Florencia (Wreck) Beach - a couple of weeks ago.  Another gorgeous morning.

Florencia (Wreck) Beach – Lost Shoe Creek in the foreground – a couple of weeks ago. Another gorgeous morning.


Rising Sun.

Rising Sun.

Today is “I Love Yarn Day”; This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving; I am giving “Thanks All Around” to the life I live.

This sounds like a great time to count my blessings.  I live in a beautiful area of the World.  I am surrounded by the people I love.  I work in a field that I enjoy.  I am so lucky.  There is a beautiful sunrise this morning – the sky is golden and the clouds are all edged in colour.

Tomorrow I will share turkey and all the trimmings with family and friends.  We will laugh and share stories and enjoy the opportunity to do so.  This is why we love the holidays and the opportunities they give us to come together.  We all need time to ground ourselves with the resonance of time and shared experiences.  I hope that your Thanksgiving gives you the same.

Madelinetosh DK - Cathedral Colourway.  A new sweater I think

Madelinetosh DK – Cathedral Colourway. A new sweater I think

Today I will do what I do most days; work with yarn, think about yarn; help others with yarn; and be surrounded by yarn;  I am going to work.  For me every day is an “I Love Yarn Day”.  There are no bad days.

But there is a new yarn on the horizon – It is consuming my thoughts and is making way for a new idea.

I have this yarn in my stash – it has only been there for about a month.  But it’s siren call is strong.  It is some Madelinetosh DK in the Cathedral Colourway – I bought eight skeins – enough for a full sweater – and it is calling out to me.

I mean - how gorgeous is this colour!

I mean – how gorgeous is this colour!

Rippling Lace.

Rippling Lace.

Ripples opened up.

Ripples opened up.

I am thinking of a top-down sweater with a simple lace yoke (simple because the colours will obscure the lace a little) and solid stockinet body.  Maybe a slightly belled sleeve;  gently shaped body and as long as I can knit it – I really would like a tunic!

Deep sculptured points.

Deep sculptured points.

Strong sculptural shapes from lace knit "Large".

Strong sculptural shapes from lace knit “Large”.

I have been fascinated by the sculptural qualities of lace lately.  Before blocking some lace pattern can create knitting sculptures.  One lace pattern looks like an egg carton before it is blocked and the shawl I am working on – off and on – right now, is creating deep waves in the knit.

The Magnum Cowl that I just finished knitting and designing has deep points created by the stacking of the decreases and increases; the feather and fan pattern creates wonderful curving edges and can send colours curving through an otherwise straight knit; there are so many examples of the way lace knitting patterns create shapes.  Every time I start a new knit I am amazed by the way simple “sticks and string” can work together to make something so much more intricate than “sticks and string” would infer!

"Sticks and String" creating more beauty than the image evokes.

“Sticks and String” creating more beauty than the image evokes.

Please remember to count your blessings this weekend.  This is the time to celebrate the good in life and let it lift us over the obstacles that can sometimes seem insurmountable.  To everything there is a season – let this be one of thanksgiving.

Happy Knitting and Happy Thanksgiving