Ontario Tuesdays

As I may have mentioned, last week we came back for a bit to Ontario to celebrate some good friends’ wedding and a what do we need to get organized here before we move back permanently/general visit.IMG_3453

Visits back home for me are always a little bit weird, a little bit stressful, and never truly relaxing. This is why I’m pretty glad that this time I don’t have to try and shove everyone into one week of visits. Instead I can just say, “well, I’ll see you next month then!” And everyone is cool with that. However, I will admit, I’m getting a little bit tired of everyone asking me, “so Kyle has a job lined up, what about YOU. What are YOU going to do?”

And honestly, I don’t know yet. But I do know that knitting will probably be involved.

A couple weeks ago madelinetosh had an online sale, so of course I had to partake. I’ve never used tosh before, it’s always been a teensy bit out of my price range, but with the sale I thought, “this is my chance! TAKE IT!” and so ordered enough of the 80/10/10 fingering to make a Sunwalker shawl by Melanie Berg, and 2 skeins of the DK twist in Outlander, which not only struck my fancy, but seemed incredibly appropriate as I had just started reading the book series by Diana Galbadon.

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madelintosh DK twist in Outlander

Since the impending Ontario trip was looming, I had the package sent to my mom’s house and boy am I glad since it arrived the day we left Calgary! So of course, I couldn’t help but cast on with that lovely goodness. The pattern is Honey Cowl by madelinetosh and it’s so perfect for the variegation of the yarn. I’m so happy and in love with it that the fact that it’s summer and I can’t wear it is totally bringing me down.

Ontario Tuesdays

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming

Right. So I’m happy to say I completed my goal of finishing a Forest Park Cowl for my grandmother before I ventured back for a wee bit; I even had time to block it! (I can’t, unfortunately, say the same for my stepdad’s Argos hat which has sat neglected and forlorn in my knitting cupboard since I finished it…)

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made with Malabrigo Rios, my #1 love, in Reflecting Pool

The only thing I would change is to possibly make it a little bit longer to compensate for the typical “growing” of the Rios after blocking. Either way though, I’m having a hard time letting go of it. the colour is amazing! The pattern calls for about 300 yards, but it definitely took less than that, as I still have about 3/4 of a skein left! Mmm Rios….

In other knitterly news, I’m also almost done ReynaI’m on the last band of mesh and it’s fantastic.

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made with Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts BFL Fingering in Three Valley Gap 

This colourway is simply gorgeous. It’s amazing to me how in one light it can look a bit muddy and….normal. But then as soon as the sun hits it in the right way, BLAM! It’s a technicolour rainbow of amazing.

This project may also actually end up as a present. As much as I love it, I think I know someone who would love it even more. Besides, then it just gives me an excuse to knit another one….

 

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming

Oh God, It’s For Realsies Now

So I’m finally able to let the cat(s) out of the bag!

I’ve officially announced it to staff, volunteers, coordinators, and Facebook:

We’re moving back to Ontario.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Unfortunately I didn’t account for some people’s reactions to this (ie. everybody I’m leaving behind in Alberta), and so please excuse me while I sob uncontrollably in my office while reading some of the sweet and sad responses from people.

Oh God, It’s For Realsies Now

The Longest Week of the Year

This week has been….long…to say the least. Half of it was spent thinking it was the next day followed by utter desolation that, no, it’s not Wednesday, it’s only Tuesday. Dear lord, why. And so now that it is finally Friday, I’m extra, incredibly happy and excited, and impatient for the work day to come to an end.

The heat wave has also finally broken (hallelujah!) and this morning was positively chilly, and making me wish I had worn more than a lacy shrug. (This is why you always keep spare knits in the car!)

