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