Mystic Waters Turns Seven

On October 24, 2014, in KAL, Mystic Vortex, Mystic Waters, by Anna

Today marks the seventh anniversary of my very first mystery KAL – Mystic Waters.  Looking back, I just can’t believe the journey the past 7 years have taken me on.

Mystic Waters was not only the very first lace I ever designed – it was also the third lace shawl I ever knit.  The first one was a mystery KAL hosted by Pink Lemon Twist called the Swan Lake Stole.  That KAL ran during the summer of 2007, and I had a blast.  My final shawl looked like this:

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of knitting a shawl in a mystery KAL.  Getting a weekly “clue”, that is a piece of the pattern, was fun, and I really enjoyed keeping up with the KAL.  I also enjoyed watching the lace grow off my needles, and speculating as to what might be next.  When that KAL ended, I looked around for another mystery KAL to join, but I couldn’t find one.  So I thought I’d host my own.  The blog post announcing Mystic Waters is perserved here.  Basically, I designed my own triangular shawl, and then figured I could email the clues to whoever might want to join.  I was hoping I might find 20 knitters to join me on my lace adventure.  Imagine my shock when 1400+ knitters signed up for my KAL.

I’m so very grateful to all of you for taking a chance on me.  I’ve had a blast these past few years.  I’ve met knitters from all over the world, and seen my patterns knit up in countless colours, variations and yarns.  I’ve hosted over 30 mystery KALs, and published 3 books, 2 ebooks, and some 100+ patterns.  My work has appeared in numerous publications, including a cover page on Piecework Magazine.  I’ve had a chance to work with lots and lots of amazing people, and I have met amazing knitters and wonderful students everywhere I’ve gone.  Thank you all for making the past seven years wonderful.

As a special thank you, you can use the coupon code SEVEN to get Mystic Waters at 50% off.  The coupon code is valid until midnight, Oct 31, 2014 (EST) and can be used here to purchase Mystic Waters.

The journey is still continuing.  At the moment, we’re working on the Mystic Vortex KAL, and the third clue will be out today.  I’m busily plotting and scheming for more knitting fun this winter.  Hope you’ll join me for more knitting fun!


Vortices and Water

On October 23, 2014, in KAL, Mystic Vortex, by Anna

The Mystic Vortex KAL is underway, and some lovely projects are being posted on Ravelry.  There are both circular and semi-circular shawls being knit.  So far, we have had 2 clues (out of 6), and the 3rd will be out tomorrow.

This Mystic Vortex in cream is knit by Pamela in CA.  She’s knitting the full circle, and has (as of this picture) worked her way through the first clue.  Lots of people are using various paintbox gradience kits from Fiber Optic Yarn, and others are knitting in solid colours.

Diane in Australia is knitting hers in a paintbox with neon green through hot pink.  I bet this one is going to be smashing!  While you guys are knitting along on your Mystic Vortices, I’ve had a less fun project of my own.

Last week, our hot water tank flooded the basement.  Our guest room was sloshing with water.  Which I naturally found out because we had guests arriving that day.  So, instead of making the bed for our guests, I ended up mopping up water for hours and hours and hours.  But in the end the carpets could not be saved.

So, we’ve pulled out the carpets, and will lose some drywall as well.

It’s an ongoing project for now, and it seems it will take a good, long while until we have our guest room back.  In the meantime, I guess we’re lucky that we found it quickly.  There could definitely have been a lot more damage.  Still, it’s been most…. distracting.  And believe me, I’d rather be knitting than mopping water for days.  But for now, I’ll be living vicariously through your pictures.

Victoria from Ottawa (actually from my LYS) is knitting her Mystic Vortex in a deep red.  It also looks amazing.  I’ve always loved red, and this red is right up my alley.  Beautiful.  Far more beautiful than my own water flood project.


Mystic Vortex KAL starts

On October 10, 2014, in Mystic Vortex, by Anna

The Mystic Vortex KAL is starting today, and I have just released the first part of the pattern. I’m ridiculously excited to see pictures, but I suppose it’s too much to hope that people manage to work through the first clue in a mere 10-15 minutes, or whatever it’s been since I released it.  I’ll give you a little bit more time.  ;-)

I’m looking forward to seeing all the colours though.  Right now, the woods around me are ablaze with all the colours of fall.  There is everything from greens, through yellow and brown, to vivid oranges and deep reds.  Fall here in Ontario is always amazing, colour-wise.  And relatively warm too, even though it’s only a few degrees above freezing at the moment.

I just spent a few days in Denver, Colorado.  And I have to say that we can’t compete with the temperatures – it felt like summer there, and the leaves had yet to turn.  The view of the mountains was amazing though, and I really enjoyed getting to see the city.  There were some really neat buildings – of course the modern art museum and the State Capitol stood out – but I saw some other ones too that were really nifty.  Like this one that looked like it was built out of shipping containers.

There was lots of good food in Denver too, as well as interesting microbrews.  All in all, I had a wonderful time.  It’s always nice to get back home though.  Right now we have a long weekend coming up – Canadian Thanksgiving.  I look forward to relaxing, (more) good food, and perhaps a trip out to the cottage.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Getting ready

On October 2, 2014, in class, by Anna

I’m getting ready for a class. It always amazes me how much STUFF there is to bring.
WIPs for demos.
Blocking tools.
Measuring tape, sewing needles, scissors.

