Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Alban Hefin and the Indigo Bunting

At long last, here it is:  Alban Hefin Scarf    I designed this fun drop stitch scarf and am so happy to show it off today!

Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth of Crescent Moon Collective
Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth

This is a fun to knit loopy summery scarf, perfect for cool evenings and late nights at music festivals! Alban Hefin is the Welsh name of the Summer Solstice, and means Light of the Shore, a perfect name for a summer scarf.

I knit with Morning Bright Holistic Merino Fingering yarn. Think of the fun and playfulness of a A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Summer Festivals, Woodstock and Janis Joplin all rolled into a fun little lacy drop stitch scarf.

I chose to use two colours, changing colours at Row 15 on the second pattern repeat. You may do the same, or something different. This is a fun scarf, designed to be playful. Change colours once, or as many times as you like. Have fun, be bold. I think one little bit of colour on one end is flirty. Big blocks of multiple colours would be bold and fun, and a great way to use up left over bits of yarn! All one colour would be elegant!

We are having an Alban Hefin knit along!  Come and join us on ravelry here: Alban Hefin Scarf Knit Along   I have knit 4 of these scarves already, and will probably knit a few more... maybe they will make nice gifts...
To celebrate the release of Alban Hefin, we have a knit along!
The official start date of the Alban Hefin KAL is Sept 1, 2014, but you may join in anytime. The ending date is October 31, 2014
All you need to do is post in this thread to join the KAL, and share pictures of your Alban Hefin . Once the KAL is over, November 1 2014, I will make a random draw from all those who completed the scarf. The winner will get ….. TBA… hmmm, will it be something shiny? something soft? something pretty? … the possibilities are endless, and I am going shopping just for the prize.

The beautiful blue yarn is Indigo Bunting, named after a bird:

I have never seen an Indigo Bunting in person, however  Becky Foster the owner and dyer of Morning Bright yarns has!  Here is a link to her etsy shop:  Morning Bright Yarn

This year at the Folk Festival,  I knit a scarf.  This one:  Folk Fest Scarf  My beautiful friend M is modelling it at our Saturday knitting group.   M, and D, another one of my friends and I each knit as we listened to the bands.   Next year,  I am going to wear this scarf to the festival.  :)

As always,  Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The story of Grace

The middle of March, I had a visitor arrive outside my window.  What a beautiful new friend. Amazing to see her up close.  I called her Grace although had no clue how to tell if Grace was a she or a he.  She just looked like a girl to me.

Grace started visiting often, perching herself by the window.  She didn't fly away when I approached, but remained and looked in at me.  I think she was as curious about me as I was about her.  By mid-April, her mate arrived. Here's a picture of him investigating the plastic owl on the roof.  Little did I know he was actually taking inventory of the willow nest; building supplies for their new home.

It wasn't long before they began to unravel the nest and drag it to its new location.  They spent hours and hours at it and that started my summer of Bird TV.

Before long, Grace and mate had their new home tucked in the corner under the eave.

Bird TV took on an adult theme mid-May.  What started with kissing, (ah cute!) evolved rapidly into something else.  Umm..time for privacy so I closed the blinds but at last I knew, Grace was female.

I watched Grace and her Mate switch off sitting on their new nest over the summer.  Both often sit perched on the eavestrough looking in at me.  We've had more than one conversation.  haha

Here is a video of their little one's first venture out of the nest.  I suspected a baby and this was our first glimpse. (My first video and no thumbs!)

Blessed Be

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Morning Bright Farm: "Manchester Slouch" Hat Pattern

Morning Bright Farm: "Manchester Slouch" Hat Pattern:   The Manchester Slouch is a quick, simple hat I designed for my mannequin to wear in my booth at this year's Knit & C..

I really like this slouch hat pattern,   designed by Becky Foster of Morning Bright Yarn.   Its added to my very long list of knits I want to do before winter.  My first thought was to make one in red and white,  but,  right away visions of Where is Waldo popped into my mind.... so maybe  red and black would be better.