Old Man…

Old Man winter has arrived!

Yesterday was our first snow storm of the season. Surprisingly the Ridge didn’t get as much snow as other parts of the province but there is enough to play and slide in so that’s all that really matters.

My boy adores the snow and spends much of his time looking exactly like this.

Molly on the other hand is getting older and can be seen shivering when she’s been outside for a while. I caved and bought her a winter jacket this year that will hopefully keep the cold off a bit.

Shepherd’s have such deep chests though and getting a jacket to fit right is challenging. There may be a hand knit sweater in her future as well.

My girl has been enjoying the snow too. Her favourite snow activities include shovelling and clearing off the car haha How long will that last?

A snowy day is also a perfect time to do some swatching, frogging of old projects and finishing up current projects in time for a fresh start in the new year.

What are you plans for the final weeks of 2013?

Journey Review and Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to review another book from Marian Rae Publications

JOURNEY

by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

Journey is an aesthetically pleasing coffee table book featuring 6 knit designs.

Each design is captured beautifully by Nicholas Kupiak’s stunning photography.

The designs include: Climb, a modern take on the classic work sock.

Spate, a delightfully textured pair of fingerless gloves with a flip top option for those extra chilly morning’s.

Onward, a triangular shawl with a modern flare. This shawl is knit from worsted weight yarn and would be the perfect wrap to cosy up under this winter.

and Swift, a fun lacey toque with lots of texture.

I was especially taken by both garments in the book.

 Antrorse, designed by Shannon, is that cosy sweater you want to curl up in with a good book, romp around the woods, or enjoy a fun day out in, Basically if you want cosy yet stylish this is the sweater for you.

 Inland designed by Jane. the bulky cardigan that I could live in. It’s safe to say I’m pretty much always cold and I could be completely content to live warmly in this cardigan for the rest of my days.

I could see myself in both of these everyday with my favourite pair of boots but I am having such a hard time choosing colours and yarns.

For Antrorse I keep coming back to this palette:

The two on the Left are Quince and Co Osprey in Kumlien’s Gull and Honey. The two on the right are Cascade Cloud in Golden and Cinnamon. I could see myself wearing this one in colour and in something more neutral so its taking me some time to decide which of these four colours, if any, I want to go with it.

For Inland I really love the neutral look that will go with anything.  I’m thinking a very pale grey like

Quince in Co Puffin in Iceland although I do love the orginal colour it was knit in as well. I just can’t choose.

Oh decisions! What colour would you knit Antrorse or Inland in?

Journey is available for purchase on Ravelry and Marian Rae Publications with options to purchase the hard copy, digital copy, both hard and digital or individual patterns on Ravelry.

Thank you so much to Marian Rae Publications for providing me with a copy of the book for review.

 Jane and Shannon have generously offered an ebook copy of Journey to giveaway to one lucky reader. In order to be entered please leave a comment telling me something memorable about a Journey you have taken.

Comments will be open until midnight Monday the 9th of December.

Good Luck!

French Braid

While I was waiting for Elia to dry and and avoiding all those projects that I was having bother with I picked up my French Braid Cardigan and FINISHED IT!

I think I can hear Tanis yelling at the screen, FINALLY!!

Pattern: French Braid Cardigan

Yarn: Ella Rae Classics

My Rav Project page

I only cast on for this the day it was released. Then I became buried under a pile of test knits and I didn’t want to pick it up until I knew I could commit the time to work solely on it and finish.

I am so glad I picked this one back up because I absolutely love it and am getting some good wear out of it right now.

This is once again another great pattern from Tanis. Her patterns are always so nicely written and easy to follow. The cardigan has minimal finishing too. It is knit top down starting with the collar so it really is a matter of weaving in 3 ends once you bind off and volia instant cardi. No picking up stitches is a definite bonus in my book. I love the cable and lace pattern that travels around the neck and then slowly starts to sweep outwards.

The sizing is more of a relaxed fit, perfect to throw on over jeans and a tee for a super comfy outfit but would also looking smashing over a dress or smarter attire. This really is something that could be worked into any part of your wardrobe.

I chose Ella Rae Classic that I had just received from a destash sale. I was expecting a completely different shade of green and wasn’t sure I was going to like it at all knit up but I think it grew on me while I was knitting it. It was my first time knitting with Ella Rae Classic and I will definitely be on the look out for more. Its such a plump yarn with great squoosh factor, much nicer than Cascade that seems to thin out when knit.

