I am now that cautionary tale.

It seems I too like to live dangerously

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Remember that gorgeous Filatura Di Crosa Zarina wool I raved about yesterday?
You know, this one?

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Well it seems my gamble did not pay off and I am about half a ball short.

…And my LYS has no more.
…And there are none for sale on ravelry
…ebay
…etsy
…Canadian yarn stores in general.

Moral of the story?! Buy more wool!

WIP Wednesday – it’s the yarn that goes on and on my friend…

More of the never ending story round these parts I’m afraid! Working two fingering weight yarn projects is not exactly prime for progress shots, ha!
The good news is I’m on the home stretch for both my spring socks and the custom stripes. Now if I could only buckle down and be monogamous to one of these projects, id be golden! How to choose…how to choose

My spring socks are still making me smile, and are the ideal ‘sitting outside supervising three kids and trying to avoid a sunburn’ project.

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I’ve done the second heel and gone a few inches down the foot since my last spring sock update.

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As much as I love TAAT socks, I do miss how much more quickly you see progress on only one!

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I was going gang busters on stripes this weekend. I blasted through right up to the keyhole row

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…Where I got to the part about a double YO which you knit into once while dropping the second yo to create the keyhole to thread the tail into. It just…doesn’t seem big enough to me. I’m worried there will be too much pressure and the yarn will snap. I hate when I doubt the pattern!

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I’ve been tossing around different ideas on how to make a larger keyhole. Help?

Aldo distracting me this week? Netflix. it has fresh prince of bel-air. I can’t be held responsible for the pile O’ dishes and laundry when I need to revisit my youth! That’s in humane!

…Someone feed the kids, k?

Inspiration Monday – let’s talk socks

This time of year my brain starts trying to make hot weather into knitting weather. I couldn’t condone not knitting at all, but there is something inherently wrong with getting a sunburn while knitting a sweater. Or a tuque. Yes, even my beloved hats don’t do it for me during the summer (but I’m a Gemini, so of course I’ve knit a hat…during a heat wave. Rules are made to be broken!). So. Socks it is. I love having a pair tucked in my bag for knitting on the go. I just had to share the socks that are making me moan this spring

watermelon self-stripping socks?! Yes please!

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If this isnt perfection…

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These ones just blow my mind. opposites attract , they take one skein, and split it in half. Then they use one of the secondary colours from the first skein and make that the main colour in the second sock skein. Isn’t that brilliant?! So your two socks are complimentary, but not the same. Just…wow. My favourite colour scheme is arthur&guinevere. (Don’t even get me started on the pure awesomeness of their names!)

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All knit up by needles and knits on ravelry

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Now I saved this pattern quite a while ago, and just now found the absolute perfect wool at the frolic a few weeks ago. I’m making my little girl and I matching socks out of this. Just wait till I show you!
piece of my heart socks, which if you can believe it is a free pattern!

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I’m going to knit ours in the sparkly hot pink turtle purl moonbeam yarn which is sparkly and omg cute. Pic to come.

Gingko crescent all done!

I am that parent. No gift card for end of year present, I’m so sorry Mme. S! I just can’t when presents give me a chance to buy wool! And knit a new pattern!! And take pictures!! And did I mention more wool? And a new pattern?! Woooo! …and breath

Haha! ok, seriously though, I am happy to be done before the deadline. See, Mme. S is due at the end of May with bebe deux, so I was racing a wee newborn towards the light. I’m pretty sure I won, but shhhh, don’t say anything until tomorrow when she will receive it. Those babies like to keep us guessing!

The dirty details…
Gingko crescent was a quick knit for a lace edge shawl, and took way less mileage that I had prepared for my wool.

Look-y look-y, isn’t she pretty?!

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I’m really happy with the lace edge, it’s just simple enough to do quickly but eye catching enough not to be boring

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It’s not quite as long as I’d like, I could have easily thrown another lace repeat in. I like to tuck the ends in when I wear it like a scarf and this just isn’t quite long enough

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(Is it weird I modeled a gift?! I’m a little shutter happy)

It was also my first time using this wool, diamond luxury foot, which was totally Affordable, and more importantly, washable (a must for gift giving!), but it’s not as soft as you’d expect 90% merino to be. Plus it has a very distinct twist (spinners help me out here) that I’m not sure how I feel about. I might buy it again for socks, but I’m not sold on it for shawls.

Still, pretty purple!

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I hope my big boy’s teacher enjoys it :). I whipped up a pair of booties for her new wee one too. Cause…omg BABY BOOTIES!!!! (Sorry, had to get that out!)

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Doing my traditional linking up with yarn along!

Silver lining in every cloud

I’m in the midst of one of those knits that you want to throw in a mud puddle curse loudly and creatively at shove in the bottom of my WIPs box. But I can’t because it’s a custom order and dammit I can do this! The most disheartening thing is that it’s not fancy lace, or even complicated cables. It’s simple garter stitch and I.am.going.bananas.

First shot, I slipped the last stitch for a clean edge, but that messed up my stripes.

Frogged.

Second shot I cleaned up my colour changes, keep the slipped stitch edge but…misread the pattern and was increasing every other row instead of every fourth row.

Frogged.

So now, I am determined to get this right, because dammit it’s a simple garter stitch triangle! I can do this!

As my friend pointed out, there is a silver lining. The wool? The fabulous resistant, doesn’t mind being frogged twice…

Is cashmere and silk. yum

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And coupled with that aqua colour…beauty

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I tried to convince myself I didn’t need to frog the second attempt. I’d knit to row 180. It was a lot of garter knitting. But I did pull it back and seeing the proper elongated triangle, I am happy but it really is a better look.

