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Friday Finds – More Mario Links

Friday Finds – More Mario Links

I spent so much time online researching Super Mario for Devan’s birthday and Hallowe’en. I found many more ideas than I could use but it’s a shame to let them go to waste. Do you have a video game nut in your family? Some of these would make great Christmas gifts. Image via Happy Seamstress the Happy Seamstress blogger designed the perfectly nerdy vest for her Nintendo-loving husband. She even went to far as to write read more

Newfoundland Trigger Mitts

Newfoundland Trigger Mitts

In a box of my childhood things in my mother’s basement I discovered this pair of mittens I used to wear when I was Devan’s age. They are trigger mitts from Newfoundland.  Devan and me, both at 8 yrs old. In the 1970s we moved from Alberta to St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was a big adventure for my family and although a part of Canada, Newfoundland seemed so different to us in many ways. Among our many discoveries was the strong tradition of knitting in Newfoundland—especially handknit trigger mitts, sometimes called three finger mittens. It seems they are unique to read more

Personality Socks by chris&ruby

Personality Socks by chris&ruby

Socks for chairs. Wow, just think of all the possibilities—and you don’t even need to worry about turning the heel! Images from designspray. Personality socks by Berlin design team chris&ruby. Protect your floors while making a statement. Image from Swiss Miss. What kind of socks would you knit for your chairs?

Cake and knitting

Cake and knitting

This was the first time in three years I didn’t participate in the Knit-Out market as part of Victoria’s FibreFest celebrations. It’s always such a mad rush to squeeze everything into the car, hope for a spot on the ferry, live out of a hotel or on a friend’s couch and then hope for fair weather. Even when it doesn’t rain, the wind at Saxe Point Park always makes having a tent setup and display challenging. One year my tent actually became airborne while rain blew in sideways. It’s not fun taking damp read more

My New Favourite

My New Favourite

Procrastination seems to reach its height (for me) when it  comes to sewing on buttons. I was worried that by the time I finished Miss BB the weather would be sunny and warm and I would have to put this cozy cardigan away until the fall. Well that certainly hasn’t been the case. Project Stats Pattern: Miss BB by Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits Yarn: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Superwash in charcoal read more

The many necks of Avery

The many necks of Avery

Simply making everything proportionately larger did not work for upsizing Avery. Some changes and experimentation have been necessary. The neck was a major challenge. First I knit the same neckband as called for in my pattern: corrugated ribbing with a standard bind off in the solid colour. It’s too floppy and I’m not 100% pleased with it. Next experiment was to knit a rolled hem above the read more

The knitter’s son

The knitter’s son

Poor Devan, I rarely knit for him any longer. Long ago he outgrew my children’s patterns. So last summer I decided it was time to upsize one of my favourite sweaters for him—Avery. My pattern goes up to a size 4 and I’m resizing to an 8. I started on the corrugated ribbing last summer at Sock Summit and it drew lots of interest. Then the project languished: first there was our move, then Devan’s eighth birthday and Hallowe’en, there read more

Pick a colour

Pick a colour

Time to choose a coordinating colour for the edging on the pompom baby sweater. I now know that the baby is a boy and I need your help to choose an appropriate colour.    sky blue    cornflower blue    orange    russet     turquoise    purple What do you think; which colour would you choose?

Check Your Gauge!

Check Your Gauge!

You know, when I knit someone else’s design I always knit a gauge swatch. When I develop a new design myself, I always knit a gauge swatch. But when I knit one of my own designs using sock yarn I must confess, I never swatch.  Big mistake this time. The little pompoms on the Regia sock yarn I’m using have thrown my gauge all out of whack. I didn’t notice until I went to block the sweater. It’s a full size bigger than I intended. Luckily the proportions are pretty read more

All Wrapped Up

All Wrapped Up

I know, Christmas is long over, but I wanted to show you the gifts I knit for my two neices. I must confess, I was a little behind with my Christmas knitting and the girls finally got them for Chinese New Year. Chloë asked for gloves for Christmas and when her other aunt asked her what size, I suddenly felt very territorial. I (nicely) made it quite clear that this was my domain while I quickly whipped out a piece of paper and traced Chloë’s hand. While I was at it, I traced my older read more