Monday, September 21, 2009

going archive-only

A while back I posted that I was going to shut down the blog because it had become very inactive. A number of people wrote to ask that I leave it up since many knitters were just beginning to knit, or had yet to begin knitting, the shawl.

Since then, there have been very few new posts or comments so, after a lot of thought, I've decided to make this site an archive. No new posts or comments will be able to be made, but the old posts will still be available to anyone who wishes to read them for information.

Thanks to all who have participated and helped each other along knitting these beautiful designs. I wish you all very happy knitting!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

at long last, the honeybee stole

Well, folks, it's been very quiet here on the blog, but Sitemeter reports that each week there still are visitors. So I thought I'd go ahead and post a photo of my completed Honeybee Stole.

I took this with me when I went on vacation recently. I finished it while I was staying at my sister-in-law's home in the Dominican Republic, but I just blocked it yesterday when the blocking wires arrived.

This was a lovely project to work on. :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I love this shawl!

It took me a while to cast on but I am really loving this shawl. The pattern is great to knit. The product is wonderful. The yarn is Wooly Wonka's Buckwheat Honey. While I am anxious to finish, holiday knitting has taken up all my knitting time. I'll be back to it soon.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

another one off the needles...

Yarn: Røros Lamullgarn, black, 100% wool, 50gr/250m. Used 250 grams.
Needles: KnitPicks 4mm
Started: August 31st, 2008
Finished: October 5th, 2008

My second BeeFields. It's a fun knit, but not for the inexperienced...

I changed the beginning a little, instead of having to graft, I cast on half of the stitches needed, knit over those, and then picked up form the "bottom" of the cast-on row, for the second half of the first row. Does it make sense at all-LOL? The main reason to do so, was to avoid the grafting, and it turned out very nice in my opinion. Forgot to take a picture though...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

finally getting the honeybee on needles

Just before going back to my teaching job this week, I decided it was now or never with getting the Honeybee Stole started. I decided not to use the Wooly Wonka Buckwheat Honey yarn I originally ordered to knit this. I'm saving that in my stash for now and using a Kaalund Classic Two laceweight I've had in my stash for several years. The color is called Moss.
Now I just need to get started on the Marie Antoinette socks and my 'bee' cycle will be complete. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


For those of us who can't seem to get enough insects in our knitting lives, Anne has now published a new shawl pattern with more beautiful motifs for our knitting enjoyment. Take a look here!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Better Late than Never

She's finally finished - six months in the making. I cast on 2 Jan and cast off 13 June. I'm not a particuarly fast knitter and most of the triangle shawls I've done have been three to six months duration.

I got the kit and I love this merino yarn! The colors are fanastic - not too high contrast, and the hand of the yarn is lush. I have about 33 grams left, which should be enough for a narrow scarf sometime in the future.

My favorite part was the border

The BEES with their complex shaping and the alternating triple decreases that made the 'flower stem' part so curvy! Pure genius, I tell you!

haagen-dazs helps the bees

If you'd like to learn more, here's the link. :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sophronia's Finished Bee Fields

I finally finished mine last night! Here are a few pictures. For more info, please visit my blog at

I have enjoyed being part of this knitalong! Thank you so much AnnMarie, for graciously hosting it. Good luck to all who are still working on their bees!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


BeeFields done:-)
I signed up for this KAL quite some time ago, but haven't done more than following everyone's progress, drooling over the beautiful shawls you've all made. Then AnnMarie "threatened" to close the blog, and that gave me the push I needed to start this.
It's knitted in RørosLamullgarn ,100% wool, 50gr=250m,colour #48, (a dark red/plum) knitted with Knitpicks options circular needles, 4mm (they can also be bought here if you are in the area...)
Started on April 2nd 2008, finished on April 14th,2008. I followed the charts, becaus I find it easier to see the pattern in a chart than just written. It worked out fine. The shawl is bigger than intended...2.3m along top edge, and 1.15m from neck to bottom point. It's definitely not a tv-knit...but not as difficult as I imagined when I first got the pattern-lol-all those pages nearly freaked me out:-)
More details on my blog.

Thank you, AnnMarie, for hosting this KAL. It has been great fun following
the knitting, and seeing all the pretty yarns you've used.
Take care, and have fun knitting:-)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

plans for the blog

My reason for considering removing the blog was the real decrease in activity here. I use Sitemeter to monitor the amount of traffic and, even considering the number of readers who stop by without posting or commenting, things have been very slow here for months.

As the blog administrator, I feel a responsibility to keep an eye on things. As the person who started this, with the blessings of the designer, I also feel a responsibility to respond to questions and comments, so I try to check in at least every other day.

I would like to keep this blog going as a resource for those who are knitting or planning to knit any of Anne Hanson's 'bee'-themed items, so I won't delete the whole blog but I've made a change in the settings.

I've set the blog so that only members can comment, so I don't expect that we'll be getting any more questionable comments that I'll have to delete. And I will ask that any posts be related to the 'bee' designs. Most of us have blogs or web pages of our own and we can go wild there with off-topic stuff. :)

Like a lot of others, I still haven't knitted all three of the designs. After finishing the shawl months ago, I turned my needles to other projects and finished up a ton of UFOs and WIPs. I'm looking forward to the end of the school year and weeks of downtime. Summer for me has always been prime knitting time and I'm looking forward to finally knitting the Marie Antoinette socks and overdyeing the yarn for the Honeybee stole.

