oh so yellow. . . .

Happy Sunshine and Dandelions!


Nature is back making us crazy with all her Spring colour ways – the ones that always work!  Felicity Ford created these beautiful wrist warmers. Has she seen my front yard?  During the Spring there are many yellow splotches around my house, and it only takes hours for them to grow again it seems.  My neighbour is not happy about that, so sadly, I do mow, and the magical yellow speckles are short lived. 

It’s an inspiring season for a knitter! I am spending a lot of time making piles for future colourful projects. How about you? It can take hours to get that collection feeling just right, but colour play is valuable time spent. When I feel frustrated and stuck, I get Cardigan ready and head outside, because that is where master colour work is happening. I just have to remind myself to pay attention! Even my three minute commute to school can get my head spinning with project ideas!  I am fortunate to live in a beautiful seaside community.  

I am currently planning, making piles for, these colourful projects:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solaris-2 (using Hedgehog Skinny Singles and Sock Minis, plus Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails, and Koigu KPPM – it’s a hot mess of colour!)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jujuy (using Voolenvine Yarns and Madeline Tosh Merino Light)

On Saturday, Fair Isle Fiesta Part 2 begins, and for this I have dug into (10 year old) stash yarns and found my yoke yarns for Kate Davies’ Miss Rachel.  I am substituting Jamieson’s DK for this project.  I ordered the base colour from Camilla Valley Farms.  I have been rearranging the mix for 3 weeks now! then one day it just clicked (well maybe!). That’s the way colour works, I find. I have learned to wait for that moment, because if I try to race ahead of the creative process, I know I won’t be wearing it! I leave my arrangements ‘out and about’ so that they catch my attention as I come and go. I can sneak up on them from all different angles, move a skein, and one day, it just looks right.  Even then, it’s a really good idea to knit a lot of swatches before committing.

I know from recently working up a Half Hap that even natural shade arrangements can take a lot of fiddling. I worked the colour section of my Hap twice! (should have spent more time rearranging the balls and knitting samples). I didn’t expect the natural shades to be as difficult – silly me!


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I love the natural colour play in this yoked sweater.

So, I hope to see you either on Friday Night at TGIFNK, (the bring your own project knitting class), from 6:30 – 9:30 pm  and/or at:

Fair Isle Fiesta Part 2 from noon to 5 pm. We will be playing with colour and planning for a variety of Fair Isle Projects.
Each student is working on something different! Fantastic!

Whispers, Knitting Beautiful Holes begins in a few weeks on Wednesday evenings. Come along and knit two summery shawls – so pretty and light!
We will knit beads into one of them. Bring on the sunshine and sparkles!

Brenda has confirmed that the retreat at Edenvale will be running at the end of July.  If you haven’t registered yet, please contact Brenda soon to let her know that you are interested.  You can sign up for spinning and/or knitting (this year’s topic is Brioche) or you can just come and hang out with your wheel and needles.  

You can read more about the programs on my schedule page.

Look for my bright yellow studio sign on the lawn, and (maybe) some dandelions to help it feel more at home!

Here is the project that I finished off this week:


love them!

Enjoy each colourful moment!

see you soon,