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So here's a happy ending! As the creator of your own designs there is nothing to stop you from ending a project, putting it on hold or just never completing it. I believe some things we start to create and never do finish are meant to teach us. The journey in to this point is valuable. An example: 4 years ago I feel in love with a light grey lopi and envisioned a caplet with collar and contrasting trim (purple grey white mohair wool). I did complete it but it wasn't right. The collar was much too big and took up almost all of the single skein I had, the button band and buttons were chunky and clunky. I didn't have enough to trim the caplet properly. Clearly, I must have been in a hurry with the design and I actually showed it at Fibre week the following year. Yikes! Certainly not in keeping with image that I want to portray: Knit Something Beautiful. Anyways, it ended up tucked away until two weeks ago.

I was writing up some of my projects (ponchos, stoles) and thought again about Ice Princess. The vision was still very real, I just had to spend some time figuring out how to shape the shoulders. Best to learn from others and I turned to my trusted knitting books to learn a few things. So Ann Budd of Interweave Knits is my teacher. She builds her caplet with raglan shaping and so I figure out how I too can use the same technique. Then I layer on a double seed stitch pattern (5st repeat) and I am determined to master this. Well, it works out but the tricky bit is finessing the pattern when you are increasing two stitches at each of the 4 raglan shaping points. The gift here is if you are an experienced knitter you can wing it a bit (I know you think this is outrageous to say this but...) and look further along the pattern repeat, work backwards to figure out whether the M1L or M1R should be a purl or knit. Key is to try to be consistent with the pattern so the eye does not call it out as an error (perception is everything you know). So, here is the rework of Ice Princess as I originally envisioned with a better understanding of shoulder shaping. It is knit top down, all that remains of the first attempt was the partial collar that I made into a standup collar. I am delighted with this finish and learned another way in the process.

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Just recently I had the opportunity to reminisce about Nature's Knit-ch's true beginnings. This was prompted by wanting to finish a lace poncho...let me explain.

Sometimes you finish a project but it really isn't finished. In the back of your mind the design is not quite right. I find I wait and let it percolate until something comes. And it generally does. It just so happens that this shawl built a decade ago was the exact colour need to complete a mohair wool lace poncho. So what do you do? Well, what can be knit can be taken apart, so I unraveled a portion of this 6 ft. shawl/scarf and knit up a beautiful lace edging for the poncho. Then I went back and added back the beads and finished up the shawl, just a little shorter, but just as beautiful.

This shawl was made from my first purchase of yarn from a local BC producer - Eastwin Farms, Duncan, BC. I can remember my first encounter vividly; arriving at the farm and passing by the mohair goats to get to the house. I was shocked that their eyes weren't like ours but an irregular shaped iris. Odd to be sure. So how did I find this producer?

I found Eastwin Farms product in a trip to the Loom off the island highway in Duncan ( I just checked it out on the web and its still there!) At that time, it was a small store but it was packed literally from the floor to the rafters with yarns from everywhere. But I didn't want everywhere, I wanted local and Canadian. So when you get a chance to shop in these stores, ask about locally produced yarns. I know there is more now than 10 years ago and I am thankful for that. It is still my preference today to create a design using locally sourced fibres and that likely will never change.

Fall can be a tough time. We have enjoyed the summer heat and the fruits of our labours; now we busy ourselves with preparing for the next season, a transition period if you will. (But don't forget to stop and look around at all the beautiful colours set before us.)

For me and Nature's Knit-ch, its a time of new beginnings and reinvention. We are officially 10 years in business selling knitting kits. I have always trusted that I would ramp up this business and expand my reach to all the great knitters in the world. I kept saying someday...well, that someday has come! My new mantra is Why not now? (What on earth are you waiting for Carol?)

So, join me on this journey won't you?

We are celebrating our 10th year anniversary with an online sale of selected knitting kits (Coupon Code: OCTSAVE30) for the month of October. Inventory must go to make way for all of the new designs that we will be sharing over the next few months. This comes at a great time as we are staying in our bubbles and the weather is definitely sweater season! Perhaps a new project to get the creative juices flowing or a gift for a near and dear knitting friend. Either way, your purchase supports a Canadian owned and run business. I want to thank you for supporting and inspiring me to do what I do. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Knitting!

Best always and stay safe.

Carol :)

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