Introducing the Maaema Scarf!

I’ve often thought I was lucky to have my birthday early in the spring when the first flowers are blooming. While the calendar says that spring arrived over a week ago, we seem to be the only people around without something blooming. The pastures are turning green with new grass, and there are plenty of plants emerging in my flower beds, but no blooms. My birthday is a week away and I need a little pick me up.

What’s a knitter to do?

Design a new scarf, that’s what!

The day I took the Maaema Scarf off the needles it was chilly and drizzly. I thought surely once it was off the blocking wires we’d have sunshine and something would be blooming where we could take a nice spring photo.

Two days later it was still chilly and while there was more green in the yard and the pastures nothing was blooming yet. Not even our narcissus. 

I told Chris I knew exactly where to find blooms. A few miles away from our place there is a beautiful setting where until a few years ago an old farmhouse stood. There isn’t even any blacktop between here and there — it’s all dirt road. About three years ago grass fire took the house but left the stone chimney. Sitting at the curve of a long dirt road among acres and acres of pasture land, this chimney stands alone. We often drive past this testament to a family’s home, and I’ve watched this architectural ruin as it changes through the seasons. In the winter when snow piles up around it and icicles hang from the stones I feel a little sad. But every spring I watch for the flowers to bloom, for they have survived, planted as they were around the perimeter of a house that no longer exists. A few days ago I saw it was almost time…

This new simple narrow scarf pattern depicts a profusion of flowers from Mother Earth that are perfect for a Spring scarf – or anytime you need a bring a little spring into your wardrobe. It’s called Maaema (pronounced May-emma) for the Estonian goddess symbolizing Mother Earth.

This scarf is knit from end to end, no nupps, no grafting, nothing fussy at all. It’s long and narrow and a lovely choice for a soft pretty 400 yard/365 meter skein. I used Lost City Silk for my sample, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend our Oak Barn Merino, Llama Bamboo, or even our Lost City Sock Yarn. The scarf in these photos was knit using a 4US/3.5mm needle.







There is something quite uplifting about a a bunch of daffodils, jonquils, or for that matter any early spring flower. The same goes for a simple scarf that can be completed quickly.  My Spring gift to you, my knitting friends, is the Maaema Scarf as a free download. Happy Knitting – and Happy Spring. 

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The Signs of Spring

Here in Oklahoma there are little bits of spring popping up all over the place. The fields while still having some leftover dry stalks of fall grass are greening up quite nicely. Ladybugs and wild honey bees have been flying about. I even saw my first yellow swallowtail butterfly this week.

Sunday afternoon on the Vernal Equinox I drove over to see my friend Jan at Hungry Holler Art Center. Spending a few hours at The Holler is one of the good things you can do for your spirit. Jan is a bit quirky, opinionated, creative, happy and someone I always enjoy chatting with whether it’s via email or in person. Her vivaciousness and enthusiasm is uplifting, her passion for gourds is inspiring, and you just can’t help smile when around her. She also sets a mighty fine table as you can see.

Beautiful Jan

Jan gave me a tour round the acreage which is full of art installations. I especially love the Hard Mattress and the endless concrete creations holding hens and chicks.

Hard Mattress

A visit to Hungry Holler is special, and it’s extra special when creativity is in the air. After consuming such delicacies as Coney Islander coneys, Lays chips, and a couple of Modelo’s, one of Jan and Marc’s next projects arrived, a 1957 boat. Glass, paint, bottle caps and a host of bling that I cannot fathom will turn the old hull into another amazing work of art at Hungry Holler.

A little bit of creativity is springing forth on my needles lately as well. I’m working on a new scarf design that’ll be perfect for just a dash of color and femininity during the warm months. Maaema (pronounced May-emma) is the Estonian name for Mother Earth and a fitting name for this sweet little scarf depicting a field of flowers.

The sample shown here in Lost City Silk, is about half finished. The completed scarf will use about 400yds and be approximately 9-10 inches wide and 60 inches long. As I’m working on the original one of my test knitters is also working on the pattern, which should be available in early April.

If you’ve been waiting on the release of the Sangiovese Stole – it’s here! The pattern is now available in the online pattern shop.

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Signs of Spring – Here in Oklahoma there are little bits of spring popping up all over the place. The fields while still having some leftover dry stalks of fall grass are greening up quite nicely. Ladybugs and wild honey bees have been flying about. I even saw my first yellow swallowtail butterfly this week. Sunday afternoon on the Vernal Equinox I drove over to see my friend Jan at Hungry Holler Art Center. Spending a few hours at The Holler is one of the good things you can do for your spirit. Jan is a bit quirky, opinionated, creative, happy and someone I always enjoy chatting with whether it’s via email or in person. Her vivaciousness and enthusiasm is uplifting and you can’t help smile when around her. Jan gave me a tour round the acreage which is full of art installations. I especially love the Hard Mattress and the endless concrete creations holding hens and chicks. A visit to Hungry Holler is special, and it’s extra special when creativity is in the air. After consuming such delicacies as Coney Islander, Lays chips, and a couple Modelo’s one of Jan and Marc’s next projects arrived, a 1957 boat. Glass, paint, bottle caps and a host of bling that I cannot fathom will turn the old hull into another amazing work of art at Hungry Holler. A little bit of creativity is springing forth on my needles lately as well. I’m working on a new scarf design that’ll be perfect for just a dash of color and femininity during the warm months. Maaema (pronounced May-emma) is the Estonian name for Mother Earth and a fitting name for this sweet little scarf depicting a field of flowers. The sample shown here in Lost City Silk, is about half finished. The completed scarf will use about 400yds and be approximately 9-10 inches wide and 60 inches long. As I’m working on the original one of my test knitters is also working on the pattern, which should be released in early April. If you’ve been waiting on the release of the Sangiovese Stole – it’s here! The pattern is now available in the online pattern shop. var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

New Yarns Available!

