Lake of the (Ninja Turtle Barf) Woods

I’ve wanted to knit Ilga Leja’s Lake of the Woods from the moment I first saw it – same colourway (Nova Scotia) and yarn (Fleece Artist Silk Stream). When I went in search of the yarn, I was dissappointed to discover that it had been discontinued.

When looking around on Ravelry, I learned that Fleece Artist had produced a “Very Special Limited Edition” yarn for Knitty-Noddy (Merino 3/6) that would be a perfect substitution. When I went and checked it out, they had it availible in the colourway I wanted, but the photos of the yarn looked darker than those on Ilga’s pattern. I went with it anyways, thinking “such is the nature of hand-dyed” and that it would still look beautiful.

Merino 3/6 in the Skein


From the time that the yarn came in, I had a bit of an uneasy feeling about this project, so I let it sit for a few months. I finally decided to get to it, and this is what I got:


3″ into it – Chart A
Close-up – the blue is more vibrant/bright in person

The funny thing is, while I was knitting, all I could think was “Ninja Turtles”, and when I showed this to DH…

Me: Can you come look at this? I want to see if you see the same thing I do.
*DH comes in*
Me: Is it just me, or does this look like…
DH: Yeah, it looks like Ninja Turtles

I didn’t even have to say it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want to walk around looking like the blue Ninja Turtle exploded all over me!

I will definitely knit this pattern with a different yarn, but this one is off to the frog pond!

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