All Kinds of Random

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Natalie who wrote: Pillar Box is my favourite! I would probably make scarf or a shawl, but it would be for me – I haven’t made anything for myself in over 2 years.

I’ll be contacting you shortly for your choice and address.

How can it be the middle of October already?

The days are slipping away and I feel like nothing is getting accomplished creatively lately.

Two days after we moved I started a new job and it has put a stand still on getting anything done around these parts.

Soooo I’m thinking that until I can get things under control more around here I’d like to do some posts Truly Myrtle style. Libby does Share All The Things Fridays and I do enjoy the randomness of it. My posts will probably won’t be weekly and who knows what they will entail so lets call it All Kinds Of Random.

My computer is wreaking havoc this week. The battery is worn out and won’t stay charged. On top of that the cord that plugs into the computer is wearing out and won’t keep the computer on……… talk about frustrating. Today, I came home to a new battery sitting on the table… hopefully this will keep me sane for a while longer.

 I have been all over the place with knitting projects lately. I can’t seem to find the RIGHT project but I do know that my mind is sorely missing that quiet monotonous time. I have a pair of plain socks on the go to keep me occupied during gymnastics. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in Foxglove and they seem to be the only thing I can concentrate on at the minute.

T and I made some delicious apple sauce this week using apples we picked during Thanksgiving. Warmed up this is the most delicious little pot of Fall flavours.

I finally broke down and bought the Clover Pom Pom makers in all the sizes. My days of cardboard pom pom making are offically over! These are definitely worth the money and pom pom’s now only take 2-3 mins to complete. BLISS!!  I can finally get back to that little project that required a few pom pom’s to finish it off. Expect a pom pom clad FO soon!

Miss Molly, the dog we always said would happily lay out in the yard all day has now been dubbed Houndini….. Twice she has escaped the fence we put up the day we moved in. I don’t think she thinks of this house as her home yet and is frantically searching for us when she gets out. Thankfully we have amazing neighbours and one managed to get Boss back in and tied up before letting me know Molly took off. The fence has been bolted together so she can’t pull it apart with her teeth anymore….. She is a crafty weasel I tell ya and will do whatever it takes to be with her daddy.

 Off to put my child to bed and find myself something to knit…. who am I kidding I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch….

Hierro

 First off I need to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather that seems to have crept in on us all of a sudden.

Time to pull out all the handknits!

Speaking of handknits… you may remember my pattern Hierro from Pom Pom Quarterly’s Autumn 2013 Issue 6. The rights have reverted back to me and I’m excited to be able to offer it to you now as a single pattern. 

These mittens are just what is needed this time of year.

Sizing & Measurements: s (m) – 18 (21.5) cm / 7(8.5)” hand circumference

19 (21.5) cm / 7.5 (8.25)” top of cuff to tip of mitten

Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK (100% merino; 115 g = 229 m / 250 yd), 1 (1) skein; Colour shown: Sherwood

Gauge: 28 sts & 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in lattice pattern

Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5 – DPNs or circular
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Notions: stitch markers, scrap yarn, tapestry needle

Knit East 2013

This past weekend I attended a maritime knitting convention called Knit East held at The Algonquin.

This is the second time the event has happened and the second time I have attended.

This year had a fantastic line up of teachers:

Bristol Ivy, Susan B Anderson, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Ann Budd, Deb Barnhill and Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

There were so many choices for classes that I had a really hard time choosing and trying to fit everything I wanted into a two day schedule. In the end I took..

Left to right : Design a toy workshop with Susan B Anderson

                Inventive Colour with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Design a Shawl with Bristol Ivy

I thoroughly enjoyed every class, learning lots of new tips and tricks along the way.

Mary Jane brought MILES and MILES of swatches, I think I spent more time oogling those and her samples than anything else. It’s no wonder I left her class feeling inspired and all fired up to knit fair isle.

Susan brought a truck show of toys that were so much fun to look at as well. I think there will be some more toys in my future too.

All 3 of these ladies were so lovely, down to earth and some much fun to learn from.

We had stunning weather for the end of September. It stayed in the 20′s all the entire time.

 We ate Al Fresco all weekend,

We met new friends,

and ate delicious Spinach Feta Dip.

Heidi and I found this little gem on the second day and ended up eating there several times before heading home.

Of course it wouldn’t be Knit East without a…… Shawl Swap!!

Sarah and I organized another Knit East swap.

We had 48 people sign up for this years swap which was amazing.

So many beautiful shawls!

It was a wonderful weekend that was over all too soon.

Very much looking forward to Knit East 2015.

Hierro

I’m very excited to be a part of Pom Pom Quarterly’s 6th Issue.

Autumn 2013

copyright Juju Vail

Copyright Juju Vail

My newest design Hierro, meaning Iron is inspired by the many wrought iron gates and fences found throughout the UK. Several times a day during my childhood I would pass by or be swinging off of Hierro of every kind.  Hierro is a perfect mesh of slipped stitches and bobbles creating an eye catching accessory perfect for our Autumn weather.

I used Elena’s gorgeous Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK for this pattern in the Sherwood colourway.

I wouldn’t exactly call Pom Pom Quarterly a magazine.. It’s this lovely little book full of  beautiful aesthetics and stunning photography.

Pom Pom is available in print directly through Pom Pom, a LYS that carries the mag or digital copy through Ravelry.

This issue includes 8 knitting patterns, recipes, techniques and tutorials.

A beautiful little gem you will definitely want to add to your library.

Hierro

I did a little interview with Anadiomena on their blog about the design if you care to take a peek.