But then also this week, I was reminded that very soon is my grandmother’s birthday; this realisation also came while I was wearing a beautifully crocheted vest she gave me for Christmas and so all I could think was I must make her something beautiful. While discussing this with my cousin who also knits, who has decided a sweater is the only way to go, the brat, I unfortunately don’t have the extra time she does. So instead I decided to go with the next best thing: a Forest Park Cowl by Liz Abinanthe. This knit has been on my queue for awhile. I love cowls, and since my grandmother, apparently, doesn’t like shawls because she doesn’t want to be compared to wizened babas (AKA Ukrainian grandmothers) with kerchiefs on their heads, a cowl seemed like the perfect compromise.img_3353_1__medium2

Pair it with Malabrigo Rios in Reflecting Pool and you’ve got a dream. So much so that I’m pretty sure that I’m eventually going to have to make one for myself.

I am also caved and bought some Berroco Modern Cotton for another project…but I won’t get into that now because I already feel like a failure and saying, “NO! NO MORE YARN! NO MORE PROJECTS UNTIL YOU’VE FINISHED AT LEAST ONE.”

Ah, who am I kidding? What knitter has ever been able to follow through on that? No one, that’s who.

The other new project is Lake Diamond by Kristin Jones, and will, surprisingly, be my first summer knit. No wait, that’s a lie. It’ll be my second. But still.

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The pattern calls for bulky weight cotton, but I’m using the worsted Modern Cotton and doubling up. It seems to be working quite well so far – my gauge is a wee bit off, but if my calculations are correct the new gauge will actually work better for me than the recommended.

The only time math is useful: knitting.

The Longest Week of the Year

Just A Real Life Miley Cyrus Song

Do you remember that Miley Cyrus song We Can’t Stop? If you don’t, here’s a memory jogger for you, a la Miley, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots doing an a cappella version of it rather than the whack-a-doodle original music video.

And that’s how I feel right now. I just can’t stop.

Last week I just got tired of everything I was working on. I think it’s because the heat started steadily climbing as the week went on and the idea of sweaters and socks and things that you wear in the winter time just really made me feel really hot. I couldn’t work on them. I couldn’t swaddle myself in them as they grew. I couldn’t proudly prance around in them once they were done – they would be destined for my closet or drawers until the weather plunged again. Plus almost all of them involve looking at patterns a lot. I didn’t want to think. I just wanted to knit coolly. So I did the only thing I thought was reasonable: I wound up a skein of Ancient Arts Fibre BFL sock in Three Valley Gap and cast on a Reyna shawl.

Yup, another new project. I told you: I can’t stop.

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Three Valley Gap – super bright and dreamy, and for some reason makes me think of unicorns.

Sadly, I don’t have a picture of Reyna so far – I just finished the third band of meshing – and had planned on taking a picture of it over the weekend, except, well, things happened. Like Husband breaking his wrist happened and us waiting at urgent care until 3:30am happened. Yeah.

Anyways, so far Reyna is a great pattern: I’m loving the combination of garter and the mesh – and it’s already memorized within two rows. The only time I’ve had to truly look at the pattern is to remember the stitch count for the final rows of each section – and even then I’ve found a short-cut for the mesh parts (it’s that each mesh section doubles, shhhh). I’m excited to see how this turns out in the end.

 

Just A Real Life Miley Cyrus Song

Wool is Always in Season

I don’t really have any exciting news for this week. Work has been decently busy and with a few up in the air, life-altering things happening at home….I’ve been a bit distracted.

And yet, over the weekend I still somehow managed to cast on for Andi Satterlund’s A Cropped Sweater for Winter, because of course I need a new winter sweater in June, right? If you haven’t looked at any of Andi’s patterns before, you really should. As a decently busty girl who has usually avoided cropped anything for fear of looking like a giant pair of boobs, Andi’s patterns (and Andi herself!) make me feel like I can rock that crop, no problem. A lot of her patterns also have a distinctly vintage vibe, which is always a good thing.

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I’m really loving the pattern though – it uses a top-down construction I’ve never done before, and have to admit is pretty clever, and am able to use up the frogged Cascade 220 I had with the leftovers from a hat. Stash busting, ho!

And because of the wacky weather Calgary has been having, I’m hoping if I complete it quick enough, there may be at least ONE day where I can wear it! Here’s to hoping.

Wool is Always in Season