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?

Where does the time go? The last time I blogged, I was working on mittens for my daughter. As it turns out, they were too big, so I had to frog a bit and start again. Then, they were put on hold, so that I could knit my father a scarf for his birthday.

When you’re thinking of knitting a man’s scarf, what pattern do you think of? I immediately thought of Brooklyn Tweed’s Striped Noro Scarf. It took me a while to locate the same colours, but I managed. Due to the fact that I couldn’t view the colours in person, I wanted to get the tried and true combo.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf

 

If you want the specs for this scarf, I refer you to Brooklyn Tweed’s blog. My version was done the same way. I only made one modification. I used 43 stitches in total (including selvage). So, I ended up with a wider scarf, at 6.5 inches.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf

 

The only thing I should add, is that there were numerous times when the contrast between colours was negligible. I didn’t fuss around too much, with this problem. I was in a hurry to be finished. I just cut out a section of colour, from one ball of yarn, until I reached a colour with more contrast. There was still plenty of yardage left for a six foot long scarf. I was slightly worried about the scratchiness of the yarn. However, blocking softened the yarn significantly.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf Dad's Noro Scarf

 

The 1 X 1 rib gives the appearance of stockinette stitch. However, the edges don’t curl, and the result is a lovely, thick, reversible, flat fabric. Also, the wool/kid mohair/silk yarn content will ensure that my father is nice and warm. I hope he will like this belated birthday present. It’s ready just in time for his month long cruise around New Zealand, then off to Florida. Something tells me he won’t need a scarf. Timing is everything!!! sigh.

Last weekend, we went on a mini family vacation to Moncton, NB. The kids had a great time at an indoor amusement park. Unfortunately, that evening numerous boys’ hockey teams stayed at our hotel. The door slamming, yelling, and running up and down the hallway went on until midnight. My kids normally go to bed at 7:30pm. They couldn’t get to sleep with the noise, so it was not a happy night. The rabble-rousers also completely took over the pool and waterslide. That pool was the reason we wanted to stay there in the first place, and we were disappointed. Anyway, luckily the amusement park made up for it. The next day, I went to a sale at the London-Wul yarn shop. That’s where I got to play! I might have purchased a few things. They were all on sale!

 

Purchases

 

Kelly walked into the shop just after I did. I haven’t seen her in a long time, so it was nice to see her again. If you happen to see a photo of me on her blog, please keep in mind that I had no sleep. I was fried, and had no ambition to do my hair. 🙂 She introduced me to Deb, another knitblogger! Yay!

When I left London-Wul, I went to the new Moncton location of Cricket Cove. I might have purchased a few more things.

 

Purchases

 

This bamboo yarn looks wonderful. It’s also machine washable! I thought it might be a good yarn substitution in Debbie Bliss patterns. As I was leaving the shop, Kelly and Deb turned up again! It turns out that Deb was on a mission for the exact yarn that I bought. She wanted pink, and I guess I took almost the whole pink supply. Oops.