It’s the season of all things….pumpkin!

And I’m determined my toes are not left out, lol! And my toes, like the revered pumpkin spice latte, may not have any real pumpkin in it, but it’s awesome none the less!

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How do you like them apples pumpkins! Or rather, pumpkin since I have fallen prey to second sock syndrome and have since moved on to my pencil socks, oups!

And to make matters worse, I was so eager to move on to my pencil socks that I….cast off only half the sock before cutting my wool. of all the brainless things I’ve done…

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So send me some cast-on vibes, would ya? Otherwise at this rate I’ll be wearing one pencil sock with one pumpkin socks because…

omg rainbows

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(Those were custom to have extra wide rainbow stripes. My stock rainbow toes have stripes 2/3 that size so the rainbow is only on the toes/increase section)

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Come and get me winter!

I’m ready! As of September 8th, I am ready to rock the white stuff! My hat…done!
You remember Loch, right?

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Beautiful loch, how you make my heart flutter. ‘Lovh’ is my Tin Can Knits, and I used the OOAK skein of surf from tanis fiber arts. It’s got cashmere ‘yo. And silk. That’s a yarngasm in a skein if I ever heard of one!

Nothing would do but to make a matching cowl with the remaining bit of skein, so I cast on one repeat of ‘loch’ lace pattern and a whole wack load of stitches. I’d like to say I was totally scientific about it and figured out my stitches per inch, times the size of my head, divided by….but I didnt, lol! I just kinda guessed and got it about right! Reward for laziness, I’ll never learn ;)

So I knit and knit until my tanis ran out. Then I though, hey, how awesome would this be double sided?! Super awesome! After some stash diving, though, it became apparent I had nothing suitable. how the….?! so I got to visit my LYS where I snagged a delicious charcoal skein of tosh merino DK. Perfection. So then I knit a mile of stockinette (not even much of an exaggeration), thanks to some binge watching of west wing on netflix.

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And then, my dears, it came time to graft.

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226 stitches. Sewing needles. strong liquor strong tea.

Of course, a helpful friend also pointed out a new way to Kitchener graft, by knitting it. knitting it. WHA….! But let’s not get into that because I’d already started and you need to suffer with me. Knit off, purl on. Purl off, knit on. 226 times.

It’s perfect

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bring it winter!

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And in case you’re looking for a pencil to fill in all those back to school forms, I’ve got you covered ;)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Do you hear that? The sounds of bickering, crashing, otherwise delightful children affecting that most annoying of cadence whining ‘I’m booooooored’?

No?

Me neither! Cause they are back to school!! Good bye kids, have a great day, learn lots, have fun, make some new friends…..you’re outta here!!

Ahhh. A stay-at-home momma’s favourite time of year.

I don’t yet hate getting up to an alarm (ok, maybe a little), or packing lunches (ok, maybe more than a little), or dealing with the mountain of paperwork everyday (definitely more than a little) but I know those days are coming, so I’m going to sit with my hot slightly warm tea and enjoy having only one kid under my feet and in my lap. Ahhh. This is the life!

Along with all this new time on my hands, I’ve been elbow deep in dyeing and building this wonderful new business adventure I’m on! Learning the paperwork side, navigating the intricacies of international postage and printing business cards is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been studying chemistry (chemical bonds, acid charts) and artsy stuff like colour wheels and reading everything I can get my hands on about dyeing wool. I’m fascinated and maybe a bit obsessed. But that’s ok. It’s how I roll!

My knitting time has been taken up by knitting samples of my sock wool because that’s my little reward, lol. I get to be the first to knit up a whole new colourway and that makes me giddy! I’ve knit 3 pairs of socks in 3 weeks, that’s gotta be some kind of record. And both those socks won ribbons at the country fair!

Watermelon 1st place

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And strawberry third place

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I also entered my strawberry shawl, my malabrigo cowl and a cascade crochet beanie and they all ribboned! I’m very proud.

So now I’m off to dye some more today. I’ve sold all my original batch of wool (thank you thank you!) and the next batch is arriving just in the nick of time today. Until then, I’m putting in some time doing paperwork. oh joy.