Elena is sponsoring the the Autumn KAL in the Pom Pom group on Ravelry so if you’d like to knit Hierro make sure to post a finished picture in the Pom Pom group by the end of October to be entered in to win Elena’s yummy yarn.

Happy Halloween

This year when I asked T what she would like to be for Halloween she immediately said

A Pumpkin!

Ok I thought a pumpkin will be easy…. until she said “I want you to knit me a pumpkin!”

ummmmm really???

At first I really was going to knit her a pumpkin costume but when we walked into music class and saw THE perfect pumpkin in her size for sale she forgot all about the knit one.

I did however make her a little pumkin top to go with it.

A simple little fascinator attached to a headband that worked perfectly.

I used Cabin Fever Northern Wool in the Pumpkin Colourway and a bit of extra cascade 220 held doubled I had left over from Woodstove Season. I whipped this up in about 20 minutes!

Of course there is no show without Punch…. eerrr Molly!

She has been in every Halloween photo so far so why should this one be any different.

Poor Molly wasn’t too interested in pictures this time…. it was around the time that daddy comes home from work and she was listening very carefully for truck. I see I will have to time my photo shoots around home time from now on!

 Now if you’ll excuse us we’re off to take this little pumpkin trick or treating!

Spirited

I recently finished my test for Elena of a design called Spirited.

It is the adult version of Playful Citrus that I knit for T in the summer.

I started this back in August, it took a month to knit the body and then another month to get back to it and knit the sleeves…. short sleeves at that.

I guess life got in the way of things as it sometimes does but I’m am glad to say it is now finished.

I used 3 skeins of Malabrigo Lace in the Bobby Blue colourway and I actually ran out of yarn before I finished the sleeves.

If you remember the sleeves came to the elbow and were ruched on the original.

They were my favourite design element but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be on my version.

I really like it with the short sleeves as well and think it will be great to wear during the summer.

Another element I love about Elena’s designs are the back decreases.

She pairs decreases down the middle of the back that pull the body in making the most flattering shape.

It was a tad chilly to be sporting a sundress and lace cardigan in October… especially when the photographer had a winter jacket and toque on but it had to be done!

It is fantastic picture taking weather when its overcast and rather gloomy out.

Camping- Fall Brook Falls

Hey everyone its me Boss!

Last month mum and dad picked up this wicked trailer to go camping in and I think its totally awesome!

In fact I think its sooo great that I try my best to keep Moolee out of it….. *she’s the boss though so it doesn’t always work out in my favour.*

So this is our camper, a 1970 Prowler!!

We took it out for our second trip *mum will tell you about the 1st trip some other time* last weekend and it was so much fun.

We headed out on a short hike to Fall Brook Falls, home to the province’s largest waterfall.

It was a slippery trek getting to the Falls with all those beautiful leaves on the path,

but I led the way and of course had no problems.

The pictures don’t seem like much but….

when Uncle Neill got up close you could really see how huge it was!

I of course had to go inspect it myself!

I let T tag along too.

I was glad Dad’s Aunt and Uncle could come with us.

They are pretty cool and I like hanging out with them.

I went for a nice dip after all that hiking…

Molly the garden gnome of course stayed with Dad!

Such a beautiful part of the province that I can’t wait to sniff  I mean discover more.

More camping adventure’s coming up…

Woodstove Season

Luvin The Mommyhood’s Summer Sweater KAL has come to an end.

 I didn’t manage to get the sleeves on my lace cardigan finished on time but I did complete this beauty!

Woodstove Season by Alicia Plummer is due to be released mid October.

I was super excited to test knit this one and even more excited with the finished product!

This cosy cardigan  knits up quickly on 5mm needles and is a stunning addition to my Autumn wardrobe. I’m glad I chose brown Cascade 220 for this because it will just go with so many things! I have already been wearing it for the past two days and I just know I’m going to wear this one right out and have to make another.

My Rav Project page!

Those chevron pockets are such a cute addition and really tie the knit together with that beautiful chevron back.

I made absolutely no mods to this knit, didn’t even have to add length on the sleeves or body, love that!

When I see pictures of the back of this cardigan it makes me want to walk backwards everyday so everyone can see it. hehe

That or I may just have to do a few twirls mid sentence!

My buttons are ones I purchased a few years ago from Beadic on Etsy. I’m so glad I was able to find the perfect knit to adorn them on. Beadic doesn’t seem to have anything in her shop at the moment so I’m not sure if she is still in business or not but if she is I will definitely be putting in another order. Her buttons are delicious!

I have been wanting to knit myself a cardigan to go with this dress for quite some time.

It’s a very light dress but paired with tights and this cardigan I will now be able to wear it year round, love outfits like that!

Preschool

Today my not quite 3 year old started Preschool.

Although sometimes shy T takes after Moose by having a very laid back attitude and had no problem marching right up to those doors like she’d done it every day for the last year.

A stop for a quick picture and then it was down to business…..

She made a bee line for the cars of course!

I’m excited to see her grow and make new friends with all the adventures she will be having at Preschool this year!

Oaked

I just finished an amazingly cute hat for T and had to share.

This little number was a test knit for Alicia Plummer.

An adorable slouchy that ranges from baby all the way up to adult and only took a day to knit.

It features 3 sets of oak leaves around the body of the hat and a great twisted rib that really makes it pop.

It’s knit with dk weight yarn and I chose Berroco Vintage DK  in a beautiful red to go with her winter coat.

I won’t have to worry about it getting dirty because I can just through it in the washer… you would not believe how dirty this girl gets!

I’m glad that the hat quest is taken care of for this year. I always seem to have trouble finding exactly what I want…and choosing from pink, pink or pink in stores REALLY drives me mad!

Ok Fall… We’re ready for you!