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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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If The Hat Fits

And it does.

I very quickly finished the Barley I talked about in my last post for Miles, and love it so much that I’ve been debating casting on another one for a upcoming baby’s birthday present. 

On the other WIPs front, Miles’s new Flax Light sweater is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve hit the body which means straight knitting now until the bottom ribbing so my attention has wandered a bit despite my love of the wonderful little garter rows the Mechita knits up.


And then, of course, because I have no self control and found my leftover balls of Rios, I decided Miles needed a Stacked Stag-horn Baby Sweater, like, now. 


Since taking this picture, I’ve finished the body and started a sleeve. It’s knit up wonderfully quick compared to the Flax Light and even the Netherton cardigan I’ve also been working on in DK. Ah, worsted weight, it’s almost your season again.

I know, I know. I’ve got mad startitis and I just can’t stop myself! I think part of the issue is that I’ve mostly given up trying to knit during the day with Miles because, well, things like this happen:


So now I reserve my post-Miles-bedtime time for knitting. This means roughly 3 hours or less where I try to cram in as much knitting as I can. Sigh. 

If The Hat Fits

Startitis Strikes Again

The other night all I wanted to do was knit, but none of my current projects called to me. What was a knitter to do? Cast on, of course! Except I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place: a new hat or sweater for Milesman? 

The answer was both!


Which is how I found myself with the start of a Barley hat (knit in one of my LYS’s yarn dyed specially for them in a beautiful superwash wool. It was originally going to be a different sweater for Miles that never really seemed to work out and then ended up being too small for Miles anyways by the time I finished the body…) and another Flax Light in leftover Mechita yarn from my Boxy sweater (which means we’ll technically match!). I love the simplicity of these tincanknits patterns. Sometimes there’s nothing better than garter and stockinette stitch interplaying together, especially on a baby! 
Now if only it’d get nippy again. 

Startitis Strikes Again

An Unexpected Change in Plans

So like I mentioned in my last post, I was getting slightly anxious to finish my Lovely Ribbed Cowl, which I did…


…and move on to what I had had plans for the Dovestone DK I had recently bought, which I did…until I didn’t like what I had planned anymore. Sigh. 

Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet) while visiting Needles in the Hay yesterday, I finally discovered what the Dovestone was truly calling for:


The Netherton Cardigan in the new PomPom anniversary edition magazine. I couldn’t help it really. I’ve been thinking about that beautiful cardigan since the last time I had been at the shop, and even though I would have loved it in the yellow, I figured the green I had bought was a good substitute. 

I’ll be playing a little bit of yarn chicken with the sleeves as there were only 2 more skeins of the green left but that’s ok. I usually prefer more elbow length sleeves anyways so I’m not terribly worried – just excited! 

An Unexpected Change in Plans

The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

Over the last week I’ve been both incredibly productive in my knitting – finishing the second piece of my Floral Jumper, finally (if albeit lazily) blocking out the baby knits I’ve been meaning to, and finishing my Walk in the Woods shawl – and yet so fickle all at the same time since I cast on another new baby sweater (a Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, which is one of my favourite things to knit for babies and that even I had been surprised I hadn’t cast on for Boy yet) and a pair of Hooties by Kedi Kedi.

Really I blame the Hooties on my swatch for the Little Baby Sweater, which I used mostly to debate colour combinations – knowing I wanted to use some leftover Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids as the MC but unsure what would be a good contrast to the extremely vibrant red.

So I surprised myself and swatched and I’m glad I did because I went into thinking that I would totally end up using the mini skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock (in Crybaby) that I’ve been dying to use since I bought it only to decide I liked the grey contrast of the leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (in Thomas Circle) much, much better.

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But…the Crybaby! It called to be used. Needed to be used. I had already used most of the skein of Pollen I had bought with intentions of pairing with it for that Playdate cardigan, where was my empathy for Crybaby? So I did the only rational thing I could think of: cast on a pair of Hooties.

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I do have to admit these were a wee bit frustrating to start; 26 sts in fingering weight on 3.25mm needles (yes, I upped my needle size because I have never seen a set of 3mm needles before) can be super finicky and annoying and thank gosh there’s only 26 sts per row…but luckily the finished results were totally worth it.

