If The Hat Fits

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. 

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If The Hat Fits

Startitis Strikes Again

The other night all I wanted to do was knit, but none of my current projects called to me. What was a knitter to do? Cast on, of course! Except I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place: a new hat or sweater for Milesman? 

The answer was both!


Which is how I found myself with the start of a Barley hat (knit in one of my LYS’s yarn dyed specially for them in a beautiful superwash wool. It was originally going to be a different sweater for Miles that never really seemed to work out and then ended up being too small for Miles anyways by the time I finished the body…) and another Flax Light in leftover Mechita yarn from my Boxy sweater (which means we’ll technically match!). I love the simplicity of these tincanknits patterns. Sometimes there’s nothing better than garter and stockinette stitch interplaying together, especially on a baby! 
Now if only it’d get nippy again. 

Startitis Strikes Again

An Unexpected Change in Plans

So like I mentioned in my last post, I was getting slightly anxious to finish my Lovely Ribbed Cowl, which I did…


…and move on to what I had had plans for the Dovestone DK I had recently bought, which I did…until I didn’t like what I had planned anymore. Sigh. 

Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet) while visiting Needles in the Hay yesterday, I finally discovered what the Dovestone was truly calling for:


The Netherton Cardigan in the new PomPom anniversary edition magazine. I couldn’t help it really. I’ve been thinking about that beautiful cardigan since the last time I had been at the shop, and even though I would have loved it in the yellow, I figured the green I had bought was a good substitute. 

I’ll be playing a little bit of yarn chicken with the sleeves as there were only 2 more skeins of the green left but that’s ok. I usually prefer more elbow length sleeves anyways so I’m not terribly worried – just excited! 

An Unexpected Change in Plans

Yesterday I took Miles to one of my favourite places in the whole world: my cousin’s shop, Needles in the Hay.  And while he may have been more concerned about getting in another feed and poop before we headed home, I loaded up. 

I even managed to cast on and get an inch or so in when we got home. 


This is the start of a Lovely Ribbed Cowl from Purl Soho – something nice and easy that can easily be picked up and put down as often as a crying newborn dictates – being knit in The Fibre Co.’s Luma (in the Willow colourway). I am so in love with this yarn so far; it’s a combination of wool, cotton, linen and silk and just feels cool yet warm all at the same time. I’m not usually a huge linen or cotton fan; I rarely knit with them although I do love the idea of them, but this yarn seems to be the best of both fibre worlds for me. It makes me wish I were knitting a drapey sweater that I know could be worn all year round. 


On top of the Luma, I grabbed (from left to right): Dovestone DK in Chevin, Dovestone Natural Aran in Armley, 2 skeins of Shibui Drift in Brownstone, and the Grasslands Saskatchewan colourway of Fleece Artist’s National Parks collection for the 150th anniversary. 

I’ve never worked with any of these yarns before (just oohed and aahed and squished wishingly) and am SO EXCITED! Squeeeeeeee!!

What’s the latest yarn you’ve gotten that you’re excited to work with?

A Bad Case of Startitis

Every knitter has been there: startitis.

Startitis is the horrible feeling that you never have enough projects, and/or that you must cast on just one more project because it is imperative that you start that new shawl right now!

Startitis comes and goes in waves. Sometimes you can be content to work away at your projects; enjoying the sense of completion and rock-steady patience it takes to finish that sweater you swore would be finished two months ago. Sometimes you can go for weeks, without feeling the itch to go to the yarn store. Sometimes you stop second-guessing your pattern choices and can keep calm and knit it out.

And then sometimes all you can think about is the thrill of casting on for a new project, spending hours on ravelry searching for the perfect piece that is missing from your wardrobe (startitis is very selfish and usually is only concerned about your knitting needs, rather than others), or, horror upon horrors, what knitted items you have that you never wear and should really frog and use for another project. The horror!

I’m unfortunately going through this right now. You read about my plunge into the #SherlockLive Cardi I started in my last post. I’ve already finished one sleeve and am halfway through the chart on the second sleeve. image_medium2

I should have been satisfied. But I wasn’t. I broke again and cast on again! Drea’s Shawl in RainCityKnit’s Super Sock, and Sweet Georgia’s Tough Love Sock. img_2097_medium2

The RainCityKnit’s had already been frogged from a pair of “My Cup of Tea” socks that were too big for me, and the Sweet Georgia is left over from a pair of “Octopode” socks. I couldn’t resist.

Even then. Startitis is striking again today. When I was trying to decide on what to wear, I almost left the house in my Fitted February Pullover by Amy Herzog. Which is a lovely pattern, and I love the lace pattern…

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Except ever since making this sweater (from again frogged Spud & Chloe Sweater), even though I love the lace, I have always wished it was longer. I even added on an extra section of garter on the bottom since the whole thing was knit from the bottom up (woe is me; this is why I like top down sweaters, as I have a longer than average torso and like being able to try things on) but it still just doesn’t feel right.

And that’s when the thought crossed through my mind for the thousandth time: I should just frog it and make something I’ll actually love wearing.

Now I’ve wasted more than enough time trying to find exactly what this yarn would be perfect for, because you know, already having 3 sweaters, 1 scarf, 1 shawl, and 1 set of fingerless mitts on the needles right now just isn’t enough.

Le sigh.

 

A Bad Case of Startitis