Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tasty knitting

I finished my cowl last weekend. I really enjoyed the pattern stitch--interesting enough but not brain-freezing. I had not worked with a yarn that has so much lanolin in it, so I found that an interesting experience. I soaked the finished cowl in Eucalan and then blocked it. That softens it up a lot. I'll be shipping it off to my mom. All in all, I'd call it a tasty little knit!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I gave my project a bath in my brand new grapefruit scented Eucalan (yum!) and looked around for something to block it on. As I was looking, the bowl in which my husband collects wine corks caught my eye. This bowl (or whatever it is...I've never really been sure since I found it at an antique store) was just the ticket. So, here are some photos of my cowl drying:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I'm not big on anything snug around my neck due to a thyroid thing, so I used the yarn to make a modified Victorian Shoulderette. Didn't have enough yarn to complete the border as written, so I switched to a 4-stitch sideways edging. It's been washed and is now drying. I have to admit that I had a bad time with the amount of lanolin in the yarn. I frogged, reskeined and washed it once in Eucalan, and almost did it a second time. This time, I used shampoo to really (hopefully) get it grease free.


Well, I finished my lovely project last night. As I was admiring it and stretching out those lovely dropped stitches - POINK! - a stitch that was NOT supposed to be dropped popped and started running down the knitting. All I could say was ARGHH!! It took me about an hour, but I think I figured out what I did wrong (I'm certainly no expert knitter). SO, today it will get it's soak and blocking and hopefully I will have photos to post within a few days!

Another Satisfied Knitter

Received my package last Thursday....the yarn is lovely as are the pattern and markers. Looking forward to getting to work on it!

Monday, February 16, 2009


I received my package last week, too. Finally sat down on Sunday and wound it into a ball. I always wind by hand--no swift or anything. The yarn has a really nice feel to it. Hope to cast on for the cowl later this week. Then send it to my mom for a surprise. I also bought some prime merino lace and now have a big problem: which project from Knitted Lace from Estonia do I make???

Boo Hoo, no yarn for me!!

Still no yarn for me, and none expected today with the Holiday. I sure hope it arrives soon. I am enjoying all of the photos, so keep them coming!!!

Allegra's Pattern

I'm really enjoying this pattern. It is nice, simple and fun! I just love dropping stitches on purpose....there is something about it that makes me feel free - almost rebellious - as I knock that little stitch off the needle and watch that yarn unravel. Mwahaha!! ;-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Awesome yarn...

My first Taste arrived yesterday and I can't wait to cast on. The colors of the yarn are beautiful and I love the pattern and stitch markers!!

VERY lovely!

My package arrived yesterday - much to my delight! I'm hoping to cast on today. I will probably add extra stitches in order to make mine looser...even though it might end up being a gift for my mother-in-law. The stitch markers are quite lovely too!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

OMG Lovely!!!

I love the lovely, lovely, lovely yarn and pattern. It feels so nice.

It Came!

I'm so happy with the peachy pink in this beautiful yarn, and the pattern and stitch markers are wonderful, and I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I have mine....

and I love the colors. I am excited to get started on the cowl. It is going to look wonderful I think. These are good colors for one of my sisters. I think she will really like it. It was worth the wait Heather.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It Has Arrived!

Mine arrived moments ago. From the PO stamp on it, the Post Office did not process it until the 9th. 

That said, the yarn is absolutely gorgeous! It feels like it will be heavenly to knit up. Love the pattern and stitch markers. Can't wait to start.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Hey - has anybody gotten their first package yet??? I still haven't recieved mine yet.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Hey everyone!

Hi! My name is Jessica and I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 great kids (girl who is almost 8, boy who is 6 and another boy who is 3 1/2). I learned to knit many years ago but realized I didn't have time with one baby and now 3 children later I am knitting like crazy! I can't get enough of it and TRY and knit every day. I have a handful of girl friends who also knit and we sit and knit quite often. I like to work on many projects at once. My big project right now is the Francis Revisited sweater!! I am very excited to get the first Taste!! Well, off to go get dinner together and knit some more :) Until later.......


My name is Andree, and I am from Southern California.  

I am looking forward to participating in Taste of Shivaya!

Hi from Upstate NY

Hello everyone my name is Lindsay and I am currently freezing my butt off in upstate NY in city called Saratoga Springs, which if you know anything about horse racing you will know but if you don't it's about an hour north of Albany the state capitol. I'm an epidemiologist by day and the mom of a wonderful 8-month old who is home sick today with her first ear infection.nghsknfndvnc (That's her typing her own hello)

I'm relatively new to knitting. I began last winter when I was pregnant in an effort to get myself to slow down. I love it and I may be tapping some of you more experienced knitters for some help.

Nice to meet everyone.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Greetings from Washington

Hi, I'm Lynn Majidimehr, and I'm a quilt pattern designer / artist and have also been knitting for years, with other hobbies thrown in for good measure. Last year I purchased a spinning wheel and have been learning to spin, which of course has me more interested in knitting. This is my first year to try knitting clubs, as I hadn't heard of them until I started reading more knitters blogs, and joined Ravelry. Last year I enjoyed seeing all the great things everyone was knitting, but this year I'm looking forward to my own packages and projects.


