Thursday, March 20, 2014

Infinity Scarf for Never-Ending Winter

Winter just doesn't seem to want to end this year ...
So last week, when I was out wool shopping for just the right skein of pink baby yarn to make one of these for a friend's new family addition, I also stumbled across this pattern and it called my name. Really, it should be too late in the year to be making scarves...and too late for having to wear them to keep warm! After all, it's the end of March...the robins are returning...the geese are flying north...

But it snowed this morning ... and I'm sure I was one of the few southern Ontarians who wasn't completely unhappy about that ... because  I had reason to wear my brand new Urban Lace Infinity Scarf!

Pattern: Urban Lace Infinity Scarf
Designer: Tannis Gray
Wool: Cascade Casablanca in "Peacock"
Amount: 1 skein (right to the last metre)
Needles: 5 mm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Still knitting

Just checking in again...alive and well, and yes...still knitting...
...more coming soon...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My First Test-Knit: Lazy Bosnian Slippers

Lazy Bosnian Slippers
by: Elena Fedotova
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky
1 Ball
Needles: 5 mm
Size: Regular Size - 5 pattern repeats for top, 49 stitch sole

Using the Patons Shetland Chunky, these came out a little too big for my smallish feet. The yarn is lovely and squishy, but also very soft and I am afraid won't wear that well for slippers. I have started a second pair out of Phentex (ouch-my hands!), using 4.5 mm needles and using less stitches (45) for the sole for slightly narrower width. Will also add two plain rows after the 5th repeat to provide a bit more depth and prevent my big toe from peeking out.

This is a great pattern and Lena's pair in red and white stripes shows off her pattern very nicely. Have a look!

This was my first "test knit" and it was cool having the pattern sent over all the way from Montenegro.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More Mittens...

I keep getting ready for winter but (I know I'm going to regret saying this) "what winter?" Other than a brief cold snap lasting less than 48 hours, things have been almost balmy around here. Neverless, our household will be prepared...behold:

Newfie Mittens

These wonderfully warm and squishy mittens look a lot more complicated to make than they really are. There are several free patterns available on Ravelry, and here's one in particular I liked: Creative Whimsy's Newfoundland Mittens

I am burning through my stash of Patons Classic Wool Merino, choosing grey and white for this pair, knit on 3.75 mm dpn's.
Thank you Newfoundland.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Just in Time for -10 degree Celsius

Looks like winter has finally hit southern Ontario. This morning I woke to -10 degrees Celsius....brrrr. Oh well, just another excuse to show off one "Turn a Square" hat and a matching pair of "No Swatch, No Gauge" mittens. Both are free patterns also offered through Ravelry. I used up some Patons Classic Wool Merino I had in my stash to make these and even tried my hand at creating "jogless" stripes.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Timeless...don't mess with a good thing

In the fall of 1968 Elizabeth Zimmerman published her genius pattern known as The Baby Surprise Jacket. Amazingly, by following her written instructions you knit up something which looks like this:

and with just a few folds, it turns into...

...surprise...this! A lovely, cuddly, baby-taylored jacket.

My copy of this pattern is taken from Elizabeth Zimmerman's: The Opinionated Knitter.
Wool: Classic Elite Yarns - Liberty Wool
Colourway "Painted Desert" #7804
Purchased at Soper Creek Yarn in Bowmanville, ON
Just under 3 skiens (50 grams each)

Here are the true colours of this gorgeous wool ~

I found Lorilee Beltman's "Knitting Nuggets" videos on Youtube very helpful for this project. She clearly demonstrates some tips and techniques such as how to easily identify where to make increases without having to count every stitch and every row, how to sew up the shoulder seem (photo above), and how to finish off the project with a 3-stitch I-cord border along the edges.

I can't wait to find the right buttons and give this over to a very-much anticipated baby!

Sunday, October 9, 2011