12 April 2014

spotlight: desert peach

It's spring here and the desert peach is in bloom.

That makes it a perfect time to take a look back a year to 7 Small Shawls Y3: my collection of patterns celebrating beautiful northern Nevada along the eastern slope of the Sierras, Specifically, the Desert Peach pattern....

Loosely based on traditional Faroese shaping, Desert Peach starts up top, instead of the bottom edge.

A leaf panel flows down center back, surrounded by blossoms on either side, and ending in a picket fence with edging picots. The pattern has both charted and written instructions.

Originally knit in Swans Island Fingering Weight Merino, Raspberry colorway, Desert Peach is currently available as part of a special yarn bouquet from Jimmy Beans, featuring a limited edition Orchid colorway. Laura (Jimmy) at Jimmy Beans sent me one, and I had great fun on photo safari with it! Here it is, looking lovely with Desert Peach all folded up nearby.

The Orchid colorway just glows in the sunlight beside Desert Peach blossoms.

The Swans Island is a lovely yarn: perfect for lace. Even though it's merino, it keeps a block beautifully. I thoroughly love this yarn and the special color is absolutely incredible! I couldn't resist the pull to decorate with my bouquet. 

I just want to add that - if you haven't already looked through Jimmy Beans' selection of bouquets - you absolutely must! It's such a fantastic idea for gifts to yarn lovers. I've always loved cut flowers, but they last so little time. And as amazing as chocolate is, it does have some caloric side effects. That's why yarn is so perfect. Everyone needs lots of fiber in their diet. Right?

So go! Grab a bouquet while they last! It's a perfect springy gift to someone you love, including yourself. And with that, here is the ever important cowboy boot cheesecake pic,

and a little local talent from the shoot.


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01 April 2014

monday's musing

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Brandi Snyder

Sometimes it's difficult to remember that.


25 March 2014

monday's musing - late again

"Keep calm and carry on." - UK Ministry of Information poster from WW II (never distributed)

I need this.

I've been needing this. 

I think I'll order a poster for every room. And mugs. And.... Such is the extraordinarily myopic year of one's life while in the midst of book-writing. Because really...being overwhelmed is not a tragedy, is it? It's a fantastic project, and I am lucky to be able to work on it. And if the Brits can keep a stiff upper lip during something actually incredibly serious, then so can I - as the knitting needles click and the deadlines loom.

Right? :)


17 March 2014

monday's musing

"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood."
"What mood is that?"
"Last-minute panic." 
- Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson


04 March 2014

monday's musing - (very) late edition

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell

Sorry to be MIA! I've been traveling about meeting wonderful people and petting yarn. Life is good. :)


18 February 2014

monday's musing - very late edition :)

"Trust is earned, but forgiveness is free." - Stin Hansen

Will I see you at Stitches West? I'm sharing a booth with A Verb for Keeping Warm: 1034, 1036, 1038. Come by! There will be fabulous kits (including a mystery shawl), limited edition goodies, and coupons!

If you can't come, stop by Virtual Stitches West and grab a mystery shawl kit! Opens 6 pm PST this Thursday the 20th.

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13 February 2014

v day treat!

Are you up for a Valentine's Day treat?

Now through February 15, 2014 all of the patterns in my Ravelry pattern shop are 15% off with code hearts2014. Enjoy!!!