Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuffy

I had a great afternoon visiting and knitting at a friends house.  She moved not long ago so we also spent some time in her yarn room sorting bags and totes of yarn.  We came across this full box of Briggs and Little wool.  Most of it is Tuffy an 80% wool 20% nylon chunky weight in various colours.


After a quick think, she decided that this was something she wouldn't knit so we decided on a mutually beneficial deal.  We would swap yarn.  


I would get to bring home this wonderful rustic wool that I just love and I'll return her box filled with yarn that I think she will love - probably sock yarn.  It's a win for everyone!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Forty Row Mistake

About a month ago I discovered that I had made a mistake in my knitting.  Right at the row where section one finished and section two began; forty some odd rows back.  I carefully folded up the shawl and put it away.


It was an unfortunate mistake, not really a knitting mistake but more of a counting mistake.  If you look at section one - the solid grey - you can see that all the increases are being made on the right hand side of the work.  



When I continued on with section two - the coloured slip stitch pattern - I had the wrong side of my knitting facing me which meant that the increases where now being worked on the left side of the shawl.  Ooops.  Thankfully I noticed the funny shaping going on before I had knit any further.


Today seemed like the day to pull it out and get back on track.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Culture Days

Saturday afternoon I was asked to help at Culture Days at a local library where we were teaching arm knitting.







It's great being able to spark people's creativity.


At the end of the afternoon we decided to do a little yarn bombing with our arm knit scarf!





Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hat Progress

Yesterday's gauge swatch is turning into a hat!


I pulled out my swatch because I'm sure I'll need every bit of this yarn and cast on.


The ribbing knit up quickly and uneventfully


This hemp/cotton blend is lovely to knit with but I'm knitting with 2 strands so I do have to keep a close watch that I don't split any of the stitches.  It's an easy fix though when it happens.


I think I'll have a finished hat to show you tomorrow!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gauge Swatching

Good morning!  I thought I'd show you the new gauge swatch that I knit yesterday in a hemp/cotton blend.   This is what my daughter picked out for a new hat.


I'm knitting it with the yarn doubled and it took three needle tries to find a fabric that I was happy with.  The knitting on the needle is knit with a 4mm.  That's the one I'm going to go with.  I think the 4.5mm and 5mm were both a bit on the loose side.

It's Friday (yay!) and I'm able to meet up with the girls for a bit of knitting time where I'll cast on and get this hat started.  Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The First Day of Fall

Since today is the first day of fall it seems like a good time to show you the hat I knit on the weekend.

Yarn - Bernat Multi-ply
Needle -  5.5mm 16" circular (I would use a larger needle next time)
Pattern - no pattern used



To figure out how many stitches to cast on I knit a gauge swatch, measured how many stitches to the inch I was knitting (3), decided I wanted my hat to be 18" around, multiplied 18x3=54 sts.  I cast on 50 so the ribbing would be nice and snug, knit k1, p1 for 1 1/2", increased 4 sts and knit in stocking stitch until the hat measured 7" then worked the decreases every other round until I had 8 sts left.  It is super simple and I ended up with a hat that fits perfectly.





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Three Girls at the Cottage

This past weekend was our annual girls getaway weekend at the cottage.

A group selfie on the beach

There was some shopping

Lots of yummy food

A good selection of old movies

Some of us played in the sand

and built stone gnomes

there were shadow pictures taken

some sillier than others :)

and of course LOTS of knitting

I worked on my sweater and a hat.


 Bye, for another year (can you see our faces :D )

It was a great weekend spent with wonderful friends.  We knit, walked, laughed and relaxed for four whole days.  Already looking forward to next year ladies! 



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rainy Days

Yesterday was a rainy, windy day; perfect for staying inside to knit and watch old movies.

In between the rain and the movies we did get in a walk down to the water and with a day full of knitting I was able to finish the red hat.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Back To Basics Farm

Yesterday on our way through Owen Sound we drove by the Back To Basics farm and she was open!

