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In a very short while I will have completed 1176 rows of lace border on a shawl sample for my cousin’s shop. For anyone who knows me, knows that while I appreciate lace, and can ooh and aah over it, I am not particularly a lace knitter. Lace barely makes sense to me; I can barely find the flow of it and can never guess the next step or understand where I made mistakes to be able to fix it easily other than a complete rip-back. So truly, this is a pretty big accomplishment for me.

But in all honesty, aside from the tediousness of 1176 rows of lace, I really enjoyed knitting the pattern: Kaldbakur from Ístex Lopi No. 37 (a book I pretty much want to knit half the patterns in) in their lace weight yarn Einband. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Einband; it didn’t really feel like a lace weight yarn and had the signature Lopi roughness without actually being rough.

Aside from the Einband becoming a new delight to my senses, I think I’ve found a new favourite yarn: Blue Sky Fibers’s Woolstok Worsted. Oh my goodness. Not only is it a cushy wool, but it’s delightfully soft and wonderful with a ton of colours to pick from. I pretty much just want to knit everything in it. And so far I’ve knit 1.5 hats with it.

Pattern is Yukon Campfire Hat by Liz Sutton

And one of the great things about it is that the are bigger 100gr skeins sold, mostly in neutral colours, with smaller 50gr skeins of contrast colours that makes colour work projects super convenient. Like I said I’ve knit 1.5 Yukon Campfire Hats out of three skeins of yarn (1 100gr. skein in Midnight Sea and 1 50 gr. skein each of Cranberry Compote and Red Rock) and I’m pretty sure I could still squeeze out another one. Or even manage a cardigan for Miles. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! I’ll definitely be buying more regardless my next time at the shop; I’m completely enamoured.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got 58 rows of lace to complete during someone’s nap time.

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Knitting Obsenities

I won’t lie, I have a bit of a potty mouth. Somewhere along the way during university, my mouth became filthier and filthier, and especially once I met my husband, it became downright sailor-like. When I phrase it that way, it sounds like my husband’s behaviour causes me to swear at him, when really I mean he provokes it and thinks it’s hilarious. In certain situations or with certain people, I will definitely tone it down quite a bit, keeping up a posh and polite exterior. So when I decided to knit the Fuck It Hat for someone for Christmas, needless to say, a few people were surprised – and became even more surprised when I said I planned on knitting one for myself as well.

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The Fuck It Hat is an awesome pattern – super easy and simple – and after starting last night, I’m already almost 3/4 of the way through the chart. I highly do suggest though that you follow the pro tip in the pattern and add a marker between chart repeats. I followed the pattern’s advice as well and am using Cascade 220, which is always a favourite of mine.

But you might be thinking, “wait a minute, she said she was already done all her Christmas knitting?? LIAR!” Yeah, I thought I was done too. Don’t you love those last minute project gophers that hop out at you saying, “HEY KNIT FOR ME!!” Yup.

So not only did I have a Fuck It Hat gopher leap at me, I also had one for a Jason’s Cashmere Hat , also in Cascade 220. I had really wanted to do this hat in something shiny like the pattern calls for, but the person I’m knitting this for really isn’t the shiny type. Sad.

I’m only about an inch in on the ribbing for this pattern so far so I can’t say much about it, but I am very excited to see how it goes.

I’m pretty sure that Kyle is jealous of both hat patterns and wishes I was making him at least one of them, especially after he told me if the Fuck It Hat recipient didn’t like it, he’d just take it for himself. And, of course, we all know that the cats are just in it for the yarn.

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Knitting Obsenities