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The never-ending heat wave












(Knitting details on Rav, recipe for the pickles posted last year)

I usually love summer… I’m always cold the rest of the year, and summer is the only time of year I can leave the house without a sweater. Plus summer has so many great events, there are picnics in the park, gardening, swimming, camping, and so on. But this year – oh my goodness. The heatwave has been never-ending and I am so warm. We’ve also gotten so little rain and everything is so dry and droopy. We don’t have AC and with the recent temperatures around 40-45 (105-115 fahrenheit) degrees with humidex, I am absolutely melting. I had a booth for Agrestal at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials last weekend, which is my only outdoor event this year. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing we were so close to the shaved ice stand.

I’ve been knitting lots of small things, reading lots of books, and eating lots of fresh, no-cooking-required food. Unfortunately the canning has to get done, even in the heat wave, so I’ve been trying to do everything in the evenings when it’s a bit less warm. I’ve done dilly beans and lots of dill cucumber pickles so far. The tomatoes are coming out of the garden pretty quickly now so soon it will be time for canned tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauce, and ketchup.

Are you also stuck in this heat wave? Any secret ways to keep cool?

P.S. As I’m writing this, funnily enough, a huge storm has rolled in out of nowhere, with lots of rain and wind! Thank goodness. (Now we just have to hope that everything doesn’t flood!)

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A new pattern – Plumule Shawl






I’ve just released a new pattern, Plumule Shawl earlier this week! It’s is a small, light shawl knit in a 50g skein of Agrestal Bow River Lace or your favourite laceweight yarn. I love this shawl for the summer – I’m hoping a formal occasion will arise soon so I can wear it with a summery dress. More details from the pattern page:

Plumule is a small, light, and airy shawl with a simple body and delicate lace edging. The shawl is knit from the top down on large needles and blocked to produce a fabric with a lovely drape. Plumule makes the perfect accessory to dress up a casual outfit, or looks wonderful with a formal outfit for a summer wedding.

The finished shawl is semi-circular with a wingspan of approximately 47”.

The sample is shown in Agrestal Yarn Bow River Lace in the colourway “Petal”.

The promotion is almost finished, but you can get 50% off the pattern price until the end of the day today (Friday) using the code “plumule”. I am also going to be hosting a KAL, complete with prizes! All of the details will be announced Monday on Ravelry and on my yarn instagram (@agrestalyarn).

If you’d like more details or to purchase the pattern, you can visit the pattern page on Ravelry. Thank you – I hope you enjoy knitting Plumule as much as I did!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The very beginnings of a new shawl design, in a new yarn base I’m testing out for Agrestal. This yarn is so squishy and warm – it’s a softspun single ply sportweight and I’m already dreaming of so many projects for it. These colours were dyed using various combinations of marigold, chestnut, cream of tartar, and iron.
(Rav link)

Reading :: I just picked up another Agatha Christie from the library, though I haven’t had the chance to start it yet. This one should be fun – it’s a collection of short stories from the Miss Marple series.

Watching :: The Bridge on Netflix. It’s a Swedish / Danish crime drama and it’s so well done – the atmosphere created by the filming style and the acting is just superb. The plot is really captivating too. This is in Swedish with subtitles.

Listening :: To a bunch of podcasts, as usual. Invisibilia is back, and it’s wonderful and thought provoking as always. I also started listening to More Perfect, which is about cases from the US Supreme Court. I know next to nothing about American law, but this has been absolutely fascinating. It’s done by the same folks who do WNYC’s Radiolab, so production and research quality is excellent.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along this morning.


Summertime, slowly.













A few reminders from the last while that beauty is there, even if you have to look a bit harder for it.

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!






Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A shawl in Agrestal’s new laceweight base, a simple pi body with some planned lace edging. This yarn is 100% alpaca and so smooshy and I am enjoying every minute of knitting with it. I’m hoping to publish the pattern once I finish writing it up!

Reading :: Not a lot, unfortunately, but a few reference books here and there when I have a moment. I’m particularly enjoying Hidden Natural Histories : Herbs, which has a little section on each herb and its historic and contemporary uses. It’s a really beautifully laid out book too – lots of botanical drawings.

Just a quick post from me today as I’m writing in the morning before heading to work. What have you been up to this week? What are you knitting right now?

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A new sock pattern in my sock yarn. This colour was one of the ones I introduced in the fall, but I’m realizing now that it’s quite spring-like too! I’m excited about this design – it’s going to have a cute little cable and lots of texture.
(Rav link)

Reading :: I haven’t even started it yet, but I picked up The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha from the library since I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book feels a bit more preachy that his others, but I’m hoping to go see him give a talk at my library in a few months and I think he’ll be speaking about this book, so I thought I’d best read it.

Watching :: The Lady in the Van, which I saw in the theatre on the weekend. Maggie Smith is marvelous, as you’d expect, and the rest of the film was quite good. I didn’t love the double-narrator thing – I felt it just detracted from the rest of the movie.

Waiting :: For my Knit Picks order to arrive… I’ve ordered some yarn in this lovely grey colour (finnley heather) to make a spring sweater for myself. I’m going to use this pattern from Swoon Maine, which H got me as a Christmas gift.

What have you all been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.


Appia cowl.






I finished my Appia cowl! I am so pleased with how it turned out, and now I’m a tad obsessed with the idea of cowl-shawl combos. I’ve already started looking through my stash to start another one of this designer’s patterns. The yarn is my own fingering weight in “Daybreak”, which I think is a perfect summer colour.

(Rav link)

I hope you are all having a lovely and relaxing weekend!


Knitting lately



I always gravitate towards smaller projects during the summer… too warm to have a large project sitting on my lap, I guess. It’s a good opportunity to get a head start on some holiday knitting as well. I’ve just finished my first Christmas gift of the year, some dishcloths for my grandmother. I’ve been making her a set each Christmas for years now, and she always uses them, so I keep making them. No matter how early I start my Christmas knitting, though, I always spend December knitting furiously, so despite the early start, I don’t have high hopes of finishing my gifts any earlier. (Rav link)

I’m currently knitting a pair of lattice socks as a sample for my first show for my hand-dyed yarn. Since purple is my favourite colour, I just had to do them in this colourway. (Rav link)

(Currently reading Meridian by Alice Walker – heavy but poignant, as Walker does.)

What have you been knitting lately?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.





This week, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My Appia cowl in my own fingering weight in “Daybreak”. I didn’t have as much time to work on this as I thought I would when I was traveling (I spent most of the time on the bus sleeping!), but I have managed to squeeze in a few rows here and there.
(Rav link)

Reading :: I’m about halfway through The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons, which I’m really enjoying. Her writing style is really interesting- she makes everyday things seem so fascinating. Also, I think the cover of the hardcover edition is just so beautiful.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Home for a rest.






I’m home for a few days, sandwiched between a long weekend visiting my parents and a trip to New York next week. I’ve been dyeing like crazy to keep the shop stocked and for some upcoming events. I’m also starting to plan my courses for next year… I can’t believe this will be the last year of my degree!

I have managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting, though. I’m almost done my little cardigan for the blueberry- it just needs the ends woven in, a bath, and some buttons (Rav link). I’ve also been making Appia, a cross between a cowl and a shawl, using a skein of fingering of my own yarn in one of the new colourways (Daybreak). I’m really enjoying the pattern so far- the construction is really interesting (Rav link).

What are your plans for the weekend? Happy Friday!