FO Friday – French Cancan

Well guys, I finished it! This beauty was cast on on a whim, languished for a bit with the whole ‘I don’t want to knit an edging!’ then slowly grew to completion. I had some help and encouragement along the way as Christina over at a baby’s smile knits was knitting the exact same shawl. Funny how friends do that, lol. Now we have matching sweaters and shawls…more than one πŸ˜‰

I had originally planned on knitting cancan with berroco vintage in a nice teal, but at the last minute subbed in a beautiful forest green wool, rustic wool by Queensland.

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I love the slight tonal quality of this wool, and you can’t beat the price. It’s lovely to work with, although it is just this side of soft. I don’t mind the tiny bit of texture it has at all. And neither does my daughter, she loves the tulip sweater and matching hat I’ve made her. I’ve also done a newborn sweater and various hats.

The garter section flew by, but the lace edging pattern took me a long time to memorize, and I noticed I was slipping my stitches incorrectly so had to frog a chunk back.

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Once I got the rhythm of the edge, it was just a matters of doing it. It took two evenings to finish that section and not nearly as much wool as I had conserved for it!

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I ended up using about 3.75 balls, so 175 g/470 yards. I have 1.25 balls left, which means….HAT!

I decided to not stretch out the squishy garter too much, and just pinned the spikes

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Never.again. My next trip to my LYS will be to buy blocking wires!

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Thanks to my house’s need for some moisture, this blocked up like a dream and I’ve been wearing it since!

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Linking up with tami’s amis! and fiber arts Friday

WIP Wednesday- thrummed goodness

Another polar vortex is upon us. I’m not quite sure what makes it a polar vortex, but my weather app assured me it’s stupid cold out, so I’ll drink the kool-aid and be all affronted that it’s so cold πŸ˜‰

I’ve been limping my way through this winter wearing a cheap pair of fleece mitts. Considering I have to be out at least twice a day in the howling winds of these numerous polar vortexes doing my mothering bus meeting duty, It baffles me why I didn’t fix this situation earlier. Not to mention the hours upon hours I’ve spent in hockey arenas this winter! My poor cold fingers.

I decided last night watching the weather forecast on the news that it was time to get going on my thrummed mitts. I’ve been sitting on the wool all winter, and since my long cord is now free (cancan! She is done! I can’t wait to show her off on Friday!) , I had no more reasons to wait.

Tada!

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Isn’t that purple magical? I feel like I should embroider some unicorns on these puppies, haha!

I’m following Tanis’ thrummed mitts pattern, a free pattern off ravelry. It’s the same pattern I used for the husband’s Christmas mitts. I’m using TFA green label Aran wool, in a OOAK colour at I scored on an etsy update in the fall. I thought the darker colours would be perfect for mitts, hide the dirt and all ;). The thrumming is from divinity fibers on etsy, a great artist out of Montreal. It’s some gorgeous merino!
I’m making these as stuffed as possible. I bought a whole bunch of thrumming so these mitts are going to resemble sausages when I’m done! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

Linking up with Tami!

Inspiration Monday. My eyes knit faster than my hands

I’m sure this is true for many of us…your queue on ravelry grows at an exponential rate, along with your yarn stash, when you’re in the middle of a knit. Am I right or am I right?! It’s like grocery shopping when you’re hungry. All kinds of good yet bad stuff end up in your cart and all along you think it’s a really really great idea. Until the next morning when it’s like….whoa.

I *should* be knitting on my cancan or my spruce or even my lush! but instead I found myself over on ravelry spying all the goodies. And of course I fell in love, and of course in my moment of weakness not only did I buy the pattern , I fell so head over heels in love with the colours of one project I went and bought the exact same. I’m so bad!!

This week’s example of my non-existent will power is Freddygirl’s stripe study shawl. Come to mama, you gorgeous thing you!!

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Knit in TFA gold and lucky penny. How divine!

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I’m not usually a yellow girl (hello ginger!) but this just screamed ginger friendly and it is soooo pretty. I can see myself wearing it this summer to keep my shoulders warm while I sit on a patio drinking a cocktail in the early evening glow with the wind ruffling my hair, reading the next great Canadian novel.

