May 29, 2012


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I am pleased to see that PicMonkey has added a Collage option to their photo editing application ~



April 3, 2012

Cherry Blossom

Filed under: Knitting — sarahboirin @ 10:19 am

I started this shawl last April as part of a KAL group on Ravelry but was put off when I learnt that the bind off involved crochet, so it got put down and forgotten.

But I mastered crochet last year (finally) so I was able to bring this project to completion, and WOW am I glad I did ! I love it so much, and the yarn is so pretty.

Finished photos and there are more on my flickr and Ravelry ~

Bottom edging

Top edging

Floating in the breeze

Spring is finally here 🙂

December 27, 2011

Advent Scarf 2011

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The first lace item that I ever knitted was my Advent Scarf 2010. However I didn’t keep up with the KAL on Ravelry because I was waiting for my yarn to arrive and actually knitted it during January and February.

This December I was determined to keep up with the KAL and ordered my yarn from Solstice Yarns in *First Frost*. I cast on in the evening of 30th November when the first clue was released and cast off on Christmas Eve, missing a couple of days due to the fact that I was light on yarn. I shortened a couple of the patterns too to make sure that I could fit in as many of the days as possible !

So here it is all finished and blocked, there are more photos on my flickr link and my project page on Ravelry ~

Advent Frost

My final project of the year means that I have knit a total of 9,219 meters this year !

Bonne année 2012

Bonne année 2012

October 23, 2011

11 Shawls in 2011

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Earlier this year I set myself the challenge of knitting 11 shawls in 2011. I started on 2nd February with the first of my Ethereal Triangular Shawls and I completed the task on 13th October when I cast off my Hot Pink TGV.

Wow – I can’t believe I did it ! All except the Hot Pink TGV have been gifted to family and friends 🙂

11 Shawls for 2011

I’ve really enjoyed my knitting this year and I still have a few more planned before the year is up. And this year I finally taught myself to crochet too 😀

October 15, 2011

High Speed Knitting !

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I have just finished knitting up an awesome pattern, TGV (High Speed Knitting) by Susan Ashcroft. If you are a member of Ravelry you can find the pattern here

The yarn I have used is by Apothecary Yarns on Etsy – hot pink sparkle – what more could a girl need !

This is such a great design if you need to quickly knit up a shawl.

This shawl also completed my personal challenge of knitting 11 shawls in 2011 🙂

April 15, 2011

Fishnet Lace Blythe Dress

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Today I added my first pattern to Ravelry !

As well as knitting I also have a passion for collecting Blythe Dolls and I combined my two favourite past-times by knitting a dress for my dolls.

Occasionally I will list some dress for sale in my Etsy Shop Blythe Princess Designs.

I am currently working on some more patterns 🙂

April 7, 2011

Midnight Shawl by Eleanor Lee

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I recently discovered some gorgeous yarn sold on Etsy by Solstice Yarns and on joining the Ravelry appreciation group saw that a KAL was starting to knit Eleanor’s (the owner of Solstice Yarns) Midnight Shawl.

To date I have knit two shawls, both very different.

The first was knit in Colour Changing Cotton Yarn by Wolle’s Creation on Etsy :

Fade to Grey

The second in Handpainted Merino by Gemini Knits :


I love Eleanor’s pattern, it’s so lovely and simple to knit up and the result is awesome. I’m planning on knitting a couple more shortly for family birthdays !

February 25, 2011

Ethereal #2

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I loved this pattern and yarn so much that I decided to use the left over yarn from my first shawl and another skein to make a larger one. A spreadsheet had been devised by Steve on Ravelry that charted how many stitches you would need to complete up to 8 leaves on Chart 1. So I extended this to calculate that I could get 9 leaves on Chart 1 and hopefully complete the shawl without running out of yarn !

This time I chose to block the shawl straight across the top edge (instead of crescent shaped) and here are some finished photos :

Top of Shawl

Leaves Detail

Border Details

Ethereal Alpaca Cloud Shawl

February 13, 2011

Ethereal Alpaca Cloud

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When I saw this was the Ravelry Beginning Lace Knitters February 2011 KAL I just had to join !

The pattern was devised by Lakshmi Juneja and featured on her blog

The designer gave permission for her Charts to be reworked by Karen & Sandra from Ravelry and the excitement was building !

This is a triangular shawl that is knit from the centre/top downwards and outwards.  Here is a helpful link that explains how shawls can be constructed

I chose to knit with Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint.  Here are some progress photos :

Ethereal Shawl in Progress

I also decided to add some beads in Chart 2.  I found this tutorial really helpful for adding beads

Ethereal Shawl Beading

It took me just over a week to complete the shawl.  I found some really useful pointers for blocking lace from the Rock and Purl blog

Here is the shawl blocking :

During Blocking

I recommend the blocking wires and T-pins from Knit Picks for this !

Here are some photos of the finished shawl taken in natural lighting :


Finished Shawl

It’s so gorgeous I’m going to knit another, increasing the number of leaves in Chart 1 thereby enlarging the shawl and also adding more beads in both Chart 1 and 2.

February 12, 2011

New Blog !

Filed under: Knitting — sarahboirin @ 6:25 pm

I’ve just set up this blog to showcase the things that I knit and hopefully crochet (after I teach myself).

I hope to provide useful links to other blogs and websites too.


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