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I’ll be back Wednesday with a new WIP post and have more to show you for FO Friday! Winter is coming…which means knitting and blogging!

I’ve got a pair of jams!

Remember my new socks, strawberry jam socks? Well, sock, singular since I had just barely started it? Well, holla! I’ve got myself a pair!!

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Woot woot! I’m feeling pretty darn fancy in my matching socks! Who knew matching socks would feel so good?! Of course I did my go-to heel, Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Say that fast four times!

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I’m even going to enter these puppies in our country fair, I’m that excited! …just don’t tell my teenage self that I wrote a blog post about matching socks and country fairs, because I think my eyes would stillhurt from the epic eye roll.

Oh yes, I was an eye roller. I was a master eye roller because I was that cool.

But I digress…

Look, matching socks!

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I’m not just happy about matching socks though. I’m happy because these guys are my brain child from the start. The wool dyeing, the pattern, the knitting…it’s like. Wow. I’m actually a knitter! I did that!. It’s kinda a great feeling ;). 6 years ago I had just begun playing with sticks and string, and now I’m doing it all.
…well except not the feeding the sheep, shaving the sheep, cleaning the fleece, carding the fleece, spinning the fleece…ya. Let’s not get too carried away now!

In celebration of getting this delicious pattern not only knit, but freaking written out and published (!), I’m offering all my patterns 50% off till Friday. What what!! Check it out! my ravelry store! coupon code ‘strawberryjam’

I may not have shaved the sheep…but I did take some pretty pictures with fruit, and that’s kinda the same, right?

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FO Friday: more fruity feet!

I finished some more dyeing this week and am thrilled with the results!

…I may have accidentally dyed my hand blue (again) and It may have taken 20 minutes to scrub the hot pink off my countertops…but it’s all for the art! Right? I can tell my husband that, right? ‘But honey, I’m an artist! I’m creating here!’

It’s very all-encompassing, this art thing. I left a pot of dark blue soaking while I was off gallivanting with my girls (aka my knitting circle, heh) and came home to medium blue wool and hot pink water. What what?! I mean…how does that even…wha? But, a further dip revealed some amazing colours so I was tickled pink, and fell in love.

What I’m loving most about this art thing is all the places inspiration is smacking me upside the head hitting me. Farmers market! Driving the van, tv commercials, talking with friends, bathtub, cooking…it’s all around me and my wittle notebook is filling fast. Best part is I’m sleeping like a log. My brain is happy.

I’ve also been busting out my very rusty photography skills. Insinuating they were at one point even better is a stretch, but it’s my blog so I’m gonna go with it ;).
Check out my two newest colour ways, bringing my grand total of reproducible colour ways to FOUR!

Bonnie blueberry

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And perfectly plum

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Yummy, am-I-right?!. I even got the listed on etsy, blue hand and all. Can I just say how distracting having only one blue hand is? I’m tempted to dye the other just so I can have a matching pair!

…and now I’m off to finish knitting my other strawberry jam sock so I can get those bad boys registered in the local fairs knitting competition!

Slice of watermelon! And blog announcement!

Before I tickle your fancy with some sweet knits, let me first share my blog news…

I’ve become the proud owner of http://www.yarnenabler.com! You’ll still be able to access my blog through the knitinthesquare.wordpress.com site, so never fear. I’m just so tickled pink with my new name I wanted to make it all jive! I’m also changing my name on Ravelry (theyarnenabler) as well as on Instagram (yarn enabler).

Along with all this excitement, I have officially opened my etsy store!. …I’ve never been accused of having problems committing to an idea, haha!

So far I have my strawberry jam sock wool and the exciting watermelon sock wool listed! I’ve even had a sale! (…I might have been so excited by that that printed the email and framed it. I’m not even embarrassed, lol!)

So now for what you’ve come for, some sweet knits! I dare you not to lick the screen when you see these juicy socks!

Yum!

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Ok, I guess ‘socks’ plural might be over-confident…I’ve only knit the one! But I can’t help myself, I’ve fallen in lurve!