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I ended up using some of the Pollen colourway for the soles (and I still have some leftover again!) and to embroider little x’s on for the eyes. I basically spent a good ten minutes gushing over them to Husband when I was finished them because

a) I can’t believe that there’s someone with small enough feet to fit into these, and

b) It only took me an hour and 20 minutes to make one. It’s true. I timed myself.

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App used is Timespotter  by Classy Jackal

I’m seriously considering making another pair, although now I’m really trying to refocus and finish up completely some of my other projects. Like sewing snaps on the freshly “blocked” dungarees (I’m dreading this), and buttons on Playdate (I don’t think I have enough) and possibly the worst of all: properly blocking and pinning out the Floral Jumper and Walk in the Woods shawl.

Now, you might be wondering why I’m worried about blocking these. Blocking is generally my friend and a great ally for making my handknits look fantastic, and I was actually quite excited to block out both to see the differences….until I realized that somehow….in some way….I was going to have to finagle a way onto my hands and knees to shuffle around to pin them out….with an almost 9 month baby belly in my way.

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Let me just emphasize a fact for anyone who has never been in this knitting or biological predicament before: I can barely roll myself out of bed in the morning without getting out of breath. How in valhalla am I going to heft my weight around to pin on the ground? But the thought of waiting to block these until after the baby is here makes inner-rational-Tor laugh and laugh and laugh because when will I ever have time to block with a newborn baby?!

Maybe my grandmother will take pity on me as that’s where I’m planning on blocking again if I decide I can actually manage it…

The Joy of Booties and the Challenges of Blocking While Pregnant

One of Those Days

It’s one of those days where something just doesn’t feel right and so to comfort myself, I’ve been carrying around a couple of skeins for inspiration.

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L-R: 2 mini-skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Minis in Pollen and a mystery skein that I’m pretty sure is Cry Baby, a skein of Soper Creek Yarn exclusive worsted, and a frogged ball of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Meterorite.

There is something infinitely comforting about having soft, squishy yarn you can cuddle when frustration takes over; especially when you discover your usual blocking area is currently occupied and so your one prominent knitting project is at a standstill until you can go to your grandmother’s to use her floor.

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the prominent knitting project in question: Migration knit in Ambrosia Yarns Woolen

It is quite possible that my entire bad mood today is based on the fact that I’m SO CLOSE to finishing Migration  but can’t until it’s blocked out. On top of that, the buttons I ordered for it arrived today. Why must you mock me, cruel fate?

So I’m contenting myself by finding the perfect project to make me feel happy again – which will probably be a baby knit – until I can finish off Migration.

On a less complainy note, I spent Sunday at Needles in the Hay and finally got a chance to flip through the newest Pom Pom magazine, and was super happy to find this illustration done by my talented cousin included with one of the articles!

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It’s so wonderful when crafting worlds collide in the most unsuspecting ways. If you like the illustration, then I highly suggest heading over to Elena’s blog/shop, Elena’s Treehouse, and checking out more of her stuff.

And then finally, this:

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Ok, I will admit: now I feel a little bit better.

One of Those Days

Snow Day

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Today is a bit of a snow day in the GTA, they’re calling for 10cm of snow and it hasn’t stopped snowing since I woke up this morning. For some reason, Husband has decided it is the perfect day to go cross-country skiing on the hill by our house but I am just content to sit at home knitting with the cat and drinking tea (not that my growing belly would really let me get much skiing done).

All the snow makes me really glad that I’ve started Migration by Stacey Gerbman in Wool People Vol. 10. Because the cables just make it so cozy and I’m absolutely loving knitting with the Ambrosia Yarns Woolen; I’ve been eyeing this yarn since Deanna ordered it in to Needles in the Hay in the fall, but never had the perfect project, and it’s definitely the perfect substitute for the BT Shelter the pattern calls for!

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And on the topic of snow, have you tried Fleece Artist’s thrum mitten kits yet (or Fleece Artist in general?!)?

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I was extremely fortunate to be the instructor for a thrum mitten workshop last weekend at Needles in the Hay and got to work with a Fleece Artist thrum mitten kit. It was honestly like knitting with fluffy cotton candy or snow, and the colours of the yarn (pre-matched with the fleece) are gorgeous as per usual when it comes to Fleece Artist.

