Guess what? I’m here and finally posting. If I still have any readers left, please excuse my absence. We’ve been going through more difficult times here, as my husband has a recurrence of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He is supposed to have a stem cell transplant. However, they haven’t been able to collect enough stem cells, so they’re on to plan B. Plan B is that he will be given a type of chemo which forces stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood. We are hoping and praying that this will work. It has been such a roller coaster!

In any case, I did not have the energy or inclination to knit, if you can imagine. I didn’t have the energy or inclination to blog either. However, I’m back to it now! After my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s the first time, it was knitting a special baby gift that brought me back to knitting. The same thing has happened this time too. I have four friends who have all had baby boys! There is nothing like concentrating on the joy of newborn babies to revive your spirits!

Something else brought me back to knitting too,….a visit from my mother-in-law. She was knitting, and I missed it. It was as simple as that. I took her to my knitting groups and we had a lot of fun. I also took her to the Briggs and Little Woolen Mill, which is located a short drive away.

Briggs and Little Woolen Mill Briggs and Little Woolen Mill

Briggs and Little Woolen Mill Briggs and Little Woolen Mill

My mother-in-law walked into the yarn shop before I did, and all of a sudden I heard squeals and exclamations coming from inside! The wool fumes got her! It was hilarious! She had been looking for substitute yarn to make the A Walk In The Parka cardigan, from the latest Creative Knitting magazine. The pattern calls for Cottage Craft Woolens yarn, which happens to be made by….Briggs and Little! What a surprise! She bought the yarn that the pattern called for. The people at Briggs and Little weren’t aware of this particular pattern, made with their yarn. The lady, who was helping us, took the pattern to show the rest of the staff, and I heard more squeals coming from the back room! There are also patterns in the Twist Collective, by the way, made from Briggs and Little yarn, which are creating some excitement. They are Roo, by Kate Gilbert, and Sylvi, by Mari Muinonen.

Briggs and Little Woolen Mill

Anywho, my husband and children decided to discretely back away from the mayhem. They took a walk by the lake, and enjoyed the scenery outside. ;)

Gorge at Briggs and Little Woolen Mill

Lake at Briggs and Little Woolen Mill

My mother-in-law bought three sweaters worth of yarn, plus more for good measure! I bought some of Briggs and Little’s new Softspun yarn, in Dusty Rose.

As chance would have it, my knitting friends have been encouraging me to enter some of my knitting in our local exhibition/fair. There is apparently a lady who contributes an entry for every category, every year. She walks in with a huge Tupperware container full of knitting. In any case, most of the entries are very traditional, and my friends would like to see more contributions that show new techniques. So I picked up my knitting again. I had so many unfinished items, and this was the push I needed to complete them. Briggs and Little happens to sponsor a Briggs and Little category, and I had a work-in-progress made from Briggs and Little yarn! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been working on this project. It seems like forever, and now it’s finally finished!

Meet Fanny:

Fanny

  • Pattern: Carousel Horse, designed by Ellen Sibelius (This was a free web pattern through Interweave…not currently available.)
  • Materials: Briggs and Little, Tuffy
  • Needles: 5mm
  • Modifications: I did not felt this item. So, I did not knit double stranded and I used smaller needles than were called for in the pattern.

Fanny Fanny

My daughter can not quite believe that Fanny is finished either, but she is delighted! I haven’t been so rewarded by a project since Curly The Cow. However, the fiddly bits on Fanny almost put her in permanent hibernation. Let’s not dwell on that. She’s finished! Wahoo! Not only that, but she won first prize in the Briggs and Little competition! My daughter was so excited that Fanny had a ribbon on her! She was also proud of her mommy. It was great!

First Prize!

I’m rather proud too; I have to admit. It was a challenge just to get Fanny finished, and I got hugs from my daughter, plus a ribbon and a Briggs and Little gift certificate to show for it!

Hi everyone! This post is going to be heavy with finished items, as it has been quite a while since my last blog entry. I have been having computer issues. One issue has been that I’ve been setting up a new computer, and I’m not,…shall we say,…in-tune with technology? Some would say technotard. Whatever. I do my best. So, suffice it to say that my computer, and my digital photos, are not speaking to one another. I have retrieved some photos for this post, but somehow I will have to retrieve the rest. Somehow, and some other time. How long can I procrastinate? Also, I managed to download a virus onto my brand new computer, which was, by the way, *protected* by Norton 360 anti-virus! Arg! I did manage to clean up that particular mess, $139.99 later. So, for these reasons, blogging has not been happening. However, I have been knitting!

Valentine Socks

Valentine Socks

  • Pattern: The chart for the heart pattern is from True Love Socks, by Thayer Preece, however the rest is ad lib. I did them toe-up, with “Sailor’s Ribbing” (page 88 of More Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch), and eye of the partridge heel.
  • Materials: Cables and Lace sock club yarn.
  • Colourway: Valentine’s Day Massacre
  • Needles: Two circulars, 2.5mm.

This yarn is the first installment of the Cables and Lace sock club. I really like how it knitted up! This is also the first sock club that I’ve ever joined. So far, so great!

