Ensemble for a New Baby

August 1st, 2014 by swatchless

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When I heard that my cousin was going to have a baby, I got started knitting right away. I made up this little hat, based off a colourwork chart for bees that I found on Ravelry.

The hat’s knit like a rectangle, in the round, and kitchener stitched along the top. I attached pompoms to the corners for added cuteness.

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The booties were made on a whim last night. The hat looked a bit lonely. It’s been a while since I made booties, so I used a pattern for inspiration. I added eyelets for ties, then worked stockinette stitch for the cuff, long enough to work duplicate stitch bees into it afterwards.

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I stitched a bee on each side, and added pompoms to the ties.

The ensemble has been delivered to baby Jack, who is going home from the hospital today.

Sock progress

July 30th, 2014 by swatchless

It’s been a while since I have had a plain sock on the go. Most recently I’ve been working on mittens, or baby things, or fancy patterned socks. I had forgotten how satisfying it is to have a project that involves purely muscle memory and not brain power!

I bought yarn on Saturday in Toronto, and knit a bit here and there while I was waiting at a coffee shop or the bus terminal….I knit a bit more on the midnight bus home, and then I knit a bit here and there….and I’m almost turning the heel.

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If I keep them with me in my bag I’ll be done in no time!

Spontaneous adventures

July 26th, 2014 by swatchless

I’m writing this from a Tim Horton’s in downtown Toronto.
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I decided yesterday to take the bus here for a two part mission. A friend is performing in the Stageworks production of Assassins, and this is the only day that I could get here while the play is still on….and the other mission was to go through the fashion district on Queen St. W and get cute buttons….and visit Romni Wools.

In Kingston, buttons can be found at Fabricland, or maybe at a few of the yarn stores, but here, in Toronto, there are several stores of buttons and zippers and other trim.

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Here is my haul of buttons…

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Romni Wools was having a big sale on their already lower priced basement stock, so I got a bit more than I had anticipated, but isn’t it always the way? They have so much yarn!

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I got some sock yarn

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And…my very own Romni Wools bag, a good souvenir!

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I’m off to meet up with a friend for dinner, and then heading off to the theatre to complete the primary mission of the trip!

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The play was fantastic, and while waiting I got a pair of mittens just about done.

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I ran out of hand dyed yarn though, so the thumbs will be something different.

What a view!

July 25th, 2014 by swatchless

Today I left my knitting at home and went on a long hike around Rock Dunder, about 45 minutes from Kingston. It was a beautiful day for walking, and the well marked path was shaded, and a bit buggy. I think the bugs smelled the repellant I wore and that drew them to me….maybe they correlate that smell to a good meal!

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There are numerous park benches along the hike so you can stop and enjoy the view.

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Which gets better and better the more you climb.

At the top we could see lakes, and look down on hawks playing on the air currents

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We ate our picnic here where it was windy enough to be bug free. There were several groups who reached the summit when we did, but there was lots of space for everyone at the top.

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At the bottom look out was where we really wished we had our swim suits…the water was mighty inviting!

It’d be a great hike to do again when the leaves start to turn in the fall. If you are in the area, it’s worth the drive and the climb, to see the views.

Matchy matchy

July 7th, 2014 by swatchless

The impending arrivals in my extended family have certainly got me knitting baby things. They are so quick to make, small, portable projects that are just so cute when finished.

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The little hats are little scallops and the mittens are mini motif baby mittens. I made the robot and birdie patterns, but there are many more to choose from. I’m stash busting, so I’m not too sure of the yarn I’m using. It’s nice and soft though which is important when knitting for little ones.

I still have lots of ends to sew in tonight, but before I do that, here’s an update on the garden. There are some peas,
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and beans,

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radishes
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and lettuce
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And here’s my harvest tonight.

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Argyle and Opera

July 4th, 2014 by swatchless

I have been working on a few projects that require my complete focus, either I need to stick closely to my cable chart, or read a pattern while counting rows, or to do some fiddly colourwork.

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If you’ve never knit argyle socks you can’t imagine the tangled mess that they can become. Each diamond and stripe has it’s own little ball of yarn dangling on the wrong side of the work. It’s knit flat, so there are knit rows and purl rows with colour changes in each. I’m glad that I’m past the tricky part–the heel is turned, and the gusset complete, and it’s all joined back up in the round.

This is now the type of project I can take on the road with me. I knit a bit between acts of the Bicycle Opera which rolled into town last night. A childhood friend is performing, and it was great to see him on stage! They bike from venue to venue across Ontario, and bring all of their (minimal) props and instruments with them. Their projections are even powered by bike generated electricity (the audience had to ride a bit at intermission to charge up the battery for the second half!)

If you get a chance go see this young and very fit group of musicians who are bringing contemporary Canadian opera to the masses. For more information check out theirwebsite

Very Special Socks

June 25th, 2014 by swatchless

How can you sum up four years of memories? I have decided to attempt this feat by knitting them into a pair of socks, to warm the feet and heart of a friend.

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I finished the socks in April, but have now given them a wash, and dried them on sock stretchers to help smooth the colourwork and make sure that they are large enough.

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They’re now all packaged up awaiting graduation night.

Psychedelic Mushrooms

June 22nd, 2014 by swatchless

That’s the name of this colourway, from Spunky Eclectic’s fibre club. I’ve taken a few minutes here and there over the last few weeks to spin a bit and break up the monotony of marking.

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I plied two bobbins of singles together today. I love how this yarn shimmers. It’s half merino and half tencel (which adds lustre).

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Look at the variety of colours. I am not sure what this yarn wants to be yet.

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For now it is content to sit in the sunshine.

Taking Small Breaks

June 21st, 2014 by swatchless

It’s a marking marathon this weekend. Exams, final projects, final marks and report cards are all due Monday. It is not fun to be cooped up on a lovely day, but I’m taking small breaks to enjoy the sunshine, to do some knitting, and to get started organizing all of my school papers.

My garden’s doing well

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My latest knitting project is an interesting one….I was asked by a rower to knit cuffs to be worn mid calf to protect from “slide bites”….I don’t know details, but it seems like an easy enough request to fill. I have complete creative freedom on this project, and so I’ve elected to use hot pink and teal, and to make them not match.

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These will be a grad present, so they’ve gotta be done by Thursday. I think I can manage that!

New Project On The Needles

June 10th, 2014 by swatchless

I started this mitten a while ago. I’m trying out a rather complex cable pattern that will be really cool when complete, but right now seems to be mostly purling, which is not my favourite, and it feels so awkward to purl in the round, since there is almost never the need to do it.

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I unfortunately have not been knitting much over the past 2 days since work is picking up, and I caught a nasty cold.

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You gotta love that the wrappers are full of inspirational messages…

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I’m working hard to get through this week; energy-zapping surprises seem to be around every corner.