French Cancan

This is a beautiful pattern from Mademoiselle C. It used only two skeins of Orange Flower Merino Silk DK in Meteorite.


The edging makes it look difficult, but actually its a very simple repetitive cable pattern which gives an impressive result. I must admit that 50 repeats of the edging pattern did get a bit boring at times, so this took me a while to finish in between other projects.


I blocked it with blocking wires which really helped make the picot edging  even.


Happy Street KAL

Happy Street KAL by azmiat
Happy Street KAL, a photo by azmiat on Flickr.

This is my yarn for the KAL over at The Uncommon Thread Ravelry board. The pattern is going to be Happy Street by Veera Vallimaki.

The yarns from left to right: Lioness Arts Exquisite fingering in Thoughts, The Uncommon Thread Heavenly fingering in Grit and Posh fingering in Envy.

I’m slightly overextending myself this month as I’m also taking part in Mad May – a month of Madelinetosh knitting with prizes along the way. I don’t expect to win anything but I do find it motivates me if I’m knitting with others. The weather is too nice to stay indoors and sew at the moment, so I can sit outside with my knitting while its sunny!

WIP Wednesdays


Pattern: Camomille shawl 

Yarn: Viola merino lace and Viola Fancy Sock, both in Dew Drop

This pattern is so far much simpler than I expected – the very fine merino lace is difficult to knit with on 5mm needles but otherwise it is straightforward. The yarn is beautiful, my camera refuses to capture the colour but it is a pale sea green with pops of copper and turquoise.


I’m also really excited about making a super bright colour block cowl for spring! The yarns are Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia fingering in Tansy and Sweetgeorgia cashsilk lace in Raspberry. It will just be a simple stocking stitch shawl with garter borders to prevent rolling.


I think the colours are fantastic together!

FO :: Lacy Baktus

I made this Lacy Baktus  for the Orange Flower KAL. I used just less than two skeins of BFL DK in Helios, I wanted it to be fairly substantial and warm. It was a bit of a slog to get through, and I ended up frogging my first attempt as I kept mixing up the right and wrong sides and increased on the wrong side. The second time I pinned a brooch to the right side so I knew it was the right one to increase on.


(Warning: A large number of gratuitous photos of my son follow.) He was being a bit tiresome today so I decided the least he could do was pose for some pictures, which he did with gusto.

“I want to make an ugly face!”

Viola goodies

I managed to catch a couple of skeins in one of the two final Viola updates, which as usual was fast and furious. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the updates this year and seeing all of her beautiful colourways despite all the cartjacking!

A beautifully wrapped parcel, it arrived only 4 days after the update!

I managed to grab two skeins of merino fingering, in Heather and Tidal Pool.

The two new beauties. 

Merino fingering in Heather

Merino fingering in Tidal Pool (slightly greener in real life)

The entire collection of merino fingering (left to right: Heather, Graphite, Sea storm, Tidal Pool, Kelp Forest, Ghost)

I have been lucky to have discovered Viola early enough to have a good amount stashed, but I hope she won’t be gone for long! In the meantime, I will be on the lookout for perfect patterns for my precious Viola (suggestions welcome!).

Knit Nation

I managed to get to Knit Nation after our break in Anglesey (photos to come). I was thinking about it but having had to forgo the Thursday Marketplace Preview, it seemed a bit excessive to buy another ticket, knowing I’d end up buying more yarn. However, I was swayed by the photos of the Wollmeise stand. It wasn’t so much a stand as an amazing, jewel bright Aladdin’s cave of luxurious yarn. As I won’t be going to Germany any time soon, and the yarn is virtually impossible to get online, I decided it was worth a trip. And I managed to get out of taking little S (who doesn’t take well to long shopping trips of any kind!) so it was a nice easy trip on the tube.

I ended up with 2 skeins of Petit Poison NO. 5, and one in Tambopata, all 100% Merino Superwash. I also had a chat with Ysolda, and bought Whimsical Little Knits 2, as there are lots of little stashbusting projects in there. Her new book looks great – she had all the sweaters out on a rail so you could try them on, and there are a couple of patterns which I definitely want to try out. It was also useful, in that I got to look at some yarn that I’ve had my eye on online, and decided I didn’t want them so much after all. And that can only be a good thing, right? My last purchase was some beautiful soft Vinnis Bamboo yarn. I already have some in Olive green, but haven’t ended up knitting it so far as it isn’t a colour I really love. I bought Turquoise this time, which is gorgeous and bright.

Beautiful Loop sign! Love that Julie Arkell model

I didn’t get to do any classes this time, but I will definitely think about it next time, as the feedback was great. Maybe a lace knitting class,, or Sweater Fitness because it would be a really useful skill. The next fixture on the knitting calendar is the I Knit Weekender, which also looks amazing.