Renee Anne saved my bacon when I realized that I was going to be one ball short of having enough yardage. I sent her a rav message because she had one skein in her stash in the same lot and she kindly sent it on its way. I needed every bit of that ball because I literally had two yards left once I bound off.

 There was a little bit of griping heard from my photographer today that he wasn’t getting props for the photo’s he was taking. I told him that photographers on this blog work behind the scenes…. Thanks Dad for taking the time to make sure I was happy these.

That was my only garment WIP……… what will be next????

Business Causal KAL – Final Finishers

The end is finally here!!!

I must say a huge thank you to Tanis for creating such a fabulous pattern that so many people want to knit.

I also wouldn`t have been able to have a KAL with SO MANY PEOPLE without all of you! Thank you for joining in, chatting and cheering each other on. It really has been a blast and so fun to see all these amazing socks.

I`ll have a final sock tally next week when I announce the prize winners so for now lets look at the final finishers!!

Laurence finished her socks using Malabrigo Sock in Azules.

Greenbeanstring used Tanis Blue Label in a OOAK called Mossy

Cccatie used Tanis Blue Label in Dove for her verison.

Valerie of Wandering Cat Yarns used Wandering Cat Yarns House Cat in Cafe au Lait

Hundgestrickt used an unknown yarn in a soft grey for her Business Casuals.

Sparrow31 used Shibui Knits Sock in wasabi for this lovely green pair.

Suuf chose filcolana arwetta classic in colour number 143 for her socks.

DivaDar used Ancient Arts Fiber Crafts in the colour Nigeria for her 4th pair!

 Allison1031 used Marigold Jen yarns BFL socks in the colourway Apple of Megan`s Eye.

 Misstlog chose Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids in mauve for her version.

Porcupine made her socks with Regia Color 4ply in colourway F1904.

Sara of LundenKnits finished her 3rd pair of Business Casuals using Lorna`s Laces Solemate in a colourway called The Bean.

Hazelbranch chose Tanis Blue Label in an OOAK called Sienna Mix.

Anyonecanknit used Tempted Handpainted Sly Grrl in the Dreamy colourway.

FiberJewels used Dizzie Lizzie`s in an unknown colourway for her version.

Evelyn used an unknown stash yarn for her socks, possibly Knit Picks in their Deep Water Colourway.

Kwoodie finished her socks using The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in the colourway Southern Green Stinkbug.

Carambole finished her socks using Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester Socks in the Ocean colourway.

Knitlove8 finished her socks using The Verdant Gryphon Bugga in the colourway Peacock Butterfly.

RedYarnKnits finished her socks using Red Heart Heart & Sole in the colourway Green Envy.

For anyone still knitting ,you have until midnight tonight (atlantic time) to finish your socks and get a picture up to be included for prizes. Don`t give up yet!!

See you all next week for the big announcement!

Business Casual KAL – Pair number 2!

We’ve reached the last week of the KAL.

There is definitely time to finish off your socks if you are still working on them. You have until Monday 25th midnight Atlantic Time to have your pics up on Rav or emailed to me.

I trucked along last week and was able to finish my 2nd pair of socks for this weeks post.

Knit with Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat in Parrotfish.

Another perfect fit! I love the spring-ish colours

I’m not the only one who has been knitting like crazy.

There are tons of finished socks this week.

RamblingRoses used Dream in Color Smooshy in Romeo Blue to make these beautiful socks for her son.

 LeslieAnn79 used Socktopus Sokkusu Original in the colourway My Funny Valentine.

Debbieknits5000 used Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock in Tropics for her pair.

Dcmo knit her socks with WanderingCat Yarns Alley Cat BFL in the mermadia colourway.

Tanis finished her socks using one of her new colourways of Blue Label called Lucky Penny.

Lunatic84 used Knit Picks Bare that she handyed purple.

Dimples74 chose Malabrigo Sock in colourway 857 for her socks.

DivaDar finished her 3rd pair using Tanis Blue Label in Chestnut.

Sylviemom chose Tanis Blue Label in Sand for her version.

Rosehiver finished her second pair using Tanis Blue Label in an OOAK called Olive Truffle.

Sewable used Vintage Purls Vintage Sock in the colourway Top Soil for her Casuals.

 Jwallace chose scheepjes invicta extra in colour 1346 for her socks.

ReVi-and-nOa used FishKnits Strong Heart in Carmamello of her socks. I looove this colourway.

 Maryknits7 knit her Business Casual’s with Tanis Blue Label in Faded Plum.

Wowee! That was a heck of a lot of socks this week!

Great job everyone! We have 57 completed pairs… can we make it to 70?

