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


ripple, baby!

Something soft, something small, and something colourful of course!  A new baby in the extended family means baby crafts!  I knew I only had a short while to whip something up and so I went to my stash and found the Deramore’s Stylecraft Special DK that I have been hoarding, picked out some colours that did it for me, and hopefully will for the babe, and whipped this “baby” off in just a few days.  Of course it also happens to be when we’re experiencing our hottest weather of the year (hovering around 30 celsius), but that’s what fans are for, right?  But yeah, I’m that weird lady crocheting a blanket in hot summer weather.

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It’s been nice to take a wee break from the yarn making business and do something fun and totally addicting.  Crocheting always grabs me tight and I can’t stop till it’s done.  I wake up thinking about when I can get back to it!


  • The Pattern is Attic24’s Neat Ripple.  This is my second Ripple and her pattern is written very clearly and it is detailed with photos.
  • Five colours: Aspen, Spring Green, Pomegranate, Cloud Blue and Saffron.
  • It measures 24″ by 32″.
  • Ravelry project link.


I’m waiting for a huge shipment of yarn to be delivered tomorrow so that I can get the dye pots fired up again.  One thing I learned from our market booth is that the blues are hot.  Give the people what they want is my motto!  And I love the blues too, so I’ll be happy quite to be tangled up in blue yarn!

In the meantime, I’m spinning some lovely merino/silk roving into yarn.

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I dyed them last week and have a fan parked next to my wheel, which is next to my big container of ice water to sip on, which is next to an open window, which looks out on my garden, which needs a good watering before I sit back at that wheel this morning.

Hope the summer is treating you well!

wip wednesday

It’s been a long time since I’ve done an update on other projects besides those for our Etsy shop.  I picked up the Linen Stitch Blanket again after ignoring it for over six months.  I’ve added about 6 inches to it, so now it’s a nice 34″ long by 56″ wide.  I’m thinking maybe a 40″ width will be just right.

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My Beatnik sweater is also not finished.  I set this aside last year and haven’t got back to it.  I’ve got the front and back done, one sleeve almost done.  Getting close but I need to motivate myself to finish it.


I did a little dyeing last weekend in the crock pot.  They are both a merino and silk blend.  Yum!  I may spin these up to weave a couple of shawls with.

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And that’s today’s update.   Happy WIP Wednesday!


Wow!  I made it!  This once a week posting worked out pretty good for me, but now what? I have a few ideas.  I could continue this.  I could do a photo-a-day project.  Instagram and iPhones have changed how I take photos and I really need to get back to my canon.  So maybe that’s the challenge…take one photo a day with the big girl camera.


We had a happy week with a house filled with family.  They are starting to disperse and it’s getting quiet around here again, but we loved having everybody here and the chaos that follows.



merry baconmas



I’ll be back to post about projects of the year in a few days.  Until then, stay warm and cozy!

wip wednesday – blanket update and a lucy bag

The blanket is now 28″ and still growing.  No, still not tired of working on it!

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It’s getting kind of warm to work on with the hotter weather, hence I started a Lucy Bag with some Berroco yarn hanging around.  I’d like to make it a drawstring and use it for my bike’s basket to hold my things while I ride around.  I’ve had a few things try to jump out of my basket when I’ve gone over a bumpy area, so this will hold things securely and colourfully.

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carry on!