Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Knitting again...for the very first time.

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Yeeesh, Boxing Day...already?? How time does fly. While visiting family over the holidays, I finally found myself relaxed with free time and a desire to knit. After a season or two of knitting deprivation, it's nice to be with needles in hand again. At last!

I've been watching some very talented knitters chop up some exceptional work these past few months, and have been dying to try my hand at stranded knitting. I've been admiring the progress at the colorwork challenge, and ultimately want a piece of the colour-fun that's going on with the anemoi mittens

But, I know to start small. I know I have it in me to tackle the anemoi mittens, but know better than to jump head first into a new technique.  So, I started small with yarn I already own, a simple pattern repeat, and a project I meant to take on anyway.

 Not so manly mitts.

In light blue and red Cashmerino, a smaller version of Knitty's Manly Mittens, these might be just the ticket I need to get back into the swing of things. I struggled at first with the right and left handed knitting, but I think by the end of these, I'll be ready to move on. 

Here's hoping for a slow winter, with time enough to knit! Happy belated holidays and all the best for the new year.

Monday, June 19, 2006

On vacation

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Oh, it sure has been a while, hey? I've been traveling like crazy mad, and it's been a blast. In the past 2 months, I've been San Francisco, London, Norway, Belgium, and Amsterdam. That's right, San Francisco! London! Norway! Belgium! Amsterdam! I've even been to Montreal a few times in there.


I love the tiny cupcake on the giant screen in Oslo.

Superb view from Bed and Breakfast in Bruges.


 Amsterdam's a crazy crazy place. This man's biking with a baby in his arms.

Knitting's out for summer, I think. With all the hustle and bustle about, and with more to come, I think it's time for a holiday. Let's stop wondering where I am, and call it an official break, shall we? 

Back in the fall, enjoy the summer!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A monkey with no legs is still a monkey.

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My mom's been in town visiting this past week. She's been a production line machine of knit teddy bears for she's making to give to an orphanage in I don't remember where...somewhere far from Canada, anyway. During her visit, I picked up the book she's using and tackled this monkey.   

 knit monkey with no legs

Lacking patience for the many small knitted parts and immense sewing requirements, this guy's legless, and may live in this tea cup for a while. Made with remnants of the super-deal Rowan Wool Cotton I found last year. 

Time to go outside, the snow's finally melting.

Monday, March 13, 2006


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Oh, what the hell.... Everyone's doing it, why not join in. A need for a quick fix brought this Odessa hat to life. A nice quick knit, simple-simple-simple, but interesting enough to hold through to the end.  Rowan products are scarce - and expensive, $12/ball minimum - in these parts, so it was nice to give the Cashsoft a whirl.  Lovely, lovely yarn, a real treat to knit with.  I suspect my hands may never touch another ball again, though.  Too rich for my blood.        

 Odessa in Rowan Cashsoft DK (Thunder)

I do enjoy the beads, but opted for an even three rows in the middle, and another row along the bottom edge.  Nothing too flashy, just a hint of clear beads.  Perfect, a wool hat, just in time for rainy spring.  Harumph!

I think my next stop will be a foray into lace knitting. I've been hoarding and contemplating lace patterns for years, and after watching hundreds of shawls and stoles in development online, it may well be time I shop my lace weight stash. There are some great ideas brewing at See Eunny Knit, a whole series on lace knitting in her Majoring in Lace posts.  I may well even have the pattern and supplies for this Sampler Stole-a-long, another Eunny-led lace adventure.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Sing it with me: I'm thirty-one, my futon days are done!

[no title]Mr. Clickety Click and I took the plunge this week and made our first big-ticket home item: a sofa. While not my dream sofa, it's a comfortable and affordable seating space that's neutral enough not to hurt our eyes.  This has sent me into a flurry of re-decorating, I'm dizzy with the new possibilities this has opened up for our living space.  My nights are filled with pillow and end-table fairies leaving beautiful, well-placed decor into our lives.  I'm indeed anxious to drop-kick our futon to the door, it has really overstayed its welcome.   


Via Design Sponge, even these yellow (yellow!) Inhabit pillows from 2Modern are contendors for a new accent colours.  So exciting! I can see the day easily being eaten by DesignSponge and the Flickr Corners of My Home pool.  Truly addictive content, hard to pull oneself away.  This really gives Blair from Wise Craft's brilliant suggestion of a computer free day something to think about.  

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Indoor day

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Winter's still going strong in these parts.  Another stormy grey Saturday.  A temperature of -15 plus wind chill equals a nice -27 celcius. Beautiful. Just like last Saturday. What is this spring you speak of? I believe this calls for some CBC Radio, coffee, and crafting.


No big complaints here. I do love an excuse to stay warm at home and listen to the radio.  Don McKellar now has a radio show, following Go.  Ahhh, cozy day.    

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


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Another project almost complete?  Must be time to start another.  Something new hit over the weekend, a sneak at the swatch for now. This is the Lily Chin Gramercy I picked up last month, swatched in stripes for fun. Seems it's all about the blue these days.

 All blue, all the time

I like how the colours work together, I think I'll even keep the stripes.  I caved on quite a long-standing (1 month?) string of no-yarn-buying when I picked this stuff up, and it's sadly given me the bug to buy more.  Left to my own vices, I would spend it all on yarn and craft supplies, which would realistically only take up space in my home, and create an urge to buy more.  Oh, how resisting the temptation to buy more is hard.  There's always a sale, always a good deal to be found, always a new pattern to try, especially this time of year. 