…old and busted

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…new hotness.

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It’s a different stripe for different types scarf, knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Red label, which is a wool/cashmere/silk fingering weight. (Like a cloud). 4 mm needles.

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And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of garter to do!

WIP Wednesday- grass toes

I hope you are all dry and warm right now. ‘Sprinter’/second winter has hit with a vengeance and we are getting slammed with wind and rain going sideways. Fun times waiting at the bus stop, let me tell you! In the midst of this, I’ve been plugging away at my socks. My anti-knitting block project 🙂

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There were not many projects on ravelry using this colour way, so I wasn’t sure how it would knit up. I bought this skein in the fall at the KW knitters fair. Just fell head over heels in love with the colours and couldn’t walk away. Just looking at it all caked up makes me smile. I’m glad I finally cast on because the colours are still making me all warm and tingly inside. I chose a simple pattern so I could bring these everywhere. Tin can knits Rye sock pattern has been on my radar since it was released. It’s the perfect traveling sock pattern! Once I started knitting it up, the name came to me. …

It looks just like grass!

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I did the legs two-at-a-time, then separated for the heels. I did a fish lips kiss heel which I really love. Gives a great fit and doing the twin stitch short rows leaves zero gaps. I’ve never had much luck with wrap/turn short rows so this pleases me to no end!

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I’m tempted to just power through the foot on this one sock just to get it on my tootsies before second spring arrives!

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WIP Wednesday – knitters block.

I think I have knitters block. Is that even a thing? Cause I’m making it a thing. Cause it’s gotta be a thing.
I sat for an hour looking at my best-of-best stash box last night and didn’t cast on a single thing. I had my needle box open, ready to be put to use and….nothing. I’ve got enough wool to insulate a Canadian house! But I didn’t have what I was looking for. I don’t know what I was looking for, but it wasn’t in there. It wasn’t in the second-best box either. This mystical wool i was searching is somewhere, just not here. I’ll knot it when I see it.

How does one work past a knitters block? I could work on my purple Gingko crescent ,but I’m starting the lace and, well, lace + kids isn’t the brightest idea. I also have a long dormant Lilac Wish shawl with the beautiful birthday hand spun but same problem. I don’t generally don’t have many WIPs at the same time, bring a product knitter certainly helps in that department!

It’s not all bleak though, because you know what this weekend is….the Toronto Knitters Frolic! there’s no way being in a crowd of knitters with wool as far as the eyes can see won’t snap me out of the doldrums! And even better….wait for it, wait for it…Christina (A baby’s smile knits) and I have booked ourselves a resort weekend away!!! No I am not kidding! 48 hours of blissful kid free quiet! We are going to knit, sleep, knit, eat, knit, swim and throw in dome sporadic napping no doubt. Oh the pure bliss! …it’s ok the be jealous 😉

And so I don’t bore you all without a single knitting picture (it is a knitting blog after all)…
Here my very first lace project!
215 yards of heaven
Like the addict I am, I started with a single skein I fell in love with

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After searching for just the right pattern, I cast on

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And I couldn’t be happier with the final shawllette!

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I wear it on the days I need a shot of intense colour. Which is more often that you think, lol!

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So have you ever had knitters block? How did you work through it?

FO Friday – Spruce needs buttons!

So excited to have this monster finished! Now Don’t get me wrong, I lurve it. Shes a real beaut…soft, squishy, warm.

She’s going to be great next year in the hockey rinks, and the bus stop and all the cold places I’ll be.

But man-o-man if I see a 4×2 rib in the next few weeks I might go cross-eyed!

So now spruce needs some buttons. 8 of them. I can’t decide which direction to go. Bright? Bold? Wood? Sparkly? Dark?

Just a reminder, here’s the colour of spruce…

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Here’s some of what I’m thinking…tell me what you think!

turquoise

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funky floral fabric

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natural juniper

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Or maybe some grey chevrons

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Help help!

WIP Wednesday- Gingko Crescent Shawl

Allo! We’re in the midst of second winter round these parts, and I’m pleased to report spring didn’t fool me this year…I left enough woolies out to keep us warm until spring comes back! I’m just that good, lol! The kids were not pleased to put their snow pants back on, but alas, that’s sprinter for you.

Right now I’m working on my oldest son’s teacher end-of-year present. She’s a wonderful teacher and we’ve really enjoyed having her this year. Unfortunately for us, she’s having a baby and leaving mid-May. My poor uterus is very jealous of her soon snuggling a newborn. *sigh* I ❤ babies.
I thought at first to knit her a little layette, but then I remembered how much as a new mom I appreciate a few thoughtful things just for me. After diving into my pattern stash, I came up with Gingko crescent shawl and just fell in love with it! It looks like a great knit.

I cast on yesterday, and am making good progress on the stockinette body

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I’m at 131 stitches out of 171.

I started out using my knitters pride birch interchangeable in 4mm, but it just didn’t work for this wool. It’s Diamond luxury collection foot loose, 90%superwash merino, 10% nylon. It was just…squeaky (?) On the wood. And sticky. And just not nice. So I switched over to my 4mm metal knitters prides and it’s made a big difference.

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Since I’m not in the lace section yet, my favourite part is the yo increases, it looks pretty nice! I decided to slip the last stitch so make a neater edge, I couldn’t help myself.

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Hope everyone is having a good day!
I’ll leave you with a bit of FO eye candy….I’m enjoying wearing my spring hat, sea beanie, I made last year. Just the right amount of wool for this weather!

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