So...knit on and blog on! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

all good things must end?

When I started this knitalong blog last summer, I said that there was no official start date or end date for the KAL. I promised that I would keep it going as long as there was sufficient interest in keeping it alive. Given that there've only been a handful of posts since the beginning of this year (and several of those have been mine), I think that maybe it's time to de-activate the blog.
I'll keep it going for another few weeks to give everyone time to copy out any posts or information that they would like to keep for future reference, but, unless I hear from a swarm of you that you would like to see the blog continue, I'll just delete the whole blog by the end of April.
It's been fun and I think we really did help each other through the knitting and cheered each other's accomplishments. I want to thank you all for being a part of this! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bee Fields Shawl

Hey, this Woolyworks and I'm new to this blog. I purchased the shawl pattern and have read completely through it--whew! 18 pages of pattern is just a little mind boggling. I've knitted a lot of shawls and yet this one is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I think it's because there's not a large schematic to show me where I start and where I end and the charts are just little snippets of the whole. I'm solidly grounded in geometry and the way this pattern is written makes my knowledge a little useless. OK, so I'll have to learn to knit from text rather than charts, but it can't be rocket science, can it?

I'm sure that when I get past the setup section I'll get a picture of it in my mind, but for now, I'm feeling more than a little lost. That's pretty sad for someone who's been knitting for as long as I have. Maybe this is the challenge that I've needed to get me off of dead center. Let's hope so! Here I go!

I'll be so glad to do socks with all of you knitters. I adore knitting socks and the Honeybee stole looks so exciting. I'm looking forward to more activity on this blog and meeting lots of you as we knit along.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

new season, new look

With a nod to a new season approaching, I'm shaking up the look of the knitalong blog a bit. Activity here has slowed down, but we do have a new member who has just joined us. She's listed in the sidebar as Wooly Works. Welcome and happy knitting!
As for my 'bee' knitting, since finishing the shawl months ago I haven't been knitting anything remotely bee-related as I spent the last couple of months of 2007 on a self-imposed challenge to finish all projects on needles.
I accomplished that goal and then turned my needles towards heavier-weight projects, but I've been eyeing the Honeybee Stole pattern lately as well as Anne's sock pattern, Marie Antoinette, that has the same bee motifs as the shawl and stole.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Successful grafting

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I think it came out very nicely. I embroidered a few stitches of chain stitch over the grafting to continue the line of the "spine" up to the border. Because this yarn blocks out so well, the difference in the tension between the knitting and embroidery should not be an issue, but I left the tail available so that IF I need to undo it, I can.

The shape of the lace wanted to dip in there in the center, so I went along with that and 'manufactured' a set of stitches on the left side to make everything balance

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Add Another One to the Finished Pile!

She's done! I finished it about 2 weeks ago, but I had to wait until my body healed up to block it. C-sections & blocking lace aren't two activities that should be done together! Even yesterday was pushing it, but I couldn't wait. I also can't wait to knit another one of Anne's designs. Look to the blog for more details.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Technical Question

I am about halfway through the Beehive section and am eyeing that center back provisional cast on with some trepidation.

I know that getting the graft just right will be critical to the success of this project. I think I'm going to go ahead and do the grafting now. If I totally mess it up, I will have "only" lost a few days of knitting time (all right, three weeks. But that's still better than months and a totally frogged project).

I'm looking for tips, techniques, pros and cons of doing the grafting now. Advice, please.

Monday, January 21, 2008


This is probably the most beautiful, complicated thing I've ever knit. I love it!

See my blog or Ravelry for more if you want!
Thanks to my husband for taking pictures outside when it
as 2 degrees thismorning:)

Friday, January 4, 2008

another knitalong

I received an email from a knitter who has started a knitalong for another Anne Hanson lace stole design, Simurgh. She asked if I would mention the knitalong here. If you're interested in joining, pop on over to her KAL blog and take a look. :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

A finished Bee Fields Shawl

At last I've finished my shawl, four months in the knitting.

The yarn's from Wooly Wonka Fibers and was a pleasure to knit with.

More photos on my blog.

I'm on ravelry as dawn

Monday, December 24, 2007

as the year winds down

I'd like to wish everyone a peaceful end of the year and a very happy and 'knitterly' new year! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Beatrice is complete

I finally and happily finished my bee shawl which I named Beatrice. I am so thrilled with the finished knit.
The shawl was an amazing learning experience and I am certainly looking forward to my next Knitspot shawl!

ETA: I have had several request for what yarn I used. Thank you!
I actually used my own hand dyed Sweet Lace in the Rose Hill Colourway that is currently a custom dye request colourway.

Bee in Field

I sort of work on this project in spurts. This time it was my plane knitting to and from my parent's house for Thanksgiving. I got the first 3 bees done. The photo shows 10, so I guess I must be getting close to the end.

