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Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

Freelance deadlines were my priority well into December so I got quite a late start on my Christmas knitting. First to be finished will be Kabouter by Woolly Wormhead for Devan. I want him to  have a chance to wear it before the big day.

Shozo Socks

Shozo Socks

Devan has new socks in yellows and golds–his favourite colours. I test knit Shozo, a pattern written by Nigel, my step-father. It’s toe up with a great method for working the gusset, heel turn and even the heel “flap” looks like a conventional top-down sock. He introduced me to a new stretchy bind-off which is by far an improvement over what I had been using. Nigel is currently galavanting around the world (he’s in Panama right now), but when he returns I’ll have to encourage him to give his pattern the final polish so it can read more

Sunday Find – Shelter

Sunday Find – Shelter

Wholesome is the word I would use to describe a new yarn called Shelter. Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed fame developed Shelter out of a desire for locally produced American yarn for American knitters. The lofty soft yarn is made from Wyoming sheep fleece and it’s spun in an historic woolen mill town in New Hampshire. The down to earth colours are a tweedy, heathery, homey goodness with names like woodsmoke, wool socks and homemade jam. What would a new yarn be without pattern support? read more

Collar Construction

Collar Construction

I don’t knit for myself very often any longer. In part it’s because designing and the business takes much of my time. When I do knit for myself, I like to learn or try something new. It could be a new (to me) sweater construction. It could be to see how another designer writes patterns. Miss BB by Bonne Marie of Chic Knits fulfills my multi-tasking needs. I’m learn something new, I’m evaluating another designer’s writing style and I get a sweater I can wear out of the project. It read more

Miss BB

Miss BB

I’ve discovered that if I don’t choose projects that will coordinate with my wardrobe, then I never wear them. Seems so obvious yet it took me years to figure that out! Do you have sweaters in your drawer that never see the light of day? There’s nothing really wrong with them, but somehow they just aren’t right? So now I choose functional sweaters in a colour that will match my clothes. It’s grey again. And it’s a cardigan again. Our new house is colder than our apartment was and I need to have something read more

To the rescue

To the rescue

I ran out of yarn and Heidi, by way of Ravelry came to the rescue. I’ve been knitting a Chicknits sweater for myself with some yarn I purchased at Dressew. I did calculate the yardage before purchasing the yarn, but I ran out anyway and Dressew has run out of the colour. After trying friends and Guild members without any success, I posted a plea for help to a Dressew thread on Ravelry. Wow, such a quick response! Several people were willing to give up read more

Skullaclava

Skullaclava

I whipped up a special Hallowe’en balaclava for Devan to wear now that the weather’s cooler. I stumbled across the instructions for this on an unlikely site called Instructables. There are all sorts of great ideas on that site for the DIY kind of person. When I saw this skull toque “instrucable” I knew I wanted to make one for Devan. Interestingly it was designed by a relatively new knitter called ‘Robotrix’; a guy who had only knit two other projects read more

Knitting Pilgrimage

Knitting Pilgrimage

My new favourite blog to read is Knitting the Camino. Of course, I may be biased because it’s Nigel’s blog and he is my step-father. Nigel is walking across Northern Spain this month on a pilgrimage to Santiago. Along the way he’s knitting too. I love reading his descriptions of the people he meets, the wonderful scenery and the food he eats. I’m curious to know what knitting projects will keep him interested and how many socks he completes along the way. Nigel’s also fundraising for AlzheimerBC and mentioned that he’ll probably raise his goal 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

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