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.
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.
Hey man, you have to take your knitting opportunities when they come.
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!
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.
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.
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 Northsocks.
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.
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.
Yesterday I took one of my Soul Socks on an adventure to the Kananaskis, an awesome area in the mountains that everyone seems to forget about because they’re more concerned about heading to Banff instead, and it got a little fresh air and sunshine.
Husband may or may not have teased me a little bit in the morning when I asked him, “sock or baby sweater for some trail knitting?” but I like to think that deep down he enjoys my commitment to knitting while travelling.
I don’t know about you guys, but 99.9% of the time I will have a knitting project on me. Right now my always-in-my-purse project is the second sock to the Bow-ties are Cool socks I’ve been forever working on. It really comes in handy when I find myself in an unexpectedly long line-up, waiting for someone to show up, or just when I find myself at the end of my patience during my workday.
What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever taken knitting? Mine is definitely not the mountains. No, sir-ree bob… mine was Disney World.
It’s been almost a week since I cast on for a pair of “Soul Socks” but I have to tell you, my soul must have been in need because I finished the first one within a day of casting on.
I’m so pleasantly pleased and happy with my first “original pattern”. However, there are some members of the family who don’t seem to truly appreciate my skill….or knitting photo shoots.
Regardless, the sock fits my foot to a tee, which is great. I always get a little bit nervous with after-thought heels that they may not be going in the right place. I was 98% sure based on trying on the sock, but to double-check I measured the length of my foot to the ball of my heel, then measured to the same length on the sole of the (flattened) sock and picked up stitches there for the afterthought heel. And you know what? It was perfect.
In other footy news, a new baby has joined our clan, a wee little boy who has joined a gaggle of girls and whom I unfortunately won’t get to snuggle until June (boo-urns). But to celebrate, I whipped up a pair of Purl Soho’s Baby Moccasins because,well, c’mon. Look how cute they are:
Poor husband had to deal with me waving them around at him last night as each step got completed, cooing over how tiny and precious they were (how could I not?!). And now I’m determined to make many pairs of these for all my other expecting friends. They legitimately took me maybe an hour to make a set, including the duplicate stitch and end weaving in.
A pro tip though for anyone wanting to make these: do the duplicate stitch once the tops are done, rather than at the end. These things are appropriately tiny, and even with MY tiny hands, I don’t know if I’d be able to wrangle duplicate stitch on these once the bottoms are complete.
The last couple days I’ve been feeling really antsy with my WIPs – I think that it’s mostly because they all seem like they’re taking forever to complete, or require a fair bit of attention. I was getting desperate. I was tired of working on sweaters, or blankets and projects that seemed to drag on and on. And since I had just bought a new anti-cat yarn storage system that day to house my fingering yarn, all I wanted was to cast on something in fingering.
I thought about casting on a Sockhead Slouch Hat after seeing my friend, LT’s, completed Sockhead hat on her blog, I was extra desperate and knew exactly what yarn I wanted to use (helloooooo Seattle-bought yarn, I’m looking at you!) but then I thought, “I’m already knitting a stockinette hat that is draining me. Maybe I should wait until June when it would make excellent airplane knitting…”
And so I made the drastic decision to cast on a new sock.
You might be thinking, “but weren’t you already working on a pair of socks?” And yes, yes I am on the second sock of a pair, which is coming along nicely (thanks for asking!) but they still require a decent bit of attention as I’ll be coming up to the heel soon which’ll require turning. And while I admit I do enjoy a good heel turning, that’s not what I needed right now. No, what I needed was, what I like to call, a soul sock.
And already my soul feels lighter. I’m not using a pattern, just notes in my head of what generally happens when I knit a sock toe-up and I’ll be adding after-thought heels at the end so that I can just keep going and going. They’re in plain, vanilla stockinette stitch but because of the colourway this still keeps it interesting to knit. I forgot how much I love variegated sock yarns.
So I’ll be spending the day knitting and finishing reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
I wish I had better news, but my news are more shocking in the fact that this week almost every night I’ve gotten home, I’ve been so tired that I haven’t even wanted to knit. I know, it’s truly shocking. As someone who knits all the freakin’ time, the fact that I’ve been too tired to knit has shocked more than one person. I’m pretty sure even my cats were shocked.
Regardless of tiredness, I have made progress on my Floral Jumper (I’ve completed one full flower repeat!), which I’m pretty proud about. I haven’t really worked with intarsia much, and this pattern is a bit of a weird combination of intarsia and fair isle since you just carry the main colour across the whole row rather than starting a new bobbin so I’m finding myself mixing techniques.
I’ve also cast on for my second Bow Ties are Cool socks that will be a present for my mum.
I’m desperate to get these done (such an easy pattern and so easy to do on 9″ circulars!) mostly just so I can start a new pair with the Ancient Arts Fibre sock in Three Valley Gap that I bought on a whim; not only that but I still have a skein of Regia sock that is calling to be knit as well.
I’m finding lately that when it comes to socks I want patterns that are easy enough to memorize quickly and are semi-plain than fancy. I love a good travel-worthy sock.