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.


Before Ravelry even existed, designer Anna Dalvi was running mystery knitalongs (KALs) for her gorgeous lace shawls on Yahoo groups. Dalvi’s skill at translating natural and mythical inspirations into stunning lace creations drew more than 7,000 knitters to her KALs.

Now, she has gathered all 14 of her wildly popular Mystic shawl designs into one book, stunningly photographed by Caro Sheridan. The book also includes photos of beautiful examples that other knitters created during the knitalongs, capturing the true community spirit of the KAL and the knitting world at large.

Mystic Shawls spans a wide variety of shapes and constructions, giving you rewarding knitting for years to come.

From the back cover:
From waters to desire to delight, each of Anna’s patterns will keep your needles spellbound as every stitch slowly unfolds the beauty of her lace motifs. The exquisiteness and integrity of each design is always revealed in anything Anna decides to design before the first stitch is made. Knitting her vision culminates in a masterpiece. Join her in her journey…

–Roxanne Yeun, Creative Director, Zen Yarn Garden
It only takes a glance at one of her shawls to see that Anna Dalvi is one of the top lace designers in the industry. Her eye for combining lace patterns and designing pieces that are truly magical is unmatched.

–Marly Bird, crochet and knitwear designer and host of the Yarn Thing Podcast

The e-book version of Mystic Shawls is available right now, or you can preorder the print version (and receive the PDF copy immediately) here.

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Upcoming Projects

On June 3, 2014, in yarn, by Anna

I have a few really exciting projects in the pipeline.

The excellent Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden recently sent me 2 skeins of Serenity Glitter Sock in this gorgeous colourway (Nitro J).They are going to become a shawl, and I’m mulling over the design as we speak.  I’ve got parts of it worked out already, but there are a few more things to figure out before I can start knitting.

I also got a wonderful package from Babs & Helen at Miss Babs.  This is the first time I’ll be working with their yarn, and it looks so scrumptious I’m really itching to cast on.  In fact, I believe I’ll cast on tomorrow.  I have two projects planned.  One will be using this 3-colour gradient set in Northumbria Handpainted yarn.

That set was absolutely calling my name.  I know EXACTLY what it will become – I have a perfect design for it, and I just can’t wait to start knitting.  Like I said, I think tomorrow is the day.

And finally there is this 5-colour gradient set in Yummy 2-ply toes.  Expect to see this in a new Mystic KAL.

I don’t have a date yet, but I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, shh!  :-)

The Fiber Optic Paintbox set I showed you when I came back from Maryland Sheep & Wool is coming along nicely.

I expect this pattern will be out in the fall – probably September or October.  Right now it is looking like a rather pretty blob, but it’s not quite ready to face the world yet.

Finally, I have a super-secret-super-exciting project on the needles right now.  Can’t share much except a sneak-peek of the yarn, which is Solemate from Lorna’s Laces in Navy Pier.  It contains all sorts of pretty blues (not navy though).

I think that’s it for now.  So, while it may seem a little quiet at the moment, rest assured that things are happening behind the scenes.

Happy knitting!