Mosaic Knitting, or My Newest Addiction

Friends, I’ve discovered mosaic knitting and I have to say, it is beautiful. 

It really started when my cousin knit a Barnstable shawl as a sample for the shop in the new Dos Tierras yarn she got from Malabrigo (oh lordy , is that yarn lovely) and so in an attempt to stave myself off from buying new yarn, I finally cast on a Walk in the Woods shawl using the Quince & Co. Lark I had previously purchased and had been intending for this project from the beginning. Both patterns are by Lisa Hannes, and both are (at least according to my cousin and I) highly addictive.

If you’ve never done mosaic knitting before, let me give you a brief breakdown on how it works: it is a brilliant system of doing colourwork with slipped stitches instead of stranding, which means you still only use 1 yarn per row and don’t get a bulky extra layer (handy for mittens and winter items, but sometimes not so handy if you want it to be a multi-season item)

This means you get something that looks like this: 


But the back only looks like this:


Pretty snazzy, huh? I’m pretty happy with it and the fact that the mosaic technique DOESN’T create that bulky layer also makes me feel a lot better about casting on a worsted weight wool shawl in April.

 I’m loving the way the Lark is knitting up, Quince & Co. always has such beautiful stitch definition, but I won’t lie, I’m still tempted to knit up another one using the recommended Rios. Especially since I still have over a skein of the Lettuce colourway left over from my Lemongrass sweater. 

On a last note though, Jasper seems to like my yarn choice just fine.

Mosaic Knitting, or My Newest Addiction

The Beginning of Wool Season

I’m not an uber-heat person: I don’t like when it’s sticky hot outside, I’m not terribly crazy about wearing shorts or perspiring, and I burn really easily. So when September comes around, I get a wee bit giddy inside because it just means that I can bring out the wool again.

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Which is fantastic because right now I’m knitting Særós as a sample for my cousin’s shop. And being able to actually take it outside to work on and not dying of heat was heavenly.

This pattern has been a great break for me since I seem to have become obsessed with fingering weight projects lately (probably because of the heat) so working with worsted makes it seem like I can knit like the wind!

And on that note, Happy Labour Day!

 

 

The Beginning of Wool Season

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.

Flying North

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

Ontario Tuesdays

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.IMG_3453

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.

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madelintosh DK twist in Outlander

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.

Ontario Tuesdays

The Longest Week of the Year

This week has been….long…to say the least. Half of it was spent thinking it was the next day followed by utter desolation that, no, it’s not Wednesday, it’s only Tuesday. Dear lord, why. And so now that it is finally Friday, I’m extra, incredibly happy and excited, and impatient for the work day to come to an end.

The heat wave has also finally broken (hallelujah!) and this morning was positively chilly, and making me wish I had worn more than a lacy shrug. (This is why you always keep spare knits in the car!)

But then also this week, I was reminded that very soon is my grandmother’s birthday; this realisation also came while I was wearing a beautifully crocheted vest she gave me for Christmas and so all I could think was I must make her something beautiful. While discussing this with my cousin who also knits, who has decided a sweater is the only way to go, the brat, I unfortunately don’t have the extra time she does. So instead I decided to go with the next best thing: a Forest Park Cowl by Liz Abinanthe. This knit has been on my queue for awhile. I love cowls, and since my grandmother, apparently, doesn’t like shawls because she doesn’t want to be compared to wizened babas (AKA Ukrainian grandmothers) with kerchiefs on their heads, a cowl seemed like the perfect compromise.img_3353_1__medium2

Pair it with Malabrigo Rios in Reflecting Pool and you’ve got a dream. So much so that I’m pretty sure that I’m eventually going to have to make one for myself.

I am also caved and bought some Berroco Modern Cotton for another project…but I won’t get into that now because I already feel like a failure and saying, “NO! NO MORE YARN! NO MORE PROJECTS UNTIL YOU’VE FINISHED AT LEAST ONE.”

Ah, who am I kidding? What knitter has ever been able to follow through on that? No one, that’s who.

The other new project is Lake Diamond by Kristin Jones, and will, surprisingly, be my first summer knit. No wait, that’s a lie. It’ll be my second. But still.

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The pattern calls for bulky weight cotton, but I’m using the worsted Modern Cotton and doubling up. It seems to be working quite well so far – my gauge is a wee bit off, but if my calculations are correct the new gauge will actually work better for me than the recommended.

The only time math is useful: knitting.

The Longest Week of the Year