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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Summer is for….dyeing!

I’ve been having a great time this summer trying something new…

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Wool dyeing!

A group of my knitting friends and I got together for a whole day of colorful fun. Lots of laughs and lots of blue fingers later we came away with a new appreciation for hand dyers! I also learned I hate wearing gloves ;)

We had a beautiful day, and had everything our little yarnie hearts could ask for.

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I ordered some special wool from knitpicks just for dyeing. I tried a few ways, including knitting blanks on a knitting machine, hand painting, kettle dyeing and microwaving.

I can’t decide my favourite. The watermelon socks…

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Or the rainbow socks

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Or course, I also fell in love with this tonal teal that was pure accident

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And this dark denim which was an ugly purple over dyed with a dark royal blue

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Let’s just say I’ve been bitten by the dye bug, lol!

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Busy baby knitting!

There is nothing quite like welcoming a new baby to the family! I’m lucky enough to be aunt to a plethora of munchkins, including a new arrival down in Australia. I’m tickled blue! Of course babies have their own timelines, and I’m a procrastinator, which means I had to knock out baby’s present ASAP!

Enter….the Puerperium Cardigan.

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Knit in DK on 4 mm needles, this newborn size flew off my needles!

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The pattern calls for 7 buttons all down the side opening, but since I am oh-so-awesome at math I only bought six. Nothing for it but a bit of modification, and because really, who wants to do up 7 buttons on a squirmy newborn anyways!

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This is sirdar’s baby bamboo, and while I love the finish product, I have a heck of a time keeping this slippery yard in equal tension and oh my word it takes forever to dry. But the finish…just beautiful!

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I packed this bad boy off with my SIL’s mom to welcome the new baby along with her double heart socks and some chocolate. Cause that’s how I roll ;)

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Welcome baby D! You are very loved all over the world!

Knitting in public

I’ve been working feverishly on a very special pair of socks for my SIL. She’s due any day now with her first baby, and being in the Southern Hemisphere her feet are cold! What better for cold feet than wool socks made with love ;)

I cast on, and knit knit knit everywhere I was.
Beach? Knitting

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(I cropped this one for Instagram. Amazing what a different story a picture can tell when you cut out the craziness in a mothers life. Kid? Toys? Water bottles! Gone!)

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I managed to turn the heel yesterday and make it half way down the foot last night. I decided to do these guys one at a time because I get so much more gratification when it grows fast. The counting rows to match is a bugger though!
Here’s the first sock all done!

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Now if you excuse me, I need to knit knit knit! These need to be on a plane Saturday morning, along with the baby cardigan I haven’t even started, eek!

Details on my ravelry page