And then I have to figure out what to wear. Thats next on my to-do list.


The September Whirlwind

On September 25, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Anna

Every year, September just seems to hit me like a brick wall. After a nice, long, leisurely summer, it’s back to reality for most of us. School starts up again for the kids, and the various extracurricular activities kick into gear.
It’s nice once we’ve gotten back into our routines, but the actual getting there can be a bit rough. The rush to do all the things can be a bit overwhelming, but I’ve noticed that by now September is almost over, and things should (hopefully) slow down a little bit.

Project-wise, it’s been really busy.
The Mystic Ocean KAL finished, and I finally got to post a picture of my finished shawl.

I’ve also launched a new KAL that will actually start in October – Mystic Vortex.  Sign-ups are open (here), and I’m busy prepping all the files for that.

And I have received a large shipment of yarn which I am busy turning into something quite exciting.  I do have a deadline though, and that deadline is in just over a week.  Luckily I do have some trusted sample knitters to help out, but it’s going to be one busy week.  :-)
So if you don’t hear from me, I’ve probably drowned in my ocean of blue yarn.  :-)


Mystic Vortex KAL

On September 11, 2014, in KAL, Mystic Vortex, lace, shawl, by Anna

Swirls of water, whirls in space
Knits and purls and dashing lace
Growing peaks, converging lines
Round and round so many times
Mystic Vortex, mesmerizing
Lace in circles, so enticing
Welcome one and welcome all
to mystic lace knit in the fall!

Come join the Mystic Vortex KAL – the new MYSTERY KAL from Anna Dalvi, starting Oct 10, 2014.

Mystic Vortex can be knit as a circular shawl (1,800 yds lace weight yarn) or a semicircular shawl (900 yds lace weight yarn).

1 or 2 Lace Paintbox Gradients from Fiber Optic Yarns 100% merino wool – 900 yds/823 m per 3.6 oz in Damson-Gold Gradient
3.75 mm US 5 needles
Stitch markers
Large-eyed, blunt needle

Oct 10, 2014
Clues posted every Friday for 6 consecutive weeks.

The PDF pattern can be purchased here for CAD $6.50.

The KAL is available at this price until the first clue is posted on Oct 10. At that point, the price will increase to the regular pattern price.


Knit & Knag goes to Sweden

On July 15, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Anna

A week ago, we set off on our great summer adventure. We’ll be traveling around Sweden for about a month.

After a long flight or two we ended up in Stockholm. It was a glorious summer day – 28 degrees and sunny. This picture is taken at almost 10 PM, and it’s still bright outside.

For the next month, I’ll be posting about my Swedish summer adventure on the Knit & Knag Facebook page, so come on over and join us there.


Mystic Ocean KAL

On July 8, 2014, in KAL, Mystic Ocean, lace, pattern, shawl, by Anna

Announcing the new Mystic KAL!

Imagine the vast Ocean – rolling waves, thundering waves, and masses of water. It can be violent or entirely calm and peaceful, intimidating dark gray or brilliant turquoise. You could find yourself sailing on the surface of the ocean, or plunging deep down into its never-ending depths.
Mystic Ocean is inspired by the waters that cover more than two thirds of our planet. It’s a crescent shaped shawl knit in an enticing fingering weight Gradient Set from Miss Babs.

1 Gradient Set (Set of 5 Yummy 2-ply Toes) from Miss Babs in Aquarius or similar colourway.

KAL START DATE: Aug 14, 2014
Clues posted every Thursday for 5 consecutive weeks.

The KAL is available at a discount until the first clue is released. At that time the pattern price will increase to CAD $8.00.

CDN $6.00 (KAL price will increase to regular pattern price upon the release of the first clue)

Come join us in the Knit & Knag Designs group on Ravelry for more KAL fun.

PS. I’m announcing this KAL a little earlier than usual to give knitters a chance to order the Gradient Set from Miss Babs (if you so desire).



On July 7, 2014, in Vittran, lace, pattern, shawl, by Anna

Vittran is a creature in Scandinavian Folklore. She looks like, dresses and lives like a human, and takes care of cows and goats. She is usually invisible, but sometimes humans can catch a glimpse of her. If you help her, you will likely get some kind of reward, but if you cross her, terrible things happen.

The Vittran shawl is a top-down crescent shawl knit in seductive Serenity Glitter Sock. It can be ordered as part of a kit from Zen Yarn Garden.

The pattern is also available as a PDF download for CAD $6.00


Cottage Knitting

On June 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Anna

I spent a relaxing weekend at the cottage, and managed to get quite a bit of knitting done.  My Serenity Glitter Sock is starting to be transformed to a lovely shawl.

This picture is almost from the beginning of the shawl, but it’s grown quite a bit since then.  I’m really excited about how it’s turning out and can’t wait to share the end result with you.

The other project I was working on is a top knit in Miss Babs Northumbria.

This picture shows it shortly after casting on, but it’s grown a bit since then.  I love the subtle variance of hand-dyed yarn, and this gray is just stunning.

Aside from that, I snuck in some knitting on two other projects as well.  So, all in all, a very productive and yet relaxing weekend.