FO: Teal Bud Shawl

October 31, 2014

Teal bud shawlThis shawl was knit as part of a local knit along – which was a good motivation to get it done in one month!  The theme is Canadian provinces, this was knit as a part of the BC theme.  The pattern is Rosebud Shawl from Tin Can Knits, based in Vancouver.  The yarn is the heavenly Royal Alpaca that I bought last year when a local store closed down.

 

Close up 3I think this was done on time as it was a fun, engrossing knit.  Shawls made from DK yarn knit up fast, are big, and oh so warm.  I see myself getting a lot of use from this shawl this winter.  The lace pattern was fun, and I find the resulting pattern very pretty.  I love the teal colour.

Berry from frontThis sweater was my attempt to use up some cotton/silk yarn in a quick project.  I didn’t really succeed, as the yarn and pattern are not a perfect fit, and the sweater is not a perfect fit.  The top button band pulls and gapes, and isn’t all that attractive.  At first the top of the sweater was too tight, but after I washed it in the machine it got better.  Normally I just handwash my sweaters, but this one got thrown in the machine out of frustration.  It worked.  The berry stitch pattern is supposed to open up and be more flexible, which didn’t really work with this yarn.  None the less, I did get a good length, and the buttons are very nice.

Berry from backAlso, the colour is nice, I really like the colour.  I think I will wear it to work today.  I reminded people at work yesterday that if you think of work like a reality show, things are much funnier than annoying.  One co-worker even practiced ripping up sheets of paper and throwing them, which was excellent for our drama quotient.  After all it everyone gets along, and crap doesn’t happen, it would be bad for our ratings right?

Sept 29 2014 003This will be the last single skein September project, I can’t believe October is almost upon us.  I’ve made Anja’s hat close to 4 times now, I really like the brim, which you can’t really see in this photo, but it is there, and it is nice.  I took 18 stitches out of the adult size to make this a kids size, but I kept the brim full size so it is nice and full.  The yarn is called Cake from Western Sky Knits, very lovely stuff and a colourway that makes me so happy.  Just enough yarn left over to make a little pom-pom!

It is so hard to get photos of this little non-stop kid, these were all she would “sit still” for, by which I mean I barely snapped the photo while she ran around.  Last weekend she bumped her face on the pavement while playing with her red car.  She has a scratch on and under her nose.  Her teacher told me Fia said she got the scratch by “fighting with a shark, and she had won”.

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Three colour sweaterOnly one more to show after this one: my three colour Work + Shelter sweaters.  I am not sure why I was so into summer sweaters this year, but there was a bunch more I was dying to make.  You can only really wear them for 2-3 months here, crazy.

I have liked this easy pullover for a year now, and it looked very flattering on many people.  Once I started seeing 3 colour versions pop up, I was really drawn to one version in particular.  Off to the yarn store, and I chose to look at Berroco Pima Cotton, even though Cascade Pima Cotton would have been good, and they also have the extensive colours that go well together.  I picked out the grey bottom and light grey middle right away, and put a lilac colour with it.  Then I saw this pink.  I also tried a green, and a few others, many of them looked good and if I was made of time I would have a whole fleet of these.  The pink is just so happy and cheerful, I went with it.  This didn’t take long to make, as it is on 5 mm needles, and I have worn it many times this summer.  The cotton is stretching out a bit, but a little wash should fix that.  Good-bye summer, I will miss you.  And please stop telling me this winter will be worse that last year people, I don’t need to year that.

Slogging Through the WIP

September 12, 2014

Lam finished transitionLet me start by saying that I really, really want to start new projects, but I am slogging through my two big WIP’s.  My Laminiria is coming along, I have finished the star chart, and am on the blossom chart!  Eight repeats and then the edging chart!  It is getting that scrunchy look of lace as it gets bigger and cannot be stretched out as far, so prepare to see more orange blobby things until I am done with this.  I was hoping to be completed the end of September, but who knows at this point.  Life is too unpredictable.  I have spent the last few weeks trying to force people to keep to a schedule, so I don’t really feel like enforcing it with my hobby.  But no new lace until it is done!

Atelier to second sleeveI have about half of the second sleeve of Atelier (which means workshop in French, M looked it up at knit night this week, so clever).  I am excited to get to the part where I pick the body up, as it is looking a bit strange at the moment.  I just got another dress (again at Target) that this will look great with, so I had better get going.  This one I am hoping to finish by the end of September.  I have so, so many sweaters planned for the ball!  Two bad I can only really knit one or two!  And in a weather update, it isn’t snowing anymore it is raining.  Yuck.  Happy Weekend.

A Snowy Day Snow Fairy Toque

September 10, 2014

Snow fairy toqueOn Monday it started to snow, and we’ve had enough snow that tree branches are down all over the city, it is well over a foot of heavy wet snow now.  Excellent for snowperson making, which we already did.  I bought Fia a snowsuit on the weekend, and am congratulating myself for being exceedingly clever for that purpose.  I have to go to night and buy her new snow boots.  A summer snow storm indeed.  I tried to go to work today, but the traffic was backed up into the neighbourhood, much less the packed roads outside.  I could barely see 50 m in front of me, but I assumed everything was horribly backed up, so I turned around and came home.  The cars that I could see that were in the ditch were so far down they were practically swimming in the storm ponds, barely visible.  I should feel guilty for not working today, but I am still sick, and I have been sorting out Fia’s old stuff, getting the baby toys packed up and out of the house.  We have too much stuff and she barely plays with any of it. 

