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well worth the wait...

2007-10-14T17:36:04.850-07:00

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My sockapalooza socks have arrived!! My partner knitted me up a pair of jaywalkers in my favourite colours (her own hand dyed colourway too!)

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And lookie! Extra goodies! She sent along what was left of the sock yarn she used, a fabric drawstring bag, chocolate (yum) and a skein of what appears to be handspun yarn in a gorgeous chocolate brown.
(image) Thanks Kate, you've spoiled me!

Here's the socks I sent to my pal:

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pomatameese, pomotomi, pomotomoseseses

2007-10-06T22:40:46.220-07:00

more socks. pomotomus (koigu) on the right, baudelaire (phildar) on the left.


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And, my jaywalkers in progress. Finally I found a use for the confetti yarn I got at the meetup xmas party. These are not a priority item, and in fact have been put on stitch holders so I can finish up my sockapalooza socks.

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...orange I glad she didn't say bandana

2007-04-19T11:55:12.918-07:00

Greetings! Lookie at what I got!

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I know there's not a heck of a lot of orange in this, but there's a bit...and I won this door prize because the other finalist at our knitting group meeting lastnight forgot the word "bandana" in our little memory game; therefore I could not resist the urge to cleverly dub this colourway "orange I glad she didn't say bandana", even though I'm sure Sweet Georgia has a name for this colourway already, and I'm sure the name for the colourway is just as luscious and gorgeous as the yarn itself.


I am in love. This is the kind of yarn I would never buy for myself. It's a splurge. It's yarn you covet. I fell asleep last night thinking of the possibilities for this yarn, and I woke up this morning with this yarn as my first thought. It's yearn, not yarn. Now to find a use for it. I'm thinking either Monkey (I'm addicted to Cookie A's glorious sock patterns) or Jaywalker.....I'll have to see how it swatches up and if it is stripey enough to my Jaywalker liking.

I also donated a door prize to said knitting group meeting, these aren't the exact ones but here's some stitch markers I've been crafting lately. I gave away a set of four last night in blue colourways.


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Delayed Fairly Easy Fair Isle

2007-04-13T16:38:24.153-07:00

I made this "Fairly Easy Fair Isle" cardigan back in August specifically for my trip to Europe which I went on in September. It was a dream to make with Lopi on Addi's, and a super quick knit. I've been meaning to make another one in a Brown colourway, ah one of these days.

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And here I am keeping snuggly in Amsterdam enjoying a nice picnic lunch and looking very hip (and quite jet-lagged) if I do say so myself...

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And in the spirit of hipness, this is the Van Gogh Museum that I picnicked in front of in the above snapshot. Out of all the museums I visited on my trip (and there were many) this one had to be my favourite.
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Oh and just for the heck of it, this is what I ate in said picnic....a 4 Euro grocery store lunch consisting of fruit, crackers, spiced gouda (I love you, dutch cheesemakers) and olives. That cartoned stuff there is Vla, it's like a drinkable chocolate pudding only it's got more protein and fills you up for the day. Bonus!

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The Most Terrifying Moment of My Life...

2007-04-04T14:26:05.532-07:00

Okay, maybe that's overdoing it a bit. Tonight.... I steek for the first time.

*Holds breath*

I'm making the seda vest from knitpicks and have gotten to the steek point. My crochet chains are in place, and I've had confirmation that everything looks good to go.

Stay tuned kids.



FO's part deux

2007-04-01T13:55:36.299-07:00

My crowning masterpiece of Fall/Winter 2006. The Equinox Yoke Pullover from the Fall '06 IK, knit in Berocco Ultra Alpaca in a slightly different colour scheme than the pattern called for (no grey, more green)


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And c'est moi, lounging on the lush green grass enjoying the warm hug of my handiwork:





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FO Busting part one

2007-03-31T17:49:22.058-07:00

(image) First off we have the Swallotail Shawl from the Fall 2006 IK, made in Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud
which is a dream to work with. I love knitting lace, there is something extremely satisfying and soothing about all those yarnovers and what not...however I can't really pull off the lace look myself. So when a friend of mine was thumbing through my knitting mags and said "omg I could totally see myself wearing this" I took a mental note, as her birthday was coming up. Lace is fun to knit, not so fun to block...especially since I didn't have (actually hadn't even heard of) blocking wires...all those little points were individually stretched and pinned then re-stretched and pinned. I hate blocking. But I am pleased with the end result...behold!

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My Return + Sushi

2007-03-29T13:25:32.966-07:00

I have tons of knitting backlog to post, but first...lookie here, I prepare nutritional sustenance too!

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Some cloesups of the munchtacular goodness:

I mean, really, is there anything I can't do? Besides keeping my blog up to date, that is.
Lot's has been happening...since my last post there has been a move, a trip to Europe, a currently failing attempt at marathon training, and a company buyout at work.
But rest assured there has been a ton of knitting. How else do you think I made it through it all?



Needle Felting

2007-03-29T13:35:04.523-07:00

I got my needle felting kit I won off Ebay yesterday and tonight practiced my hand at a simple sampler mat.


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It's kind of neat, like painting with fiber. I think I'll try felting soap next.



