New Fiber and Tools for Knitting and Fingerless Mitts Done!

Au Clair Fingerless

I have finished the Au Clair Fingerless Gauntlets.  I made them mitts instead by only doing 3 cables instead of 7 (which just makes them shorter.)   They were a fun knit, I hope Maddie’s teacher will enjoy them.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is some spinning fiber I bought at the Cedar Rapids Fiber Festival.  The fiber in the left corner is black (not brown as it shows), green and blue and is a BFL and Corriedale cross 64%, Alpaca 27% and Sari Silk waste 9%.  It’s very soft and oh so beautiful and is from Fiber Curio and Sundries, LLC.  The other fiber  in the top right corner I purchased is 100% Rambouille from Mountain Colors.



I did break down and buy some knitting tools that I have been wanting for a quite a while.  The picture on the left is 2 DPN (double pointed needle) holders, which makes it really nice so the stitches don’t fall off the needles while your project is in progress.  I also got a nipper to cut my yarn and a little case to put my stitch markers in and a needle gauge and a sheep progress keeper.  These I purchased on Etsy from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Co.  The picture on the right are some wonderful progress keepers from Yarn Candy Studio.  I bought a row counter progress keeper (very nice for when I’m doing work and knowing what row I’m on is necessary) and I bought  Harry Potter progress keepers and I love those Harry Potter progress keepers, of course I love the Harry Potter movies so maybe that is why :).  The one you can’t see very well has a hologram in it that is a picture of the patronus charm for Harry (stag’s head) and the words expecto patronus.  It’s really very cute, was sad it didn’t show up in the picture very well.

Went to my son’s today to watch him “blow out” his alpacas in prep for the shearers who came to shear the alpaca.  The shearers did all 6 alpaca in one hr.  I will have some pictures to post eventually.

Everyday Basic Scarf Finished and Yarn!!


Kevin's Scarf

I have finally finished all my Christmas gifts now, lol.  This scarf was a request to match a hat I made last year,  and it actually is darker than the  picture shows.  I was able to dye it to be a very good match for the hat I made him last year.  My picture taking skills seriously lack :P.  There was no pattern, I simply cast on 36 stitches and used a 4 stitch border on each edge in a garter  stitch (so the sides won’t curl) and did a 3×2 ribbing (starting with knit 3 and ending with knit 3) between the garter border.  I used a sport weight yarn and size 6 needles (because I knit a little looser other wise I would suggest a size 7 needle).  I hope it keeps him nice and warm.

V Yarn skeinI won a skein of yarn from the Never Cast Off podcast (the link to their podcast is youtube) that I watch (their group is on Raverly.)   To participate in their give-a-ways you need to be a part of their group on the Ravelry link ;).    I was very excited to have my name chosen in the drawing.  It’s a sock weight yarn in lovely greens, called Lightning Dust (80% superwash Merino & 20% nylon – 400 yds) from V Yarns.  I have linked to her Etsy shop, she also has a Ravelry group. 🙂  I have decided on a shawl rather than a pair of socks for this beautiful skein.  The shawl I am leaning toward is called the Geology Shawl .  It is beautiful!  I have a blanket that I am working on , about 2/3’s finished and then that pair of socks that I am almost finished with as well, before I start anything else tho.  🙂

I can’t believe it is almost Feb already.  We have had a mild winter this year (and I’m not complaining), tho winter is not over and we can still have some pretty cold weather before the end of March gets here.   But, SPRING is getting CLOSER!!!!

Owl Finger-less Mitts DONE!

Owl Fingerless Mitts I did get them done :).  They are actually darker than shown in the picture, more like the previous post on my blog with just one of them done.  My photo abilities are lacking :P.  This was done using a mitten pattern from Ravelry the World’s Simplest Mitten pattern, I made some changes because I wanted finger-less mitts rather than a mitten, and I had to figure out putting the thumb gusset on the other side since I put a pattern down the front and needed a left and right mitten.  Was a fun knit :).

