A Love Affair With Arbor

Sorry for the accidental hiatus there. I promise that I didn’t mean to but, well, c’est la vie avec le bebe. And then, well, we went to Hawaii for a week.

The thing I regret not doing most in Hawaii is actually not remembering to take a picture of my knitting in paradise. Sigh. But! The good news is I finished one sleeve of my totally last minute, selfish cast on of Divide by Emily Greene, knit in BT’s Arbor in the colourway Klimt.

 

Miles loves it as much as I do. I hadn’t knit with Arbor before but had snagged 2 skeins of it from Needles in the Hay when it first came into stock; so when my cousin offered me the Divide pattern, I immediately claimed dibs on most of the remaining Klimt to make it. True knitter that I am, I at first reasoned with myself that I would wait until all my Christmas knitting was done, and I had at least started the second sleeve of my Netherton cardigan…but then realized what a perfect travel project sleeves make, and Bob’s your uncle. Now I have a sleeve.

But I really couldn’t help it! I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with Arbor. When I started knitting with it, all I could think was, “what is this magic?!” It’s light and bouncy with all the goodness of pure wool that I adore. The colour isgorgeous and the stitch definition is ridiculous; I would willingly knit inches upon inches of twisted rib just for this definition. Oh, Arbor, you seductress.

It is really taking all my will power now that we’re home to refocus on Christmas knitting rather than the second sleeve. My goal this week is to finish the Fuck It Hat I started in The Fibre Co. Cumbria and West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft, both in lovely shades of femininity, which takes the hat to a whole new level of awesome.

My second goal this week is to also start a tam of sorts for my mum in baa ram ewe Dovestone Aran in Bantam, aka red. Once these two hats are completed, the only other Christmas knitting is a possible cardigan for Miles – but at least if I’m a little late, he really won’t notice. I hope.

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A Love Affair With Arbor

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

Oy Vey

As promised, the last couple weeks have flown by as we’ve been settling in to our new digs, and even while writing this sentence somehow a full 24 hours has passed since I’ve been able to complete it. Oy.

We are, happily, almost all settled in and unpacked with the last few remaining boxes hanging out (including a box where all my finished baby knits from Calgary were hiding! The sad part though? Apparently I definitely leaned more towards the girlish knits, with only 2 of the knits “suitable” for a wee boy. Wah.), mostly because I need them moved but they are too heavy for me to lift, handle or shuffle around. Le sigh. However, this means I have more of a reason now to make sure I take rests and do more things like knit – something that has been sadly lacking in my life since we moved.

On Saturday night though, Husband had a guys night/diaper party at our new digs and because I had no energy to leave the house, Jasper and I hid upstairs to watch movies and work on a Little Baby Sweater for Boy.

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Knit in leftover Cascade Heritage Sock (red) and Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in Thomas Circle

I forgot how much I love this little pattern. I’ve knit it multiple times before for other friends and hadn’t thought to knit one for Boy until a few weeks ago. Considering how chilly it’s still been here, I figured he may appreciate it.

Anyways, that’s my quick update. Please excuse me while I go finish my morning tea and organize some books.

Oy Vey

A Quick Burst of FOs

Since in less than 2 days (2 days!!!) my life is going to start turning topsy-turvy with the whole moving into a new house thing and then inevitable giving birth thing (4 weeks until D-Day, people….so long as he stays in there…) I wanted to give a quick and clean (because all these FOs have been blocked to a T) of some of the projects I’ve seemed to crank out in a nesting freak-out. As my stepdad would say: voila les enfants!

Walk in the Woods shawl by Lisa Hannes, knit in Quince & Co. Lark in PoppyGlacier. I was a bit worried about the finished size of this but as per usual, a good blocking settled it out and I am pretty satisfied. I even got to wear it yesterday as it was a particularly blustery, if sunny, day.

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A completely finished Playdate cardigan with buttons to match.

The infamous Stripey Dungarees that I was really, really, really not looking forward to sewing snaps onto, only to be told by my gram that there are other ways to attach snaps! Thank you, Fabricland, for having no-sew snaps that look fantastic even though you have lousy customer service.

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And finally, if not completely finished, at least completely blocked, my Floral Jumper. The shoulders are now seamed and all that’s left is armbands and the sides (and potentially an attempt at sewing in some elastic on the waistband).

Wish me luck on the moving and give me the will not to go insane, as I have a feeling I will, or at least to not try to attempt things that a 9 month preggo should not be doing in the first place.

A Quick Burst of FOs

The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

Over the last week I’ve been both incredibly productive in my knitting – finishing the second piece of my Floral Jumper, finally (if albeit lazily) blocking out the baby knits I’ve been meaning to, and finishing my Walk in the Woods shawl – and yet so fickle all at the same time since I cast on another new baby sweater (a Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, which is one of my favourite things to knit for babies and that even I had been surprised I hadn’t cast on for Boy yet) and a pair of Hooties by Kedi Kedi.