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Nothing like a simple stockinette to set off the seeds and the slight tonal qualities of the pink. These I cannot call plain vanilla socks!

I of course did my go-to fish lips kiss heel, but any heel flap sporting these jaunty seeds would be equally as cute.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go cast on #2 otherwise I’ll be wearing a fruit salad!

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Strawberry jam debut!

Ladies, I am ecstatic! Beside myself, elated, jubilant, just….wooooo! (Yaba daba doooooo!)
You might want to sit down, cause this is going to make your skirts fly up. No,seriously. Trust me on this one.

Presenting….

Strawberry jam!

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Isn’t it gorgeous!! Not to toot my own horn or anything (but ok, I will, cause it’s just you and me ;)) but I dyed that!! Me! I did it!! I’m so proud.

So of course strawberry wool needs strawberry sock patterns. So I came up with this.

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I’m thrilled with the way the colours came out. The green makes me smile (like a big, toothy smile too)

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Even skeined up it’s great!

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I’m really enjoying this pattern, I just can’t put them down! I’m already at the heel, and I just started them Tuesday morning. They are flying!

And in case you were wondering (a girl can dream, right?), I’m going to be publishing the pattern on my ravelry page in the next few days, AND….selling the wool! I just have to finish my etsy shop. Any tips or suggestions for etsy would be great!

Oh and….*ahem*

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Watermelon. Yes. I know, you love me. Cause….watermelon! Stay tuned for those bad boys knit up!

Loch is lovely!

This gorgeous girl was such a pleasure to knit. The beautiful wool, a wool/cashmere/silk blend from Tanis Fiber Arts was like butter. Tin Can Knits outdid themselves with this great pattern, advanced enough to keep it interesting, but intuitive enough to do in front of the tv and with kids around!

One of my favourite parts is the crown decreases. It’s just perfect!

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I love the way the ribbing hugs the stockinette chevrons. It’s a textural feast for the eyes, yes?!

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I may have already cast on a coordinating cowl, lol! I’ll save that for next time ;)

WIP Wednesday: I’m in a hat mood

My love affair with socks has wained a bit…it was fast and furious and I’m just now coming up for air. Who could have known socks could be so…so…all consuming?! You sock knitters are a special breed, let me tell you!

Don’t get me wrong, sock knitting is still a great interest, but I’ve managed to break away long enough to realized I’ve been neglecting my first true love.

hats.

And…winter is coming. Yes it may be +30* Celsius most days! but every good Canadian knows that won’t last much longer. And being a camper, let me just tell you there are many a night I’ve donned a hat around the campfire.

With this in mind (winter is coming! I’d make a good Stark ;)) I decided to cast on a beautiful DK fall hat.

Loch, by tin can knits is a perfect fall hat. A bit lacy, it’s fun to knit as the pattern is just enough to be interesting. I managed to get my mitts on a skein of amber label DK TFA wool, so the cashmere and silk are pure decadence! Nothing says summer like silk, lol ;)

The only problem with silken wool is it’s nearly impossible to photograph because it’s too damn silky!
I tried my go to place, my front porch, but it was just too bright and washed out the colours….

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So then I got a bit creative and turned my knitting chair into my photo prop and got a bit better results

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Aren’t the colours just spectacular!! I can’t wait to wear it!

Miss May off the needles!

Miss May was one of those knits that I fell in love with the pattern a while ago, and was hoarding it waiting for the right wool to come along. Thankfully that perfect wool finally came along when I saw tanis fiber arts new colour way, papaya! It was a marriage made in heaven

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Miss May was all charted, which I love. Super simple to follow…I actually finished the last chart during the day, with kids awake and running in and out of the house!

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The pattern calls for a full 400m of fingering wool, so I knit right to pattern without any mods. Looking back, I wish I had knit a repeat (or two!) of the second chart because I had lots of wool left over and the shawllette isn’t as deep as I had hoped

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I admit to second thoughts about wearing the colour. I tend to stick closely to the blues, purples and greens. Being a redhead I avoid pinks, reds and orange like the plague, but the heart wants what the heart wants!

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It’s the perfect summer knit, and I can’t wait to wear it!

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