And crash…that is the sound I made landing back in my reality of yoga pants, ponytails, diet Pepsi and dr, Seuss.

But at least this beauty will go well with yoga pants, right? Once it makes it out of my stash that is, lol!

Linking up with a baby’s smile knits

FO Friday…my secret project!

My LYS has this really great contest each year, in which you can buy a ‘package’ of wool and you create a secret project using just that wool. Then all the creations are displayed in the shop window and people vote for their favourites. It’s such a fun event, it’s fascinating to see what people create. The diversity is astounding!

This year we had red and white Briggs & Little Regal to work with. Couldnt be more patriotic than that!
I’d never used regal before, so my first step was to hop on ravelry and check it out. Read through the comments and scroll through the listed project. It was quickly clear this is not really a ‘by your skin’ wool. It’s a tough workhorse wool great for it’s strength and durability. I had been toying with the idea of knitting a Canadian hockey jersey sweater for my eldest, but ya, not the right wool.

I went back and forth a few time about what to make. Something we’d use, something fun, something not too time consuming since the children have this odd idea they need food and clean clothes (seriously, I had no idea either! Such demanding things)

Soper creek yarn posted a photo of the finished projects…

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Isn’t that just a glorious photo! I feel like I should stand up and take off my hat it’s so patriotic! (Ok, I’m not wearing a hat, details details)

I didn’t knit a hat, and I didn’t knit mitts (*ahem* somebody leaked their secret project early, lol!). I didn’t knit that cute turtle, but doesn’t it just make you want to snuggle it? I didn’t knit that wicked maple leaf shawl but I sure the hell wish I had, that thing is gorgeous! I didn’t crochet the cat in the hat hat, I made my eldest one four years ago that he still loves, so it’s obvious a great choice πŸ˜‰ that wine bottle cozy is brilliant, but wine never stick around long enough in my house to need a cozy!

So what did I knit?
Tada!

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A hot water bottle cozy to keep my husband’s iceberg feet warm! (And maybe off me, lol ;))

It was my first foray into colour work, and I messed up and blocked it before closing the bottom with a Kitchener stitch so it’s all wonky. But otherwise me lovey. Another damp blocking will fix the bottom no problem.

I can’t wait to get it home!

WIP Wednesday

Hi there! We are basking in the sun today, it’s glorious out and we have our fingers crossed some of this snow might melt. Just a bit would be lovely, I’ve got this horrible bump on the end of my driveway that love nor elbow grease have been able to budge. It’s the perfect day for the kids to play outside for a bit and I’ve promised to help them build a snow fort. Fun times!

In knitting news, I’m thrilled to have finished my secret yarn challenge in the knick of time. And the bonus is it’s going to be a loved and useful addition to our house after I get it back from voting! I can’t wait to share it with you guys, but wait I must.

But! I have managed to put a few (or, a whole skein!) of stitches onto my Spruce Cowl. I have one other skein to use but I’m wondering if I won’t want it longer. But…it’ll grow when I block it, so there’s that to consider. I’m never good at guessing growth rates!

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Also just about to jump on my needles is an adult sized purple loch. I’ll probably start that tonight at my knit night!

WIP Wednesday

The WIPs are starting to overrun my house! It seems for every project I manage to cast off, four more jump on my needles…and then just sit there. Ugh. It’s gotten to the point that…I’m running out of needles.

…I know, I know, that’s a statistical improbability!
Exhibit A

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And those were just the empty ones!

But it’s happened, so now I must knit.

My newest WIP, a brand new cowl!
Spruce, knit in berroco vintage in a great turquoise that is a nice complement to my Frosted Frozen hat. Technically a scarf, it’s designed with the option of including button holes to turn it into an infinity cowl. I’m looking forward in wrapping my neck up in this at the hockey rink! A friend at my knitting group finished one a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it. Too bad she caught me leaving with it! Haha!

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It’s my plan to knit on this during spell binding olympic events, when I can’t take my eyes off the sport action.