I'm finding this section to be easier than the others, mainly because there is very little to do on wrong side rows, and even the right side rows are more logical than the bee section, at least to me. Besides, this pattern is my favorite of the 3 sections.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

for all who observe it

have a lovely Thanksgiving. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Through the Swarm

Hi All! I'm still diligently knitting along. I've made it through the swarm. I'm seriously considering doing the petite as I'm really short and it appears shrinking. I'm probably 5'2 and 3/4" in the morning and shrinking throughout the day. Has anyone else done the petite yet and been happy (or not) with that choice? I just want to wear the shawl and not have it wear me. :) My only reservation is that it will throw off the beautiful symmetry of the three sections.
~Madame Purl

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I joined this KAL a while back when it first formed, but have only got around to casting on my Bee Fields a few weeks ago. Then I posted to my blog, but forgot to post to the KAL blog.

So my Bee Fields about now about half way through the swarm section and I am just getting around to posting here. I love the pattern, the yarn (Claudia's Hand Painted Silk Lace), the whole project. We've only had a couple bumps, pretty much due to my total inability to set up the swarm section in a moving car. Once I got over that issue, it's been full speed ahead.

Friday, November 2, 2007

shawl models in short supply

I finished knitting the shawl last Friday and blocked it on Saturday, but late work hours have kept me from getting to the park for a lovely outdoor shot, so I resorted to the brass hooks on the back of the double doors and just hung the 'bee' as nicely as I could.

And here's a bit of detail ~

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Oregon Red Clover Honey

On to the swarm

I've been working diligently on my bee for the last week or so, and now I'm just finished with the first repeat of the bee swarm. I just love this pattern! I have to say, though, that these rows are taking forever. I'm hoping to finish it before January, when 2 new mystery shawls are starting (I signed up for both. Not sure what I was thinking...)

This picture isn't that great, but it's the best I could get with my camera yesterday. It's prettier in real life, promise:)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Just wanted to post a quick Hello. My name is Christine and Im just now getting into shawls, stoles and everything "big." I've been admiring everyone's beautiful Bee's and had to join. I need to commit to knitting otherwise my Christmas gift list will NEVER get done.

Im excited to get started!

Thanks for letting me join, Annmarie!


Saturday, October 27, 2007

off the needles and ready for blocking

I finished knitting my bee fields shawl last night and will be blocking it today. It's raining cats and dogs here in NYC so it will probably take hours to dry. I'll post a photo as soon as I can take it outdoors for a nice 'autumnal' shot. :)
This shawl was a pleasure to knit, but I did find it more pleasurable to work on when I didn't try to knit on it at the end of a long and tiring work day, especially the last sections with the multiple yarnover bee motif. These fairly flew off the needles when I was well-rested but seemed very tedious to me when I was tired.
I had hoped to finish it in time to wear to Rhinebeck, but that didn't happen. I knew that the designer, Anne Hanson, would be at Rhinebeck and was hoping to show off my own 'bee'. I did run into Anne as I was leaving the fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon and we had a nice little visit. She admired the shawl I was wearing, Summer in Kansas from Two Old Bags, and we talked about knitted-on edgings and such for a while. She's lovely and it was very nice to meet her face to face after corresponding with her by email.
The yarn I'd originally ordered for the shawl, Wooly Wonka's Buckwheat Honey, has been saved for the Honeybee Stole which I'll start as soon as I get caught up a bit more on other projects. After living with this yarn since August, though, I'm thinking that I'll probably overdye it with a smidgen of Logwood Grey from Earthues Dyes to tone down its brightness just a bit. Although it's a lovely yarn, I don't usually wear such bright colors and think I'll get more use out of the stole in a color a bit more subdued.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Baby Steps

Although I joined this KAL some weeks ago, I didn't want to start a new project until my old ones were done. Well, the old ones are not quite done, but I plunged into Bee Fields this week anyway.

I am using the stash yarn shown, and it seems that I need to knit on size 3 (US) needles. After swatching with different sizes, I looked closely at your pictures and decided that this yarn on size 3s would be best--and it is close to the suggested gauge, but not exact.

I'll be done with the set-up rows tonight and then on to the first section. My winglettes seem a bit small, but I'm expecting they'll be more obvious when blocked.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Half Way

The first half of my stole is finished. I couldn't resist blocking it so I could really see what it looks like.

With the first half successfully completed, I anticipate no problems with the second half. Now I need to get busy and finish spinning that second package of Black Rainbow Glitter from Aurelia.

Here's a little close-up of a modification I am doing. I'm adding beads to the side and end edges. They are the "oil slick" colour, I think referred to as "dark aurora borealis", and they match the glitter in the handspun perfectly.

Also, instead of the "bind off loosely in knit" I'm using a great bind-off I learned when doing the Swallowtail Shawl. It makes for a very stretchy yet tidy edge.

K2, *transfer the 2 stitches on the right needle back to the left needle and then K2tog through the back loop. K1 and repeat from* around.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bee and Honeycomb

I'm well into the bee and honeycomb section now.

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I'm hoping I'll have the time to completely finish this half of the stole before I have to put it down again. I'm allowing myself a few days working on it and then it's back to projects with looming deadlines again.