January 2009

The Long Red Scarf

The Long Red Scarf

Here’s a children’s book to delight the knitter in all of us. Unfortunately it’s out of print, but still available through used book sellers and I found this copy at the public library. The Long Red Scarf by Nette Hilton and illustrated by Margaret Power ISBN 0-87614-399-0 Grandpa covets the long, woolly scarf his friend, Jake wears when they go fishing together. After unsuccessfully asking Great Aunt Maude and cousin Isabel to knit one for him, Jake informs Grandpa that he knit his blue scarf himself. read more

Found!

Found!

Even more important than finding my lost yarn and lost book, Devan found his lost MelonHead skull toque given to him by Carmen, herself! He lost it last year at school less than a week after Carmen gave it to him. I didn’t have the heart to fess up to Carmen until recently. We searched high and low. I haunted the lost and found for weeks afterwards. We found the single mitten that he lost at the same time, but not the hat. I was sure Devan dropped read more

Knitter’s Gallery

Knitter’s Gallery

I gives me such a thrill when knitters send me pictures of the sweaters they’ve knit using my patterns. I love seeing the colourways they choose. I especially love it when they send a photo of the sweater in action–that is, being worn by the baby for whom it was knit. Val recently sent me two pictures of sweaters both knit for a special little man in her life–“Sweet Baby James” as she calls him! Val used her knitting machine to make the read more

Fog

Fog

We’ve been having uncharacteristically foggy weather for several days now. I think it’s affecting my memory. I still can’t find the yarn and now I can’t find a book I was given for Christmas. Frustrating when I’ve looked and looked again in all the likely spots. Even without my knitting project, I’m keeping busy with calculating and writing a couple of new patterns. Here’s a shot at one of my spreadsheets. I’ll let you know more about this project when I can and you’ll be seeing it out in the summer. read more

Lost

Lost

Where or where can it be?? I can’t find the yarn I so neatly washed and reskeined to complete my Tangled Yoke sleeve. I must have put it “away” when I tidied up a bit before company came over. There are only so many places where I can ferret away yarn and I keep looking in all the same places. Nothing! In the meantime (I mean, it has to show up eventually, right?) I’ve been working on a couple of other things and finishing off a project or two. I now have a read more

Sleeve surgery

Sleeve surgery

I cut my knitting. Don’t worry, I knew what I was doing! When I was knitting the garter st ribbing for the cuff of the Tangled Yoke sleeve I had some trouble getting gauge. My “in-the-round” gauge was completely different than my flat knitting gauge. I thought I might be able to block the imperfections out, but it was a no go. The cuff kind of wows out when it’s supposed to be a nice gradual increase. I knew I wouldn’t be happy with it. read more

Portable Project

Portable Project

I needed a portable project to take to Devan’s skating class yesterday … My sock yarn collection is growing (like you couldn’t have guessed that) and I’ve been wanting to try out Colinette’s Jitterbug. I keep hearing it mentioned and I feel like I’m the last one to try it out. Although I like acquiring handpainted yarns and I really like looking at them in the skein, I’m somewhat ambivalent about them when they are knitted up. I want to be excited about them and I want to figure read more

Puckers be gone

Puckers be gone

The Tangled Yoke Cardigan isn’t forgotten. I wet blocked it to try to get rid of the puckering around the cabled area on the yoke. I really stretched out the cabled area and the puckering isn’t too bad. I think it will be fine now–especially when you compare it to the preblocked photo. I finished the front bands and they are lying nice and straight. I’m on the home stretch! I want to wear this sweater!

… and a Peacock in a snowbank!

… and a Peacock in a snowbank!

Little Kate loved her Peacock. Well, she loved unwrapping it anyway! She also examined the label and the buttons and then waved the sweater around a bit before returning to the wonderfully crinkly paper. Mummy and Daddy were appropriately appreciative. Project Stats Pattern: Peacock designed by me Yarn: Opal Petticoat #1295 with Opal Uni burnt sienna #1263 Kit: available here. The Vancouver weather has just read more

Knits at the Polar Bear Swim

Knits at the Polar Bear Swim

The 89th annual Polar Bear Swim was yesterday and it was our first time observing the 1550+ brave (or perhaps crazy?) souls who bared their skin to take a dip in the frigid 6 degree C (43 F) water at English Bay. Air temp was 2 degrees (35 F), snow was still on the ground (unusual for Vancouver) and all the people who weren’t swimming were bundled up appropriately. I saw this wonderful pair of rubber boots with a stocking stitch pattern on them and a read more