Sacred Spirit…Boho Chic

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“The Spirit Collection is a collection of patterns each inspired by the spirit of a person, starting with Intrepid Spirit – a journey in lace that you do not need to be adventurous to take!…READ MORE

I CHOSE to knit with a sport weight hand dyed Fauxmbre yarn from my own collection. There was enough to get me through the 6 pattern repeats but I wasn’t going to make it through the cool lace section. So I altered the outcome a la Jennifer…


Binding Off with a crochet hook, using a single crochet. I knit the shawl on US 6 circs then switched up to a 7.00 mm hook.

Moving stitch my stich, you insert hook, wrap yarn, pull it through. Wrap yarn again and pull the yarn through the two stitches. This makes a nice loose bind off that will curl. Don’t fret. Curling can also be cool, but this can be blocked out!

Going back, *skip a stitch, SC twice then in next stitch, SC three times in one stitch. This creates a shell or fan. Repeat from 8 until all the way across. If you are type A then you need to just SC. You won’t end up with a perfect finish and that’s what makes Boho Chic…well, Chic

Final row I switch up to an 8.00 mm hook. *Chain 1 then SC every other stitch. Repeat from * until last stitch. I am not going further than this but if you are a wild card and have the yarn then do another row or two cool crochet!

The Crossover

The crossover for me is when the knitter transcends the pattern and begins to see all kinds of patterns. Changing the edge, altering the body of the work, figuring out that pattern A would fit to Pattern B with some adjustments. Thank you Christine for sharing your gift with us…

Christine uses a mix of talent: Alice Starmore, Elsbeth Lavold and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Texas Hearts

New to the collection…a nice cream thats warm…


So there’s always a movement for Ombre and I was already on that bandwagon with my Fauxmbre yarns. Heck I tried my hand at Ombres every year I have been dyeing yarn. I tend to be a bit more classic old West in my colors with earthy tones and browns being my favorite. All we can do is be inspired and do our best. I am always experimenting anyway and every process leads me to new colors and fresh perspective. About four years ago I dyed Ombres and every year I brought in a few to my shop.


Was her name Desiderata? Maybe it was Ermengarda? Or it could have been something ending in -perga, like her sisters Anselperga, Adelperga and Liutperga? Regardless of what he called her, Charlemagne (who was also known as Karolus Maximus, Karl der Große, and Charles the Great) called his first queen “wife” for only a short time. One thing is certain: she was known to be a true beauty. Because she was beautiful, her name must have been as well. It had to have been. Well, I hope so, anyway, because I refuse to name this lovely lace shawl Ermengarda.

Shawl starts at the center top with a tab cast on. The number of stitches increases with every row from there to the bind off edge. There’s a bit of stockinette at the top, but not all that much, as I’m easily bored when I know the fun lace work is coming, so most of this design’s 117 rows are lace. The lace pattern is easy to knit, every wrong-side row throughout the design is the same, and the overall pattern easy to work, especially once you find your rhythm.

COLOR WAY: Boy King aka. Texas Phlox, this red is a mix of red hues with subtle deeper tones.

Yarn: Fingering weight; 500 yards.
Model: The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio Merino 600 in Boy King; 600 yards in 170 grams; 100% merino wool.
Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern, blocked
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) needles
Finished size: (measured across top x maximum height): 16 x 65 inches; 40.5 x 165 cm
Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers are optional


Skills: k2tog, ssk, p2tog, yo, s1-k2tog-psso, k1-yo-k1 in same stitch, tab cast on
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.

Bouncing -N- Bounding UK Bebeh Pygmy Goatster!

I’m sorry but this so adorable!

Awen … Ahhhhhhmen

500 yards skeins…a trip down memory lane. And I love Awen. A la mode is inspired by Phrynie Fisher in the Murder Mysteries.


The Old Me

Okay, so for a month or so I have been in hiding mainly because if I put new colors out every week then it looks like I am trying too hard. Two, the colors all started to look the same to me. Plus there is the resistance to do things I have already done. However, I can do what I have done as long as I reinvent my own wheel. I rarely look at what others are doing because my brain has a way of taking snapshots. Flattered if someone else tries to do what I do. Often we all end up at the same place using different mapping systems. I am old school. I still use a highlighter and AAA map LOL 😉

Here’s a preview of 8 colors getting labeled and shipped to Yarn del Sol™

My fav is “Rusty Old Can” because that’s what I find all the time on the property…ahhhhh, snap shots!

Gradients and Ombres

A couple years ago I put out a series of ombre’s in teals and burgundies. I was flattered to see something similar out at Yarnosphere. After all, you have to tackle the ombre at least once in your dying life. However, I was determined to try something different and introduced the Fauxmbre. They can be seen at Yarn del Sol™ in Mission Viejo, CA…because I didn’t photograph them!

Here’s my answer to the Ombre of old. A big thank you to my teacher here in Bandera for pushing me on this! These are not just gradients. And the next round of Ombres and Fauxmbres will be fun!

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Talavera is finally here…

To me what makes the Talavera style so beautiful is the whimsy and color play. There  is a picasso-esqueness to the lines and squiggles. I am still developing my  Talavera colors and I think it’s important that while I draw from the Talavera tiles and pottery that I also insert my own personal experiences in to the colors. There are 4-8″ color changes in these yarns.

Here’s the start….

Family Heirlooms

We were talking about this the other day…This also reminds me of Oma in Austria.


Recently I had the inspiration from one of my “blogging friends” to sit down and look at the crochet work I do, and the pieces of crochet work and doilies I still have that I received from my Mom, Grandmother and great Grandmother over the years.

It was a truly inspirational trip into history for me.  Looking at the crochet work all together in one place, one only realizes just how different each women’s style was, and just how very much it reflected on her personality through her work.

I remember my great Grandmother as a stunning English lady, that was very proper.  I will always remember how we children were only allowed to have our cooldrinks on the back porch, and not in the house.   I don’t have many pieces from her, but this pineapple doily is one that she made.  From the fine and delicate work, and…

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Trick or Treat

TRICK OR TREAT…. is now available on Raverly (in English, Italiano and Deutsch.

“The final installment of the #KillerShawlCollection. I hope you have all enjoyed this collection as I did!!!!

Trick Or Treat is super awesome because I’ve used super amazing yarns from super amazing Indie dyers The Flying Kettle was used for TRICK and The Sheepwalk F.A.S.™ was used for TREAT!!! #acasalena_crafted