I will now start a scarf, will post a picture of it in a few days :).


Mother of All Shawl – Done!

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   I have finished the Mother of All Shawl I was knitting for a special family member for her Prom dress.  She hasn’t seen it yet, I asked her to bring her dress over so I can get a picture of her with her dress and shawl.   🙂  This was a very fun knit, had to pay a little attention (as with all lace patterns) but not a lot and it was a peaceful shawl to knit.  I will definitely knit this one again :).

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Will get back to the socks to see if I can’t get at least one of the socks done to see what I might need to change on the next pair, there are always changes until you get things adapted to your knitting style and gauge. 🙂



Jasmine Scarf :)

Jasmine Scarf  This scarf is called the Jasmine Scarf by Pearl Soho.  I was intrigued with the pattern design.  It looks like a herringbone design and is pretty.  I’m hoping to have this done in the next week,  I am making this for a friend who just had her last round of chemo and is cold and requested a scarf.  I thought this design was pretty and wanted to use a nice warm yarn so I chose some of my prized Andean Yarns, Alpaquita Superfina.  I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to buy a full pack of 8 skeins of this yarn because it is soooo soft and squishy.  Unfortunately it is now discontinued, but I use it for special occasions :).  My friend is special :).

Are You Ready for Some Football? 2015 and Some Knitting :)

Are you ready for some football?

Are you ready for some football?

Yep it’s FOOTBALL season again!!!  I am excited to see how “The Boys” will do this year.  They were pretty decent last year, a controversial call did them in at the end of the year.  They have lost their first pre-season game, but it’s just that pre-season :).  GO COWBOYS!!!

sock yarn from SpinningStreak

sock yarn from SpinningStreak

This is some beautiful sock yarn from SpinningStreak ‘s Etsy shop (she’s in England).  She has some gorgeous yarns.  I saw this yarn and tho the shipping from overseas is not cheap, this yarn was talking to me.  I have a friend who recently lost her sister and I wanted to so something special for her and  I knew this yarn was it.  The comfort shawl I have decided to make is called Ethereal Shawl .  It’s very basic and simple but because it’s a light weight yarn on large needles it will look light and airy, and should knit up quickly.  I’ll post a picture when I am done.  She also sent it in a really lovely organza drawstring bag.



July and August knitting

July and August knitting

I have been watching some family little ones this summer and have been very busy and haven’t had a lot of time to knit, but here are some things I did work on this summer.  A comfort shawl for a friend who had to have a defibrillator put in in case she has a heart attack, she’s really young for this kinda of thing  :(.  I don’t add the fringe when I make them, but that is just my preference.  I like having something easy to work on, keeps my hands busy and keeps me grounded when I feel overwhelmed or stressed out and the dishcloths are perfect for that.  The one on the left  is called In-Thirds-knit-cloth by Michelle Crimm .  It’s a free pattern from Ravelry, easy and very pretty.  I love using the Sugar’n Cream cotton Stripes for this cloth, sooooo pretty.  I made another one that I already gave to a friend and so I put the left over skein so you could see the lovely colors she got :).  The dish (or face) cloth on the left is the old standby Grandmother’s Favorite dishcloth .


I packaged up and sent off the Polypay fleece my friend gave me earlier this year.  Because I still have roving from the last fleece she gave me and I wanted to get a couple of hats for her husband and son out relatively quickly before it gets cold , I opted this year to have them process it into sport weight yarn.  Cost me almost double but when I get it back  in 5 to 6 weeks it will be ready to dye and knit :).  It should be about 3 lbs of yarn.  I always err on the side of caution when I skirt the fleeces and skirt it more severely because the sheep are not covered and I left too much ugly stuff in the first time and the roving was still full of stuff and noils because I also did not remove the short lengths from the longer back fiber.  I don’t want to ruin nice roving because I didn’t skirt it enough.  Her husband and son each will have a hat made from the fiber of their own sheep.   Should help to keep them warm on their farm ;).

