some brief thoughts on making

I grew up in a family of makers. I don’t really think about many of the things I make … I cook. I bake. I knit. I build. I do.

foster kittens

It’s foster kitten season and these two little ones arrived last Friday afternoon and have purred their way into my heart. The white-pawed boy is Sparky Tyson. He likes his bottle of KMR (kitten milk replacement) and is slowly learning to love solids. The beautiful girl is Grace.

They’re with us as they need some extra attention as they learn to eat solids and how to be Big Cats.

If you would like to learn how you can help either your local humane society (or mine) please check out this article on 25 creative ways to help animal shelters.

sunflower season!


We actually remembered to sow a few sunflower seeds this year. They make my garden very happy.

shawl finishing spree

As I work out a few designs, I’ve been on a designed-by-others shawl finishing spree lately.

After finishing Brickless in Happy Fuzzy Yarns Corrie Sock, I finished two more shawls.

First, I finished Verdaia, designed by Jodie St. Clair. This shawl appeared on my wish list of things to knit when it was released back in 2010! I’ve been waiting for the perfect yarn to come along and it did — FAVE Sock by fiberstory in colourway Joe — a brown-green, this is the skein Sarah very kindly gifted me after TNNA. I’ve since purchased more, I love Sarah’s colours. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Stitches Midwest this August, fiberstory will have a booth.

On Monday I finally finished my Follow your Arrow Mystery KAL Shawl that Ysolda began in January. It was a fun knit that really didn’t take much time at all, however, I chose a solid brown yarn (Cascade Heritage Sock in Bark) to work with. By the time the final clue came around in the middle of our long winter, I was craving colour and set this aside for brighter knits. For each of the five clues I randomly chose based on coin flips. This shawl is a gift for a special woman in my life and I love all that it represents.

All three shawls I’ve knitted recently have given me ideas for my own designs. I know I’ll also be referring to designer Holly ChayesShawl Geometry e-Books and Anna Dalvi‘s Shaping Shawls when I sit down to work on them.

What project have you recently finished? What shape shawl is your favourite?

summer spinning…

Summer spinning, such as participation in the Tour de Fleece, helps prepare you for Spinzilla this October.

progress and kittens

The swatching I mentioned last week is progressing. I need to make further modifications to the chart, but I’m pleased with how it’s shaping up. I can’t wait to draft the pattern and knit up the full design!

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The foster kittens continue to be adorable and grow.

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How is summer treating you? What are you knitting?