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Coming home...

I've been in total love with Rowan yarns and designs for a long time.  It all started when I saw Rowan 11 at my then LYS.

(I had just started knitting seriously....having learned to knit from my Mother when young....but my life had never supported "me" time......but the planets had aligned wonderfully and I went back to knitting.)

Oh my!  I was hooked.  Even though the cover sweater was way beyond my knitting skills at the time (fine cotton, intarsia), I walked out of that store with Rowan Magazine 11 and the yarn required for the cover sweater.  

I went on to collect all of the earlier Rowan Magazines, and to develop my knitting skills by taking workshops, joining guilds (at one point I was going both to the Kitchener Guild and the Toronto Guild), reading books (Elizabeth Zimmermann) and watching videos on PBS on Sunday mornings (Knitting with Elizabeth and Meg...and the Glorious Color Video with Kaffe Fassett).

Although I have strayed from my Love of Rowan...........

(When …

Finn Sleeves

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I MUST FINISH THIS FIRST!

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I'm trying to figure out....

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My Life in Colour....

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Fair Isle Love.....

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I've lost my Fair Isle love recently......coincided with a general decline of interest in knitting.....but I think this project will bring it back.....

Rockefeller - Applöse

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I guess I'm not a Mystery KAL type of gal.....

I thought I had enough yarn per the instructions - but yet I ran out of yarn....wayyyyyy short.....

When Clues 1, 2 and 3 were finished, I had 63 grams of Colour A and 33 grams of Colour B....

One arm finished, I have 22 grams of Colour A and 7 grams of Colour B.....hmmmmm not enough to finish the other arm of the shawl to match.

Yes, I could scrounge around on Ravelry and find these yarns, buy more yarn, and finish the second arm of this shawl.......but yes, I see other knitters have come up with inventive solutions to this problem.

You can add another yarn into the mix!  Well, I just don't have anything that I could mix in with this without it looking totally like an add on.

Make the second arm shorter - hmmm, I could do this....I suppose....

OR - don't do the other arm at all - make it an asymmetric shawl!  I like this idea!  So I finished the other edge of the main body of the shawl with an icord to match the rest of the shawl...…

KAL thoughts

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Clue 4 of the Stephen West 2012 Mystery Shawl KAL came out last Friday......I was excited.....I was waiting for the e-mail announcing an update to the pattern in Ravelry....I'd become addicted to the Friday clue.  There it was - the e-mail I'd been waiting for!  I immediately downloaded Clue 4....

A quick read told me that it was going to be a relatively simple garter stitch knit - alternating between colours A and B - with I cord edging - giving two "arms" of stripes to finish the shawl off.

Each week the clue was unusual and quite interesting to kit....I admit I was a little disappointed with clue 4.

Well, even though I've admitted here that I didn't LOVE (in capital letters) this shawl, I did find it an engaging knit - and was happy to get my clue, knit it up.....and wait patiently for a week for the next clue to arrive.  Boy have the last 3 weeks flown by!  (Obviously I need to get a life right?!?!?)

Anyway, even though I didn't LOVE this shawl, I started…

Hibiscus Study....it just keeps getting better...

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It seems I can't knit anything else while in the middle of a KAL....so while I'm waiting for clue 4.....








I was playing with my set focus "portrait" lens.....well, they are portraits of my Hibiscus, which I love (and photograph) every single time it blooms.