test knitting

Its a bright, crisp and cold day here in Dallas.
I love this kind of weather. We have this really pretty lake right behind our apartment and I've been walking around it a lot with my dogs. I think they love it too and they love the ducks.
Today is my husbands 40th birthday.. I'm so thankful that I've been able to spend the last ten years of his 40 with him. He gets a little cake tonight, its in the oven. 
Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.. his request. 
I'm listening to an audiobook at the moment, one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. 
Of all the books I have read of hers, I had not read this one. And then there were none and 
its narrated by Dan Stevens, fans of Downton Abbey will recognize that name. 
So far so good and I love his accent! He narrates quite a few books from the look of it.
I've also been working on some embroidery, the hoop below is available for sale just let me know if you are interested, but I can do custom work too.  I stitch a lot of florals because thats just what I really love. Flowers make me happy!

I just cast off the sample I knit up for Heather. I just need to ship it off to her!
Pattern is Washington Park Shawl. You can check out my project page on Ravelry. It has a lovely knitted on edging, first time doing this particular one and I enjoyed it immensely. 
The yarn was fun, it was completely out of my comfort zone with the variegation but nevertheless it was a treat. I had a few qualms with the pattern but since it was a sample knit I didn't stray from the original pattern. 
On the needles right now is the Wellington Work Sock Shawl.  A test knit for Samantha, she has a great blog and beautiful instagram feed!!

I'm using De Rerum Natura. One of my favorite yarns! 
Speaking of lovely yarn, I received the best happy mail this past week. I got this big package of wool from We Are Knitters. If you haven't heard of them, please check them out here, the palette of yarns is so great and fun. I got the lovely petite wool and my plans are a big, cozy blanket! This yarn is just, yum! I also got another color which I will save for another post, but plans for that will be the farmhouse shawl
It was so generous of them to share their yarn with me, and for you all there is a coupon code you can use to give their yarn a try too, THISHANDMADEWAK for 15% off.

Lastly but not leastly I wanted to share with you a little giveaway preview . Its a Love & Leche lotion bar and one of my embroidered linen bags... so be sure to check back this weekend to enter!

linked with The Small Things.


  1. And Then There Were None was on the BBC over Christmas here in the UK - it was really scary! Love that linen bag, the bees are gorgeous.

  2. I listened to the Dan Stevens narration of And Then There Were None. It was so good! I was actually trying to decide which Christie novel I wanted to listen to next, and when I saw that Dan Stevens was narrating that one I just have to listen.

  3. Just found your blog from your Instagram account and I'm feeling a good kinship...I fricken LOVE Agatha Christie and I have that book on cd. It's been a while since I listened. It truly is a creepy novel. Enjoy!

  4. And Then There Were None is one of my favorite books. Your embroidery is lovely.

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  6. Also, I'm a big knitter with a growing interest in hand embroidery. My husband has also just recently turned 40 and we've been together ten years!

  7. Happy birthday to your husband. I love Agatha Christie and have reread most of her books, including And Then There Were None. Miss Marple, though, is my favorite character. Love your bees :)

  8. Love the little embroidered bees Olivia. They are darling!

  9. The wool looks beautiful. It will be a lively shawl.

  10. Gorgeous embroidery, and that wool looks delightful!
    Caz xx

  11. I just love Agatha Christie! I read And Then There Were None, years ago and it's still one of my favorites. Love love love!

  12. Beautiful wool! And The There Were None scared the dickens out of me, I find her books so good! I'm sure the Dan Stevens narration is excellent.

  13. If you enjoyed his narration you'd probably really enjoy his Frankenstein. I loved it!

  14. Hoorah for knitted blankets! I don't know how I get through our Scottish winters without them.

  15. Hoorah for knitted blankets! I don't know how I get through our Scottish winters without them.


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