No Snow Blues

Winter has been anything but spectacular so far this year. We had a few dumpings of snow although nothing has really stuck for any length of time. Last week it was -37C  but during the middle of the week we had a huge wind and rain storm with temps going up to 10C…… Mother Nature just doesn’t know what it wants to do this year.

The wind storm we had caused mass power loss across the province, trees were dropping like flies and people loosing shingles left and right.

What we are left with is straw coloured grass and lots of fire wood to cut up for next year…..

I’m glad that through all of this I at least have some pretty knitting to look at.

I’m testing Splitstone for Alicia Plummer in the most gorgeous shade of Cascade 220.

My Rav project page

The colour number is 9456 in case you are interested.

The cable pattern adorning the front of this one is very intuitive and is making for a quick knit. I only had two skeins of this in my stash but managed to track down another one from my LYS. I’m currently at a stand still while I wait for it to arrive.

In the meantime I’m enjoying looking at this brilliant blue.

It is definitely helping the “no snow blues”.

Luvin The Mommyhood KAL

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I’ve joined the Luvinthemommyhood: Tops, Tanks and Tee’s KAL

Cast On date was April 11th 2012

Cast Off is May 23rd 2012

Basically you pick any top tank or tee your little heart desires and knit it. There are a TON of people over at the Luvinthemommyhood forum on Ravelry chatting about their patterns and yarn right now. This is seriously a fun KAL.

I chose to knit Farrah…… correction I chose to knit Gemini but then I remembered I’d told my mum that I’d start a sweater for her when I got back from Ireland so I decided on that instead.

I had a kit for Farrah in my stash that I received as a gift.

I was a bit iffy with the yarn at first, it’s Berroco Glint, a cotton, nylon, metallic yarn, not really my style.

I do  love the Farrah pattern but thought that the colour in the kit was just a bit too light for me to pull off . I did however think the colour would suit my mum very much, she wears the colour quite off as it is.

I’m very surprised by how much I am enjoying this yarn. The beige colour has a beautiful coral throughout and its almost knitting up in stripes here and there and you know what….. I LIKE the sparkle…… there I said it! I LIKE THE SPARKLE!!

Farrah has a pretty simple stitch pattern, rows of stockinette between lace panels. It’s proving to be a good knit for reading.

My Farrah Rav notes

The other knit I have started *I’m not sure if this will qualify for the KAL or not, have to ask the Big Wig aka Shannon* is Capricious, a test knit for Elena Nodel of Anadiomena. It will be the adult version of her Poppy Cardigan.

Capricious uses a contiguous method, developed by Susie Myers, that allows you to

shape shoulders and knitting set-in sleeves without a use of a single short row.

Genius I say!!

I’m using some stashed Rowan 4 ply cotton for this one. It’s knitting up with a nice drape that I think will be perfect for this cardigan!

My Capricious Rav Notes

Gamine

Pattern: Gamine by Tori Gurbisz of Lachesis & Co

Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool

Ok so I lied but not intentionally…. Gamine is my final FO of 2011.

I was all set to frog back and move the button-hole positions up two stitches but when I realized I would have to frog the hem, collar AND both button bands I decided I could live with it.

This was a test knit for Tori of her wonderful cabled vest design, Gamine.

Isn’t that back panel fabulous??

The construction of this vest reminded me of  knitting  Agatha. Like Agatha this is also knit top down, starting with the back you knit to the under arm then knit each of the front pieces before joining in the round to knit the body.

I really enjoy knitting garments this way. Not only is there no seaming but you get a really good idea of fit as you go.

Originally I had sewn on brown leather buttons but they were just too “grampa`s cardigan“ for my liking. I took mum with me shopping for some new ones and she came through, as usual, with a button that pulls out the beige and grey flecks in the vest. Thanks Ma!

This is a great layering piece that looks great dressed up or something I can just throw on at home for that bit of extra warmth this winter.

A great garment to round out 2011.

Hallin

My version of Lily’s newest design in the works, Hallin!

You may notice that in Lily‘s Hallin she used mohair ridges to add some texture to her tank. I knew I wanted to do stripes but the ridge and stripe combo just wasn’t working so I omitted the mohair and went with a fully striped version.

I used two colours of Elann Lara for this tank. The same yarn I used for Xia but I don’t think it was the right yarn for the job. This yarn does grow when blocked and has no real bounce. I think this design would wear better with a more springy yarn that would bounce back after blocking. I do however love this colour combo and how it turned out.

While knitting I was a little worried that the front was going to be too small with not enough coverage. I know there is always a reason for every element Lily adds to her designs so I forged on with faith . I love how the armholes look in a contrasting colour with extra shaping and the turned hem is a favourite of mine that makes a knit look clean and polished.

This is going to be a great layering piece that I hope to use most of the year. Knitting stripes was very fun and made this knit fly off the needles.

I’m feeling the need for another little stripey something!

This and That

I’m working on posts about Ireland I really am but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and really think about them so you’ll have to wait a little longer.

In the meantime I hope to be starting a new knit today so I thought I’d share.

I’ll be using this Rowan 4 ply cotton and knitting Blithe by Kim Hargreaves. I’m hoping to end up with a top that will go nicely with the skirt you can sort of see underneath the yarn. I have several nice skirts in my wardrobe with absolutely nothing to wear with them so I”m hoping to rectify that by knitting a few summer tops. I have another knit idea for this skirt as well but we’ll start with this one and see how I go.

The colour you see on my toes is my favourite colour right now. A Jadey green I’d say.  I don’t see it that often so when I spied a bottle of polish in MY colour I had to grab it. I’m usually a plan jane  red toes kind of girl so this is a nice change for the summer. It also means I get to see that awesome colour at any point during the day :)

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Xia

Pattern: Xia by Kessa Tay Anlin

Yarn: 5 skeins of  Elann Lara in Antique Plum

I have adored this design from the moment I set eyes on it. Kessa designed this modern top with a vintage feel and it could not be more perfect.

Knit in one piece from the bottom up Xia was a quick yet interesting knit. The yo pattern is ever changing and keeps you on your toes while you motor on.

This was my first time using Elann Lara and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was to work with. It was a bit splitty but isn’t that to be expected with cotton yarn. It blocked out beautifully. I will definitely be using this yarn again and am now interested in trying some of Elann’s other house yarns. The prices just can’t be beat. The best part is Elann is Canadian and I only have to wait roughly a week to get my yarn instead of 2 when I order from the States, bonus!

The pulled in waist and loose body was just the type of top I’ve be looking for. I find that in stores this type of top is very loose and flappy on me but Kessa did a fabulous job of keeping it fitting while still being true to the loose style.

The v pattern is mirrored on the front and back set off by an adorable crochet trim around the arms and neck. That little bit of crochet really pulls everything together and makes a more polished garment.

I also test knit Kessa’s HuaLei pattern for the crocheted flower. It was my first time doing crochet in the round and took a while for me to really get my head around. My next attempt will be much better but it didn’t turn out too bad. Its wearable at least :)

I am so pleased with how this turned out and cannot wait to get some wear out of it.

A perfect summer top that freakishly just happened to perfectly match a skirt I got while I was away! SCORE!