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

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Little Lace Daisy Scarf

This is from the Polypay fleece a friend gave me that I had processed into roving, then I spun, dyed and knit into a scarf to thank her for the fleece.  It turned out a deep sapphire blue and she really was hoping for a little lighter blue so I bought a skein of off white lace weight super wash merino to knit with the blue to help lighten it up, but it was kind of a stark marled color so since I had over dyed the blue I washed it again in hot water when I was done knitting (being careful not to felt it), and the off white soaked up enough of the blue to be a pretty light blue actually lightening the color visually.  I then soaked it in vinegar again to set the light blue color, this also finished releasing the rest of the over dye.  I will give this to her tomorrow, I’m sure she will be pleased :).

The pattern was the daisy from the Daisy Rectangular Shawl I designed (tho’ the daisy is an old Shetland lace pattern).  There was a beautiful lace weight scarf on Ravelry someone had made from the shawl pattern using one daisy up each side, but since this was sport weight yarn and she wanted a skinny long scarf I chose to just do one in the middle.  Following is the pattern, as before, you may make the scarf to give as a gift but you may not sell the pattern or give the pattern to anyone.  If someone wants the pattern, please refer them to this site :).  I hope there are no typo errors, I did check but you know how that goes sometimes.  I’m not a great pattern writer so I hope that you can read my pattern :).

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

B        = Border

K        = Knit

P        = Purl

K2tog = Knit 2 together

yo       = yarn over  Note: yo twice is a double yarn over and on the purl rows, knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo

ssk     = Slip stitch, slip stitch, knit the two stitches together (see for video of how to make the stitch)

** repeat rows between the two *’s

I used hand spun sport weight with a strand of lace weight, and size 7 knitting needles

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit 3 rows in garter stitch for the bottom border. Keep 3 stitches at both ends of each row in garter stitch for the border throughout.

Knit the next row

B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Start pattern rows

*Row 1 – B, k5, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k5, B  (on the even rows the border will still be knit but I put the B on the end so you can make sure you have the right amount of stitches before the B starts J)

Row 2 and all even rows – B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Row 3 – B, k3, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k3, B

Row 5 – Repeat row 1

Row 7 – Repeat row 3

Row 9 – Repeat row 1

Knit the next row

B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit the next row

*B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit these pattern rows until the scarf is the desired length and then end with only one knit row and one pearl row (keeping border) after the lace pattern row 9, and then 3 rows of garter stitch and bind off.

I know It’s Been a Month…

Kettle dyed superwash merino roving


Yes, it has been almost a month since my last post.  My job has been very stressful (mortgage industry and with the lower mortgage rates it has been VERY busy) and overtime has been involved, I caught a very bad cold almost 3 weeks ago that went into bronchitis, the severe coughing has subsided but there is still some coughing and still an occational coughing spasm,  and still some congestion, but at least I don’t have to sit up all night to sleep anymore.  I have a long awaited for and much needed vacation starting Monday this week, so much rest will be the order of the day everyday this week :).

I got the dye I ordered to dye the merino superwash roving that I had on hand.  It is for a friend who will be knitting the Daisy Rectangular Shawl I designed.  She will be entering it in the state fair where she lives this coming year.  I will post a picture of the skeins when I finish spinning, and I will post a picture of her shawl when she is finished knitting it, as she does not have a blog.  :).  Now, tho it’s a beautiful teal color on my screen (and exactly what I was hoping for), this denotes my lack of expertise in the picture taking arena – the roving did not turn out as teal as I had hoped, it is more green than the picture shows, but hopefully the color will be loved by my friend.  If I had more experience with dying I could probably correct the color to what I had hoped for, but alas I do not have that expertise at this time.  Maybe she can correct the color after she knits it.

I will be doing some cleaning tomorrow morning as my kitchen sink has a leak in the pipes underneath (I found it when I went to get the kettle out to dye the roving on Friday) and my landlord will be coming tomorrow morning to fix the pipe (the trap) and most of the stuff that was under my sink is now on my counter, some stuff I had to toss.  Sigh.

