Fall has arrived here in Northern California


And I have a new collection to share with you. It’s called California Harvest, and it harkens all the colors and experiences of the season here in my neck of the woods. You can purchase the patterns independently or you can get them all for less in the collection bundle.

Head over to the shop to get yours

 Weld and Rhubarb Shawl

Weld and Rhubarb Shawl

Weld and Rhubarb Shawl

Outlander Season 4 returns this November so I re-read all the books AND rewatched seasons 1-3 this summer. Of course it got me thinking about knitting and this is my version of Claire’s Rent Shawl. It’s easy to do and great for watching tv or listening to audio books while you knit. Holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together throughout, it knits up quickly. For the main color of this shawl I dyed 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn, one in weld and one in rhubarb. I then overdyed both of them with indigo. It produced a lovely effects that I think works even better when they are used together. You don’t have to dye any yarns to get this effect. You can play around with any worsted skeins you have in your stash or even go crazy with total contrasts. Just knit up a 4x4” swatch in garter stitch with your chosen yarns to see how they will play together.

The dark bands at the bottom of the shawl were done in Lion Brand Yarn I had in my stash.

Feel free to make it bigger by simply continuing with your main color for as long as you like before adding the bottom color bands. I hope you have fund playing with color in this simple shawl.

 Palimpsest Cowl

Palimpsest Cowl

Palimpsest Cowl

I received these two beautiful yarns in my latest shipment from Sincere Sheep’s fiber club Made Here. The colors, dyed to complement each other, reminded me of the colors of deep autumn. So I sketched out the skeletons of leaves, acorns, pinecones, and pine needles as they might appear on the forest floor after nature had her way with them. The leaves show just the lacy outlines of their veins and stems, the heartier pinecones, needles and acorns leave a bit more behind but all of these are seen as a palimpsest against the background color.

You can do the same with this pattern with very similar yarns or you can choose yarns with big contrast so that you really see the botanicals stand out against the background.

I’d recommend swatching in the yarns you are considering to see how you like the effects. The yarn you choose for the background may end up becoming your botanicals color instead.

I’d love to see what you come up with!

You can find both of these patterns and the other patterns in the California Harvest collection here in the shop or on my Ravelry page. 


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