 repeats of chart 2 (275stitches last pattern row)
Will definitely knit it again.

A shawl is born...

It is Evelyn A. Clark's Flower Basket Shawl. I started this August 10th. As it is to be a Bat Mitzvah gift next week, I was on a tight time schedule. I was cutting it close on the yarn. I used Schaefer Anne in purplish colorway. The ball weighed in at around 120 gm when I started. I weighed the remaining ball of yarn after each repeat of chart 2. I was bold enough to get total of 12 repeats of chart 2. I did get nervous when I realized a very small ball of yarn left as I cast off. I have 2 or 3 yds left of the yarn (Whew!).
The pic was taken after about 1/3 of the cast off was done. Right off the needles, the measurements were 55"x25". It is happily blocking now. Picture will come later as the rain began last night causing this morning to be less than desirable for picture taking.

I still have quite a few shawls on needles.
1. The Shetland Tea Shawl is on the last pattern chart before the edging.
2. The Frost Flowers and Leaves Shawl: it's been so long I don't know where I left off.
3. Mystery Shawl 3 has been progressing as I've designated a deadline for next month. I am half way through the second to last chart.
4. Moebius lace scarf. Maybe I should just rip this out...except it is Kid Silk Haze, so....

Then there are the non-shawl items. I'll discuss them later.

Friday, August 18, 2006


I'm just dipping my toe into blog-land. Let's see how long this lasts.