We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
Two snow days in a row means I have an FO and a blog post. How about that now?
We experienced Blizzard Colbie yesterday as did much of the eastern America and Canada. It is still snowing here today with icy conditions so we’ve been extra lucky to have another snow day today too.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Clifton Woolens Boucle
Needles: 5.5 mm’s
A co worker asked me to make her a snood before Christmas. She is an artsy gal and I knew my hand knit would be appreciated so I agreed. She brought me this red boucle from a local dyer but I didn’t get around to casting on until a few weeks ago.
You see the day after Christmas, Moose and I decided to completely gut the living and dining rooms and make them new. It was messy! Old carpet ripped up and crack fill dust everywhere, definitely not the place for a knit in progress to be. I’ll talk more about the reno’s in a future post but if you look closely at my FO pics you might see my new wall colour and chair rail
As you can see this “Snood” is going to be very versatile. I can wear it as a capelet, fold it over to be a nice warm cowl and also pull it up over my head and use the drawstrings for a neck warmer/hood combo.
My girl took these pics for me and she kinda brings out the silly in me. I feel more comfortable in front of the camera when she is taking the pictures compared to Moose the “hurry up and get this over with” picture taker. He needs to take some lessons from T me thinks.
I can’t honestly say I enjoy working with boucle. It does get easier to work with as you go along and creates the most cosy fabric but it’s just those loops, you catch one at the wrong time and it messes with your flow.
I think it turned out well and hopefully this will keep her warm for many winters to come.
First FO of 2015! HUZZAH!
I’ll be back to tell you about the current reno’s and it is most definitely time for some selfish knitting. Sweaters! The sweaters are calling!
The shawl is finished and pictures were taken only an hr or two before mum showed up to take it on its merry way across the pond for Nanny’s bday.
Pattern: Miss Bennett by Paulina Popiolek
Mods: I knit 44 repeats on a larger size needle. I also added a few rows of garter to the edge of the shawl before binding off to avoid rolling.
Another fabulous pattern from Paulina. I enjoyed knitting the lace first and then I was free to coast through the stockinette portion in no time.
The Pashmina was a joy to knit with, the silk and cashmere content really make this shawl that little bit more special.
I had to buy two skeins to complete the shawl but I had tons of leftovers so I made a beret to go with it.
Pattern: Greenery Beret by Melissa Labarre
This was a quick little knit that looks more complicated than it is. The lace work is a simple feather and fan pattern and looks smashing when blocked.
I quite liked wearing this one. It reminded me that it has been a while since I’ve worn a beret. I may just have knit something new in the New Year.
For now I’m going to relax with no knitting deadlines looming before I decide what to knit next.
We had friends stay with us this past week from Arizona. I found out a week before they arrived and thought oh I should whip her up a cowl because she is probably going to freeze.
The days ticked by and I still had yet to cast on….. Oh I’ll just crank it out on the weekend I thought…….. apparently I WASN’T thinking straight that week because the cowl I knit definitely took longer than 2 days to knit.
Pattern: Stockholm Scarf by KnittedblissJC
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Dk in colour 2181
Needles: 6mm circs
Mods: I knit this in the round casting on 252 sts.
The Stockholm scarf although fun to knit was definitely NOT a weekend knit with 252 sts per round in a lace and rib pattern. I picked up 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage Dk because I wasn’t sure how she would handle the washing aspect and I think I chose right. She has dark hair so the red was a pretty easy decision.
I, of course, ran out of time to knit the full two skeins, like I had planned, but was able to get a good sized cowl out of the yardage regardless. I think i had about 16 repeats of the 4 row pattern. In the pictures I have it folded in half before wrapping around my neck and it was perfect.
I had it blocking the day they arrived before but it still wasn’t dry a couple of days into their stay. I moved the blocking board to my bedroom before they arrived so it would be out of sight until it dried completely.
It was finally dry when I checked it before our trip to Fall Brook Falls. (It’s been a couple of years since we have been there.) It was a brisk day for our grand outdoor adventure but lots of fun when bundled in handknits.
They are off home now but hopefully she will get some use out of it especially next year when they visit again. I’ll have to get knitting on some more accessories to keep them warm because the next trip might be a snowy one.
At the end of last year my mum asked me if I could make her a shawl. Mum NEVER asks me to knit her anything so of course I immediately said yes.
She wanted a shawl to wear with a new dress for a special occasion *last week* one that she could pin around her shoulders but also one that she could use as a layering piece over her jacket too.
