April 17, 2014
I still have a number of items on the needles, and yet I’ve cast on for two more big projects!! I am being very good about doing a certain number of rows on the argyle vest of unending length, and am on the fourth diamond now. Still around 4 inches to the armpits. I have taken to calling Mr. J “Mr. 19 inches to the armpits” when I’m ticked at him. Newly cast on however is Sabbatical, which will be another long term project, especially if I make it nice and long. I have finished the back ribbing, and am ready to start the lace pattern now. I am proud of this project, the yarn is from 2007, I bought it in Salt Lake, I’m using some old stash up!
But I couldn’t resist casting on a lacy tank named Huevos. I think it was when I realized this pink trekking sock yarn with bamboo would be perfect, and so far it is. Or it may have been the few inches of snow we had again this week that made me do it. I currently have 8 WIP, so I’d better get onto some finishing! I did steek my Aedi sweater, and am looking for buttons now, hopefully photos this weekend. I am wearing it a lot due to this chilly damp weather. I do hope the weather is nice where you are!!
April 7, 2014
As I type this I am listening to my neighbours chip away the ice and snow in their backyards, trying to recover their lawns, and hopefully prevent all that melted water from joining them in their basements. Our house has always been good and moisture tight, but I’m not sure we have ever had the swimming pool in the yard like we have this year, it went over certain little girls fish boots this weekend.
I am talking about WIP early this week, or else I will never get it up. I had renewed enthusiasm for the argyle vest, but I can feel it waning again. So incredibly boring, and why do men like such plain colours? Boring. I am just about to finish the third diamond, and I figure I have another 1.5 until I hit the underarms. Then another ten inches up to the shoulders, but a V-neck should decrease the amount of knitting right? The finishing on this is going to be killer with the top sewing of the orange diamonds. Ack. I think I am going to start a sweater for myself, after I finish the steek on my Aedi sweater. Finish before starting right?
The first day of spring heralded 7 days in a row of snow and cold. I finished my shawl, but have yet to wear it outside as I’m still wearing the super bulky extra warm cowls and scarves of deep winter. The colourway is “Moab”, and once again we can’t go this year. I’m very sad about that, and vow to go next year instead, I very much miss our spring trips to Moab. Do you think the colourway is a good catch of the Moab colours? I think the deep orange before the light orange definitely is, and I just love the turquoise no matter what. When I’m down I keep searching the Moab real estate sites, and keep picking out what I’d like to buy for when the times comes, if it shall come. One day.
It is April 1, and I am ready for the snow to go (still a few feet in the yard) and I am definitely ready for the danger driving conditions to be gone until November/December again. Each morning for 2 weeks has been a nail biter of a drive. Ice, white-outs, general ickiness. I want to wear my scarf outside, with my new rubber boots, and get my spring on!
March 10, 2014
With my Olympic sweater finished and worn a few times already, I went back to working on my other bulky sweater, my Aedi in local Bragg Creek Lopi. The original design was for 3 colours, but I only have two, but I do think it has turned out nicely. I have actually bound off the top of this now, so it is onto finishing. I need to Kitchener the armpits, sew in ends, sew down the collar, and STEEK the front. I am planning to do a crochet edging on the front which is new to me, therefore I need an hour or two to concentrate on the computer. That means I won’t be back to this before next weekend. I would like to sew a zipper in at that point, I do love a sweater with a zipper opening. The bottom edge is rolling, I may be taking that out and redoing it with ribbing as well.
As we went away for my birthday weekend last weekend, I remembered that the previous year I had bought this fabulous Ombre yarn in the Moab colourway. And isn’t it a shame that I haven’t made anything with it yet? After much hemming and hawing and changing my mind I am doing a simple triangle shawl with eyelet rows at the colour changes. I put the turquoise near my face, and the orange will be along the bottom. I have a few more things on the go, and I plan on spending the rest of the month cleaning them up and working on a swap item before casting on the next BIG, BIG sweater next month. It is BIG on little needles, oh boy!!
March 3, 2014
I finished my Olympic sweater, just a few hours late for a 4th place finish, just out of the medals! In olden days I would have been able to knit all Sunday morning and would have had this done, but this year I played cars instead, did puzzles, painted, and in other words played with my daughter. I am happy with my bulky sweater, as it is very, very cold in Calgary right now, and I am wearing it a lot just to stay warm. I extended the cable down the front which pulls the waist of the sweater in nicely, and made longer sleeves so that my forearms would not freeze. Right now I am all about warmth!
This weekend we headed up to Banff for a mini break and did exactly what I had planned: we stayed inside and went swimming. When we were not swimming we painted, ate, played, and slept. Grandpa came along and numerous water colour masterpieces soon decorated the chalet. I cannot say that I am not still tired, but I can say that I am less tired. Happy Birthday to me!
