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

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

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

May I Formally Introduce…

Boxy.

Today Husband and I took a quick little breather to have a mini-photo shoot outside.

Boxy by Joji Locatelli in Malabrigo Mechita “Plomo”

I’m pretty much in love with this sweater, so did my boss who gently suggested that I should share the pattern with her. This sweater is so cozy with the Mechita, but so light all at the same time. I have a feeling that this sweater is going to get a LOT of wear.

As for sweaters that won’t get a lot of wear….until the fall….I’m almost done my first Timerline sleeve!

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Husband is going to have a hard time keeping me from borrowing this sweater once it’s done.

May I Formally Introduce…

May 2-4

If you’re from Ontario,the phrase “May 2-4 Weekend” in commonplace (unless you’re my grandfather, that is. Yeesh.) and I had to learn the hard way when I moved to Alberta that if you refer to the May Long Weekend as “May 2-4” you will be laughed at. It’s true. Calgarians can be cruel.

Anyways, this last May 2-4 weekend, although very rainy and cold, did not stop the adventures.

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With a couple of friends we trekked down to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation in Lethbridge, a sanctuary for hurt or abandoned birds, where you can feed ducks and hissy mama geese, hang out with some eagles, falcons, and my favourite – owls. We each could hold one of their owls who have imprinted on humans (key to owl-holding), and got to hang out with a unnamed owl baby who hangs out in the gift shop who I dubbed Harry Potter.

In actual knitting news, I finished my Boxy sweater! Wooo! It’s currently pinned and drying as I type.

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I’m hoping that it stays a little bit on the cooler side this week, just long enough for me to wear this constantly. I’m excited to see how it fits after blocking, because when I tried it on pre-block, it was a little bit short for my liking (like an inch-ish) but then again it’s supposed to be a little bit on the short side and I have a penchant for long sweaters.

The Mechita though…oh, the Mechita! I want more of it in ALL THE COLOURS. I actually ended up with about 1 full skein and a quarter leftover from this (WOO!) and now I’m debating what it should become. A shawl? A baby sweater? A hat? So many options.

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Have Knits: Will Travel

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.

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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.

Have Knits: Will Travel

Friday Night Knits

I don’t work on Fridays or Mondays – ultimate score right? In our household that means that I can wile away those two days knitting guilt-free, and then on Saturdays and Sundays do whatever activities my active husband would like us to do together. It works. Generally.

In my last post, I was talking about how I was debating frogging my one Fitted February Pullover. Well, guess what? I pulled the trigger and did it. Frogged the whole thing and now I’ve got two huge loops of Spud & Chloe Sweater hanging off my shower rod drying the kinks out of it.

Luckily I had more unkinked S&C hanging out dying to get it’s turn. So I cast on for a Flax pullover with the modification of lace panels instead of garter on the sleeves (I actually usually love garter, but it just didn’t feel right to me).

Except by the next morning, another pattern was itching at my brain and I felt torn. So I did what I always do: sketch it out.

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….and then posted in on social media asking for advice. Flax won with a total of 3 whole votes. That’s how popular I am apparently/how many knitting friends I have who know the pain I was feeling.

Needless to say I am now almost down the yoke of  Flax with a bluebell lace pattern I found in one of my old knitting books – I thought it was appropriate to match the colour scheme.

I am also almost done the second sleeve of #SherlockLives and desperate to start the body.

What else? I got about an inch done on the sleeve cuff on Harley, and a few more inches done on my Titled TARDIS cowl, which I’m beginning to become suspicious it may not be able to wrap twice around my neck like I had hoped, but I’m staying positive because I want no remnants of that skein left!

And with that, I will leave you with the little guy below. I wish I could say he’s my cat, but unfortunately he’s a Pinterest cat. I don’t know if my cats are hip enough to rock a scarf (or let me try).

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Friday Night Knits