Follow the yellow brick road

We had a great time taking pictures of this wrap in Beacon Hill Park last week. Such a lovely, sunny day and so many good places to do photos in the park.

Yellow Brick Road Wrap/Shawl

Yellow Brick Road Wrap/Shawl

This piece was made with one of my favorite yarns: Sweet Fiber’s Super Sweet Sock Yarn in Abyss, Paper Birch, and Spanish Coin – such incredible colours, and Sweet Fiber is even dyed right here in BC.

Wise Owl Book Bags

Since my nieces are too young to be reading my blog, I can post about the Christmas presents I designed and made for them here and not worry about spoiling the surprise. The nieces are both turning into bookworms, which I heartily endorse being a lifelong bookworm myself, and I enjoy picking out books for them and purchased a couple for their Christmas presents. And since I also wanted to knit something for them for Christmas, I thought it’d be nice to do up a couple of bookbags (that will, I realize, in no way suffice for the amount of books they pick up at the library each trip, but should at least carry a couple of books at a time). And what is the best spokesanimal in favour of reading? An owl, I submit:

Wise owl book bag

Wise owl book bag

Weekend Coffee Cardigan

Except for the design element of having stripes going horizontal and vertical, the finished version of this cardigan looks almost nothing like the original idea, but it’s done! Or pretty much done… just a few things to finish up on the pattern.

Knit with Paton's Silk Bamboo in Sea and Foam

Knit with Paton’s Silk Bamboo in colours sea and coral.

I’m happy with how it turned out, despite it being so different from my initial idea. To me, this cardigan feels like a going-to-the-farmer’s-market or meeting-a-friend-for-coffee or reading-in-a-sunny-spot kind of a top.

It was knit first with Fibra Natura Cottonwood 100% cotton, which was a dream to work with (below). I’m sad this yarn is being discontinued. I also knit it with Paton’s Silk Bamboo blend (above right), which had great drape as well and the sheen of the yarn seemed to dress up the cardigan a bit.

Here’s my favorite picture of the cardigan from the very fun photo shoot we had (with the requisite coffee and chocolate having been consumed).

Weekend Coffee Cardigan

Knit with Fibra Natura Cottonwood, 100% cotton, in colours Susan and Kristen.