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. :)