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Artist in Residence at Shall We Knit

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I have some wonderful news to share.

I have been invited to be the “Artist in Residence” at Shall We Knit, a lovely yarn store in Waterloo, Ontario.  Karen has generously invited me to display many of my shawls in the gallery and to participate in this program.  You can find Karen’s website with store details here.  Scroll down to see the information, along with a picture of my lovely daughter (and model) wearing my “Forest Pansy”.  I will be at the store on 3 Saturdays during the month (unfortunately not the last Saturday, since we have to be at the Rhododenron society plant sale in Vineland – guess whose hobby takes priority??)

As a part of this program, I will be designing a brand new shawl, using yarn from Indigodragonfly.

I will be posting details of this new design in my blog as they become available.  I have the first sample knitted, and the deisgn charted and written.  Very soon it will go to the test knitters.

Here are some pictures of the shawl display in the gallery.  Please drop in if you are in the area.  Karen’s shop is wonderful.

Spring Maple

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

After a long winter, we look forward to spring when the first bulbs are blooming, the flowering shrubs are in full bloom, and the Japanese maples start to bud.  The spring colours of the maples are as varied and vibrant as the autumn foliage.  From the verdant green of the viridis to the cream of the ukegumo and spring ghost and the brilliant yellow/green of the aureum, there is a wide range to chose from.  It is difficult to pick a favourite, but the shimmering coral of the Geisha, the translucent peach of the bonfire, and the rich spring red of the purple ghost are just a few of my favourites.

The various stitch motifs in the shawl represent the maple key, leaf, and tree.

The shawl is triangular/crescent shaped and knit in one piece from the neck down.  It begins at the centre back neck.  The stitch count increases on every right side row.

This is considered to be an intermediate level design.  Both charts and written instructions are provided and there are several stitch motifs.  The stitch count is not constant.  However, an advanced beginner may also enjoy this shawl.

Whispering Pines

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The evergreens in our garden provide an anchor for the flowering trees and plants.  The white pine are a particular favourite of mine, whether it be the large stand of ancient white pine at the edge of the gardens, to the smaller weeping white pine by the front path, they all form an important part of the landscape.  Year round, I love to hear the sound of the breeze rustling in the pine needles, as I walk through the garden paths.  The lacey pattern in this shawl reminds me of the soft white pine needles.

The shawl is worked in one piece from the neck down, starting with a cast on.  The stitches are increased, allowing for the pattern to spread out and sit nicely on the shoulders.  The cables and lace pattern of the body gradually transitions into a lace edging.  A crochet bind off provides a suitable finish to the lovely  lacey edge.

This shawl is special to me.  It has been a work in progress for almost a year.  I wanted to make something very special with this gorgeous mink/cashmere/silk yarn hand dyed by my friend Tabi of Sericin Silkworks.  You can see all her fibre and yarns in her Etsy store here.

Siberian Iris

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Iris is one of my very favourite flowers in the garden.  From the early dwarf bearded iris, to the Siberian iris, iris ensata or Japanese iris, and the taller bearded iris, it is difficult to pick a favourite.  Their bright colours are a delight to see on a walk through the garden in spring.  I particularly enjoy the 2 coloured varieties, which were the inspiration for this design.

The shawl is worked in one piece, starting at the neck with a long garter tab.  The shawl is crescent in shape with a stockinette stitch body in a slightly variegated handspun yarn.  The lacey edging is done in a co-ordinating semi-solid handspun.  The crochet bindoff was done in the main colour for a contrasting edge.  Approximately 300-350m of each yarn was used.  The handspun was a heavy lacweight merino.  Fingering weight yarn may also be used, but additional yardage may be required (up to 400m of each colour).

Once again, I loved having complete control over blending these fibres and colours together to create a unique handspun yarn.

Forest Pansy

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The first flowering trees of spring are a welcome sight after a long winter.  The Cercis Canadensis, or Eastern Redbud is one of my favourites.  We have several different varieties in our garden, and I love them when they begin to bloom in spring. The flowers are tiny and close to the branches, and come out before any leaves.  The trees usually bloom in May. The branches are quite artistic, and the leaves are heart shaped and have lovely fall colour.  One variety, that I have always loved, but we have not yet adopted is Forest Pansy. The leaves are dark red-purple.

The shawl is worked in one piece, starting with an easy garter tab.  Stitches are picked up and the shawl is worked from the neck down.  Two complementary yarns are used.  One, the main colour or MC and the edging in a contrasting colour or CC.

The blue version is done in 2 colours of merino handspun.  I blended the second colour (the lighter one) especially to contrast with the main colour, using several different shades of merino fibre plus some white corn fibre.  I love having control over the final blended fibre.  The handspun turned out well, but I prefer some silk in my blends.  The second, larher sample was knit in cashmere fingering weight yarn for the main colour, and alpaca/merino fingering yarn for the lighter border.

Contrasting seed beads were used in both versions.

Primula Denticulata

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

This primula is my very favourite flower in spring, with its varying colours of purple and blue/purple, and some in pure white.  I love to visit them on a stroll through the garden in spring, as the tree leaves are budding, and the garden awakening.

The shawl is worked in one piece, starting at the back neck with a short cast on.  It consists of 3 triangles.  The body is worked in the main colour, MC and the border in a contrasting colour, CC. The main colour can be worked in repeats until almost all of the yarn is used up.  The transition rows are worked with both colours and then the lacey border is worked in the contrasting colour, with optional beads.  The size can be easily adjusted by working additional (or fewer) repeats of either or both colours.

I used 2 complementary colours of my own merino silk handspun yarn for this one, with the additional of size 6 AB seed beads in the lacey border.

Spring Garden Walk

Monday, April 8th, 2013


This e-book is available for sale in my ravlery store here

There are 5 new designs:

Primula Denticulata

Whispering Pine

Forest Pansy

Siberian Iris

Spring Maple

New E-book Spring Garden Walk

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest e-book, Spring Garden Walk. It has 5 new designs, all inspired by our garden in Spring.

Will spring ever come?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I have been busy the last year or so with spinning, knitting, and designing (and obviously NOT keeping up with my blog).

Hopefully, I can turn that around this year, and keep this up to date.

Coming soon:

  • a new series of designs, based on a walk in the garden in spring
  • a special event in a LYS – details to follow
  • tutorials on blocking, provisional cast on, beading, etc.
  • garden pictures of my inspirations
  • spinning projects

In the meantime, you can see my designs here.

If you are a member on ravelry, please check out my designs and projects.  My user name is LindaCC.  To view my design page, you do not need to be a ravelry member, but membership is free, so…….

Photoshoot for my new deisgns is tomorrow, so there will be pics soon.

In the meantime, this is “Dawn Orchid” which I spun, designed, and knit for my daughter for her wedding.

First Flowers of Spring

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Finally, after a long winter, spring is finally here.  The first flowering plants are the hamamelis which bloom in March and are almost finished.  We have a red and yellow one by the kitchen window.  They are the first signs of spring.

Often, when the snow melts, we will find heather flowering away under the snow.  Here are a couple of pics.

Heather by the steps

Heather a closer look

The first bulbs of spring are these early blue iris.  I think they are some form of Dutch iris.

early iris bulbs

And then there are the hellebores. Here is one sample.

Hellebores

Pulsatilla and primula are my favourites.

Pulsatilla vulagris


Primula denticulata

And there is someone else who is happy that spring is here. You might recognise him since he is my ravatar on ravelry.

My baby boy


Napping after all the hard work digging up that 15 foot Japanese maple