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 😉 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

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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