Calming Waters Scarf – Beach Stone Broche

 

Calming Waters Scarf - short version
Calming Waters Scarf – short version

The Calming Waters Scarf with the Beach Stone Broche is the smallest style of scarf in my Calming Waters Collection. Made with Malabrigo Rios Hand Painted Merino Wool base with two different colour ways with Alpaca from Alberta www.albertarosealpacas.com  for the sand, Rowan www.knitrowan.com  and Malabrigo yarns for the stones with seaweed and ocean plant life done in a wonderful yarn by www.ancientartsfibre.com as an accent.  (I previously Blogged about this wonderful yarn in my “Victory in Victoria” blog.

Done in the two different Ocean colour ways of Blue, greens and hints of purples, sometimes other colours.  Accented with Alpaca, Blueface Leicester and Merino Wool.  The broche can be worn on the scarf or on another piece in your wardrobe.

This design is based on my many trips to the ocean and the West Coast in particular.  The inspiration

Calming Waters Scarf - Short Style
Calming Waters Scarf – Short Style

comes from the wonderful moments by the waters edge.  The Calming Waters scarf is the movement of the water splashing on your neckline, or “beach”.  The darker yarn shows the rippling of the water and the lighter becomes the waves.  The broche is a combination of the sand with beach stones and the various plant life and seaweed that are placed around by the strength of the waves.  This design was made with crochet.

I wanted to design a piece where you could bring the calm of the ocean sounds, feel the sand between your toes with the memories of warm days by the beach.  I will be doing this design in a orange, blue and sunset colour way for the ocean at sunset!  Now you can bring your favourite warm memories by the beach with through the cooler days of Fall, Winter and Spring.  It will also be available in a longer scarf and the Shawl/Shrug earlier in one of my Blogs.

Calming Waters Shawl/Shrug
Calming Waters Shawl/Shrug

The Calming Waters Shawl/Shrug.  You can see more about this design or purchase it at www.intricateknits.etsy.com or www.vbaberdesigns.com

 

Garden Surprise

Surprise Marigold
Surprise Marigold

While sitting my deck this morning having a coffee to start the day off right I noticed a garden surprise mixed within my herbs.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.  You see I am not the best of gardeners by any means, but every year I try and try again.  There is nothing better than success after trying a task over and over.  Even better when you didn’t expect the outcome.  So here is it…..  Marigolds! Yes, they are growing aimlessly amongst my herbs and flowers.  Thing is I didn’t plant any this year!  Surprise, there they were!  The best part is they are growing where my other flowers keep dying because we have had a lot of wind this year and it is breaking my flowers.  I have replaced them twice already adding new ones to take the space of the ones lost.  Tis why I am so excited that out of the blue (or in this case orange) these wonderful Marigolds popped by for a visit to replace the space I had once again lost flowers from wind breakage.

More Marigolds
More Marigolds

Gardening is a hit and miss hobby and I am so happy to see a hit out of the park this time with the surprise Marigolds.

To add to this moment of gardening bliss I noticed the snap peas I planted have actually been fruitful!  I am in utter shock as I have tried growing tomatoes here for 5 years with success only one of those years.  The weather is not always dependable and my lack of a green thumb doesn’t help.  I decided to ditch the tomatoes and try the snap peas.  The snap peas add a double surprise today and have decided to grow!  Here is my first bowl of these delicious garden delights.

Snap Peas
Snap Peas

I was seriously thinking of knitting a garden full of wonderful produce instead of planting them.  I figured I could knit and crochet a bumper crop!  It is nice to see that my thumb might have a bit of green after all.  I am inspired to try some garden knitting and crochet in the future.  Maybe it is how I will warm up the winter days thinking of next years garden adventure.  Who knows what will pop up next year.  What’s in your garden of delights?

Snap Peas 1
Snap Peas 1