Friday, July 31, 2015

Vacation

We made it to the cottage.
~ I knit down by the water listening to live music
~ Took a walk along the beach at sunset
~ Saw the Blue Moon over the water.

Packing the Important Stuff

Tomorrow is the start of the long weekend and we are heading to the cottage! Knitting, books and needlework are all ready to go. I know I've over packed but if it rains I want to be prepared with lots to do.

I'll talk to you all tomorrow from the beach :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ready...Set...Intarsia

I had forgotten how quickly the inches add up when using chunky yarn.  The ribbing knit up in a flash on the back of the sweater!  After that there were only 2 plain rows of stocking stitch to knit and then the pattern jumps right into the fun stuff - intarsia!

I took a few minutes to wind the yarn butterflies,


and here they are after 2 rows of knitting.  So far everyone is behaving and I don't have a tangled mess on my hands.


It was also a beautiful night for a walk.  




I hope everyone is managing to stay cool during these super hot days!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I started a new project!

The deal that I made with myself was that I had to finish the cabled mittens before starting any new projects.  The mittens were finished on the weekend so naturally I started a sweater on Monday :)


I worked on the gauge swatch last night at knitting and cast on today with the contrasting colours for the ribbing.



The sweater is knit with a chunky yarn so it should knit up quickly, as long as I didn't just jinx myself by saying that!

Monday, July 27, 2015

As Promised

It's a little hot to be wearing wool mittens in July but here they are (I feel like we need a drum roll!), the finished Aran Winter Set mitts.


We went to the beach for the afternoon as did nearly everyone else it would seem.  I have never seen the beach so full!  We found a spot in the shade to set up our chairs and spent a few hours knitting and doing a photo shoot of the mitts.  There is nothing like wearing mitts on the beach in July on a super hot day and then taking pictures of them to get you funny looks.


Yarn - Cascade 220 100% wool
Needles - 3.5mm dpns



These mitts were the project from a cable knitting class that I took at The Little Red Mitten back in June.  They were lots of fun to kit; they did require paying close attention to the chart and the pattern introduced you to lots of different cable stitches. I'd knit them again for sure.


Now on to sweater knitting!!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Finished Pictures Tomorrow!

An almost finished ball of yarn can only mean one thing, an almost finished mitten!



With only 9 rounds to knit to shape the top of the mitt and the thumb sts to pick up and knit, I'll have a pair of finished mitts to show you tomorrow.  

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about; having the mitts finished or that it means I can start my sweater!


Alpaca Farm Visit

I was super lucky today and was able to visit with Debbie from Ziraldo Alpacas while she was busy sorting and cleaning an alpaca fleece from their Spring shearing.  

This beautiful barn cat had found the best spot for an afternoon nap!


Some of the girls got curious and came for an up close visit


This fleece was as soft as a cloud.  This is one side


and this is the other


 I got a crash course in all the proper lingo; staple length (the length top to bottom of the fiber), crimp (the waviness of the fiber) and guard hair (which you don't want in your fiber so they need to be picked out) and I got to see first hand all the hard work that goes into preparing a fleece before it is sent off to the mill for spinning.


we had another visitor


and this is Fancy and her pasture mate who came to say goodbye as I was leaving. 



Thanks for a fun afternoon Debbie!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Knitted Pants?

I was looking through some old books and came across these patterns.  I've learned never to say never but when it comes to knitting pants....I'm pretty tempted to say I don't think I'll be knitting a pair any time soon. 

Does anyone know of anyone who has actually knit a pair of pants?  I don't.  I was thinking to myself, what could be worse than these knitted pants (they also have a round of bobbles on the cuff)......


crocheted ones.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back to mitten knitting

My poor mitten got set aside when I was side tracked by the new shawl last week.

Tonight I picked it up again. It only took a couple rounds to see the start of the medallion take shape in the first picture (colour is off in this pic - yarn is blue not green). I did a few more rounds and as I did the cables, I really tried to pay attention to how the cable is formed and why the knits and purls are knit in the order that they are to form the cable. I really like deciphering and understanding the patterns I'm knitting. It takes a little time but it's worth it.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mystery Bag

This is the perfect example of why I seriously need to sort, organize and downsize my stash.  This bag was neatly stored in my yarn room on a shelf for almost 2 years.  Look at what I could have been using!


