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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