Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two Shawls and Two Questions

:: If it's true that April showers bring May flowers, we will be inundated with blooms next month. We have managed to squeeze in a day or two with some blue sky this month though, and I've taken full advantage of them. It's a treat to not have to wear rain gear.

:: I love it when the skunk cabbage comes out. It's the first thing we see bloom in the spring, so it's a very welcome sight. In order to get this picture I had to walk through someone's yard. I had asked the man out working in his front yard for permission, but when I turned back around after taking the picture and saw his wife staring daggers at me out of their window I realized she had no way of knowing I had asked to be on their property. Oops.

:: The second thing we see bloom in the spring is the trillium. Teapot Hill has lots of them coming out, especially at the top of the hill where the forest opens up and there is more light. You can see from the picture on the right we had a day that was absolutely gorgeous this week. One brilliant day with sunshine and blue sky, sandwiched in between rain events. The teapot on the left was set up like this when I came across it.

:: This is my shawl from the Curious Handmade Snowmelt Mystery Knitalong. I even finished it within a week or two of the final clue being released. And I used yarn from my stash, which makes this a winner all the way around.

:: I think I'm going through a shawl phase. After I finished the Snowmelt Shawl I immediately cast on for another Curious Handmade pattern, this time the Spindrift. This was a really fun shawl to knit, and I love that it only takes one skein of fingering weight yarn. This could easily become my "go to" shawl pattern!

:: Which brings me to my first question. I wear shawls around the house when it's a bit cool. They seem the perfect answer for how to stay warm in the early morning, as it takes our cottage quite awhile to warm up. I also wear them in the evening (I'm thrifty, and turn our inefficient baseboard heaters off around 5:00 to save on the electric bill). But I never wear them outside the house. I think part of the reason is I'm not quite sure how to wear them so they look like a fashion piece rather than something practical. Do you wear shawls when you go out? And if so, how do you usually wear them - draped over your shoulders, wrapped around, or some other way that I haven't thought of?

:: My second question is for all you Mary Berry fans. If I was going to purchase just one of her cookbooks, which one would you recommend? She has quite a few, and they are a bit pricey, so I want to make sure I make the best choice.

:: I was pleased to be featured on the How to Hygge the British Way blog this past weekend. Here is the link in case you would like to pop over and read the interview.

:: I'm off to my mom's for the Easter weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


  1. I wear a poncho shawl that I knit from Churchmouse Wool shop on Bainbridge Island. I wear it at home when reading or watching TV but find it too bulky and awkward to layer it with a coat so I am planning to wear it when I go out in warmer weather.
    I will be interested in hearing what other readers have to say and congrats on the hyyge UK guest post!

  2. Your shawls are beautiful, Kristie. I love the look of shawls and they seem like a good idea but I've never worn one. I don't think I'd look good in one, and I worry that they're too delicate. I'm kind of rough on my clothes. But I would like to get over these concerns eventually and make a shawl because I think they're very practical. I'm glad you've been able to get out of the house in between rainy days. I like skunk cabbage too. Before I lived in the desert, it was my sure sign that spring was coming. I remember seeing it growing in the ditch that ran along the road my school bus traveled in elementary school. I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family. Safe travels and love to your mom.

  3. The shawls are so pretty. I don't wear shawls, I need something with sleeves in it or I'd just lose it. Plus I'm very short and I'm not sure how I'd look in one.

  4. I love your Teapot hill... so fun! Congrats on being featured on the UK blog. I usually wear my shawls indoors too to keep warm. I wear them wrapped once around the shoulders with a pin to hold it in place. Happy Easter.

  5. Love your photos and the shawls are gorgeous. I do wear them out and about, usually wrapped around my neck like a cowl, or draped asymmetrically over one shoulder. I rarely wear them like a shawl, and around the house I have my handknit sweaters to keep me warm.

  6. Teapot hill is getting very posh - look at that silver pot and fine bone china cup! So nice to see the trillium, which I only met for the first time two years ago. And yesterday I wore my trillium brooch to the Art Gallery. Always gets attention.
    Your shawls are so pretty and cosy - I have no idea how to wear them as it never actually gets that cold here :) Happy Easter Kristie - hope it's a great one for you and the family!

  7. Your shawls are so pretty. Like you, I wear them around the house whe nit starts to have a chill in the air, or outside in the evening. I did actually start wearing them at work recently - just draped over my shoulders. Your teapot hill is such fun!! And trillium & skink cabbage - my Dad always looked for them both as a sign of Spring.

  8. I always look out for skunk cabbage at this time of year. There is lots here. Your shawls look lovely. I have recently received one from Jo at Three Stories High and I actually wear it everywhere. It sits well on my shoulders, something I didn't expect from a triangle piece of crochet. I am now tempted to make one! I can picture you sitting in the back garden with the shawl draped around your shoulders. Happy Easter Kristie. xx

  9. Your Shawls are amazing and using left overs sends them right to the top of my like list.I made Christina's shawl above!!!! I just read her post...I amnot stalking her or anything! Jo x

  10. Your Snowmelt Mystery shaw is absolutely gorgeous! I have 2 plain shawls made from flannel that I wear out. I prefer to dress in layers so I have a warm vest with a light jacket over which I where the shaw which is plenty most of the time in the winter here. That way when I get in the store I can take off the shaw and it's not too bulky to carry.