June 10, 2015
This is my Ursula sweater from Kate Daties, in the yarn acquired last year at Olds that just says “Quebecor” on the label. No other info. I just loved the three contrasting colours together, and I still do. Once I swatched the pattern I realized I was getting a much larger gauge than the pattern, so I am winging the sizing. Even the smallest size had too many stitches. This is a fully steeked sweater, and I am actually finished the lower body, and about to add the arm steeks. It will be fun once I start cutting it open! The yarn is very wiry once knit, so not for a fan of soft yarn. I am thinking it will be a hard wearing sweater, and low pilling, which I like. As normal I am worried about running out of the grey, even though I did buy all they had. I am at the arm holes now, and just finishing off my second ball. Crossing fingers I won’t need to do short sleeves!
This sweater is the Lupine cardigan from Wooly Wonka, a lovely simple design for summer. I have had this wool/silk etc lace yarn for a little while, and it is perfect for this summer cardigan. It is growing slowly, but I am approximately five inches into the body. I was attempting to join a knit along with this sweater, but alas I am too slow. This is mostly as I am splitting my knitting time between the two projects, rather than dedicating all my time to just the lace cardigan. I love both!
June 8, 2015
Wow, did this sweater turn out nicely! The Better Breton pattern is very, very, very good, and makes an attractively fitting sweater! I also managed to pick the right size, and get a good fit at the shoulders. And of course, who does not love a rainbow sweater? Fia has requested one, so that is on the list to make. With the rainbow yarn kit from Rain City Knits I have enough yarn left to make one to two kids sweaters. I had run out of grey below the third stripe on the arm, and ordered three more skeins, so enough grey to make another sweater. The only downside – I had some colour run. I found some information on how to fix it, I just need to do the work now. I intend to wash the rest of the rainbow yarn before I make the child’s sweater. I even got to wear this to knitting the other night when it was a chilly rainy day. I have put it way until fall, which is sad as RAINBOW.
June 2, 2015
For the province of New Brunswick, I knitted mittens designed by Sarah Arnold aka “Hot Cheese”. The name of the pattern is Ardour, and is very pretty I think. The yarn is Briggs and Little (the blue) which is spun in New Brunswick. The oatmeal yarn is good old Custom Woolen Mills. A good use of scraps that have been in a box for a number of years now. I had high hopes of finishing these easily on my vacation, but a fever for 3 days took care of that. I finished two days late for these to count.
May 23, 2015
Last year we finally, finally got a garden in. It only took about three years. We had some strawberries, which were promptly eaten before I could even wash them, and didn’t get to try any of course. We planted pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, and four tomato plants. Everything was blooming, everything was doing so well. We had baby cucumbers, some zucchini that would so close to being ready to pick, and flowers on the pumpkin plant. Then this happened:
A hail storm in July, in three minutes almost everything as destroyed. We ate two zucchinis pock marked with holes, but nothing else was salvageable. The garden recovered, and we thought we may get something else growing, more pumpkin flowers were observed, but then it snowed on Sept 6. And that was the end of our garden. We are trying again this year.
March 28, 2015
I am getting behind on posting about my Canada KAL projects! Two more are now complete. I finished up Bubblemania just before the deadline, and even won the prize for the month. Not bad! Plus I really like this scarf, pink is a good neutral for me I like wearing pink and grey. It helps that one of my favorite pair of shoes to wear is also pink and grey. I am wearing this scarf once or twice a week now, the bit of cashmere is enough to make it very soft. I bought the yarn in Ontario years ago at a store in the Beach. It is not the store my Grandmother used to knit for, that one is closed, but it is close to it. Like so many things I had a pattern in mind, but the yarn wasn’t right for it in the end, and sat in stash for years until being dragged to light by the KAL. Very glad it is now a useful garment!
This angora/qiviut yarn from Cottage Craft Angora in Quebec is another stash yarn that I was always wanting to knit up, but never got around to. I picked a pattern from Glenna C. (an Ontario designer no less, now I’m mixing provinces!!) as I wanted something lacey but with just a little bit of simple lace. This is perfect, very warm, and delicate. The yarn is unbelievable in how soft and warm it is, bunnies and musk oxen playing nicely together. I have some more merino/qiviut that also needs knitting up. I’m really happy with both these projects.
The first photo was taken in Drumheller, a town which has dinosaurs roaming free in its parks and streets. We went there for my birthday weekend this year. We had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the dinosaur museum immensely. We did not enjoy the hockey team parents partying until 2 am each night. I actually heard their own children asking them to be quiet! Aside from that Fia and I did some very good dinosaur impressions around the huge t-rex bones before many other people arrived.
March 25, 2015
It has been a little while since I have put a post together, as life has taken up too much time lately. It can be so difficult to find a few minutes of quiet to deal with photos and the internet. I think I am also caught up in my monthly project deadline, and don’t have time for anything else. When one has about 1 hour of free time a day, it is hard to use it for other things than knitting away on a project! I am happy to say my Quebec project for March is complete, and I have a few extra days to devote to other WIP before I start a New Brunswick project. I do not know yet what I will make for New Brunswick, I hope inspiration will strike soon. Alas my beautiful rainbow sweater is at a standstill due to running out of yarn. I have ordered more, and am waiting for it. I seem to have plenty of the rainbow yarn left over, and I am working on a wee plan for it, as Fia actually asked if this sweater was for her. If she asks, I should probably make her a rainbow sweater shouldn’t I?
