The Problem With Being a Knitting Mother

Yup. It’s been six months since my last post – how six months have gone by with me barely noticing, I have NO IDEA, but wait, yes I do! The reason is called Miles.

Motherhood is exhausting, guys, as I’m sure a few of you also know. And lately all I seem to want to do during nap and bedtime is also sleep or cram in s much knitting as I can. I haven’t quite managed the whole knitting while parenting skill, especially since Miles is just as interested in my knitting as I am, so knitting is unfortunately limited. Sigh. And blogging, well. You know. Please be patient with me.

In knitting news, I have actually finished some projects lately after a slump of seemingly never-ending projects, both of which I do not have any pictures of and are gifts so probably for the better in the long run. BUT I can show you guys my latest acquisitions from our recent trip to Nova Scotia:

Yum, yum, yum! I bought this local (ish) beauties at The Loop in downtown Halifax. I highly recommend stopping in in you ever find yourself in downtown Halifax. Part of the reason I loved it so much was the chatty store clerk who was there, who very willingly took her time to show me everything local they had from skeins to bobbins, and tempted me into buying all three of these with background stories to go with each.

The top one, uberWench, is spun and dyed by a Halifax local librarian who belly dances and used to teach spinning at the Loop.

The middle brown one comes from local sheep, Brownie and Gordy, who are apparently lovely, sweet creatures who make excellent yarn.

And the bottom one, Fuzzy on the Inside, apparently makes wonderful winter mittens, suitable for the east coast wet cold.

How could I resist? I couldn’t. And believe me, it took a lot of self-restraint not to try and find a whole sweater lot in Brownie and Gordy.

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The Problem With Being a Knitting Mother

A Snowy Sunday

It’s been snowing all day today, which has given me more of an excuse to cuddle up in my knits and with Milesman, who surprisingly let me. Yay!

With this weather, it’s a good thing that I finished my Divide sweater not too long ago.

I’m pretty much in love with this sweater and Arbor. The sweater feels surprisingly heavy but when you put it on, it’s just a cloud of wool keeping you the appropriate temperature. The only things I would change if I did it again would be to potentially make the ribbing longer just too add some more length (but not the biggest deal), and I’d redo my seaming because for some reason I just could not get my seaming as smooth as I would have liked. Usually I’m pretty good at seaming so the fact that I can really see the seams without meaning to really bothers me. Argh!

Anyways.

Now I can knock a project off the list, and focus on another one: Tabular from the winter edition of PomPom magazine.

I’ve been coveting this sweater since the first sneak peek of the edition came out, and finally got the chance to get the yarn I needed for it, and the magazine itself, a couple weeks ago from my cousin’s shop, and so far I’m loving it. The front is so interestingly constructed that I’m sad I didn’t leave it until last, because now I’ve just got stockinette pieces. Blah.

BUT I will chug through because I need some post-baby pullovers. Badly.

A Snowy Sunday

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Mommy rant: This week has been a stretch of my mommy patience; I’ve been trying to sleep train M. to nap in his crib. Seriously, this kid is amazing at bedtime and most of the time sleeps through the night, but when it came to napping, all he wants is Mama. So it’s been a long, tough week of lots of crying, tweaking and tea. However, this weekend has been a bit of a breakthrough and I can see the light! Finally. End Rant.

In knitting news:

3/4 pieces of Divide have been completed, and the front is on its way. I’m so excited because most of my sweaters don’t particularly fit me well anymore, so this is knit in my new size. It’s knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor in Klimt, quite possibly one of my favourite shades of yellow ever. And man, do I love yellow.

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Wool Season

I feel like, like most knitters, I have a fondness for the winter season, if only to see how many knitted things I can wear at one time.

(Three: mittens not pictured)

Because of the whole new-baby-struggle-to-even-keep-myself-alive-let-alone-a-baby thing I’ve been going through, I decided for this holiday season to calm my knitted gift knits and limit my number of recipients and to only knit hats.

Somehow I managed to finish all of them plus a last minute surprise for Husband – shush! I know he reads this blog!

One Cafe au Lait Tam, two Fuck It Hats and a Pennyroyal with a furry pom pom for extra joy.