The past few weeks I’ve been busy cleaning fleeces and dyeing yarn like a woman possessed. This morning Chris took six large boxes chocked full of raw wool and llama fiber to UPS for processing at the mill in April.

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Some of the new yarn colorways are included in the Merino Lace Online Shop and more are available in the Alpaca and Llama Yarn Shop.

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Here are a few of the new yarns you’re going to love…

The 1970’s in Oak Barn Merino
Taos in Oak Barn Merino
Embers in Alpaca/Tussah Silk
Rustic Red in Alpaca/Tussah Silk
Summer Plum in Llama/Bamboo
Naked (brown/gray) Llama/Bamboo

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Sangiovese in Silk

For a designer it’s incredibly exciting to see one of your own designs knit by someone else. There are several test knitters currently working on the Sangiovese Stole. Maria of the Knackful Knitter blog was the first test knitter to finish her stole and graciously mailed her finished Sangiovese to us for photography. Maria used the Lost City Silk yarn in colorway Wild Violet.

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When the tube arrived I was quite impressed with how Maria had packaged the blocked stole. She used blue painters tape to adhere the delicate silk stitches to brown paper. Maria’s very clever.

Chris and I both thought the Sangiovese in Silk deserved a special model and setting.

We knew just the right place and the model we wanted. The Canebrake is a beautiful resort that just happens to be fourteen miles from our rural farm. Dining experiences in a lakeside area usually ranges from pizza to bar-b-que in Oklahoma. The Canebrake is one of the premier resorts in our state and most likely in our region. Their culinary excellence brings people from across the area to eat in the elegant dining room or enclosed patio. The menu changes with the seasons and showcases special dishes, often incorporating local ingredients. The owners, Sam and Lisa, are two kind and talented people who work very hard at creating a positive and environmentally friendly resort. Lisa is the force behind The Yoga Barn at The Canebrake and Sam is an amazing chef. If you’re in the Tulsa area and want a great meal – The Canebrake is about as good as it gets. (My current menu favorite is the Wild Mushroom and Onion Tart.) It’s worth the drive from most anywhere.

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Today we arranged to meet Lisa between yoga classes and her management responsibilities at The Canebrake. When we arrived the dining staff was busy setting up for the evening. Flowers were placed on every table and glasses sparkled in the afternoon light.

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This mannequin outside the boutique was attired in black yoga wear and a shrug  – but a silk stole draped around the black top takes casual wear to evening with just a fling of silk over the shoulder.Svar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

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Then our model appeared dressed in a long flowing skirt and top. 
This stole drapes wonderfully in silk!

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There is only one word for this photo – elegance.

Thanks to Maria for being such a quick, precise, and talented knitter, 
and to Sam and Lisa at The Canebrake for their time and generosity.

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The pattern for the Sangiovese Stole is now available for purchase in the online pattern shop!!
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It’s not Friday…

It’s not Friday but I do have an FO! I finished Pretty Thing, the lace cowl design by Yarn Harlot. I love the very soft feel of it around the neck. It’s a very quick knit.

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Obviously I’m not a long neck swan, so I think I could have done with one less of the repeats (there are three) of the center lace design, although I think it’s quite a Pretty Thing nonetheless! I tucked my hair up so you could see how it fits in the back, of course, if I’d left my hair down you’d never notice the back. It could have also been the weight of my hair that pushed the upper portion of the cowl out.

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I’m kind of entranced by the cowl notion. It stays up against the neck for warmth – no twisting and wrapping a scarf. No tucking the ends of the scarf inside your coat if you’re out hiking.

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While in town earlier this week I stopped by my favorite bookstore and found a copy of Knitting Traditions on the shelf, which I promptly purchased along with a single shot of espresso – the magazine costing much more than the caffeine. Both felt somehow – necessary and important.

This is the second issue of Knitting Traditions, the first was issued in 2010, both are available as online digital magazines if you can’t find a copy from your local bookseller or LYS. The 2011 issue is chocked full of goodness! There is historical content, patterns, and articles that had me craving for more stranded colorwork knitting in my life.

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Then we arrived home I found my Wild Fibers magazine had arrived! If you’re not familiar with Wild Fibers – it’s a combination of fiber porn from around the world and photos worthy of National Geographic magazine. I thoroughly enjoy this magazine and consider it both a reference material and a personal treat.

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Very Pretty Rose Thing update

I had planned to take my time with Pretty Thing, it’s a small project but it’s so lovely to knit I used it as a take-along on a recent trip to/from Tulsa. The rows are short, and there are only 61 of them!

The colorway is Wine and Roses (from the Merino/Lambswool/Angora line) and while this photo makes it look pinky, it’s more of a dusky rose.

Join us on the Ravelry Fans of Lost City Knits forum for the KAL!

 Very Pretty Rose Thing

Sneak Peek – we took a few photos of the finished Sangiovese Stole recently.

I like this one, it makes me look tall. I like looking tall.

We may have a new rule – all FO photos should be taken beside a short window.

 Sangiovesi Stole

The Sangiovese Stole pattern will be ready for purchase later this month.
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