After much hemming and hawing as to which sweater would come next in the production line, Firth, a custom fit V-neck pullover won. I love, love this Western Sky yarn, and a simple pattern was needed to show it off. As there was a lack of simple V-neck patterns already complete, I decided to try Custom Fit and see how it worked. The idea is you put in your measurements, information from your swatch, and it make a custom pattern for you.
I was home sick today, which is why I was able to get started on Firth. I have a sore throat, and sound like a rusty old crow. My boss actually called me and made me call a customer. I wasn’t too happy about that, as I was hoping for another nap, and the customer was not happy either to be talking to an old rusty crow. He was getting very indignant on my behalf that I had to work when I sounded so terrible. I believe he is now very upset at my boss, and I felt a lot better after talking to him. It is nice when complete strangers have your back.
February 24, 2015
The month of February is dedicated to Ontario-which is a province with so much to choose from. Many, many yarns are made in Ontario, and many designers live and work there. Many good, good designers. My project this month is using yarn I bought in Toronto a few years ago from a company named Painted Fleece, and is a blend of wool, cashmere and nylon. This could have been a pair of socks, but I decided to make a scarf. The pattern is named “Bubblemania” and I’ve admired it for a few months. I wanted something lacy, but not complicated as I have the attention span of a gnat at night. And the energy of a hibernating bear. I added a ruffle to the end just to finish it off, the cast on edge looked a little bit plain. The goal is of course to have this finished by the end of the month, and as I have 24 grams to go, this should be possible. I will stop knitting when I have just under 10 grams so that I have enough for the ruffle. I have noticed that the stitch pattern of Bubblemania has shown up in a sweater pattern lately, which I may consider making. It has a very cute vintage look to it.
Here in Calgary we are having weather guilt; while the rest of the east coast is suffering massive snow storms and cold weather, we are riding our bikes outside, and plenty of people are venturing outside not only without parkas but in shorts! It has been that warm. How strange is it that Calgary is the tropical capital of Canada?
February 4, 2015
Last year during the Olympics I was so in love with all the rainbow projects. I was on a yarn diet at the time, and could not indulge in any goodies, just ogle them. This February it is all rainbows, all the time. First up is a Twirly Girl skirt for Fia. She hasn’t liked any of the sweaters I have made her recently, so I thought I would try a skirt, and she loves to twirl. Can you tell what her favorite colour is by the little hand in the photo? Green, always first, then blue, then every other colour. This project is almost 3 stripes in, and is a nice mindless project, so far I have a blue, yellow and green stripe.
I was waiting/lurking last year to see if Rain City yarn in Vancouver would have any sales, and Cyber Monday they did! I swooped in and got one of their rainbow DK packages, with eight different 50g balls. I am making a Better Breton with the yarn, and so far it is so, so, so pretty and addictive.
I am down to the middle of the waist almost, and racing to get to the next colour. Next up will be pink, then orange, then red, then teal! Whoppee! The arms will have matching stripes. Fia really likes this one, and is disappointed it is not for her. I think I will have enough of the rainbow balls to make her a similar sweater, but not sure about the grey. It will be easy to substitute in another dk weight yarn. I can see more orders to Rain City Yarn in my future, I’ve seen some gorgeous designs online using their bright colours that I would like to make.
February 2, 2015
The Rhizome hat was designed by Winnipeg designer Christina Harris, this was my Manitoba project. This used almost exactly one ball of Patons Classic wool that I had hanging around. I do really enjoy that in this KAL I am using up yarn that I have wanted to get to for a long time, and am creating an impressive pile of projects as I do. This hat has a double brim that I have sewn under to give a nice thick edge over the ears. I am planning on felting the brim down slightly so that it is very, very tight to my ears to keep those winter winds out. A very, very warm hat. I am considering whether it needs a fur pom-pom on top, or a pom-pom in a contracting colour since I have no more of this ball left.
It has been warm in Calgary, even though it recently dipped back down again. It has been so strange to watch the rest of the country suffer through cold and snow as we leave our parkas behind for some nice sunny days. Normally it is us suffering the cold! In that respect, January was a wonderful month, with hardly any bad driving days to work. In the back of our minds though we knew winter wasn’t done with us yet, that we still had a few more months to go before winter spit us out into spring. This year I have something big to look forward to – after four long years we are heading down to Moab Utah again. I cannot wait, I cannot wait.
January 16, 2015
I finished my Atelier cardigan last year, and finally got photos of it, and finally got around to showing you. This is an outfit I wore to a business lunch before Xmas, which I really like. The dress is from Target, and a good example of why I am so sad they are leaving Canada, it is a great dress, fits well, has full coverage, and looks like it costs a lot more than I paid. But I digress. Overall I do like the cardigan, but the fronts look awkward to me, and I have to keep pulling it closed. It would probably look better hanging more fully open, but I’m cold all the time. I can’t wear this sweater unless we have a good Chinook in Calgary. This is my first MadTosh yarn, in the Pashmina base, in such a beautiful colour.
Today I had the privilege of visiting a slaughterhouse south of Calgary. Yucky, yuck yuck. I am so glad I don’t eat beef, and haven’t for many, many, many years now. It was stinky, dirty, and nasty. Of course Mr. J just said I smelled like a Slim Jim, which he liked, but I headed to the shower as soon as I got home. Even slaughterhouses need clean water it would seem for their boilers, which is why we were there. We saw a piece of leg with bone still it in in the parking lot, stepped on bone, and slipped on fat. The only good thing is that so much of the animal is used, they have a bone meal, and a fat tallow business. I much prefer the nice clean meetings downtown these days.