Happy Finishing!

Business Casual KAL – Prize Alert

Wow these weeks are slipping by so quickly!

We have 2 weeks left in the KAL!

I’m working away on my second pair of Business Casual’s while admiring my beautiful new Yarn Bowl.

My dad is a tad addicted to his lathe and I asked him to try making a few yarn bowls. This one is made out of Oak, Ash and Mahogany. I’m a complete sucker for Mahogany! He has several more finished up that I need to take pictures of so expect a full blog post with purchase information shortly..

Now onto the socks!!!

AndreaSJ chose London-Wul Heidi’s by Hand for her Spring-ish pair of socks.

Hannah finished her socks using Calkwalk Yarns Walk

FancyBell knit her BC’s with Tanis Blue Label in the colourway Thrills

 Susieville chose Tanis Blue Label in Chestnut for the version she knit for her husband.

Hege has been hard at work. These are her third(above) and forth(below) pairs of Business Casuals.

She used Garnstudio Drops Fabel for both pairs.

Megan finished her stripey BC’s using Marigold Jen Superwash/merino/nylon sock yarn in the Harvest Moon colourway.

 LesleyBadger knit these beauties with The Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet in Emerald CIty.

Mamagiff used Premier Yarns Serenity Sock in pink for her version.

Vava22 used Fortissima socka mit bambou in colourway 0018

Rhonda of Wandering Cat Yarns used Wandering Cat Yarns Alley Cat sock in the Campfire Colourway.

Kylie used Cascade Heritage Solids for her beautiful pair.

Tammy finished her socks using Ball and Skein Sophia in the Oceania colourway.

Leslie used Tanis Blue Label in Brick for her socks.

That brings our total up to 39 finished pairs and counting!!

 I have more prize to show you this week.

 Susan of Girl Cave Bags has kindly donated this cute sheep sock bag perfect for your current sock WIP.

 Make sure to check out her Etsy shop for updates and uber cute bags to house your knitting. Love!

We also have three fabulous designers who are each generously donating patterns.

SpillyJane is a master when it comes to quirky knits. If your socks are covered in Gnomes or Pints of Beer everyone knows you’ve knit a SpillyJane pattern!  She takes inspiration from pottery songs and food and I just love her quirky style.

Jane is kindly offering up one of her patterns for one lucky finisher!

Photo’s Copyright SpillyJane

Jeannie Cartmel is an amazing sock designer. There isn’t one of her designs that I do not love and I may have gushed about her before. You’ll have a chance to win one of her gorgeous designs!

Photo’s Copyright Jeannie Cartmel

Elinor Brown is a queen when it comes to colourwork. You will have a chance to win her pattern Culture Socks featured below but make sure you have a look at her other designs as well. They are all beautiful!

 Photo Copyright Elinor Brown

Hope you are all chugging along and will make it to the finish line on time. Who wouldn’t want one of these prizes right???

We’ve had 156 people sign up for this KAL. I know not all will make it or even cast on but do you think we can get 70 pairs by the end date??

There are 100 project pages started on Ravelry right now so we’ll see what happens over the next two weeks!

Hurry, Hurry Haaaaard!!! *kidding Happy Knitting ya’ll!*

Aidez – Prize alert!

Another week has come and gone and sadly I didn’t get ANY work on my Aidez this week.

That hasn’t stopped any of you from knitting up a storm though!

We have our first finished Aidez!!

Stacie knit her version in 13 days!

She used 2 different colours of Cascade Ecological Wool and alternated them every 2 rows to create a great striped effect  on her caridgan.

Stacie chose to knit her fronts at the same time and kitchener stitched them together at the back of the neck.

Great job Stacie!

Lacey is using a stunning green in Cascade Eco+ and knitting her Aidez in one piece.

She’s making great progress especially considering she has 3 little’s to take care of.

This one is going to be stunning!

Georgie is knitting her second Aidez with us. Her first Aidez was in a lovely cranberry colour and one of the first coloured versions I swooned over. This time around she’s using a more neutral colour called Light Graphite in New Lanark Aran.

She is changing the cables up on this one and I’m loving what she has chosen. Can’t wait to see this one completed!

I was kind of overwhelmed with how many of you have decided to join in the KAL so I’ve decided to add a little prize draw into the mix.

Anyone that finishes their Aidez and provides pictures by November 24th will be entered into the prize drawing.

I’ll be announcing different prizes here and there throughout the KAL so keep your eyes peeled.