The owner is a spinner and knitter and raises sheep. She has a nice vintage style shop in the front of her house filled with all kinds of treasures. The hydro was out while we were there but that didn't stop us! We pulled out our phones and used the flashlights to look at old books, hankies, jewellery and teas. There were beautiful skeins of handspun wool/mohair blends and a good selection of rovings to pick from. If you are a spinner, this is the place for you.

I left with some cotton roving and some hemp roving. Just an ounce of each; something I can play with. They also had drop spindle key chains which I couldn't resist.

If you don't get up to the Owen Sound area don't worry. She will be at the Woodstock Fleece Festival in October!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Choices, Choices


It looks like the hat knitting is going to continue.  My daughter has asked for a couple of new hats and she has picked out these two colours.  Now I get to pick the pattern; plain, lace, cables.....so many choices.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

With Time to Spare



I finished the birthday hat with an hour to spare :)  This is a fun pattern to make, it can't get any simpler to knit and the finished hat is super warm because of the double thickness.  It's a win all the way around.  Here is the pattern link Christopher Hat.


And it fits!  Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

10 Hours and Counting

The birthday hat is half finished.  Why I like this pattern so much is because it is super warm; it's two layers.  In this case one is grey and the other is black.  This is a bonus for the wearer but not so much for the Knitter who has a deadline.  I have just under 10 hours to finish knitting, wrap and show up at the party on time.  I can do this.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Last Minute Gift Knitting

 I decided tonight that I wanted to knit something for my son's birthday.  I checked out my well stocked stash of Patons Classic Wool and found these two colours.  I think they will make a great Christopher hat.


I've cast on and have the first 4 rounds knit.  Now the speed knitting starts.  This needs to be finished and wrapped for Tuesday night.  Should be doable.  


Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Finished Pennant

My Pennant is finished!  At first glance this just looks like a garter stitch scarf but if you look closer you'll see that it has an I-cord edging on both sides and is finished off with an I-cord cast off.  All of this I-cord gives it a very nice finish.  The Designer has you knit in 4 keyholes which give you a variety of ways to wear this scarf.

wide end of the scarf worn in the front

narrow edge worn at the front
end of the scarf wove through 2 holes
 
side view of the picture above

scrunched up close around your neck with the end through one hole

keyholes knit into the scarf

This is one versatile scarf!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Seven

On my way home from the cottage I decided to stop at every store that sold yarn on my way home.  It took me all day to get home but it was lots of fun!

Stop One:  This is the upstairs of the grocery store near the cottage.  They don't have a lot of yarn but if the unthinkable happens, your knitting bag doesn't get packed for your vacation, they have needles and a nice little selection of sock yarn and yarns for you to make a hat or scarf. 


Stop Two:  This dollar store advertises yarn on their sign.  I was pleasantly surprised by what I found inside, 2 aisles of yarn.  They don't sell it for a dollar - it's priced the same as everywhere else but they had a good selection of acrylic yarns.  



The best part of this store was the three bins of Briggs and Little wool hidden away on the bottom shelf!

Stop Three:  Well this wasn't really a stop, it was a drive by.  This is a ladies home and she wasn't open when I went by.  The sign says Natural Knitters Depot.  It looks like an interesting spot.


Stop Four:  Riverside Yarns was a very nice shop.  Great selection of yarns, books and accessories.  She had some hand dyed yarn by a local dyer that was beautiful and scarf kits that I hadn't seen anywhere else.  I'm glad I found this shop, I'll be back!



Stop Five:  This little shop is in a touristy village and they are closed Monday and Tuesdays.  I was coming home on Tuesday :( but I did take a peek in the window at the yarn.



Stop Six:  You just can't drive through Listowel and not stop at the Spinrite Outlet, you just can't.  Or at least I can't!


They had some fun chunky yarn in the seconds bin that would make super warm scarves.  It's hard to resist yarn that works out to be around $1 a ball.


Stop Seven:  MacPherson Crafts was the last stop.  I love their building.  They have a great selections of Patons yarns.


Including Patons Kroy sock yarn.


What a great way to spend a day; looking at beautiful yarns and being inspired for future projects.