Simplicity & Freia Shawl



Good Day Lovely People,

Today’s simplistic outfit was chosen to showcase my new Freia Shawl.  This Freia Shawl was 10 months in the crafting. In December 2016, I visited Loop Yarn promising myself to only buy what I needed. Yet, a ball of Freia yarn began to call my name and once my eyes looked on it I knew she was coming home with me. The price of $38 per skein didn’t deter me, I have learned to spend money on quality yarn, and it came with a free pattern. I was Sold!



I knitted through the pattern in six days never realizing my stockinette stitches were twisted and the edging was done in the wrong side. Only once the project was complete could I see all its flaws.


The Dilemma: Do I take the project apart and start all over, or do I just wear it knowing it’s riddled with mistakes? Discouraged, I placed the project on the side of my sofa, and contemplated what to do next. See, I am a non-traditional/neophyte knitter so pulling a project apart to start over is a foreign concept for me. There had to be a way of fixing it without starting all over.

On September 7, 2017, rather than unraveling the whole project I began knitting the shawl from the opposite side; this method would slowly pull apart all my mistakes and I could visually see what I did wrong.


Sidenote: This time I practiced the pattern on less expensive yarn before using the merino wool.  This allowed me to tweak the pattern to fit my personal style.



10 days and two skeins later… I present to you my version of the Freia Shawl Ball in Blue Voilet and Mint Julep.




Trips in Luxuria


There are friends who I chose to share this Journey of Life with.  We walk, talk and share the common interest of Living Our Lives to the Fullest! My Fellow Journeyman, Tawny and I went on a quest of correction that somehow led us to Luxuria!

After some coercing, Tawny, lead me into the lovely Cella Luxuria Store.

I see this store as the most amazing showroom you will ever enter.  Our tour guide/saleperson, Adam, was gracious enough to take us around and explain some on the amazing artistry in detail.

They housed one of my favorite soy candles, Unwined and introduced me to a new brand Spitfire Girl. They also exposed me to vintage items redesigned to new innovations:

Knobstoppers, vintage door knob wine stoppers


Dreamweaver Lotus Pillow: 100% up-cycled silk neckties restructured in to soft floral arrangements


And somehow they worked strategically placed skeins of yarn into the décor. Lord knows if you can work a skein into the ambience of a room you have done something right!


This unexpected trip brought new energy to me.  I left thinking how I can incorporate my craft into my living space without it looking cluttered or overwhelming.  So, if you want to find one place that houses beautifully crafted artwork, furniture, candles, etc. and/or are in the Center City Philadelphia area go to Cella Luxuria.


Creatively Yours,