My other finish – Helical Stripes

Oops posted the prior blog post too soon because I forgot to add my final finish for the weekend – Helical Stripes – yep, another Mary-Ann Lammers design.

The speckled yarn was my Camp Loopy 2016 bonus yarn for completing all my camp projects and the long color change yarn is Mini Mochi – one of my favorite color change yarns.   Tutti fruitti, frozen sherbet, salt water taffy, and angel food confetti cake all come to mind when I look at these yarns.  Now to add all these finished projects to my page in the sidebar where they are all located and tally up my used yarn totals.


Blocked and ready to wear

Blocked and I love how it turned out.  It’s the KISS Shawl Joyful  (KISS being “Keep It So Simple”) and it truly is.   Since I didn’t find an ombre yarn I liked, like that used in the original design, I played with colored stripes and added just two thin stripes that weren’t in the original pattern, and used all the colors of yarn I had chosen in the top patterned section rather than just one color. Easy slip stitch pattern at the top means you do not have to carry colors along like in stranded knitting.  And I love the yarn – Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran 100 – and it comes in such lovely tweedy looking colors.  It makes for such a soft shawl after blocking – that drapes so nicely, and although warm and snuggly, will be very light weight to wear.

Another fantastic pattern by Mary-Ann Lammers.  You can check out her other patterns on Ravelry at the link.  As you may have guessed, I am a huge fan of her patterns having shared many of them I’ve made here.  She’s celebrating her one-year anniversary of designing so check out her KISS Shawl Regatta which she is sharing for free with a coupon code at the moment in honor of her anniversary.  And be sure to check out the KISS Shawl Rhapsody -the KAL starts May 1 in her Ravelry group.  I love my first Rhapsody


and can’t wait to get started on my second one in these yarns



So three projects off the needles this weekend and one other project blocked – I think it must be time to cast on something new! 🙂

Sunset Ridge

UPDATED 4/30/17 — Rochelle’s comment was lucky #32, selected by the RNG.  Congratulations! I have emailed you privately.

If you are an avid reader of the blog, you will remember I previously posted about receiving the advance copies of McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July issue with my quilt design, Sunset Ridge, in it – and also the opportunity to win a free copy of the issue.  The links above will let you preview the issue and see what other lovely designs are in it and give you more info if you want to purchase a digital copy.

After posting that, McCall’s Quick Quilts emailed me some photos of the quilt (much better than the ones I took of the magazine pages that showed it of course) and here they are.



So I’m postponing the drawing for the free issue of the magazine until next Sunday to do all drawings at once.  Leave a comment on this blog post if you would like to be included in the drawing to receive a free copy (updated 4/30/17 – drawing completed).   There will be winners picked from both the prior blog post and from this one.  If you already entered the prior drawing, that’s fine; you can enter this one too to double your chances to win. 🙂

Subscription issues began shipping April 18, 2017. By May 2, 2017 the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at at the following link:

I’ve got some fabric set aside for this project to make my own version – a quick and simple beginner friendly project.