I knew just what I wanted to knit her but I showed her pictures of a few different options so she could decide. She ended up picking the shawl I wanted to knit her in the first place, SCORE!
Pattern: Miss Dashwood by Paulina Popiolek
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Vermillion
Mods: My only mod was to go up a needle size on the body because it was coming out too dense for my liking. I also used a dk weight instead of sport so this might explain why it was dense. I wanted this shawl to be big!
Paulina P is an epic shawl designer in my opinion! I have long admired her designs and vowed to one day knit one of them. She currently has 53 patterns on Ravelry, a must see really! I was really glad when mum chose Miss Dashwood, my favourite of all her designs so far.
I must admit when I first read through the pattern I was completely intimidated and started to question whether I had the skills to knit this shawl at all. The border was knit first and then the body of the shawl is added after the fact and worked up. An interesting technique and one that I actually enjoyed once I got through the miles of border.
When you broke down the sections and knit bit by bit it was really actually rather simple yet creates a stunning shawl that looks very intricate.
The yarn was a hard decision. My mum’s dress had lots of colours in it so when she chose the redish pink for the shawl the hunt was on. I asked a couple of indie dyers if they could dye something for me and scoured LYS’s. It wasn’t until I actually took the dress to the store that I realised I had something in my stash that would work perfectly I just needed any extra skein. I bought the yarn in my stash at Knit East back in September not knowing what I wanted to make with it and thankfully finding one more skein at my LYS completed the shawl.The colour of the shawl has a bit more of a pinkish tinge than red. It is shown more accurately in the outdoor shots when I am wearing it.
Since working with so much of this yarn on one project I have come to terms with the fact that although I love Madtosh’s colours I do not enjoy working with the single ply. I find it splits easily and doesn’t necessarily suck up the dye through the entire skein. Lesson learned! I will use dk twist in the future like I did for this shawl.
One Popiolek shawl under my belt with many more to choose from.
I wonder what will be next!
*Thank you to all who entered into the Journey giveaway. I enjoyed reading all of your journey memories! The winner is Amy J. Can you please email or contact me on Rav. The email I sent bounced right back.*
While you were all writing about your journey’s my little family was travelling across the U.S.A. to San Diego for a much needed break. On the way I was able to hand deliver a special gift to someone I met at Knit East.
I arrived at the Portland Knitting Group’s get together rather frazzled. I only had written directions with me and managed to get myself lost in the dark by myself….. I only stayed long enough to give Lucia her gift and get directions on how to get back to my hotel from the lovely Portland ladies. Let it be known I got lost again on the way home… the next day we bought a GPS!
Pattern: His Golden Lair by Kourtney Robinson
Lucia, for reasons I won’t get into, deserved a fabulous knit shawl. I asked her to choose a couple of patterns that she liked that I could choose from and to tell me her favourite colours. Out of the three that she chose His Golden Lair stood out to me right away. It is a pattern I had been eyeing for quite some time but hadn’t had the chance to knit yet.
With the pattern down I only had a yarn and colour to choose…. usually the most difficult part of the process for me. When she told me she liked Fall colours a burnt orange came to mind, I toyed with the idea of red but I just couldn’t get the burnt orange out of my head. Now I only had to track down a yarn in the right weight and brand that I wanted. That proved to be a little more difficult but in the end I found just what I was looking for.
This was my first time working with Madelinetosh DK Twist and won’t be my last. The base is nice and springy and provides wonderful stitch definition it make those cables pop.
I ended up knitting this shawl twice! The first time I started out with the suggested 4.5mm needles. I thought the cable portion was coming out very small but continued on because it looked to be only about 1/3 of the pattern. By the time I got to the last few lace rows I knew there was no way it was going to block out to the size I was hoping for so I ripped and reknit on 5mm’s. The second time was a charm and blocked out a couple of inches larger than called for in the design, perfect!
Hopefully through all the kerfuffle on getting it there it was still well received. Next time I will be more prepared with my gps and maybe be able to stay a while and knit.
I think I may just have enough left over to make myself a hat but I have a few things to finish before I cast on.
Pattern: Old Shale Shawl by Amanda Clark
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Colour # 51108
Needles: U.S. #10 / 6mm circs
I was asked to knit a prayer shawl for someone in need recently. I was given a pretty plain knit and purl pattern but it seemed a bit boring and monotonous.
I wanted to knit something that would be unique to the recipient. A shawl they probably hadn’t come across before keeping in mind that it had to be big enough to wrap up in and keep them cosy.