Hi name is Karen and I am from Central PA. This is my first time participating in a yarn club so I am excited to get started.

I learned to knit and crochet as a child from my grandmothers but didn't start again until about 5 years ago. Now I knit obsessively - I consider it my therapy after a long day at work. I like to knit scarves, cowls, mittens and shawls and have finished a few baby sweaters and one adult sweater - thFebruary Lady Sweater - along with most of the knitting world. I like to knit lace and hope to knit a few more sweaters this year. I have knitted socks as well.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing everyone's projects.

More Midwestern Greetings!

I'm a long-time knitter and quilter. I've made a resolution this year to (mostly) knit from stash, buy from LYS, and otherwise buy interesting and unique: thus, the Taste! I've only broken that resolution twice so far. It IS February, right? LOL! I'm looking forward to each shipment. I am a freelance indexer working out of my home office along with my buddies: two big dogs and four felines. My husband and I have been together for almost forty years. We have two daughters: Sarah, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1999, and Lisa, an exhibit designer. I am currently knitting a cabled pullover hoodie for the Mittens for Akkol group kids. It's in worsted Malabrigo, Tiger-lily color (orange). Some smaller, TASTEY projects will be a welcome break!

Greetings from PA

Hi Everyone, I'm Heather from Central PA. I am a stay at home mom to 2 beautiful little girls, Quinn - 3 1/2 going on 16 and Reid -9 months. I learned how to crochet from my grandmother when I was 5, learned knitting in highschool and just started knitting again when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest (I'll call it my version of nesting). I was put on bedrest at 29 weeks with my baby and knitting was my mental sanity. Althought I don't get much time to knit, I try to sneak in some time early in the AM before the girls wake up. I was lucky enough to participate in the Shivaya Love Lace Club and now my mom has a beautiful scarf. That club was put together so nicely with the pattern, yarn and markers, I just had to participate in "Taste of Shivaya". I'm looking forward to sampling some of Heather's other yarns.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I'm Sharon from Central Texas.  I'm a stay-at-home home schooling mom of three children (ages 11, 9 and 5.)  I've been spinning for 9 years, crocheting for 6 years and picked up knitting about 3 years ago.  Right now I really love knitting lace, cowls and socks since they are so portable.  I'm really looking forward to the yarns and patterns from this club!

Greetings from the windswept Midwest

Hi! I'm Michelle, aka swearm. I hail from the rather blustery Midwestern US, where I live with the love of my life, our 2 kids, and one furry minion of the feline sort. I've been knitting for about a year and a half, and am absolutely hooked. I learned how to knit prior to spending a year overseas, where I would not be able to use my sewing machine.
I am very much looking forward to the first package in the club! I'm a total novelty junkie, so a new yarn and a pattern every other month is just perfect. :)

Greetings from Frozen Michigan

I'm Phyllis, aka Redford Phyl. I've done all types of needlework for as long as I can remember. I started with cross-stitch when I was only 6. I think I picked up my first knitting needles when I was 10 or 11, but really didn't do anything until my freshman year at Michigan. Found a sweater kit at a yarn shop in downtown Ann Arbor, bought it, and had a completed sweater in just a few weeks. (I could add that this was during the Bay of Pigs incident, but that would be really dating myself.)

That was it for the next 6 years, then it was on and off for a few years, then off for nearly 20 years. Picked up the needles again 3 years ago, and I haven't stopped since. Two years ago I bought my first drop spindle (I'm up to 12 or 13 now) and a year ago I bought spinning wheel, Majacraft Rose to be precise.

My current love is lace, be it shawls, socks or cowls. I'm looking forward to seeing what each shipment brings. I have a thing for patterns by several of the designers. It should be a fun year.

Hello Everyone!- My name is Michelle Lane

Allow me to introduce myself! I have been married to the same wonderful man for 19 years and am a 41 year old stay at home mom of two human children (ages 16 and 10), as well as numerous "fuzzy" children. The fuzzy children are my Gypsy Vanner horse, two miniature mediterranean donkeys, six Old English Southdown Babydoll sheep, and three dogs. The large animals are the foundation of Kellane Farm. Originally the purpose of the farm was to breed Gypsy horses and donkeys, but I have since changed my focus to the Babydoll sheep. I love my sheep very much...and am anxious to build my flock so that I can have fiber from them to spin and sell. It is a little known fact that Babydoll sheep have very fine wool - as fine as Merino! I have been knitting for about 5 years and am absolutely addicted! Every free moment that I have is spent perfecting my skills at this most excellent craft. Only recently (since October 2008) did I take up lace I am very excited to be a part of this club!!


Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the blog for Taste of Shivaya. By now all of you have received your invitation to be able to post on this blog. I would encourage you to introduce yourselves, and once your packages arrive, to post on your knitting experiences with your club yarn and patterns.

This blog is yours, and will hopefully be a fun way for all of us to get to know one another.

Happy Knitting