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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Stacked Stag-Horn Baby Sweater (worsted weight) by Stacey Cilia, knit in Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce and Reflecting Pool.
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.
And it does.
I very quickly finished the Barley I talked about in my last post for Miles, and love it so much that I’ve been debating casting on another one for a upcoming baby’s birthday present.
On the other WIPs front, Miles’s new Flax Light sweater is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve hit the body which means straight knitting now until the bottom ribbing so my attention has wandered a bit despite my love of the wonderful little garter rows the Mechita knits up.
And then, of course, because I have no self control and found my leftover balls of Rios, I decided Miles needed a Stacked Stag-horn Baby Sweater, like, now.
Since taking this picture, I’ve finished the body and started a sleeve. It’s knit up wonderfully quick compared to the Flax Light and even the Netherton cardigan I’ve also been working on in DK. Ah, worsted weight, it’s almost your season again.
I know, I know. I’ve got mad startitis and I just can’t stop myself! I think part of the issue is that I’ve mostly given up trying to knit during the day with Miles because, well, things like this happen:
So now I reserve my post-Miles-bedtime time for knitting. This means roughly 3 hours or less where I try to cram in as much knitting as I can. Sigh.