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. 

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

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

Yup. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve just realized that even though I’ve dragged project bags around with me to various places and rooms around the house, I haven’t actually done any work on them since, oh, Thursday.

I think this is one of the longest times I’ve gone without knitting. Except I’m pretty sure I know why I’m kicking my feet a wee bit when it comes to finishing up a couple projects.

One is sleeves.

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The body of a Playdate cardigan knit in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in Thomas Circle with the edgings knit with Hedgehog Fibres’ Sock in Pollen

I’ve noticed that I notoriously dislike knitting sleeves. I don’t do too badly when they are knit separately, but for some reason when they are knit from the body, I always stall. Which is weird to me because I highly dislike seaming shoulder caps to bodies. ‘Tis a mystery, which will probably never be explained.

The other reason is lace.

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What lace, you may be asking. It’s there, I promise.

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This muddled pile of lace is the start of Heartfelt  from Interpretations Vol. 3 by Veera Välimäki (& Joji Locatelli) and is being knit from the freshly frogged madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering I had been using for a Be Kind shawl from the same book. Now, don’t get me this wrong, this lace has actually been pretty pleasant to knit, the real problem is that the pattern is digital, which means every time I want to work on it I have to drag my laptop around because it’s my only electronic thing that I can also zoom in and properly keep track of what row I’m on. I’ve just printed off a legit paper copy and will be using my handy dandy row tracker to help me keep track from now on. Oh, the knitting location possibilities now!

In non-knitting exciting news, which have also probably been contributing to my lack of knitting is that a) I’ve hit the third trimester mark! Whaaaaaat!

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And then on top of this exhausting milestone is that we’ve finally bought a house! Woo! We are very excited and I’ve been obsessed with pinning home decor and paint ideas (I’ve almost got Husband convinced to let me use the spare bedroom closet as a yarn closet!), and I’m just so happy this little one will actually have a real nursery to be brought home to rather than a dark basement, no matter how many cozy knits surround him in said basement.

 

I Haven’t Actually Knit Since When!?

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

Flying North

The past week or so have been pretty rough on me, and I’ve barely had time to knit at all it feels like.

Somehow though, I have cast on a Flying North sock in the louet Gems I got recently.

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I’m pretty in love with this yarn: it’s soft and has amazing stitch definition. Some of my friends, however, were not as in love with the yarn as I was. Although they were pretty amused watching me knit during the pre-show at the movies the other week.

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Hey man, you have to take your knitting opportunities when they come.

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A Yarn Shop in the Family

Guys, I think I’ve just had my knitting dreams come true. It’s official. It’s here. It’s awesome.

Guys, I now have a yarn store in the family!

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My lovely knitter cousin has literally just taken control of and reopened Needles in the Hay in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s the sweetest little yarn shop in the sweetest little(ish) city, and I know I’m going to have a hard time controlling myself.

Today she had her official reopening sale, and of course, I bought some goodies because a) as we’ve discussed, I have no self-control, and b) it was too glorious to say no.

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I snagged myself enough Indigodragonfly’s CaribouBaa in Hipster Franz and The Mung Bean Stalk (Special Edition) and Cumberbacchanal (bottom cake) to knit a Breathing Space sweater from Interpretations Vol. 3. I’m so excited.

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And then since I realized this morning that I really don’t have any handy travel projects, I got some louet Gems in Cloud Grey for some Flying North socks.

So please excuse me while I go binge on new yarn. And hey, if your in the area: go check out Needles in the Hay – the reopening sale is continuing until tomorrow.

 

 

A Yarn Shop in the Family

HP, BFFs, and K1s

This has pretty much been my life the last couple of days:

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Ah, the joys of being in the same province with your best friend again! I’ve just come back from a couple days at her family trailer hanging out with her and my nieces doing wild and crazy things like swimming with floaties, watching copious amounts of animated movies, and trying to translate Toddlerese. And surprisingly, I was able to get a fair amount of knitting done while there.