Let me show you the other sock, because I have the picture and I might as well use it.

Valentine socks

I’ve already been wearing these as bed socks, because they go with my pj’s. See?

Valentine Socks

To continue with the sock blogging, I finished these ones quite some time ago. I’ve worn them a lot, because they’re so comfy and warm.

Nanner Socks

Nanner Socks

This pattern was released for people on Plurk only. Yes, I have been using Plurk…but not very well. I’m not on it very regularly. My “karma” plummets frequently. The banana, “nanner”, pattern relates to the dancing bananas on Plurk. I chose the yarn, specifically, because it looked like the colour of bananas. However, it turns out that I love this yarn! It has a bit of mohair in it, but it’s not scratchy at all. Maybe it’s the bit of silk in it that makes it softer. I don’t know, but I love it.

Finally, I have these happy socks.

Stripy Socks

Happy Stripy Socks

I loved knitting these, just because of the happy colours. Wearing them is almost as much fun!

I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day!

I didn’t mean to be gone so long! The last time I wrote, I tried to convey that I had a strange sense of foreboding. Well, strange things did, in fact, happen around here. Then, I got sick. I’ve had a head cold/cough for the better part of a month. I just started to feel like it was going away…aaaaaaaannd then it was back. Now, finally, I think I have the upper hand! I’m feeling my energy return, and just in the nick of time. I have to scramble, because I’m a bit behind in Christmas preparations! Luckily, my knitting mojo didn’t desert me. I knit and read a lot, in between the coughing fits. Okay, whining over.

So, how have you all been? I hope you’re all looking forward to the holidays. I’m looking forward to having my family all together this Christmas. My sister will be traveling from Ottawa, and I can’t wait ’til she gets here. Both of my kids had school Christmas concerts, which were so enjoyable. I was amazed that my 4 year old son didn’t get stage fright. He actually sang, until he saw the movie projection behind him. That was evidently far more interesting than singing. So, he spent the rest of the concert facing backwards. My husband and I had a good laugh, and we have a nice videotape of the back of my son’s head.

So, I’ll show you a couple of the things I knit. Due to my cold, I felt the need for some warm woollies. I have been wanting to knit this scarf for a long time, and I finally got around to it. It was a fun, quick knit.

My So Called Scarf

My So Called Scarf

My So Called Scarf

Yes, that’s me, sick as all get out, standing in the snow without a hat on! Well, I knit a hat too.

Turn a Brim

  • Materials: Belfast Mini-Mills Ltd. Chunky Merino Wool, 1 skein.
  • Needles: 4mm for the ribbing, & 4.5mm.
  • Sometime I’ll knit a fancy schmancy hat, to go with the scarf. However, right now, my aim was warmth, so I chose the thickest yarn I had in the stash, and it happened to be winter white. This hat is a cross between the Turn A Square hat, by Jared Flood, and the Brangelina hat, by Crazy Aunt Purl. I had a problem with stretchy cast-ons. I started with Eunny’s tubular cast on, which wasn’t nearly stretchy enough. I ripped that out and started again with Ysolda’s version of the tubular cast on, which was much more stretchy but very bulky looking. I carried on and knit the hat anyway. When I was finished the whole hat, I ripped out the cast on, picked up the stitches, and did a sewn loose cast off instead. The hat was knit with 96 stitches. I used the smaller needles for the 3×1 ribbing. After the ribbed portion, I purled the last stitch on the round, then I wrapped a stitch (bring yarn to the back of the work, slip one stitch from the left needle to the right one, bring yarn to the front of the work, slip the stitch back to the left needle). Then I pushed the knitting through the middle of the needles, and began knitting on the other side of the work. What was once the inside of the hat, became the outside. This makes the right side of the brim show, when it is folded back. I switched to the larger needles, continued in knitting, and did the decreases according to the Turn A Square pattern.

    For another fancy schmancy hat to go with the scarf,  I have some dark green Malabrigo, or rust Malabrigo. Which should it be?

It has been a rather rough week. Sadly, my grandmother passed away at the age of 93. It should have been expected I suppose; however, I was really beginning to think she could go on forever. I don’t think I can say much more about that, at the moment. Anyway, isn’t it weird, when you’re out of sorts anyway, how many other things can go wrong? As each thing goes wrong, it snowballs to the point of absurdity? That has been my week. Murphy’s Law. I’m hoping that, somehow, Halloween will break the cycle. Don’t ask me my reasoning. It can’t be explained.

So, in an attempt to avoid tripping over my words, or whatever else could go wrong, I’m going to keep this short and sweet….another blog post in pictures. Here is Robin Hood Jacket #2:

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
    Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 031 Vapor, 6.5 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 1-2 year size, extended the length of body, sleeves, and hood, and it fits my 4 year old son.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2 Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2 Robin Hood Jacket #2

Here are our two kiddos together, with their matchy sweaters.

