Wool Season

I feel like, like most knitters, I have a fondness for the winter season, if only to see how many knitted things I can wear at one time.

(Three: mittens not pictured)

Because of the whole new-baby-struggle-to-even-keep-myself-alive-let-alone-a-baby thing I’ve been going through, I decided for this holiday season to calm my knitted gift knits and limit my number of recipients and to only knit hats.

Somehow I managed to finish all of them plus a last minute surprise for Husband – shush! I know he reads this blog!

One Cafe au Lait Tam, two Fuck It Hats and a Pennyroyal with a furry pom pom for extra joy.

I loved doing all of them. Pennyroyal is a simple and easy pattern with a little kick. I’m actually tempted to knit one for myself since recently I’ve been craving a new toque.

This Cafe au Lait tam has been in my head for months now since I bought the skein of BaaRamEwe’s Dovestone DK at my cousin’s shop when she was getting rid of it. I knew the colour was perfect for my mum, and I’ve been loving knitting with Dovestone on other projects that we won’t talk about because they’re currently being neglected.

I had knit the Fuck It hat before for my dad, who promptly let his ex-wife borrow it then lose it, which is why he asked for another one (and this’ll be the last one for him ever). I luckily still had some Cascade 200 leftover from the first time, but for the other one I went a bit more…feminine.

There is something incredibly pleasing about knitting naughty words in a beautiful pink. And what luscious pinks they were! The words are knit in West Yorkshire Spinner’s The Croft Shetland Tweed in Heylor, and the MC is The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria in Cowberry. I am grateful that this pattern doesn’t use up a full ball of either because that means leftovers for me! Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

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Wool Season

May I Formally Introduce…

Boxy.

Today Husband and I took a quick little breather to have a mini-photo shoot outside.

Boxy by Joji Locatelli in Malabrigo Mechita “Plomo”

I’m pretty much in love with this sweater, so did my boss who gently suggested that I should share the pattern with her. This sweater is so cozy with the Mechita, but so light all at the same time. I have a feeling that this sweater is going to get a LOT of wear.

As for sweaters that won’t get a lot of wear….until the fall….I’m almost done my first Timerline sleeve!

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Husband is going to have a hard time keeping me from borrowing this sweater once it’s done.

May I Formally Introduce…

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

The Squishiness That is Baby Knits

Have I ever talked about how much I love baby knits? Because I do. One part of me thinks it’s ridiculous to spend so much time on an article of clothing that may not get worn very often (or at all), and another part of me just wants to throw as much knitted cuteness as I can at every baby.

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This was a spur of the moment knit (seriously, I knit this bad boy within a couple days). The Lazy Daisies Sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles; I’ve knit the matching turban before, which is equally, if not more, adorable, and wanted to give the sweater a go since I’ve got lots of half balls of DK and sport weight yarn. Spoiler surprise! The blue Drops Alpakka yarn I thought was DK was actually sport weight! Whoops! Luckily it matched gauge so who cares. I also used some of my leftover Indigo Dragonfly “Daleks Don’t Give Out Pink Slips” and white Woolly. Of course, I overestimated how much of the Drops Alpakka I had, but I personally like the striped effect going on. I would definitely knit this pattern again as the daisy stitch is addicting and has so many colour opportunities.

And for those of you wondering, yes, this is ending up in my own personal stash of completed baby knits, but no, I’m not pregnant. However, I do have a couple friends who are and they’re the reason I’ve been thrown into a baby knitting kick. This cardi just happened to be too cute for me to bear to part with 😉

I’ve also cast on a Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli for one of those friends with a fingering yarn I bought at Never Not Knitting in Port Perry, Ontario specially dyed only for that store in a beautiful grey colourway called “Scucog’s October Skies” which I thought was only fitting for my friend as she is due in October. So far the yarn is beautiful and the garter stitch is beautiful (something about garter stitch in fingering weight makes me all dreamy-like) but holy smokes is it a long knit for a baby sweater – mostly because it’s a wrap-around and not your traditional cardigan.

And I still have at least two other baby knits I’m itching to cast on for. I’ll admit I’m going a little bit overboard for these soon-to-be babes. Remember how I said about throwing as many knits as I can at babies? Yup, in that phase right now. Oh dear me.

In non-baby knits news, I’ve completed one of the sleeves for Husband’s cardigan and started the second. Hurrah for me! If I can bust through the second sleeve before April gets here, I’ll be a happy knitter and the best wife ever.

The Squishiness That is Baby Knits