If you’re a good little crafter, you’re already busy making your holiday gifts. Or you could be more like me and have the best intentions, but then somehow it’s the last minute and you’ve knocked out an emergency pair of Felted Scuffles and are frantically drying them with a hair dryer.
Somehow it seems that every year, one thing is true: in all the confusion, I never wind up knitting for myself.
The printed book is now also an e-book, as well as individual patterns. So this year, I’m going to myself something beautiful. I’m telling myself there’s still time this season, although realistically, I know myself and it will probably be next year before this sees the light of day. And I have nowhere to wear something this glamorous – but I have faith that if I make it, then the opportunity will present itself. Or perhaps I’ll be more likely to make my own opportunity.
If you’d like a lovely length of lace to call your own, don’t wait until everything else is done. It never will be. Do it now, just for you.
Today’s offering is a bulky weight lacy poncho knit on size 10 needles. It’s worked flat in two pieces, then seamed at the shoulders. Pick up around the neck to finish it off.
This poncho calls for three balls of color 118, Silver Blush. It’s got a hint of pale peachy pink to set off the silver/gray of the darker bands. It reminds me of stones that surprise you with bands of color.
We hope you have a great day, and find a little inspiration in the world around you. Happy crafting!
We love this! So bright and summery. Two balls of Uptown DK (273yds/100g) in 139 Bright Salmon makes this long crescent-shaped scarf. As fun as this is in one color, can you imagine it in two? It’s knit from the bottom up, so how about switching to a second shade after working the leaf lace?
We hope you have a great weekend, and make every pattern you touch your own.
Having a hard time with these hectic days? Facebook feed full of politics? Us too. But you know what? It’s going to be okay. Here’s what we’re going to do.
Take a deep breath, from all the way down in your belly…. then let it out. Feel the tension drain away. Repeat as necessary. If you need a little technical help, close your door and take two minutes at calm.com to relax.
Here’s what else we’re going to do. We’re going to push aside the needs of others, just for a while, and we’re going to hit the LYS. We’re going to chat with the staff, walk the aisles and touch the yarn, and walk out with enough yarn to make something beautiful.
And that’s where this top comes in.
Just Breathe is made in 100% linen Fibra Natura Flax (137yds/50g) in color 105 Natural. Flax softens with each wash, making this a top that will get more and more comfortable with time. The six-row horseshoe lace pattern will require some mindful attention, but not so much that you frown in frustration. Just enough to keep you focused on the moment.
Make a little time away from the worries of the world to knit. Your rewards will be a feeling of refreshment, and a beautiful, versatile lace pullover that will be a favorite for a long time to come.
We’ve had a recent rush of rain here, and everything is green and growing and glorious. I was reminded of this again when looking at these photos from Jonas Farms, home to many a happy horse here in North Carolina.
Their hay fields ready to be cut…
And after more than a thousand bales have been put up.
Breathe deep, and imagine the glorious smell of cut grass, times infinity. You can’t help but think of green and growing things.