Monthly Archives: May 2009

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Two Pretties

Some long ago finished projects I want to share!

Textured Shawl

Pattern: Textured Shawl Recipe by orlane
Yarn: Blue Sky Suri Merino color #411; 2 skeins
Needles: Addi 24″ US 8
Measurements: Small shawl; neck wrap
Started: April 15, 2009
Finished: April 29, 2009
Other Details: I don’t quite remember when I started and finished this, but it was such an easy and relaxing knit! I didn’t even come close to having enough yarn to make it through the 28 garter rows, but thats okay. It is a little small to fit around my broad shoulders, so it looks like I will be wearing it more tied in front.

And another project for a super sweet friend’s birthday –

Simple Yet Effective Handspun Shawl
Handspun closeup

Pattern: Simple Yet Effective Shawl, by Laura Chau
Yarn: Handspun Pigeonroof Studios
Needles: Addi Lace 32″ US 4 (3.5mm)
Measurements: About 45″ across top and 20″ down center
Started: May 4, 2009
Finished: May 10, 2009
Other Details: I had fun knitting this again in some gorgeous handspun… I started and finished it while we were camping in SE Utah.

Sorry for the not so great pictures! We snapped these a few weeks back, right before a huge thunderstorm moved through. Awell!! I have so many other things to catch up on: gardening, our utah trip, some spinning… We are leaving for Boston on a red-eye tonight but am planning on blogging on our travels. Maybe we will even have some pretty pictures from Maine!

April Reading

April was a sad, sad month in the reading department. My lack of reading was really due to two factors: I had an extremely small amount of time, and I think I had gone a little overboard with non-fiction the previous months. The book I had barely started a few weeks ago, Body Toxic by Nena Baker, still sits untouched on my night stand. Its not that this book didn’t interest me, I just think I am not ready for a “here’s the truth” kind of book. Time for a break. The solution you ask? Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series. I ordered it on Amazon right before we left on our trip, and it was waiting for me this week. I finally dove in last night with the first book. I think I’ll be back into reading in a heartbeat….

April Books
1. A Gap In Nature: Discovering the World’s Extinct Animals, by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten
2. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

I still have so much to catch up on! Here’s another snapshot of our recent camping trip –

Claret Cup Cactus

The Claret Cup Cactii were in bloom…. gorgeous reds all over the place provided lots and lots of picture taking opportunities. Have a great weekend!

All Fresh and New

After a week long camping trip in SE Utah, we are revived mentally and back in to the swing of things. We had a great trip and spent lots of time hiking and enjoying the scenery. I will post some pictures soon, but here is something to get you going….


And, I’ll be updating the store tomorrow with loads of overdyes. Here is a little sneak peek –


From left to right: Rosewater, Mellow, Peacock and Mulberry Spice

Happy Monday!