Monday, September 21, 2015

Something Wonderful

I've been anxiously awaiting a parcel in the post, all the way from bonny Scotland.  After yearning for a special plaid just for me, I ordered a Maple Leaf Tartan Shawl from the good folks at Lochcarron of Scotland.  They have an amazing assortment of pre-made and bespoke accessories made from luxuriously woven wool (and other blends) fabric.  I am absolutely delighted with with the smooth finish of the light weight, 100% pure new wool fabric....and the Tartan!  Oh my goodness, the Tartan....celebrating the seasons of the Maple Leaf, green, gold and red.  As a proud Canadian, I cannot tell you how much this plaid means to me.

My perfect Autumn shawl, with it's perfect Autumn colours, arrived just before the first day of was meant to be.

Thanks again to Locharran of Scotland, I emailed them several times before placing my order and they were prompt and lovely in their replies.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Little Bling

The shop has more bling with the addition of my talented Sister's beautiful shawl pins.  They are on sale now, in store, for only $10.00 each!  That's a great price for these useful and quite lovely pins.  The shawls (made by your's truly) are of course available for purchase also.  The grey shawl is made with a 50% wool, 50% Mohair blend (yarn, MacAusland's Woollen Mill) and the blue is made with a a 50% Merino, 50% Alpaca blend (yarn, Belfast Mini Mills).

It is days until the official start of Autumn, but I already feel it in the air, especially in the evenings.  These shawls....with a pin....are the perfect early Autumn accessory for both warmth and beauty.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nutmeg Revisited

I have been addicted reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, and as a knitter (spinner, crocheter), I have been inspired by the outfits and accessories described in the books and shown on the amazingly performed first season of Outlander on the telly.  Claire...the leading lady has graced the pages and small screen with some breath-taking knits, from wrist warmers to caplets to snuggly cowls.  This inspired me to revisit my Nutmeg hat pattern and create the matching Nutmeg Wrist Warmers...and what better yarn to use for a warm, smooth finish but some Icelandic Lopi yarn.  Here are a couple of pics of the slightly unfinished project, seen here after the stockinette body knitted flat on the knitting machine (with the cable cuff and garter top both hand knitted)...

...and here, sewn together but still in need of buttons.

This warm weather hiatus has been named "my outlandish summer" as I have not been able to put down those amazing books.  I am half way through book 8 and am both excited and sad that book 9, the FINAL book is being written now.  I cannot wait until season 2 airs on the telly, I'm sure I'll be inspired by more of Claire's beautiful clothing.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Shawl Colours

Here are the other two colours of Belfast Mini Mill yarn that are being used to make my snuggly shawls....

....are you seeing a theme emerge?  These are Belfast Mini Mill's interpretation of PEI colours.  The blue in my earlier shawl post represents the water surrounding our beautiful little island, the green is a perfect match to the green of sea glass found on our beaches....and the purple is the colour of fields of lupins, not our Provincial flower, but since they are so abundant, they really should be.  I am so happy with these colours, each one very rich using a blend of three shades to make a soft tweed.  I must leave you as my coffee break has come to an end and I still have another half of a shawl to make.  If you're heading to the beach and need a warm wrap to enjoy as the sun goes down, these shawls were made just for that. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Shawls....they start with a lovely cone of alpaca/merino/mohair (so soft)....

...then it starts to knit into a shaped fabric, hand made by me with the help of a manual knitting machine.

That's one large triangle of loveliness on the blocking board.

Such drapey, goodness...I wish you could feel this for yourself...HEY WAIT!  You can, these beauties are available at Belfast Mini Mills and through me.

Visit my Etsy store and leave me message.

There will be 2 more colours available soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Great Day At The Market

 The Spring Etsy Popup Market was wonderful.  The day started with the bustling, waxing energy of over 30 talented artisans and went by quickly as we chatted with hundreds of lovely folks who came to see what we were up to.

Chef Pendergast was there, keeping us well fed with a delicious vegetarian chili with fresh corn tortilla.  Thanks Chef, it was very good...and I was very hungry.

I also got to meet the lovely and talented Simone, who's blog I've followed for a while.  She showed the public how we fibre people have fun by spinning at her wheel.  It was nice to meet you Simone.

It was a fun and successful event and I am really looking forward to doing it all again in the Fall...hope to see you there.  Now that the market is behind me, I'm back to the machine to churn out a dozen fabulous shawls for the ladies at Belfast Mini Mills.  TTFN