Archive for December, 2013

Bowties are apparently cool!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I’ve been enjoying a bit of time over the holidays to knit a bit. My goal lately has been to reduce the yarn stash, as it is getting a bit out of hand. These mittens are made out of yarn which I believe is wool.

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It’s a bit strange as it is multi-ply, but they are not twisted together. It is a bit tricky to manage, you’ve got to make sure that each little thread is knit up properly. And if the yarn comes unwound in a bag, good luck getting it untangled!

In any case, it is a very soft and warm yarn, and surprisingly thick. In a change from my traditional fox and geese mittens, I took inspiration from SpillyJane’s “bow tie mittens are cool” pattern, and made these.

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I’m not into anything Doctor Who related, but I know someone that is, and who already has a pair of TARDIS socks to match.
If you also know this person, keep it a secret. Mittens will not be given until the new year.

A new needle craft

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

I learned something new when I was in Japan this summer. I purchased a needle felting kit from their local Dollar store, ”Daiso”. I started fooling around with felting some ornaments this Christmas.

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This little guy is hanging out with me until he can get to his new home. The massive ice storm we had has hampered his delivery.

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That’s a picture of my friend Aki who is visiting from Japan to experience a Canadian winter! What a year to come visit. We had a big weekend…almost getting evacuated due to a fire on a construction site

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Ad then this intense ice storm. Luckily we kept power for most of the time, so we could stay indoors and bake and do crafts.

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This is the second needle felted ornament that I made. It’s a pretty accurate representation of the human heart, presented to an anatomy student that I know. He thought it was pretty cool!
I anticipate a brain, liver or lungs next year. He will have a morbid tree if I have anything to do with it.

Elephant knitting

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I’ve been keeping a few knitting projects secret for Christmas, but this one is not one of them.

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I made these mittens for the Environment Club Silent Auction held at school.

The design was heavily inspired by a student request for grey mittens with pink elephants on them. I only knit for students for secret santa gifts, and so I came up with a plan to knit the mittens that this girl wanted, and donate them to the club’s sale, and then she could bid on them.

After a lot of drama (I may have told lots of other people to make a big deal of bidding on the mittens), she was the successful bidder. I hope they are comfy and that she is happy!

Robot hats 63-69

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The season for robot knitting is here. This year we have a team of more than 70 youngsters, and that means a lot of new hat ideas are required.
Here are the 7 hats that I’ve made so far this year.

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Here are some that I’ve modified, either to make bigger or smaller (and pinker)
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There will be more to come, but Christmas knitting is starting to become more important!