This skein is 100% Shetland wool from a local farm and it is handspun.


I can't remember what I planned to knit with this wool but I must have needed more of it and I remember this was the last skein.  Even though this wool was absolutely beautiful most sensible knitters would have resisted and continued looking for an alternative yarn with the correct yardage.  Not me, I bought the single skein and the fleece in the same colourway.


Somehow I thought that my beginner spinning skills could turn the fleece into yarn that would resemble the skein spun by someone who obviously knows what she is doing (unlike me).  I'll have to do some serious practicing before there is a hope of that happening!


Maybe I can practice on this mohair fleece. 


I also found 2 sets of dpns


and three patterns!


I'm planning on joining our local spinners and weavers guild in the fall which is looking like a good plan since my fleece stash seems to be growing quickly!




The weekend is over

The weekend has come and gone. It was very busy but also lots of fun.

Here is proof that yarn destashing really did happen. Empty shelves! In between all the business I took some time to do some photography. My pictures may not be the best quality but I find it very relaxing. To end off the weekend there was a family bbq. It was lots of fun. No ice cream tonight but there were lots of yummy desserts 😄. Regular knitting resumes tomorrow.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday Night Fun

Today must have been the hottest day of the summer so far.  It was super hot but that didn't stop the Knitters from coming out to sort through the yarn that I had decided to part with and giving it a new home.  It feels great to have cleared out some space in my yarn room and to know that other Knitters went away happy with all their new yarn.

Between the heat and all of the yarn sorting that I've been doing, I was exhausted tonight.  So, this is how I decided to spend my Saturday night; in front of the TV, with ice cream and my knitting.  Hope you are all managing to stay cool!




Friday, July 17, 2015

Lopi Love :)

Remember a few days ago I declared my love of Lopi wool when I found 4 balls of it and decided that if I was running out of space in my new knitting room I would destash a silk blend before the Lopi?

Well, just imagine how excited I was when I opened this tote!


I was expecting to find some worsted weight acrylic.  Instead this is what I found.  Talk about being very pleasantly surprised; an over filled tote of ALL Lopi!  It immediately went upstairs to its new home :)

I have had plans to knit a Lopi cardigan for the last few winters.  I think it would make a great fall project.  I can knit the sweater and dream of the trip I hope to take to Iceland in the near future.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Canadian Lace Tablecloth

As the destashing continued today I found this lace project carefully packed away.  It was given to me by a knitting friend and it has been waiting for me to find the right time to start it.  I'm definitely keeping this and I think this summer would be the perfect time to cast on.


This is taking knitting doilies to a new level.  A tablecloth knit with 1800 meters of size 30 crochet cotton on a 2.25mm needle with a the finished size of 48 x 72".  The maple leaf pattern is what makes is Canadian.  Isn't it beautiful!

A couple things to finish

As I was sorting through a few more totes of yarn tonight I found two unfinished projects.


The first one is this double knitting that started out to be a scarf but I think I will just cast it off and use it as a hot mat or pot holder.


The second project is knit with red sparkly yarn and will be a table runner to use at Christmas when it's finished.  So far it has missed about 4 Christmases since it was cast on but who knows maybe it will make it onto the table this year.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

If You Had to Choose

I know it's only two days into the week but so far my knitting plan for the week is still on schedule.  


It rained most of the day but there was a little break so I was able to sit outside in the garden and work on the shawl.  


When the mosquitos came out I decided to head inside and go through a few more totes and decide what I was going to destash.  There was a lot of nice yarn in here which makes it tough.


If you had to decide what would you choose to keep.  Heritage Silk or


Lopi?


I'm sure most of you would pick the Merino/Silk blend over what I call "real" wool in a heart beat.  So far the Heritage Silk is still in the keep pile but if I need the room it will go and I'll keep the Lopi.  Mostly because I have a plan for the Lopi  yarn but also because I just love Lopi.  It's warm and durable; you can't beat somewhat scratchy real wool :)