February 2009

Mrs. McDockerty’s Knitting

Mrs. McDockerty’s Knitting

I have to return this library book today but wanted to share it with you beforehand. Clickety Clack, Sweater for Jack went Mrs. McDockerty’s knitting. Tuggity Roll Wool in a Bowl went Mrs. McDockerty’s yarn. Throughout the story, this chant repeats itself with more and more mischief inserted between the lines. The animals get all tangled up in the yarn and Mrs. McDockerty keeps trying to move her knitting out of their reach. Finally young Jack comes home and has the simplest solution of them all. He read more

Noon Hour Knitting

Noon Hour Knitting

I’ve been teaching a knitting class at lunch time at Devan’s school. I have a great group of kids who are all eager to knit. On the first class as I was handing out their knitting bags and knitting needles they were so excited they were saying it was the best knitting class ever! We hadn’t even started to knit at that point! They were particularly excited about my ball winder. They all wanted to know where I bought it and how much is cost. One girl said she was read more

2510 minutes

2510 minutes

I’ve been knitting fast and furious on my hush, hush project for the past week or so. I keep on having to wind more balls of yarn. This is encouraging—I’m over half way there! I’m averaging just over five hours a day of knitting. It feels like more, but when I break down the numbers (2510 minutes of knitting so far) that’s how it works out. I’m photographing along the way and I’ll be able to share those images with you after it’s published. Last night I worked the neckline two different read more

Mr. Nick’s Knitting

Mr. Nick’s Knitting

Devan received this charming book a few years ago from his Grandma—Mr. Nick’s Knitting by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Dee Huxley. Mrs. Jolley, Mr. Nick’s best friend with whom he sat and knit on the train into the city every day is unexpectedly very sick. He visits her in the hospital and takes her some pink yarn and knitting needles. She’s very sad that she’s missing the train rides into the city and the view out the train window. Mr. Nick starts to work on a new project which isn’t a sweater for one of his read more

Auspicious Beginnings

Auspicious Beginnings

It is the new year—the Chinese New Year—and we just celebrated with a delicious meal at a favourite restaurant with my in-laws last weekend. At the end of last year I was experiencing some frustrations sourcing the perfect yarn for some upcoming projects. Either it was unavailable or suppliers weren’t returning my calls (busy Christmas season) or I was having gauge problems. Now it seems that the tide has turned and I foresee that the Year of the Ox will be a year of good fortune for me. Two packages arrived at my door read more

Which buttons?

Which buttons?

Now it’s time to decide on which buttons to sew onto my long awaited Tangled Yoke cardigan. I went to Dressew last week and spent far too long looking at their extensive button collection. I couldn’t make a decision while I was there, so I brought home two sets of buttons. What do you think? I’m bound and determined to finish this sweater so I can wear it  to the next read more

“Long Tail” Bind Off

“Long Tail” Bind Off

Ack, my internet connection went down for a couple of days. After the cable company tech said there was nothing more he could do for me to correct the problem and that I will have to take my computer in to be checked, my husband was able to get it back online. The mysteries of computers … . Oh, and aren’t husbands great?! As promised, I’ll detail how I make a bind off look just like a long tail cast on. I examined my cast on edge carefully and picked it apart. This is what I came up with. At the time I hadn’t read more