Of Gardens and Knitting

Seaglass 1


Pin Oak Tree

Seaglass 7

Rhode Island Reds

Seaglass 2

Garden Bench

Last night, I finished my Seaglass Cowl (also wrote about it here). This has been an incredibly enjoyable knit. The softness of the yarn, the stitches sliding across metal needles, too lovely. Acid green is one of my favourite colours. The yarn is from Nurturing Fibres, colourway, Oxalis, a blend of Merino, silk and kid mohair. I would love to have this cowl pattern test knitted, so if you are keen, let me know here in the comments and then as soon as I have a few names I will move the test knit over to my Ravelry group where you can discuss your notes and upload photos:) I used about 200 meters of aran weight yarn for this cowl.

Our garden is so green at the moment with all the rain we’ve been having, there are thunderstorms almost every afternoon. Our children returned home on Sunday after their scout camp, they were exhausted but had an amazing time. It was good to have them home again! We have gotten down to serious work this week, especially Jen, her grade 10 workload is huge and I think we are both feeling a little frazzled at the moment. I’m looking forward to the end of March when her work should have reached a good steady rhythm. We have started using the Brainline curriculum for grade 10 and so far so good.

Richard entered a MTB race on Sunday, 60 km long and came 33rd in his category out of 300 riders! I am so happy for him, it was such an accomplishment!! Mountain biking is his passion, it’s wonderful we live in an area that has many trails and people who ride. He often goes out at 4:30 am before the sun rises, travels to other towns and back again and is off to work by 7am…

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51 Responses to Of Gardens and Knitting

  1. Camille Lane February 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I am keen!!! :O)

  2. Joy February 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Sure! That looks like a fun project to knit!

  3. pamela February 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    i would love to be a test knitter!
    what fun!

  4. Diana February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Would love to participate……………..so beautiful

  5. Lyssa February 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I would love to knit this! May I help test the pattern?

  6. Knocked Up and Nursing February 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    I’d love to help. I’m a relatively newish knitter (on and off for 6 years) but I just got at it again and am in love! Homeschooling and having 4 kiddos, I needed a hobby!

  7. angie February 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Oh I’d love to knit this gorgeous thing up!

  8. Sunshine Mama February 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    It’s beautiful and I absolutely love the colour!

  9. Heather February 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Gorgeous cowls. I think it looks very much like that aloe/agave plant.

  10. Lise February 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    oh Linda, I would love to test knit this cowl! I even have the perfect yarn -a Debbie Bliss cashmerino Aran in a beautiful blue. Here’s hoping!

  11. Janelle February 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Would love to help test this beautiful pattern. Thank you! Keep smiling!

  12. Dulseigh February 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I would love to have the opportunity to knit this beautiful pattern, please. I am always looking for new scarf/shawl/cowl patterns to help keep me warm in the freezing cold of Canadian winters….brrrrrrr.
    Cheers, Dx

  13. Simone February 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    this is a simply stunning cowl! love it. I have a light fingering weight yarn…. it might be too thin for this pattern perhaps?

  14. Emma February 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Beautiful cowl, I love that colour.
    Congratulations to Richard on his excellent result.
    We still have tons of snow here but my ‘Richi’ is studying his bike magazines trying to decide on a new downhill bike (which apparently is not for going up hill at all, he needs a different one for that, and he thinks knitting is an expensive hobby!!)

  15. Joanne Thomas February 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I am certainly keen ! It is a gorgeous cowl and I would love to test knit it for you

  16. Brigette G. February 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I’d be delighted to be a “test knitter” for you, Linda! This is beautiful and well done 🙂

  17. Joanne Thomas February 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I would love to testknit this pattern for you. I also, like you, have been knitting since I was
    5 years old. My grandmother taught me. I am also in your Ravelry group. Hope I get picked! I love your patterns and phototutorials; such good teaching. Thank you.

  18. MaryJo February 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I would like to help in the test knit. You garden is so green. We have brown here, and maybe some white soon.

  19. Andrea February 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Really beautiful, I love how you mixed cowl pictures with you green surroundings 🙂

  20. Marny CA February 6, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Your presentations are always so strikingly beautiful. Ahhhh, a breath of fresh air.

    How fun it would be to be a test knitter – I’m game. What now?

  21. nancy February 6, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    I too, would love to help test the pattern for this beautiful cowl!
    Thanks for the opportunity!


  22. Kim February 6, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    It is beautiful!!!

  23. Alessandra February 6, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    your sea glass cowl is splendid! love the color (I got married dressed in lime green!!) and the stitch!!
    xxxx Ale

  24. Tracey February 6, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    Another beautiful creation Linda!
    It’s nice to see all the green in your photos, we are so dry here, although rain is predicted for Thursday.

  25. jezz February 6, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    I’d love to be a test knitter! Such a pretty cowl.

  26. Ellisen February 6, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Gorgeous sea glass! Very comforting colors. I test patterns, too!!!

  27. Elisabeth Andree February 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    I am in love with your greens, but I am not a knitter. Love your chickens too:)

  28. Sarah - Crafts from the Cwtch February 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Wow Linda, that is stunning! I look forward to the pattern being available 🙂

  29. Kristy@SeeMyFootprints February 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    there’s no hope of me knitting but I really like the tree bark/knitting photo – brilliant.

  30. Aimee Dars Ellis February 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I’m into it! Great colors and design. I am “aimeedars” on rav.

  31. Dree February 7, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Very pretty–the cowl and the Orpingtons! We have one orpington (6 total hens)–she molting and not quite so pretty these days!

  32. Tan @ tan/green February 7, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Oh what a lovely set of images! I found you via a knitting link but I just enjoy your blog so much and this photo series is just why…thanks for brightening my day!

  33. Lynn Strauss February 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Gorgeous!! I would be honored to test knit for you!

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