February 16, 2014
Look at the pretty hat, look at the pretty yarn, nice work huh? It is knitted from MadTosh Cerise colour which I find very complimentary to my skin. I do like this pattern, I do, and the finish at the top is unique and everything, but I’m really worried it makes me into a cone head. You can’t quite see it here, but the whole shape of the hat is a triangle, and I’m not sure I like it. To finish it originally I washed it, and dried it for 20 minutes in the dryer (superwash yarn) and went to work. Came home, Mr. J had generously decided to do laundry out of the blue, and had thrown said laundry on top of hat (you don’t check the dryer first, of course not) and then this hat got another hour of drying. I then re-soaked the hat, pulled it out to shape again, and didn’t put it in the dryer this time. Therefore it is bigger than it’s post dryer state. I am wearing it around, and seeing if it will grow on me. I am planning to use this pattern to make matching cowl, which will not be pointy.
We are having our usually Olympic sport pig-out, and loving it. Figure skating continues today, and I noticed snowboard cross is starting, we all love the cross events. So exciting! Fia was busy dancing away to the ice dancers short routine, Mr. J continued his excellent twizzle judging, and I loved all the twenties inspired outfits. I am cheering for the Canadians, but also the Russian pair, I like them they have the passion of Russian pairs! Bringing the drama back! I am almost to the neckline of the front, and I am glad I decided to continue the cable all the way down the front, it is very nice I think! I was really sad for Patrick Chan, I wanted to hug him and knit him a scarf, he was so sad.
February 11, 2014
Mr. J has a lovely big hat with fake fur and ear flaps for when it is super, super cold, but his old hat he was wearing when it was only semi-cold was very funny looking and old. I finally made him a replacement, this wonderful Insulate! Dalek pattern. We are big Dr. Who fans, so this went over well, Fia grabs the “Dalek” hat and wears it around sometimes. This was leftover Cascade 128 from the Viking hat I made for Hallowe’en, a very soft choice for hats. And like the designer says in her pattern notes, at first glance this just looks like a nice geometric pattern. I remembered how I taught myself to knit stranded like this with one hand, which made this a fast knit. I’m itching for some more colour work now.
February 9, 2014
We’re only two days into the Olympics, and I have cast on and almost finished the back of my sweater! This is the creatively named “3/4 Sleeve Pullover” from the Vogue Knitting Holiday Issue. The back is very boring, but the front and arms have a lovely cable lace pattern. I had hoped to get a lighter colour, but this is what the yarn store had in enough quantity. It is a lovely blue/grey, the mohair in the Rowan Cocoon is silvery and it is lovely to work with. I have another sweater made with a wool/mohair blend and it is holding up well. So far our family has been watching some of the Opening Ceremonies, figure skating (of course), women’s hocky, moguls (which Fia LOVED), some sliding sports, long track speed skating. It is wonderful, we love these winter sports.
February 6, 2014
This winter has been very hard on this winter and snow loving girl, I normally love snow and love winter. Until February that is. But this year I was so sick of it in December, and the main reason is the horrible driving conditions this year. For most of December I was driving to work in blizzards, through multiple feet of snow, ice, accidents all around every day, and extra time to get to work, an hour extra some days. All that time driving instead of working cuts into my paycheck, plus the stress on me. I was exhausted at the end of December, and ready for a break. Every day it seemed I would wake up to fresh snowstorms, and curse the snow. Until we decided to build a big toboggan hill in the backyard for Fia’s birthday party. We had so much snow I figured we could get a pretty good hill going, which we did, it has to be over ten feet down to the ground. We actually dug down to the ground to make it go as low as possible, and then put a big curve into the bottom so that you swoosh around back the way you came. The far side of the hill has steps cut into so that kids can climb up easily. This was a huge hit with Fia, who loves to go down face first, which means she is a future skeleton racer! We were so worried everything would melt too much before her party, that Mr. J and I were hoping for snow instead of dreading it! The day of the party it was relatively warm, and the kids had a blast. My nieces who are 8 and 11 have even been over twice to play on the hill.
February 3, 2014
Fia even says that “3″ is her number instead of running around insisting she is six, but I’m still not sure she knows what that means. For her birthday party we had a backyard toboggan party, which I will talk more about later. I was very proud of my snowman cake, which is why it is pictured at left! Isn’t he cute? He was also an excuse to buy Oreo cookies, which I love so much and therefore never buy. Fia ate more of the jujubes instead of eating the cake, but she ate more later. I think this may be the last year I can invite our friends over for her party, next year I may have to have a “friends from school” party which will be interesting. The most stressful party of her party was the grab bags, what to put in them, how many to buy, age appropriate toys or not, and I wanted the items to be useful and not totally throw away. I found some felt bags, a light up ball, a car, and paints for each kid.
I also managed to finish the pig family! They only got eyes and noses this weekend, before then they were the poor blind pig family. They are a hit, and no wonder they are so soft and cuddly. I am using them as pillows at night when I put Fia to sleep, and I like to cuddle with the Mummy pig as well. Fia kept finding pigs in my knitting bag, she is still looking in my bags asking if there are more pigs. The pig pattern is from Debbie Bliss Toys book, and the yarn is Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, which is impossible to find in Calgary. Next time I see it in a store I’m going to stock up for sure, I love making toys out of it!