This shawl fit the bill exactly. Old Shale is a free pattern on Ravelry and knits up quickly on 6mm’s with worsted weight yarn. I think this would make a wonderful blanket style shawl with a bulky yarn too.
Choosing a colour to knit into a shawl for someone you have never met can me a lengthey process. My LYS said people most often chose purple for prayer shawls so I knew I wanted to skip the purple if I was trying to make this shawl unique. I picked out a few colour options and then let my trusty side kick have the final say. Hopefully the recipient likes pink.
I used Berroco Vintage so the shawl would be easy to take care of. It’s washable and I won’t have to worry about someone throwing it in the wash and shrinking it into something T sized.
I will definitely keep this pattern in mind for future prayer shawls.
Hopefully this shawl will bring much comfort to its new owner.
A yarny package in the mail is the perfect pick me up after everything that went on last week.
Last year, and it has almost been a year now, I received the most wonderful birthday gift from Monika. A gift certificate for the Wandering Cat Yarn’s etsy shop. *Thank you Monika* I didn’t want to make a spontaneous purchase with no project in mind so I held onto the gift certificate and kept my eye on the Wandering Cat’s shop updates waiting for THE yarn to pop up.
A few weeks ago she flashed a new acquisition and I knew immediately it needed to be mine.
I contacted Rhonda and in a matter of days she custom dyed me a skein of Alley Cat BFL in the English Toffee colourway and had it on route. Now that’s customer service!
Here is my lovely just waiting to be knit!
I have just the pattern in mind for mine and once the Business Casual KAL is over I’ll be casting on!
Do you have an acquisition’s just waiting to be knit up?
I am so delighted today to bring you a review and giveaway of Jane Richmond’s first published book, ISLAND.
The book contains 5 designs, a pair of fingerless mitts, a cowl, a hat, a scarf and a cardigan all in Jane’s modern simplistic style.
Photography in the book is done by Jane’s brother, Nicholas Kupiak. His partner Kylee Shaw modelled all of the pieces. All photographs in this post are © Nicholas Kupiak.
Jane also worked with Shannon of Luvinthemommyhood to create an aesthetically appealing coffee table book. The first half of the book features Kupiak’s stunning pictures of Jane’s designs in the beautiful nature the Island has to offer, while the remainder of the book contains the written patterns.
Lets have a look at the patterns you will find on the pages of Island.
A simple pair of fingerless mitts with detailed cuffs perfect for everyday wear.
A uniquely constructed cowl that uses short rows to create what looks like stacked columns.
A reverse stockinette beanie/slouchy toque with a cabled panel running up the side.
A great unisex hat to have in your library.
A fingering weight scarf that really appealed to me.
I’m not usually one for scarves but I love the construction of this one and think it would be a perfect Spring accessory.
Any of these accessories are a great way to use those single skeins of yarn that have been in your stash just waiting for the perfect project.
My favourite piece in the collection, Grace, is a raglan cardigan featuring a simple lace motif on the front and back that really turns this cardigan into a gem. Jane’s pattern writing style for garments is probably my favourite to work through. She sets the pattern up as a fill in the blank. You simply choose your size from the table and fill in the correct numbers and you have a pattern written for your exact size. Genius!
I better get this one in before we’re into 2013.
The other gift I knit this year was Surefire Hat by Susan B Anderson.
This was for a friend that is finding it rather chilly when walking her dog *a shepherd I must add* ( totally off topic T can pick a shepherd out anywhere and I often hear “Mummy did you see that shepherd, that was a shepherd mummy!” from the back seat)
I did some secret squirreling to get the style and possible colours right on this one. I found out she was receiving a new winter jacket this christmas with a bright purple zipper so I went with the purple and the other colours just fell into place.
I knit this with 4 different colours of Cascade 220. I didn’t end up using the striped sequence that was on the pattern and there was definitely ripping and re knitting to get the sequence the way I wanted it but I think it turned out well in the end.
I originally did the crocheted edging but didn’t like the look on this particular hat in the end so I did an i cord bind off. I always do an i cord bind off with the ws facing, I think it looks nicer that way. I also lined it with black fleece for warmth and because the recipient finds wool itchy.
You should note that this hat is knit on 5mm needles and as a result is quite airy. It definitely needs the lining but if I were to knit this one again I think I’d knit it with the yarn held doubled throughout to hug the head a bit.
I think it was well received. It hopefully will go with her new jacket and keep her warm when she’s out in all the snow we have received this week.