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The yarn is that madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering (colour way is The Far Beyond, which isn’t being showcased very well in this picture) I told you about that I had dreamed of knitting a Sunwalker in…except it doesn’t want to be a Sunwalker. It wants to be a Be Kind from Interpretations Vol. 3. Don’t you hate it when your knitting dreams fall through? It wasn’t Sunwalker’s fault – ok, it looks best in more tonal yarns, we all have the colours that bring out the best in us – and it wasn’t the tosh’s fault – it just wants to be colourful, ok? – it’s just that the two weren’t meant to be together and that’s alright.

Either way, in the end I will have an equally cozy shawl to wrap around me. Considering Be Kind is entirely knit in garter stitch with the occasional eyelet row, the way it’s constructed is pretty unique and makes knitting a gazillion fingering stitches in one row (seriously, when you cast off you’re supposed to have 541 stitches…) go pretty quickly.

You’ll also noticed that I’ve conveniently placed the newest Harry Potter book/script underneath my knitting. Dear lord is it brilliant. I told my BFF that I loved her so much that I left my new Harry Potter book at home to spend time with her. That’s commitment; that’s love.

HP, BFFs, and K1s

Wishlist Wednesday

As a knitter, I love love looooove knitting sweaters and cardigans. They are usually my favourite thing to knit, and there is nothing I love better than cozening up in a hand knit when I’m cold. But now that summer is upon us, I came to the stark realisation that while I have many sweaters that do wonders in the winter time, I really don’t have many lightweight sweaters/cardigans that I can wear in the summer when the sun is hot but the AC is freezing. Gah!

On a knitting sidenote, on Sunday I finished my Lake Diamond tank top, and it is blocked and ready to go….if only the weather would permit a tank top. Le sigh.

And so, a wishlist of light cardigans perfect for layering and the spring/summertime:

Grace by Jane Richmond

Grace is on the top of my list for cardigans. I recently bought this pattern and think it would be a perfect project to shop for when I go on my “last yarn trip in Calgary” to get some yarns that I just can’t in Ontario.

Heartfelt by Veera Välimäki

Heartfelt is part of the Interpretations Vol. 3 collection by Veera and Joji Locatelli. My cousin recently shared this book with me and I pretty much want to knit everything in it, including this beauty.

Lineal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

This would be a really cute cardigan to pair with a sundress, and the linen yarn would be bliss in the summertime.

Whippet by ANKESTRiCK

I love the subtle texture of the eyelets on the body AND the sleeves. There is something about good detailing on a sleeve that I just can’t resist.

Summer Festival by Georgie Nicolson

This pattern was literally designed with summer in mind! Need I say more?

Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee

Ok, so not really a cardigan that would fit YOU (well, unless you love it so much you’re willing to do some intense math…) but I can’t help it, this pattern is on my mind right now as a good friend just had a baby and Baby M. needs a cardigan too!

Do you have a favourite summertime cardigan or sweater you love?

Wishlist Wednesday

Happy Campers All Around

Guys, you can’t tell from the picture below because I forgot to take a recent picture but one of the sides of my Floral Jumper is done!

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I’m so utterly excited and delighted and ready and willing to start the second half…..if only I wasn’t so not looking forward to the band of moss stitch at the bottom. Moss stitch in fingering weight is a tedious, tedious thing. Which is sad for me because I LOVE the look of moss stitch; to me it’s one of the greatest “plain” stitches you can do and I love it to bits. Just not when I have to do it in fingering. Blergh.

However, since the weather in Calgary lately has become almost summer-like (it’s supposed to get up to 28 degrees Celsius today!) I will tromp through that moss stitch border like nobody’s business just so I can wear that jumper at least once before there’s a risk of boiling in it. Luckily my newly renovated office (I’m finally back in my own office!!!) is quite heavily a/c’d and so boiling to death right now is not an option.

And speaking of boiling to death, remember how I moaned and groaned about men’s knitwear? Yeah, I’ve already ordered new yarn for another cardigan for Husband. Jared Flood’s Timberline pattern.

Because really, how can you say no to a Brooklyn Tweed pattern? You can’t. It’s impossible. Just look at those cables! Swoon. Luckily for me, Husband doesn’t expect this to be finished until the fall (phew). Not that he’d really be able to be able to wear it until then anyways…

Happy Campers All Around