First off are prizes from my three favourite designers

Carol Feller

*Copyright Joseph Feller*

 I’ve done testing for Carol for the past couple of years and enjoy it so much.

Carol’s designs are always interesting and unique and definite must knits.

Carol has kindly offered up one of her patterns to a lucky winner. *winners choice*

Tanis Lavallee

*Copyright Tanis Fiber Arts*

Tanis is a girl after my own heart!

Her designs are comfy and stylish.

Something you can look fabulous in when you leave the house and not have to worry about adjusting  your outfit or being uncomfortable in all day.

Tanis is offering one pattern *winners choice* to a lucky winner.

Lily Kate France

*Copyright Lily Kate France*

Ahh sweet Lily!

I’ve watched Lily design from the young age of 12.

Right from the get go she designed wearable/fashionable pieces. There aren’t  many of her designs that I haven’t knit.

Lily is offering up her 3 newest patterns, Hinksey, Alysha, McKee to three lucky winners.

So how did you all make out with your knitting this week?

Any issues or questions with your Aidez?

Don’t forget to upload your pictures to Ravelry or you can email me them if you aren’t on Ravelry so I can include them in the weekly updates!

Happy Knitting!

Aidez – Ready, Set, Knit!

Well here we are ready to get our knit on!

This group has grown from a few friends wanting to knit this cardigan together to a group of ladies across the globe ready to tackle this .

There are 25  29 of us ready to cast on with more joining everyday!

Please check the list below and let me know if you are joining and I’ve some how missed your name.

SARAH   HEIDI  MICHELLE   HANNAH   RONNIIE

JESS   EVELYN   ANNABELLE2   ELIZABETH

CHRISTINED   LETE   ALAINA   SARA  KELLY

REBECCA   JESSICA  SHANNON   GEORGIE

LACEY   TINA  JEANNIE  EMILY  ANNIE

KATHERINE  KATE  MEGAN  IGNASIOWA

ROSE

I did two gauge swatches for my Aidez and ended up going with the needles from the first swatch.

Swatch one was knit with 10.5mm’s the needles called for in the pattern. I ended up with 3.5 sts by 5 sts. I wanted my stitch gauge to be on and wasn’t that concerned about it being a tad bit longer. I can also just knit to the length I want if I have to as well.

Swatch two was knit on 10mm’s. I ended with 4sts by 5.5′s. I thought I might knit a larger size at a slightly smaller gauge to create somewhere around a 34 but a lot of people have commented that they found it small fitting. Well I don’t really think that 100% accurate. The Eco Wool that sooo many people have used for this cardigan is bulky weight where as the original Aidez was knit with a super bulky so the Eco would indeed create a smaller cardigan than called for if they used this yarn.

That being said I’m going to go with the needles called for in the pattern, cast on for the 36 and then adjust the length if need be. I would normally knit a 32 but I don’t want this to be too fitted so hopefully this will work in my favour.  I also usually need to add length to patterns so I really don’t think I will have a problem.

 I’m casting on for sleeve number one today.

Anyone new to my blog will come to realize that I like to knit my sleeves first and get them over and done with while the pattern is still new and fun. No SSS (second sleeve syndrome) here!

I’ve added a link to the bottom of this post. Just add your name and blog post/url for ravelry so we can keep tabs on your updates/ how everyone is doing and chat about our progress. If you have your project on Ravelry please tag it with CCOAIDEZKAL so we can find everyone’s projects! For those of you that don’t know I am CelticCastOn on Rav and my project page is here.

So tell me, how did you get on with your swatch?

What part of Aidez are you casting on for today?

So excited to cast on with you!

Now let’s get knitting!!

 

Chugga Chug

Its been a while since I’ve picked up a book around here but this week I was in the mood for an audiobook to listen to while I worked on they sleeves of Chalkstone. They are plain stockinette and the perfect companion to an audio book.

I chose The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I knew nothing about it other than A Playful Day Podcast was reading it with her listeners in her ravelry group. So I downloaded it from my local library and started to listen.

I must admit I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue with it at first…. talking dogs and “The Noise” were all a little weird to begin with but I gave it a fair shot and I’m really starting to get into it.

Apparently it’s a series but I’ve gotta get through number one first!

As I said before I’m working on the sleeves of Chalkstone. I’m a little worried about running out of yarn for this and being a bottom up sweater doesn’t help me out any in figuring out if I have enough. I’ve opted for 3/4  length sleeves and I think I’m really going to like it this way. Once I get the sleeves attached I’ll be able to see if I have the yardage to finish.

Fingers Crossed!

Read any must read books lately??