I loved doing all of them. Pennyroyal is a simple and easy pattern with a little kick. I’m actually tempted to knit one for myself since recently I’ve been craving a new toque.

This Cafe au Lait tam has been in my head for months now since I bought the skein of BaaRamEwe’s Dovestone DK at my cousin’s shop when she was getting rid of it. I knew the colour was perfect for my mum, and I’ve been loving knitting with Dovestone on other projects that we won’t talk about because they’re currently being neglected.

I had knit the Fuck It hat before for my dad, who promptly let his ex-wife borrow it then lose it, which is why he asked for another one (and this’ll be the last one for him ever). I luckily still had some Cascade 200 leftover from the first time, but for the other one I went a bit more…feminine.

There is something incredibly pleasing about knitting naughty words in a beautiful pink. And what luscious pinks they were! The words are knit in West Yorkshire Spinner’s The Croft Shetland Tweed in Heylor, and the MC is The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria in Cowberry. I am grateful that this pattern doesn’t use up a full ball of either because that means leftovers for me! Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

Wool Season

A Love Affair With Arbor

Sorry for the accidental hiatus there. I promise that I didn’t mean to but, well, c’est la vie avec le bebe. And then, well, we went to Hawaii for a week.

The thing I regret not doing most in Hawaii is actually not remembering to take a picture of my knitting in paradise. Sigh. But! The good news is I finished one sleeve of my totally last minute, selfish cast on of Divide by Emily Greene, knit in BT’s Arbor in the colourway Klimt.

 

Miles loves it as much as I do. I hadn’t knit with Arbor before but had snagged 2 skeins of it from Needles in the Hay when it first came into stock; so when my cousin offered me the Divide pattern, I immediately claimed dibs on most of the remaining Klimt to make it. True knitter that I am, I at first reasoned with myself that I would wait until all my Christmas knitting was done, and I had at least started the second sleeve of my Netherton cardigan…but then realized what a perfect travel project sleeves make, and Bob’s your uncle. Now I have a sleeve.

But I really couldn’t help it! I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with Arbor. When I started knitting with it, all I could think was, “what is this magic?!” It’s light and bouncy with all the goodness of pure wool that I adore. The colour isgorgeous and the stitch definition is ridiculous; I would willingly knit inches upon inches of twisted rib just for this definition. Oh, Arbor, you seductress.

It is really taking all my will power now that we’re home to refocus on Christmas knitting rather than the second sleeve. My goal this week is to finish the Fuck It Hat I started in The Fibre Co. Cumbria and West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft, both in lovely shades of femininity, which takes the hat to a whole new level of awesome.

My second goal this week is to also start a tam of sorts for my mum in baa ram ewe Dovestone Aran in Bantam, aka red. Once these two hats are completed, the only other Christmas knitting is a possible cardigan for Miles – but at least if I’m a little late, he really won’t notice. I hope.

A Love Affair With Arbor

Sweet Bunting in Action

Today was a particular chilly day in Ontario, which meant everybody got to wear at least 1 knitted item. Miles got to wear his Sweet Bunting Cardi by Laura Chau, which really is one of the sweetest cardigans in the world. 

It’s knit in Malabrigo Arroyo and scraps of Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport and what I think was RainCityKnits sport weight. All are beautifully soft and superwash yarns, practically perfect in every way for babies (and definitely stood the test after a day of drool and minor spit up!). 

I recently found out one of my friends in expecting, and I’m seriously considering knitting her a Sweet Bunting, and who am I kidding, I’ll probably end up knitting M. another one in a larger size eventually. 

In other news, I’m absolutely thrilled because I’ve got not one, but two FOs pinned and drying in the spare room! I finally, finally tackled and finished my Breathing Space sweater, and pushed through the sleeves on Miles’s stag cable pullover. I’m trying to be a good girl lately and only complete projects rather than start them, and so far I’ve been good – at least for the month of October so far. 

What? I managed to snag some Brooklyn Tweed Loft and the pattern for Boardwalk. It was the last temptation, I swear. Until Christmas knitting season begins, that is.

 

Sweet Bunting in Action