What are you working on on this snowy Sunday?

 

Snow Day

A Fall for the Ages

Well. This has been an autumn season. I’m not even going to get into it, because really, there isn’t much I want to relive about it. Let’s just get right to the knitting that I have (somehow) managed to squeeze in – mostly for my own sanity.

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Firstly, a really bad picture of the Agathis hat I finished using the awesome wool my parents brought me back from Scotland. It just needs a good blocking and it’ll be ready for whenever the colder weather actually decides to descend upon us. Seriously, it’s October 6th and it’s 20 degrees Celsius outside.

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Secondly a secret project that I can’t reveal just yet, knit in leftover Spud & Chloe Sweater that I have. I promise, eventually I’ll tell you what this is going to be.

A Fall for the Ages

Tuesday Bluesday

Pretty much, I keep forgetting it’s Tuesday and then all of a sudden it hits me like a bunch of bricks and all I can think is, “oh fuck, it’s only Tuesday.”

Really, I shouldn’t complain because I’ve only got 2 days left of work until another (!!!) vacation. Whaaaaaaaat! I know. But hold on.

Firstly:

I finished my Skedaddle socks! I didn’t get them done over Christmas as I planned but pretty darn close. I promise that the back cables look a lot better than that one picture makes them look. I love them and have already worn them to work. It was my first time in a loooong time doing swirl toes rather than my standard “wedge” toe and I don’t know why I don’t do them more often! They’re so cute!

Secondly:

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CasuCowl is done (but not done in the picture)! I just haven’t blocked it yet – something which I keep wavering on. A little nagging piece of my heart keeps trying to tell me if I block it the yak will object, which I know is crazy….but might also be keeping me from blocking it just yet. I’ll probably tackle it finally when I get back from vacay.

 

Thirdly:

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And they say knitters don’t like receiving knit presents! My cousin and fellow knitter knit me a hat for Christmas in Malabrigo Mecha, pattern unknown. The next day while sporting the hat at Happenstance in Lakefield, the lady asked if I had knit my hat. Without thinking, I replied, “Why yes, I did!” to which my cousin burst out, “No you didn’t, I did!” Oops! This is what happens when you knit all your own accessories and never receive.

Fourthly(!): I’m super excited to be going on vacation next week because I’ll finally be going to Universal Studio’s Harry Potter World (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!) not only with darling Husband but also with darling best friend and her husband! Oh life, you’re so wonderful. To completely bring out my inner nerd, I’ve cast on a pair of The Deputy Headmistress’s Socks  by Erica Lueder in a darker shade of Gryffindor red (the colourway is technically called Red Maple) by Zen Garden in their Serenity 20 sock. The lady I bought it from in Aberdeen seemed slightly shocked when I even hinted that I might cast on socks with it as it has some cashmere in it. Well, lady from Aberdeen, it also has nylon in it, which to me means HEIGH HO FEET!

So yeah, I’m excited for that.

I’ve also started a couple other projects lately: Tanis Lavallee’s I Heart Aran in my go-to Cascade 220 in what I’ve been calling “fawn”. This is a pretty unusual colour choice for me. I love colour and bright or deep colours and usually stay away from the neutrals quite often. But I knew that I wanted a cozy pullover in something neutral that would go with anything and everything.

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The second is the creatively titled 210-16 Cabled Vest by Pierrot that I’m knitting in Indigo Dragonfly’s Superbaa in the colourway “Daleks Don’t Give Out Pink Slips”, AKA golden mustard. I mostly bought this yarn because a) I love yellow, and b) I’m a sucker for Doctor Who references. This pattern, although super quick to knit (I finished the two fronts within 24 hours) it was definitely a challenge for it as it’s a Japanese pattern and therefore very visual rather than written out. But maybe that deserves it’s own post soon, yes?

And finally I also cast on The Hubby Hat  by Anna Johanna for, you guessed it, the hubby who desired a new hat to go running in. For this, I’m using leftover Quince & Co. Chickadee from my #SherlockLives Cardi and a brand new skein of Sweet Georgia sport in “Sea Spray”. I’m thinking this will make a great travel project as it’s completely stockinette and taking me forever. Yeesh.

Tuesday Bluesday