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

There’s An App For That

Did you know that WordPress has an app?! I truly didn’t and now, voila! I’m currently one-handedly typing this while breastfeeding a sleepy babe and I’m quite impressed with myself (and the app)!

Anyways, in knitting news I’ve been surprisingly productive. I managed to finish a baby sweater gift while at the cottage yesterday, and am halfway through the Lovely Ribbed Cowl I wrote about last time. 


I’m pretty in love with Luma and want to knit everything in it. I can’t wait to see how it blocks out. 

And surprisingly I haven’t gone stark raving mad from the continuous ribbing. I think it’s mostly from the fact that I’m just happy to be knitting. 

I do have to admit though that I am getting slightly excited/anxious to finish this project and move on to the one I’m planning for some of the Dovestone I bought. There’s just something about roughspun wool yarns that always call to me, and lately it’s what I crave. This is one of the things I love about Luma: it’s not a pure wool but it satisfies me in the same way a traditional wool yarn would. 

Don’t get me wrong: I love the beautiful, special-dyed yarns like Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist, or Koigu, just to name a couple of my favs. But for me there is nothing more satisfying or more knitterly than a classic sweater in a good, sturdy wool. And right now since sweater knitting is a little out of the picture other than baby ones, I’ll have to settle for accessories. 

There’s An App For That

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?

Christmas Knitting At Its Finest

Now, this may or may not surprise you, but I am surprisingly behind on my Christmas knitting. I know, it’s horrible, I feel bad about it, but luckily a lot of people on my list this year are getting some homemade (if not a little bit crooked) pottery. However, there are still a couple people on my list who are still getting hand-knits, and so I’ve started going into frantic mode on what to knit them. Luckily, I started with Jane Richmond’s Arika Cowl and have lulled into a false sense of security that, yes, I can finish all my Christmas knitting between now and December 24th….right?

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I absolutely adored knitting this, and am really quite sad that I can’t keep it for myself. It literally took me an evening and an hour of knitting to complete – not including the tassels. It’s knit with Malabrigo Mecha in Paysandu and is so incredibly soft and squishy. It was so quick and is so lovely that I’m seriously contemplating knitting it for a couple more people! It’s not bad to give people the same gift when it’s hand-made, right?

My cousin at Needles in the Hay has just informed me that she just got in the HiKoo by Kenzington, which is the recommended yarn for the pattern and now I’m super happy I convinced her to let me work on Sunday 🙂

 

Christmas Knitting At Its Finest

Winter is Coming: Knit Faster

As I was camping this weekend, I got my first hit of the impending fall.

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Be Kind shawl from Interpretations Vol. 3 in progress in madelinetosh 80/10/10 in the Far Beyond

It was a bit cold, it rained a fair bit on Saturday, and all I could think was, “some knits would have been nice,” followed by, “oh dear lord, all of my knit accessories are in a box somewhere.”

And I died inside.

Yup, all my hats, mitts, cowls and scarves, and the majority of my sweaters are all in boxes stored away at my mother-in-laws.

What is a knitter to do? Well, my husband would say, we’ll just go through the boxes and find them all. I say I need to knit a whole new set.

REALLY, I already have 3/4 of a cowl done, I’ve now got some amazing Scottish yarn my parental so brought back for me from their trip that is dying to become mittens. I just need yarn for a hat. Oh dear. I guess I’ll have to go shopping…

Winter is Coming: Knit Faster

Oh Canada!

So as I’m sure most of you have figured out by now, I’m a Canadian. And in case you are also on top of what day it is (I, for one, have been having trouble this week keeping track of what day it is), it is also July 1st, AKA Canada Day. ‘Tis a day of wearing red & white, waving around things with maple leaves on them, and celebrating our independence.

To celebrate Canada Day (and since this week has been so hectic that I have nothing to report from this end knitting-wise), I’ve compiled a couple Canadian-themed knitting patterns for your enjoyment.

  1. Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket by Purl Soho
     For those who aren’t familiar with Hudson’s Bay, it’s essentially our Macy’s.

  2. Majestic Moose by Andi Satterlund
    Because what is Canada without a moose?

  3. Burton Bear Cowl by Heidi May
    Or a bear, really?

  4. O Canada Mitts by Vicky Taylor-Hood
    For those of a more traditional Canadiana mindset

  5. Flying North by Maria Montzka
    For those of you who’d like something a little more subtle in your Canadian pride, try these socks that mimic the shape of flying geese.

  6. 504 King West by The Knit Cafe Toronto
    Because how I could I write a post about Canada-themed patterns without an ode to Toronto?

  7.  Alberta Bound by Kate Bostwick
    Or a pattern inspired by the fields in Alberta? Oh, Alberta, how I’ll miss you.

Happy Canada Day all!

Oh Canada!

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

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

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