Birthday Resolutions

Do you ever have those ages that for some reason call out to you that something exciting will happen that year?

“16 will be the best year ever!”

“23 I KNOW something exciting will happen! I can feel it!”

For me, those years were 16 (driving privileges, vroom vroom), 19 (drinking privileges, shots shots), 24, and 27.

Yesterday I turned 27 years old and while I barely feel any different, there is a sneaking suspicion within me that says, “keep your eyes open, kid. It’s gonna get good.”

And so I decided that it might be time to make some birthday resolutions:

  1. When in doubt, knit it out.
  2. Keep it positive, so positive things will kick the negatives’ asses
  3. Be someone that will make others exclaim, “that girl’s got gumption! Hoo-ee!”
  4. Finish husband’s cardigan (he deserves it)
  5. Find my motivation

On a final note, I finished a quick, project called Forest Stroll in Ella Rae Mega. I always forget how satisfying super bulky knits are, and how much I love seeing stitches blown up to ginormous scale. 1 stitch per inch? Yes, please!


I wore this comfortably with my fall jacket all day yesterday at the mall and didn’t overheat once; ah, the joys of pure wool.


Birthday Resolutions

Knitting Obsenities

I won’t lie, I have a bit of a potty mouth. Somewhere along the way during university, my mouth became filthier and filthier, and especially once I met my husband, it became downright sailor-like. When I phrase it that way, it sounds like my husband’s behaviour causes me to swear at him, when really I mean he provokes it and thinks it’s hilarious. In certain situations or with certain people, I will definitely tone it down quite a bit, keeping up a posh and polite exterior. So when I decided to knit the Fuck It Hat for someone for Christmas, needless to say, a few people were surprised – and became even more surprised when I said I planned on knitting one for myself as well.


The Fuck It Hat is an awesome pattern – super easy and simple – and after starting last night, I’m already almost 3/4 of the way through the chart. I highly do suggest though that you follow the pro tip in the pattern and add a marker between chart repeats. I followed the pattern’s advice as well and am using Cascade 220, which is always a favourite of mine.

But you might be thinking, “wait a minute, she said she was already done all her Christmas knitting?? LIAR!” Yeah, I thought I was done too. Don’t you love those last minute project gophers that hop out at you saying, “HEY KNIT FOR ME!!” Yup.

So not only did I have a Fuck It Hat gopher leap at me, I also had one for a Jason’s Cashmere Hat , also in Cascade 220. I had really wanted to do this hat in something shiny like the pattern calls for, but the person I’m knitting this for really isn’t the shiny type. Sad.

I’m only about an inch in on the ribbing for this pattern so far so I can’t say much about it, but I am very excited to see how it goes.

I’m pretty sure that Kyle is jealous of both hat patterns and wishes I was making him at least one of them, especially after he told me if the Fuck It Hat recipient didn’t like it, he’d just take it for himself. And, of course, we all know that the cats are just in it for the yarn.


Knitting Obsenities

Sherlock Lives

It’s finished. Oh yes.

I wish I could explain why I am so thoroughly pleased with the fact that I am currently wearing a completely finished #SherlockLives Cardi, especially considering it was one of my quicker sweater projects. I think part of it is that throughout the entire making process I kept wavering on my colour choices. Was there enough contrast? Do I actually look good in mint? Why didn’t I go for the purple and sweatshirt grey? I totally could have gotten over my sweatshirt grey prejudice, couldn’t I? Why was I so set on using Chickadee for the contrast colour?

But as soon as it was done and I had it on, I knew: damn straight this is brilliant. I love the dark navy on the mint. And holy Moses, is the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport soft! (Definitely very splitty when knitting it, but still soft!)

The mods I made to the pattern were relatively simple; after the colourwork section on the sleeves I didn’t do any increases (I have skinny arms apparently) and in the armpit decreases I just made sure to add back the stitches on the last row so it would equal out to one less yoke repeat. And surprisingly, it all worked!

One thing I would do differently next time though is add more stitches to the fronts because although I can button up the buttons, I definitely shouldn’t….unless I want to pop one. Seriously.


Sherlock Lives

The Happiest Day of the Year

I am a Christmas nut.

Definitely not as much as some people I know, but I’m definitely in the camp that’ll listen to Christmas music in November.

This year has put a particular feather in my cap  because, are you ready for it, I finished all my Christmas knitting before December 1st!!! Huzzah!!!

Patterns starting from top left are: Pressed Flower Mitts, Owl Study Gloves, Gothic Lace Cowl, INSULATE! Mittens, and Norwegian Mitts for Mimi

Those are just a sampling of knits I’ve somehow managed to crank out; the last one (finished on Sunday!) is sitting in the bath as we speak.

On Saturday Husband and I joined two of our friends for a journey to the Spring Bank Christmas Market, where we expected to pick up many a handmade wonders for the people left on our list that

a. Don’t appreciate knitted gifts

b. Cannot be trusted with knitted gifts, or

c. I don’t like enough to knit something for.

Surprisingly though, there were very few booths at the market that were selling genuine handmade items – a lot of booths had imported goods from other countries – or were company representatives selling their wares. We managed to find 1 awesome gift for my step-father (a full leather beer holster. Oh yes.), I bought myself an early birthday present of a lovely handmade necklace, and……yak yarn.

Oh yes, you heard me. Yak yarn.

I’ve never encountered pure yak yarn before. This yarn was made by The Rocking Yak, a company who exports yarn, fibre, and handmade knit goods from communities in Tibet where all of the above are spun, gathered or made by local women. How could I resist? Also, have you ever felt pure yak down? The only thing softer in this world is a duckling. And even then, the yak may give the duckling a run for its money.

So with help from my friend who was there for the yak buying, I’ve decided on the Casu Cowl:

It seems like the perfect thing to knit with yak: it’ll be cozy around my neck, and it’s simple but not terribly simple, but not so detailed that it’ll get washed out by the fuzziness of the yak. Plus I think it’ll be a great airplane project…unless I give in and crank it out before Christmas Eve.

Patience, Toria! Patience!

The Happiest Day of the Year