Whilst I was sick on Monday I started the Snow Fairy toque with leftover Rowan Cocoon.  I had even bought a fancy fake fur pom-pom last spring for it, but hadn’t gotten around to casting on until a good snow storm gave me the motivation.  It isn’t quite dry yet in this photo, but it covers my ears, and should be warm, with is a good thing in a snow toque!  I like that the grey is neutral, so I can wear any colour scarf with it. 

Sandshore from backI have finally gotten around to taking some photographs of my finished sweaters!  With an eye to the coming winter, low light conditions and few chances of taking photographs I have endeavoured to set up a bit of a studio in the basement.  There is a good light down there, and I have a few extra lamps to give as much light as possible.  The corner of the room by the door gives a nice pale blue backdrop.  Now I just need to work on my poses! 

I had mostly finished Sandshore on our Ontario “vacation” and did the final knitting once we got back.  There were mistakes in the pattern, but just by looking through the other projects it was easy to find the issues and fix them up quickly.  I used Zooey by Juniper Farms, which is a lovely linen cotton blend.  It is not the recommended yarn, but alas that yarn is not very available in this part of Canada, and I didn’t want to have to pay expensive shipping and duties to get it.  Even though I used smaller needles, I got the recommended gauge which was handy.  I knit a large size, as I wanted something really roomy, and this fits perfectly, staying on my shoulders easily.  I haven’t had a chance to wear it more than once or twice, and alas it has now snowed in our northern snowy land.  A month and a half early, and we are woefully unprepared.  Here is hoping that it will melt soon, and I can wear this lovely sweater outside again!

SandshoreOur vacation involved going from place to place to visit relatives, and truthfully was not very relaxing.  I did luck out and rent a car that my husband really, really loved, which meant he had no problem driving everywhere.  Hence all the progress on my Sandshore cardigan.  I have already reached the ribbing on the bottom!  I then need to pick up all the way around the fronts and knit a 2 inch band, then sleeves.  I have plenty of this yarn therefore I will most likely make full length sleeves.  I am only halfway through my second ball and I bought four balls! 

I hope to get a chance to tell you more about the vacation this weekend, as it was not all bad.  I did get a chance to visit Romni Wool in Toronto, the mothership.  We spent some time in the country which was nice even if it rained the whole time.  Fia visited: 2 great oma’s, 1 grandma, 1 opa, 3 great-aunts, and 2 second cousins.  Whew.  Plus some very nice friends.  I wish I had the time to visit all the other friends that I would like to, but it is so hard with such little time. 

Atelier doing yokeFia has recently decided that she can only sleep if I an somehow attached to her, which has meant that I am in her room sleeping in her bed very often of late.  The pattern has been that I go to sleep for the night, and she wakes up 5 minutes later and starts screaming.  She only falls back asleep deeply enough an hour later for me to creep back to my bed, and is then awake again around 4 am.  Last night was the same pattern, but I just couldn’t get out of bed, so Mr. J. is now in there sleeping with her.  The reasons are multi on her part, but she says she is scared of the big wind we had last night, and ghosts, and so many other things.  When you are 3, so many things are scary.  Onto my new projects, I have cast on for Atelier and am enjoying the simplicity of the yoke knitting.  The colour is so vivid, and I can knit without watching it closely as I watch another episode of Hell on Wheels, my current favorite show.

Starting laminariaI have also finally started a new shawl pattern.  I have so many of these in the queue, and have the yarn already, that I need to be making one or two a year just to use it all up.  This is such a tiny beginning of Laminiria, but all great journeys start with the first step, and the cast on of most shawls is a bit tricky.  Now I am into the simple beginning pattern and things are moving faster.  I have to look at this knitting more often with all the K3tog, so this is reserved for shows I don’t really need to watch.  All for now, I need to go and wake up the rest of the family for the work day.

Planning Ahead

July 28, 2014

Atelier yarn and shoesI am almost done my WIP’s and am planning ahead for the next two projects.  I am on a real summer sweater kick this year, can’t seem to get enough of them.  These next two projects are going to be part of a KAL, which I hope will be a lot of fun.  I have been planning to make Atelier with the blue MadTosh yarn I have, and since I bought some new fabulous sandals  I really want to get it done.  I am very happy with how well these sandals go with my wardrobe, I have 3 black and black/white dresses they match very well, and I also love to wear them with a bright green dress I have.  So far I am very happy with my purchase!  If I can get Atelier off the ground, I also plan on making a Sandshore with Zooey, a linen cotton blend.

Zooey Cotton LinenThis is made on big needles for a loose drape, I am hoping it goes fast.  I can get a lot of use out of a neutral cardigan at work.  Our office is always cold in the morning, and warm by the afternoon as the air conditioner is frozen over by then.  I am excited to have such great projects planned!

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