I’m still diligently working on my secret LYS contest project that I can’t wait to showcase later this month. Im using a new to me technique so it’s been a great learning opportunity. Also knit with a wool I’ve never knit with before. Briggs and little regal. Any opinions on it? I can’t say I’m a huge fan, but I can see that it would be great for certain projects.

Can’t forget my French cancan, which is slow going since it takes all my attention to follow the lace pattern.

My thrumming is prepped for my mitts, but the needles I need are currently on Cancan and lush. I should really start throwing done stitches on lush, poor thing is coming up on a year birthday!

So…there you have it!

I’m off to check out some fellow knitters WIPs over at tami’s!

Feeling very patriotic

We are huge olympic fans in this house. Huge. Our kids learned at an early age to cheer their little hearts out!

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It’s no surprise then that my knitting has taken a patriotic turn

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This is my starting point for the wool for my LYS 2014 yarn challenge. It’s a surprise so that’s all I’m going to show you!

And now Im Off to enjoy my mother-in-law’s red beet borsch…how she shows she was feeling olympic!

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A new stitch

I’ve mentioned before how I’ll try anything once.

Well, not everything I guess, I’m pretty sure Russian roulette, Base jumping and polygamy are firmly on my avoid list…

But otherwise, bring it!

This seems to be rather helpful mindset for a knitter. 12′ scarf? Sure! 8 hats in 8 days, sure! Lace…cables…colour work, sure! Which leads me to the newest member of my once list…herringbone stitch.

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To put it bluntly, it’s going on my avoid list! I love the look, don’t get me wrong. It’s gorgeous. Unique. Eye catching. But it is also mind numbing, blister forming and swear inducing!

But I finished. I started out using the huntress pattern as a guideline, but ended up changing pretty much everything, lol.

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The biggest difference was that I had only a Aran weight wool. I held it double for the neck rings, as wheel as I made smaller neck rings using rolled up artic fleece so the rings had more flex and ‘cozy’ factor. The rings are approximately 25″ in circumference. Then I picked up about 120 stitches 2 for every 3 stitches) and using the honking big (technical term, obviously!) 9mm needles I knit 13 rounds of plain stockinette with the wool still held double. I wanted to create a shoulder cap look before the body triangle pieces attached.

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Separately, I knit the two triangle pieces, casting on an obscene amount (again with the technical terms!) of stitches and doing the herringbone stitch. For the first 35 rows I decreased one stitch per row. Then I started decreasing two stitches per row since I was worried the triangles were getting too big. Knit knit knit, weave in ends, mattress stitch together and tada!!

It’s destined to be part of a friends maternity photos, so I’ll have some lovely shots of it in use soon πŸ™‚

This photo doesn’t do it justice!

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WIP Wednesday

Hello hello! As you might (or might not, haha who am I kidding here) have noticed I missed my FO Friday post. Good reason for that…I got nothing to show ya! I have been seriously slacking in the…ah…finishing department. I’ve lost my mojo man!
On the bright side, a blonde savior came and rescued my french cancan from a life in the WIP bin

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Christina over at a baby’s smile knits let me know in no uncertain terms that I was not to write off that lovely piece of garter stitch and she came and got me started on my knit edge. I’m slowly making progress on it now.

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But…

Had to put it down again when I got a custom order for none other than a Katniss cowl (from the hunger games 2). The patterns all seemed to call for lions brand thick and chunky wool, but my friend wanted something more decadent, we tossed around the idea of doing it out of malabrigo rasta (I might have orgasmed a bit at the idea, I admit!) but in the end it was nearly impossible to find three skeins of rasta without ordering online and we needed it ASAP. Instead I found some absolutely lovely wool/alpaca blend at my LYS, in the perfect coal grey. Only chunky though, not super bulky.
I toyed with holding it double, but that swatch just felt so stiff I decided I’d rather cast on extra stitches and do a single layer. Of herringbone stitch, kill my hands now! It’s extremely slow going, I’m not in love. But, like I’ve said before, I’ll do anything once! This will be quite the finished piece.

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I’m hooking up with