Wow, where did 2017 go. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have an answer.

However, It does seem that I spent the of last six months of 2017 obsessed with bunnies.  Sometime in June I took a wrong turn and got sucked into the vortex of stuffies, bunnies, designing and writing patterns.

So, to get the new year off on a good start, . . .

I will not ramble on about the exciting things of the past few months. It would take pages and really, it would only be of interest to me.

Wow, that is kind of a relief, right! ! ! Not only for you, but me as well.

So, HAPPY NEW YEAR!, and all the well wishes that go along with it. How did your celebrate New Years Eve and have you done anything exciting so far?

I did bring the New Year doing one of my favorite things, knitting!!!


Besides knitting in the New Year, I discovered the secret to being  awake at the stroke of midnight. Celebrate with friends early, only one or two glasses of champagne, then go to bed by 9:00 P.M., and get a good two hour nap!

Now, you ask, what I have done so far this year, . . . Well, I’ve been knitting, of course. And it is something other then bunnies and pandas.

This incredibly soft cowl is made with Blue Sky Metalico. It is 50% baby alpaca and 50% silk. The pattern is Ombre by Cynthia Parker. It was by far the softest thing I have knitted. The yarn has been sitting in my stash for several months waiting patiently for me. This scarf became a birthday gift for my daughter-in-law.

Here’s a question. What to do with limited skeins of chunky Misti Alpaca (7 to be exact) that is taking up a large space in my  stash?

My Twisted Tunic has a center panel of twisted cable or knitting (or purling) through the back loop.    I got my gauge and general sizing from another pattern using chunky yarn called Blanche, by Berroco. I  then added the seed stitch and lace bottom. To make my twisted cable center I used the cable border from Danila Danio’s Sanna Shawl. I knitted the tunic in the round until I reached the armholes, then worked back and forth, increasing the sides to create a the  sleeves and a seed stitch border. I then did a few short rows at the shoulder and finished with a row of lace followed by a seed stitch border and a three-needle bind-off at the shoulders.

Next on my needles is the Marfa Shawl by Annie Haas. The greyt spouse surprised me this year with the pattern as a stocking stuffer. How thoughtful of him to visit my LYS and pick out goods for my stocking. There is nothing else I would have like better. There were also a few other surprises from my LYS that I will share with you later this year.

So, with my first chance to go knit with my friends at my LYS, I picked out yarn to start the shawl. I am using Madelinetosh Merino Light. The brioche stitch has proven to quite the challenge. Thinking back I probably should have practiced before working with my yarn. I would share the number of times I have ripped and restarted the brioche section, but I have lost count! In an effort for perfection it seems I have only jinxed myself into making some little mistake with each restart. So, I think it is time to set it aside for a few days.

Several days later, I have restarted the brioche,


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