Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


The last few days I have been knitting pumpkins, ghosts and a spider. They were a lot of fun to knit and made great halloween decorations. Now it is back to Christmas knitting!!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween and had lots of treats!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wool or Acrylic???

I sorted through some more totes yesterday and found a bag of knitting that had been given to me a while ago. Inside there was a piece of a sweater already knit and enough yarn to finish the rest of the sweater.

I decided not to save this sweater for a couple of reasons. There wasn't a pattern with the yarn and it has pink in it. Pink isn't my colour.

When I saw this project in the bag, my first thought was I hope this is wool. As I sorted the skeins out and rewound some of the pink, it was fairly soft so I started to think maybe it was just acrylic. But, the yarn was in skeins which, in my experience, usually is wool.

An experiment was in order. I took a ball of the wool from this sweater project and a ball of acrylic from my stash and decided to do the burn test. If you have heard about this you will know that wool will burn only while the flame is against the wool and acrylic will continue to burn even when the flame is removed.

The acrylic from my stash caught fire and burned like crazy, melted the yarn into drops of liquid that hardened onto the sink and had to be scraped off. On the other hand, the yarn from the sweater turned out to be wool and took longer to catch on fire and once the flame was taken away it burned for a couple of seconds and went out. It certainly didn't have a flame anywhere near what the acrylic did and it didn't turn into liquid goo, but it smelt really, really bad.

Now I had all of these skeins of wonderful wool (the pink can be over dyed) to add to my stash but, what to do with the one knitted piece. Throw it out? Unravel it and save the wool? Nope.


I decided to felt it



and cut it up


into coasters. This worked great. Once the piece was felted it cut easily, there was no unraveling and I ended up with something that I can use.

To the knitter who had high hopes for this sweater once upon a time, I promise the rest of the wool won't end up as coasters. It will be knit into something wonderful.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Little Of This, A Little of That

Everyday this week it seems that I have worked on a different project.

Monday was mitts. I finished the green pair and knit the thumb on the blue one.
Tuesday was a dishcloth day.
Wedensday was a sweater knitting day. It was also the day that I forced myself to recheck my gauge to confirm my fear that yes my gauge had changed since knitting my gauge swatch and this sweater is going to be too small. So this gives me 2 options. Continue on and find someone smaller to give it to or modify/add a "design" feature, an extra panel with cables on each side of the sweater and change it from a mans sweater to a ladies sweater and switch from a pullover to a cardigan. Right now I am going to keep knitting up to the arm shaping and hopefully by then I will decided on a game plan.
Thursday I decided to knit a hat.
Today is all about Halloween knitting!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Yarn Story

I did some more stash organization over the weekend and this is what I found - 13 skeins of bulky wool.

I am not even sure where this wool came from. It must have been given to me from someone who was cleaning out their own yarn stash and I was more than willing to add it to mine :)

Want to take a guess how old this wool is? The receipt was in the bag with the wool. It was bought at Madelines Wool Shop in London (I don't remember this shop; does anyone else?) on October 31 (I think it is pretty cool that I found this yarn within a week of its original purchase date) back in 1984. I wonder if the woman who originally bought this wool or the yarn shop owner ever thought that it would take 27 years before this yarn was actually knit into a sweater. Oh, and the price of the yarn, $2.38 per 100g skein.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Binge Hat

I was doing some more stash organization yesterday and look what I found tucked away in the bottom of a bag.


This is the beginning of a fair isle hat that I started a couple of years ago. The ball bands weren't in the bag so I am not sure what wool I am using but it is wool - really nice wool. I knit a round on it last night. It was so much fun to knit. I wonder why I didn't finish it the first time. The pattern is availble free on Ravelry if anyone else wants to knit along with me.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Found Work In Progress

The weekend has been filled with lots of knitting time and it started Friday morning with our knitting group at the Perc.

Most of my time the last couple of days was spent making mitts. No one in this house will have any excuses for cold hands this winter!

When I needed a break from the mitts, I worked on sewing in ends on these afghan squares. These squares were found packed away in a box. I knit them at least ten years ago. At some point they will be put together and a boarder knit to make it into a lap blanket. Hopefully it won't take another ten years to finish!


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time for Mittens!

Now that Fall is here I have decided that it is mitten knitting time!

I was inspired by a skein of wool that Chris hand dyed at the Knitting Goddess's yarn dyeing workshop back in the summer. This is my attempt to recreate her bright and colourful skein. I am always amazed at how differently the skein looks once it is wound into a ball and again how it looks once it is knit.

I love these bright colours but a few people think they are a bit on the wild/bright side. I guess the first pair of mitts will end up being for me!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

This has been a great long weekend. The weather has been amazing and I have had lots of knitting time.

Not wanting to miss out on these last warm days I spent an afternoon at the beach. It was perfect. It was quiet except for the sound of the water and the seagulls, the sun was warm and I walked bare foot on the beach and the Fall colours were gorgeous.

I finished another moebius cowl and I am trying to finish the Hitchhicker scarf tonight. (I have a new skein of wool waiting to start a pair of mitts.)
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thank You Sock Knitters!!

I have finally gotten around to sorting out the socks that we displayed at the Western Fair.

We had 44 pairs of socks on loan from knitter's in knitting groups from London and Aylmer. There were socks knit in all sizes and colours. Some were knit toe up, cuff down, diagonally and sideways. There were socks knit with after thought heels, short row heels and heel flaps. There were cable patterns and lace patterns. The yarns varied from cotton to self striping yarn to hand dyed wool. Over 300 people voted for their favourite sock. The top socks are pictured together. From left to right are First place - Chris's orange/yellow socks
Second place - Liz's lace sock
Third place - Rebecca's diagonal ribbed sock
Fourth place - Wanda's purple socks

Congratulations to Chris for knitting the winning socks! Thanks to everyone else for letting me borrow your socks. Everyone who stopped at the booth enjoyed looking at all of your hard work and all the socks got lots of wonderful comments. Great knitting everyone!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Finished Cowl

I finished the first cowl last night!

As usual, it ended up a bit larger than I was hoping for but I am still happy with it. I was aiming for a nice snug fit around the neck but instead I ended up with a lovely looser fitting cowl that can be pulled up over the head to cover your ears on those cold days which is a nice option to have too.

I am starting the next cowl in a few minutes. This time I will try to be more accurate with my gauge calculations and see what I end up with.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Welcome October!

September was a crazy month. I spent most of the month not feeling well, making trips to the ER, having surgery and recovering. I am finally feeling a lot better and have the energy to knit again!

I started a moebius cowl last night using my new Knit Picks needles, some of my own hand dyed wool in a nice bright yellow and added some pink beads for fun. I love the magic of moebius knitting!

Happy knitting!!
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