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?

Back in the Saddle

This whole baby thing has really been cramping my knitting style. For the whole first month of Miles’s life, I was unable to do any knitting. None. Zip. Nada. And even once I started “having time” the thought of trying to balance knitting from a chart and a baby exhausted me. So I did what any sane knitter at the end of her knitting rope (or dare I say….yarn?!) would do: I cast on a new project.

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It was the only reasonable thing to do! A simple pair of toe-up socks that require no pattern or intense concentration, and a handily already-wound ball of Loft ready to go. I admit, perhaps not my ideal yarn for socks (AKA no nylon) but I’ve been dying to use it for ages and my other pair of pure wool socks have a hole in the heel that needs darning that I’ll be darned if I ever get to.

And so in the spare moments, when I can manage to get both hands free from under a sleeping babe, or Husband takes him for a bit, I’ve got the needles in my hands again and I am SO PLEASED!

On an end note, please enjoy this picture of said knitting-cramping-style babe in question, who turned a month old on Saturday.

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Back in the Saddle

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!?

Snow Day

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Today is a bit of a snow day in the GTA, they’re calling for 10cm of snow and it hasn’t stopped snowing since I woke up this morning. For some reason, Husband has decided it is the perfect day to go cross-country skiing on the hill by our house but I am just content to sit at home knitting with the cat and drinking tea (not that my growing belly would really let me get much skiing done).

All the snow makes me really glad that I’ve started Migration by Stacey Gerbman in Wool People Vol. 10. Because the cables just make it so cozy and I’m absolutely loving knitting with the Ambrosia Yarns Woolen; I’ve been eyeing this yarn since Deanna ordered it in to Needles in the Hay in the fall, but never had the perfect project, and it’s definitely the perfect substitute for the BT Shelter the pattern calls for!

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And on the topic of snow, have you tried Fleece Artist’s thrum mitten kits yet (or Fleece Artist in general?!)?

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I was extremely fortunate to be the instructor for a thrum mitten workshop last weekend at Needles in the Hay and got to work with a Fleece Artist thrum mitten kit. It was honestly like knitting with fluffy cotton candy or snow, and the colours of the yarn (pre-matched with the fleece) are gorgeous as per usual when it comes to Fleece Artist.

What are you working on on this snowy Sunday?

 

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Baby Knits to Consider

As promised, I’ve decided to write a post composed of my top favourite baby patterns that I’ve either knit myself previously or that I’m dying to knit (because if it looks adorable on the pattern page, the pattern itself must be great, right?).

First I’d like to start with one of my all-time favourites to knit and gift:

Purl Soho’s Super Easy Crib Blanket

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Knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky with 8mm needles rather than the recommended 9mm

I’ve knit this blanket three times now, and every time I’m surprised at how much I love the end results. There’s just something fantastic about having a squishy garter stitch blanket for a baby to get snuggled up in. There’s different weight variations of this pattern available and a bunch of suggested colourways sure to suit any discerning babe (the colourway shown above was one of theirs).

Anna & Heidi Pickles’s Kitty Hat

Note: this was a free pattern but now can only be purchased as part of a collection

This hat is an adorable addition to any wee one’s wardrobe. I’ve knit it a couple times for a few of my nieces (one of whom is going to need it in a bigger size soon!) and I think Baby Boy is going to need one too. This could also be really cute with a little nose and whiskers embroidered onto the front of it!

Owlet by Kate Davies

Who doesn’t love Kate Davies’s designs? And honestly who doesn’t love a good bulky pattern? As I write this, I’m considering taking a pause in writing to go get my wallet so I can buy the pattern (No, Vic, patience! Patience!) I’m considering knitting this in the leftovers from the Super Easy Crib Blanket with a neutral yoke.

Purl Soho’s Baby Moccasins

There is almost nothing I love more than a baby in moccasins! This is also an incredibly versatile pattern when it comes to picking colours, designs, etc.and is great for using up some scraps. You could make ten pairs of them with different results each time! For example:

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Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau

The title of this pattern says it all: it’s so sweet! As I’m sure you remember, I just finished knitting a version of this myself, but I figured rather than posting another picture of that one, you’d probably prefer seeing the pattern example on an equally sweet baby.

I loved knitting this sweater; it’s a bottom up construction and then join all the pieces together for the yoke. There is something infinitely satisfying to have everything done with only the yoke left.

Think of the colour combinations! On top of that I’ve heard that cardigans are a baby’s best wardrobe piece and with only one little tie to worry about, how could you say no?

Playdate by tincanknits

I just recently bought this pattern and am SO EXCITED to knit one for Baby Boy! But you know the best part? When you purchase this pattern, you get sizes from (as they call it) baby to big. Meaning? Matching sweaters for baby and parent! Sqeeeeeeeeeee!

I could see this becoming a staple in everybody’s wardrobe.

Linden Down’s Baby Sophisticate

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Knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky

If you want more of an outright “grandpa” sweater, Baby Sophisticate is the perfect pattern for you.

I learned from experience when knitting this, it’s better to go with a lighter weight – like worsted weight – than heavier, as in the chunky weight I chose. I would definitely suggest if you do decide to use a chunkier weight, size up! Regardless this was still a great pattern to knit. Imagine adding some elbow patches or pockets (or both!) to this sweater!

And finally, Flax and Flax Light by tincanknits

Let’s just admit that tincanknits are pretty badass designers. There are very few designs of theirs that I don’t want to cast on immediately for. Flax and Flax Light are the same pattern just written for worsted and fingering weights respectively. I personally love these patterns because of how customizable they are – whether it’s through colour choices, switching out the garter panels for other stitch patterns, even just knitting it in different yarns can create completely different sweaters!

And the sizes! Oh the sizes! Once again, both patterns come in baby to big patterns, which makes it really irresistible not to knit one up for the whole family.

Baby Knits to Consider