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.

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Mosaic Knitting, or My Newest Addiction

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

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

Oh Canada!

So as I’m sure most of you have figured out by now, I’m a Canadian. And in case you are also on top of what day it is (I, for one, have been having trouble this week keeping track of what day it is), it is also July 1st, AKA Canada Day. ‘Tis a day of wearing red & white, waving around things with maple leaves on them, and celebrating our independence.

To celebrate Canada Day (and since this week has been so hectic that I have nothing to report from this end knitting-wise), I’ve compiled a couple Canadian-themed knitting patterns for your enjoyment.

  1. Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket by Purl Soho
     For those who aren’t familiar with Hudson’s Bay, it’s essentially our Macy’s.

  2. Majestic Moose by Andi Satterlund
    Because what is Canada without a moose?

  3. Burton Bear Cowl by Heidi May
    Or a bear, really?

  4. O Canada Mitts by Vicky Taylor-Hood
    For those of a more traditional Canadiana mindset

  5. Flying North by Maria Montzka
    For those of you who’d like something a little more subtle in your Canadian pride, try these socks that mimic the shape of flying geese.

  6. 504 King West by The Knit Cafe Toronto
    Because how I could I write a post about Canada-themed patterns without an ode to Toronto?

  7.  Alberta Bound by Kate Bostwick
    Or a pattern inspired by the fields in Alberta? Oh, Alberta, how I’ll miss you.

Happy Canada Day all!

Oh Canada!

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming

Right. So I’m happy to say I completed my goal of finishing a Forest Park Cowl for my grandmother before I ventured back for a wee bit; I even had time to block it! (I can’t, unfortunately, say the same for my stepdad’s Argos hat which has sat neglected and forlorn in my knitting cupboard since I finished it…)

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made with Malabrigo Rios, my #1 love, in Reflecting Pool

The only thing I would change is to possibly make it a little bit longer to compensate for the typical “growing” of the Rios after blocking. Either way though, I’m having a hard time letting go of it. the colour is amazing! The pattern calls for about 300 yards, but it definitely took less than that, as I still have about 3/4 of a skein left! Mmm Rios….

In other knitterly news, I’m also almost done ReynaI’m on the last band of mesh and it’s fantastic.

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made with Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts BFL Fingering in Three Valley Gap 

This colourway is simply gorgeous. It’s amazing to me how in one light it can look a bit muddy and….normal. But then as soon as the sun hits it in the right way, BLAM! It’s a technicolour rainbow of amazing.

This project may also actually end up as a present. As much as I love it, I think I know someone who would love it even more. Besides, then it just gives me an excuse to knit another one….

 

And Back to Your Regular Knitted Programming

Just A Real Life Miley Cyrus Song

Do you remember that Miley Cyrus song We Can’t Stop? If you don’t, here’s a memory jogger for you, a la Miley, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots doing an a cappella version of it rather than the whack-a-doodle original music video.

And that’s how I feel right now. I just can’t stop.

Last week I just got tired of everything I was working on. I think it’s because the heat started steadily climbing as the week went on and the idea of sweaters and socks and things that you wear in the winter time just really made me feel really hot. I couldn’t work on them. I couldn’t swaddle myself in them as they grew. I couldn’t proudly prance around in them once they were done – they would be destined for my closet or drawers until the weather plunged again. Plus almost all of them involve looking at patterns a lot. I didn’t want to think. I just wanted to knit coolly. So I did the only thing I thought was reasonable: I wound up a skein of Ancient Arts Fibre BFL sock in Three Valley Gap and cast on a Reyna shawl.

Yup, another new project. I told you: I can’t stop.

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Three Valley Gap – super bright and dreamy, and for some reason makes me think of unicorns.

Sadly, I don’t have a picture of Reyna so far – I just finished the third band of meshing – and had planned on taking a picture of it over the weekend, except, well, things happened. Like Husband breaking his wrist happened and us waiting at urgent care until 3:30am happened. Yeah.

Anyways, so far Reyna is a great pattern: I’m loving the combination of garter and the mesh – and it’s already memorized within two rows. The only time I’ve had to truly look at the pattern is to remember the stitch count for the final rows of each section – and even then I’ve found a short-cut for the mesh parts (it’s that each mesh section doubles, shhhh). I’m excited to see how this turns out in the end.

 

Just A Real Life Miley Cyrus Song

May the Fourth Be With You

I try not to post too often because, well,

a) I’d run out of things to say, and

b) you’d probably get tired of me.

But I’ve got two special reasons for posting TWO DAYS IN A ROW (whaaaaaat), and they are:

a) It’s May the Fourth. As in may the force be with you. As in Nerdy McNerderpants over here loves Star Wars references/jokes/puns/anything. Yup, I’m bringing the geek.

b) Last night I finally cast off my Drea’s Shawl, or as I’ve been calling it Toria’s Shawl because I feel a little bit awkward when people ask me who Drea is, and why she’s getting a shawl but they aren’t. True story.

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knit in leftover Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock and RainCityKnits Superwash Merino

I’m especially happy with this shawl because all throughout knitting it I wavered on my colour choices (this seems to be a thing with me – colour wavering), wondering if they were contrasty enough to play well together, or if maybe I should have frogged that little-bit-too-small Koigu beret I made and used it instead of the Sweet Georgia so it looked more like the sample. But as soon as I cast off and put it on, I fell in love. Like hardcore I-just-want-to-stroke-you-even-when-I-should-let-you-block love.

Luckily, because it’s fingering and didn’t really need to be pinned, I let it dry on top of our laundry rack (thus increasing dry-ability) and by this morning she was ready to be worn.

I’ve never be happier to have an overly air-conditioned office just so I can wear a knit on this balmy May day. Seriously, it’s supposed to get up to 28 degrees Celsius today and I’m wearing a knit shawlette. This is how dedicated I am to my knitting (and in love).

And so with that, darlings, happy knitting and  May the Fourth be with you.

 

May the Fourth Be With You