Desert Willow scarf

This is my third version of this scarf which I designed as a simple reversible (garter stitch) scarf
This version I am knitting in my own hand-dyed handspun merino yarn. I am thrilled with the way the color is working and can hardly wait to try a different color palette
I still have a lot to learn about spinning but knitting up my own handspun will push me to be more consistent


Lempi shawl pattern is now available to download on Ravelry! Here’s a blurb from the pattern page:

Lempi is a three-color shawl made up of squishy garter stitch, stripes, and mesh lace. Worked in DK-weight yarn it is quick to knit and the perfect thing to wrap yourself in when temperatures plummet!


I LOVE this shawl. (If you didn’t realise already, I can’t get enough of shawls atm.  Shawls, shawls, shawls, all day long in both knitting and crochet!). 

Stripe Study Shawl

by Veera Välimäki - pattern for purchase via Ravelry.   All you need for this all garter stitch shawl is some simple ingredients - your favourite colours and stripes. Unusual shape makes it interesting to knit and to wear. The shawl is worked from top down.


This is the tale of a project from fiber to FO.

Soon after getting my spinning wheel (in 2008!), I ordered spinning fiber from the now-defunct FreckleFaceFibers Etsy shop (which is sad, because she had some amazing stuff). It was the first thing spun on the wheel, and the first time I tried Navajo plying. And of course it showed – the yarn was terribly over-plied, kinked and ropey. The finished yarn was buried in the stash, waiting for the perfect project to show the subtle striping.

Then my friend Heidi designed yet another beautiful shawl and I knew this was it.

The finished shawl was soaked in warm water with wool wash, then with hair conditioner – and it softened considerably. It feels woolly and Falkland-y but not at all scratchy. Perfect!