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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.








Here are some that I’ve modified, either to make bigger or smaller (and pinker)

There will be more to come, but Christmas knitting is starting to become more important!