Really I blame the Hooties on my swatch for the Little Baby Sweater, which I used mostly to debate colour combinations – knowing I wanted to use some leftover Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids as the MC but unsure what would be a good contrast to the extremely vibrant red.

So I surprised myself and swatched and I’m glad I did because I went into thinking that I would totally end up using the mini skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock (in Crybaby) that I’ve been dying to use since I bought it only to decide I liked the grey contrast of the leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (in Thomas Circle) much, much better.

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But…the Crybaby! It called to be used. Needed to be used. I had already used most of the skein of Pollen I had bought with intentions of pairing with it for that Playdate cardigan, where was my empathy for Crybaby? So I did the only rational thing I could think of: cast on a pair of Hooties.

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I do have to admit these were a wee bit frustrating to start; 26 sts in fingering weight on 3.25mm needles (yes, I upped my needle size because I have never seen a set of 3mm needles before) can be super finicky and annoying and thank gosh there’s only 26 sts per row…but luckily the finished results were totally worth it.

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I ended up using some of the Pollen colourway for the soles (and I still have some leftover again!) and to embroider little x’s on for the eyes. I basically spent a good ten minutes gushing over them to Husband when I was finished them because

a) I can’t believe that there’s someone with small enough feet to fit into these, and

b) It only took me an hour and 20 minutes to make one. It’s true. I timed myself.

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App used is Timespotter  by Classy Jackal

I’m seriously considering making another pair, although now I’m really trying to refocus and finish up completely some of my other projects. Like sewing snaps on the freshly “blocked” dungarees (I’m dreading this), and buttons on Playdate (I don’t think I have enough) and possibly the worst of all: properly blocking and pinning out the Floral Jumper and Walk in the Woods shawl.

Now, you might be wondering why I’m worried about blocking these. Blocking is generally my friend and a great ally for making my handknits look fantastic, and I was actually quite excited to block out both to see the differences….until I realized that somehow….in some way….I was going to have to finagle a way onto my hands and knees to shuffle around to pin them out….with an almost 9 month baby belly in my way.

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Let me just emphasize a fact for anyone who has never been in this knitting or biological predicament before: I can barely roll myself out of bed in the morning without getting out of breath. How in valhalla am I going to heft my weight around to pin on the ground? But the thought of waiting to block these until after the baby is here makes inner-rational-Tor laugh and laugh and laugh because when will I ever have time to block with a newborn baby?!

Maybe my grandmother will take pity on me as that’s where I’m planning on blocking again if I decide I can actually manage it…

The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

Knits & Bumps

So far, 2017 has been pretty good. I mean, yeah, we’re only about a week in, but still. I think it’s a good omen. Since returning from the craziness of our trip to Washington and Christmas (although my maternal side of the family actually ended up celebrating our Christmas this past Saturday, which was coincidentally orthodox/Ukrainian Christmas) I have managed to finish MULTIPLE projects! What! I know!

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I finally picked up the last “sleeve,” if you can even call it a sleeve, on the Puerperium Cardigan I had started a bit ago in Indigodragonfly’s SuperBaa DK in What the Hay!? It’s super adorable and I can see why so many people have knit it; but I found even following the gauge, I really don’t think this turned out to be a newborn size.

Next I finished the Super Easy Crib Blanket I talked about in my last post. I unfortunately haven’t taken a picture yet but I promise it’s very beautiful, and I can’t wait to wrap up Baby S. in it.

In everyday life, knitting has been getting a little bit harder. If only because of the balancing act I have to do between knitting, cat, and bump:

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Cat in the colourway Black with the Aviara Pullover I’ve been knitting as a Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport (in Sapphire!) for Needles in the Hay

Someone has become a bit of a suck lately. Whether because he can tell that soon he will be ousted from his position of baby of the family, or because he’s been trapped downstairs in our room (because of my sister’s dog who’s staying with us right now), who knows but I favour the former.

And speaking of which, I think this will be the last week where I’ll be able to wear most of my pullovers…

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Please enjoy this slightly erroneous bump picture.

Ah, the joys of a growing belly that is threatening to stretch out all your handknits! Baby S. is a-coming soon, and I cannot believe how fast time seems to be flying by. We recently found out the sex of the baby (Eeeeeee!!!) and I think that may be the theme of my next post, aka my top picks (thus far!) of “appropriate” gender-specific knitting patterns. Because who doesn’t enjoy a good list of adorable baby patterns?

 

Knits & Bumps

Oh God, It’s For Realsies Now

So I’m finally able to let the cat(s) out of the bag!

I’ve officially announced it to staff, volunteers, coordinators, and Facebook:

We’re moving back to Ontario.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Unfortunately I didn’t account for some people’s reactions to this (ie. everybody I’m leaving behind in Alberta), and so please excuse me while I sob uncontrollably in my office while reading some of the sweet and sad responses from people.

Oh God, It’s For Realsies Now