Daisy Rectangular Shawl by LDSVenus

2nd Comfort Shawl Finished 002

2nd Comfort Shawl Finished 001





Bare with me as I am not a pattern writer.  I can read them, but writing them is a different subject :).

Also please note, the daisy lace design it self is not my design and appears to be an old Shetland lace pattern, I did however design the placement on the shawl and can therefore share this pattern.  There was a picture showing the heirloom daisy lace pattern, however the website moved to Etsy and no longer shows that daisy pattern.

Do remember I offer this pattern for you to make the shawl, but you may NOT give this pattern out to someone else.  Please direct them to this site to share the pattern.  You may use this pattern to make gifts, or to donate to charity, note that means you may give the finished shawl, you may NOT give out the shawl pattern.  You may make a limited number (less than 10) of this shawl to sell, but you must have a note on it giving my website and acknowledging that this is my design, and again you may NOT sell this pattern, only the finished shawl.  With that out of the way, please enjoy my design.

B = border = k3
k = knit
p = purl
k2 tog = knit 2 together
yo = yarn over – note yo twice is a double yo and on the purl rows you will knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo.
ssk = slip, slip, knit  (see the following site  : )
* * = repeat between the * to end .

This is a diagonal design rather than horizontal or vertical and by shifting the design on rows 13-19 over two stitches at the beginning you can probably accomplish a vertical design.  This is worked from side to side so the cast on is the width.  I used approximately a baby weight to light sport weight yarn and  size 7 needles.

cast on 112 stitches.

Knit 3 rows for garter stitch border and keep 3 stitches on each end for border through out..

Rows 1, 5 and 9:  B, k6, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k14*, end k6 instead of 14, B.

Rows 2 and all even rows – the pattern ends with row 22:  B, p to last 3 stitches, B  (please note above how to pearl the double yo’s).

Rows 3, and 7: B, k4, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k4 instead of 10, B.

Row 11: B, knit to last 3 stitches, B.

Row 13, 17, 21: B, *k14, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk*, end k14, B.

Rows 15, & 19: B, k12, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k14 instead of 10, B.

Row 21: B, knit to last 3 stitches, B.

Repeat these 22 rows until the shawl is the desired length. .

End with 3 rows of garter stitches (knit every row, keeping with the border already established) and bind off..

Hopefully I did not make any errors in writing this, if I did please drop me a line and let me know so that I can correct it on the page.

*I seem to be off on my design so that one of the rows is closer than the others, when I figure out how to correct it I will up date the pattern.  It is a design error and not pattern error.*

Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf – revisited

Little Lace Cat's Paw Scarfred white and blue roving and yarn 004a

I’m having to repost this because the link on Ravelry for this isn’t working and I have to put in a new link.  Hope you will enjoy revisiting this scarf  that was originally posted on July 5th 2008.

Ok, here is the little lace scarf I knit out of the red white and blue hand spun skein, shown on the right.  I used Cats Paw, a Shetland lace pattern, and as you can see I staggered the design so that it was not straight across from each other but rather looks like a cat walked on the scarf :). Since I designed where the pattern would go, I include the pattern below. It is free to use for your own use. Please do not give this pattern out to others, if someone would like this pattern, please direct them to my blog. 🙂 It was a very quick and easy pattern to knit, and makes a great long skinny scarf. Enjoy.

Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf

Cast on 27 using size 10 needle, fingerling or sport weight yarn. You should still have 27 stitches after completing each row.

B= border stitches (always k4)

k2togtbl = knit 2 together through the back loop

Knit 4 rows then begin pattern.

Pattern rows:

Row 1 – B, k2, k2 tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

(Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 – B, p to last 4 sts, B)

Row 3 – B, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

Row 5 – B, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k to end

Row 7 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Row 9 – B, k11, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k1, B

Row 11 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Repeat these rows for pattern to length you desire, ending with knit 4 rows and bind off.