me, Mavis

I knit. I garden. I co-manage an eclectic shop. I sometimes work in real estate. I sometimes swing a hammer. I always volunteer in my community. I live in an old house with my nice family of one husband and three beastly cats. I have great friends. These are the things that matter to me, Mavis.

Friday, April 14, 2006


I am a real fan of common garden violets and we have lots of them here at Chez Schavis.

There are a number of different varieties and I love them all.

This group, with a rich medium lilac color and delicate long-stemmed flowers, came up between the patio stones. They are particularly pretty against the grey stones:

This one has a big flower in creamy white, with a splash of purple:

Many years ago, I bought a pot of a variety called "Freckles" for my Mom. Of course, she shared the resulting babies with me. Over the years, the original had become two varieties.

Dark Freckles:

and Light Freckles:

Now this leads me to a knitting thought. Because this is just about the same shade as Dark "Freckles," let me share a pattern that caught my eye.

This is a freebie from Tahki*Stacy Charles that is an insert to the Spring/Summer 2006 "Vogue Knitting" magazine. It's a 20 row repeat with a stitch dropped 7 rows!

I am fascinated because:

1. the look is incredible;

2. I've never done anything quite like this before; and

3. VK is knitting something in drop stitch and made me remember that it's fun!


  • At 4:03 PM, Blogger Yvonne said…

    I saw that pattern overthe weekend and thought hmmm...I'd like that!

    I love the violets, Mavis...they're gorgeous!!! Our bluebells just flowered, and the forsythia is breathtaking up this way.

    We need to do Chambersburg soon, or else it'll be winter and we'll be wondering where the time went all over again!


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