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Robin Hood Jacket #2

Fall brings beautiful, colourful leaves, cooler temperatures, school….and flu. Ugh! I had a nasty stomach flu, but I think I’ve fully recovered now. Thankfully, I did not spread the dreaded bug on to the rest of the family. The difficult part was to cook meals for everyone else, when I couldn’t stomach food myself. Anyway, enough about that….all better now. :)

I just finished a second Robin Hood Jacket. However, I still have to take photos etc. I’ll get around to that. Meanwhile, here is one of my summer projects that has remained unblogged. It’s the PomatomusSocks, from Knitty. Unlike the pattern though, I did mine toe-up. It’s a good thing I did them that way too, because I didn’t have enough yarn, and ended up with ankle socks. They’re fine though. They are cotton, and I’ll wear them in summer. The next time I use Panda cotton, I’ll purchase three balls, rather than two.

Toe-up Pomatomus Socks

  • Pattern: PomatomusSocks, from Knitty.
  • Materials: Panda Cotton, in the Faded Jeans 2305 colourway.
  • Needles: Two 2.5mm Knit Picks circulars
  • Modification: I did these socks toe-up

When I began these socks, I didn’t want large, lacy holes, created by the yarn-overs. I vaguely remembered a trick to make the holes smaller. I’m not sure who thought of this method (Edited to add: It was sock designer extraordinaire, Deb Barnhill!!). The trick is too knit the row, ignoring where it says to do a yarn over. Just knit everything as stated, except for the yarn-overs. Then, on the next row, where there should’ve been a yarn over pick up the yarn between two stitches, similar to a make one (M1) increase, and work that stitch according to the pattern. This makes the yarn over much smaller. I’ve probably made that as clear as mud. Anyway, this is the way the yarn-overs looked:

Toe-up Pomatomus Socks

Well, that was great. I learned a new technique, and I like the resulting small, lacy holes. However, I need to struggle a bit, to get the sock over my heel! Perhaps larger holes were needed after all. So, I decided to do the leg of the second sock, doing the yarn-overs the normal way. This is the second sock:

Toe-up Pomatomus Socks

See how the holes are larger? Yup, the sock fits perfectly. So much for experimentation! I’d definitely do this pattern again…next time in wool. The twisted stitches, done in cotton, caused a lot of hand/arm strain. Live and learn.

On another topic, someone I know, locally, is making great baby slings and selling them. The online store is Lulujo. The slings are 100% cotton, adjustable, and come in all sorts of colours and prints. I think the padded one looks comfy. I thought I’d give the shop a little plug, as it is a great product, and would be a nice gift idea. We love the hand-made creations, don’t we?

Here’s another picture of fall colours, for the road. Most of the leaves are actually on the ground now, so let’s have one last look, while we still can. Has anyone started Christmas knitting yet? Not me. Time’s a’wastin’!!

Thanksgiving 2008

 

To those of us who live in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a wonderful time, again this year, at my sister’s cottage. This year there were even more of us attending the festivities, and we had a great party! We also had Way Too Much Food! I took the following picture, out the car window, on our way there. I wondered if Kelly might be somewhere on the opposite ridge.

Thanksgiving 2008

Last year, at this time, my husband was not at all well. This year is a marked contrast. It is an understatement to say that we are all very Thankful, for his recovery from two, yes two, diseases. His strength and courage has been remarkable. I’m grateful for him every day!!

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Lookin’ good!!! ;)

While taking photos for a blog post certainly takes up a lot of time, it is the actual editing and choosing of the photos that is overwhelming sometimes. That task was nearly impossible for me this time. So, I’m sorry, but this is going to be a blog post in pictures. I can’t narrow it down any further than I have.

So, here we have it, my most recent finished project. It was seamed on Sunday.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

  • Pattern: Robin Hood Jacket, by Zoë Mellor
  • Source: Adorable Knits For Tots
  • Materials: Rowan Cork (Discontinued), Colour 038 Bug, 9 skeins
  • Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Circs, 6.5mm and 8mm
  • Modification: I did the 3-4 year size, extended the length of body and sleeves, and it fits my 6 year old daughter with room to spare. Go figure.

Robin Hood Jacket

This project has been in my queue, since long before there was a Ravelry. I knew that I wanted to use the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan Cork. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. Despite being a bulky yarn, it is lofty and relatively light. I thought it would be perfect for a child’s sweater. It also has subtle colour variation that is appealing to me. So, I waited, and I waited, until I finally found some on EBay, in my daughter’s favourite colour, green. She is also very fond of the colour name, BUG.

Robin Hood Jacket

I love the cables, but I think the hood is my favourite part. I knit it (the hood) the same length as specified in the pattern. I took some pictures of the hood, while my daughter played in her little playhouse. You can pick; click to embiggen.

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

Does anyone know how hard it is to take photos of an active six year old? “Please, sweety, hold still?” Anyway, we had fun…..walking in the woods….

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

…up a tree….

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

… at the playground…

Robin Hood Jacket Robin Hood Jacket

…and on a nature hunt.

Robin Hood Jacket

Robin Hood Jacket

We had fun!! She’s such a good sport, our sweet, lovely girl.

Robin Hood Jacket

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