Instead, I've been investing lots more in the art department in an attempt to fill some empty apartment walls.  Every Wednesday morning for the past few months, I've hit myself in the head after finding that I've missed another great piece on Tiny Showcase.  On Tuesday nights, they release a new print that usually sells out by next morning.  I've been meaning to make a greater effort to check on Tuesday evening to see what's to be had, but have yet to be successful.  Miraculously, this week's SET of prints was still available.  

 Bear & Wolf by Irina Troitskaya, via Tiny Showcase 

Bear & Wolf, a fun two print set by Irina Troitskaya.  The whole concept of Tiny Showcase is up there in my books.  

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Garter rib

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At long last, a completed project I can call my own.  With Alison, on the way home from Rhode Island this past summer, we stopped in at a yarn shop in Saratoga Springs.  Great shop, friendly staff, lots of fun things to touch and buy.  I suspect that had we hit this shop closer to the beginning of the trip, and not on our way home, I would have spent much more/had more money to spend here.  I picked up two balls of Blue Sky Alpaca for this garter rib scarf. 

 Garter rib scarf in Blue Sky Alpaca 

A very short garter rib scarf, mind you, but a garter rib scarf nonetheless.  I knew I'd want a simple and quick knit one day, and this one sure fit the bill.  I can't quite get my camera to capture the luscious red without overexposing it to death, but I assure you, it's a beautiful deep red.  I love the colour, and the texture is just superb, I'm sold on this stuff. I may well even wear this scarf one day, or find a very luxiourious child to sport it for me. 

Kate strikes again

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Kate, you've done it again, without even missing a beat this time.  Oh, how I miss the Kate and Anna shopping adventures.  This one looks like it was lots of fun.  This Room 6?  Wow. Tell me, did you attend the Spend on Trend event I spotted on Room 6's site?  I can see these adorable Horn of Plenty wares adorning your beautiful apartment.  You Vancouverites get it all, hey?      

  Thanks Kate! 

You must have read my mind--fed up with following knitting charts and never-ending projects, you've sent the perfect rescue: chocolate, a knit-inspiring book, and for my need for more mindless knitting: a felting project. I love the blue on blue used on the Black Sheep Bags pattern. Thanks again.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

I've been meaning to get to this for a while. At home sick today, and after a full day's rest, I think it's time I cross this one off the list.  A few weeks ago, this fine package arrived at my doorstep.  The intricate packaging and decadent chocolates are both long-gone, but inside...a beautiful new needle case from Vancouver friend Kate. Anyone who knows Kate will tell attest to the fact that her taste is impeccable; I have so missed her since she's moved back to British Columbia. 

I love this needle case, and its arrival couldn't be more timely.  I don't much use my current needle case, its use is usually followed by much brooding.  More on that in a bit, let's admire the beauty of this one first. 

  A flap to hold everything in, and pockets with the best buttons ever. 

I so admire the attention to detail used here, I'd love to know who made it.  Straight stitching, perfect edges and buttonholes, even a small bit of applique.  My former needle case looks a shamble compared to this. 

I'm happy to put my former needle holder to rest.  It was quickly constructed one day during an organizing flurry.  After picking up knitting needles all over the house, I impulsively made a needle holder.  Never having much patience for sitting in front of a sewing machine, the end result was a functional, but not so pretty needle case.  The mix of crooked stitching (in white thread!), uneven tension, and pockets that hold nothing bigger than a thimble maddened me.  This, combined with needles that flailed out of it every time I went near it, made me generally leave it never to be used.   

Old needle case, your days are done. 
A sewer I am not.

My favourite feature is my use of safety pins, a true testament to my lack of sewing patience.  Rather than stitch the closure, I completed this with safety pins.  I do love the fabric, I'll be happy to re-purpose it.  This is remnant t-shirt fabric from Victoria, BC's Smoking Lily, which Kate brought me to on a one-hour photo tour of Victoria. 

So, again, thank you Kate.  I'm so touched by your thoughtfulness.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


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That's right, still kicking. I've been enthralled this month by other peoples' projects.  I'm still amazed that every single day, someone out there is crafting up a storm and sharing it online. My jaw remains open and drooling at the talent out there. Great respect to all of you sharing your work.

For me, projects remain at a steady crawl, but indeed still moving forward. Interlock Balloons has seen the most attention of late, but not enough to have the pattern memorized--two little post-it-notes still inch up and down the chart as I knit, some days they don't move at all. I'm eager to see this one gone, I've already got a few new projects on the brain. It's a snowy, bleary day today, so here's hoping for some progress.

One day, this scarf will be complete

A slight modification worth noting: I've changed the edge to a slipped-stitch edge.  In hindsight, this scarf could well have use the double slipped-stitch edge used on the Backyard Leaves scarf.  I've long wondered why this scarf wasn't designed with a more complimentary edge.  Anyone else agree? 

In eager anticipation of finishing up some projects, a local yarn sale has brought some of Lily Chin's (one of the fastest crocheters in the west, don't you know) new Superwash Merino into my already yarn-filled home.  Friends of mine with babies, or with babies on the way, please turn around, and don't come back until March or April.  There's stuff's going to be cute, I tell you.

Lily Chin Gramercy, destined for small projects

Ok, so as mentioned, on with the dreary day, hoping for some progress today.  Happy Chinese New Year.  

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