I think I have a problem

2007-03-29T13:35:28.037-07:00

I'm going to post a whole slew of FO backup at the end of this post, but first a little story to demonstrate the insanity that can envelop the mind of a knit-happy dimwit such as myself.Last week I was over at my friend Kathleen's place as we were up to our weekly get-drunk-and-eat-bad-food shenanigans. This week we decided to just stay in at her place with a couple bottles of wine, some pizza, and a rented movie.Prior to starting the movie (but halfway through the wine and one very bad episode of "Rockstar") I spied out of the corner of my eye a ball of Bernat Handicraft yarn. Now it wasn't just sitting out in the open, it was actually tucked into a basket (somehow I have x-ray vision when it comes to seeking out craft supplies).I immediately rummaged through the basket (hey, we're all friends here) to seek out the treasure, then it dawned on me....what the heck is Kathleen doing with yarn? She is not the crafty type. She cannot sew a button on a shirt, I don't even think she owns a sewing kit. Anyway, she entered the room to see me guiltily holding this ball of yarn with her basket of posessions on my lap. I immediately demanded "What is this? Well I know what this is, but what are YOU doing with it?" She claimed that her mom and aunt had bought her knitting "stuff" so she could learn the ancient craft, it went into the basket, and she never thought about it again. Well! Knitting "stuff"? This must mean she had needles somewhere!Sure enough, further rooting through the basket proved fruitful, as a pair of very short straight needles appeared at the bottom. Well now, I can't very well leave this ball of yarn unknitted, no matter how drunk I am. And, Kathleen could really use a new knitted dishcloth.So I cast on, and happily started knitting in between sips of wine, bites of pizza, and jeers at the TV. I'm sure Kath thinks I'm insane. What kind of person knits while they hang out at their friends place. I'm sure you CV people that have wandered over to my blog can relate to a similar insanity when you have to use your buddies computer to check the forums while getting ready to go to the bar or something.Anyway, the morals of the story are:1) I am not normal,2) If I am at your house and you have yarn, I will find it and I will knit,3) My friends are very understanding people, who are often rewarded with knitted goodies.Okay, on to the goods. My glorious new camera is enabling me to show off my FO's like never before.Here we have my first pair of socks, made about 2 months ago. Once you try on a pair of handknit socks you will NEVER want to wear store bought again. God, these are heaven. AND because they're knit out of superwash wool they are machine wash/dryable. Now before you have a heart attack at the intricate pattern, I should say that this is a self patterning yarn and there is no way I would do fair isle socks like this ( I guess I shouldn't say there's NO way, but I wasn't up to the challenge with my first pair) This yarn is great, you just cast on and knit away and the pattern appears before your eyes. Anyway, less talk more socks:Next up we have a knitted cotton bikini top. This looks much better when it's actually modelled, but I'm not posting my rack for the inter-world. Not today. I managed to snatch up this sage-green yarn at the Lewiscraft close out sale, alas there was not enough yarn for the matching bottoms so I had to settle with crocheting on a blue trim that will match my blue bikini bottoms. Yes, I know, I'm quite resourceful.This next one isn't a FO yet, it's still on the needles. It's a scribble lace scarf out of some Mohair and some slub yarn ($2 at Daiso).Here's a wacky green furry scarf I bought as a kit that was on sale. Of course it was on sale, I can't resist a sale. Anyway, it was knit up in about two hours and I have no i[...]



I FINALLY DID IT!

2007-03-29T13:35:52.019-07:00

This comment applies to:

1) Finally leaping into the 21st century and buying a digital camera
2) Learning to spin yarn on a drop spindle.

Behold!

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Yes I know it's not much to look at, and it's even less to hold...but I'm proud of it (and I can easily see this becoming an addiction). I purchased a learn to spin kit off ebay (another first, ebaying) which has 2 spindles, 10 different kinds of fiber (.5 oz each), some hand lotion (which I discovered is very much needed when spinning) and some extras that my seller graciously included. Well it was waiting for me when I got home last night and this is what I managed to produce in an hour or so.

Corridale down, alpaca, llama, merino, bamboo, cotton, etc etc etc to go!



New obsession + Olympic controversy

2007-03-29T13:36:39.797-07:00

Okay, here is the story on armwarmers.

Way back in January my sister requested a pair of knitted armwarmers for her 19th Birthday, which is at the end of February. Great! Cool, I have just the pattern for it, and have been meaning to make some.

Well, being the dork I am, I signed up for the knitting olympics and thought these armwarmers would be perfect. For some reason I totally overestimated the time it would take to make these, and the result was that I was finished the pair of them 3 days into the olympics. The whole idea of the knitting olympics was to challenge yourself with a project that you would be hard-pressed to complete in the 14 days. So what do I do, pick something easy that took 3 days. I don't know what I was thinking. The organizer of the whole K.O. managed to make a Dale of Norway sweater during the competition. That is just insane.

Anyway, after realizing how easy the armwarmers were to make, I've been knitting up a storm:

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And that is the armwarmer story.



UFO'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2007-03-29T13:37:08.444-07:00

I've cleaned out my UFO pile (unfinished object for you non-knitter-lingo-savvy-types)

*ahem*
Anniversary Sweater - done (he's even worn it a couple times) I won't post pics until I can get a GOOD one that will do it justice.

Burgundy purse w/bamboo handles - done. Well, the second handle has been attached and it is awaiting the lovely lining I purchased for it. But really, it's basically done. I guess I'll take pics after I get the lining sewn in.

Entrelac scarf - done. It's hanging in my closet, though I still think I'll give it away to someone.

Brown and teal bolero - done. Really cute, really really cute. Again pics to come when I get a good camera (supposedly this month)



Overload Update

2007-03-29T13:40:20.046-07:00

I'm really trying to streamline my projects on the go, really trying hard.....

- Anniversary Sweater for my bf. I know, this is ridiculous...I have been working on this for almost a year. Anyway, I have finished the front and back, as well as joined them at the shoulders and knitted up a roll down collar (which he hates....so I have to get creative and do some frogging) as well as finishing one sleeve. I really need to make that second sleeve a priority. Poor guy :(

Entrelac Scarf - I work a few squares of this when I need a break from another project, I'm in no hurry to complete it. I picked chocolate brown, baby pink, and light lime green for this scarf several months ago, but now that I've been knitting it up it's not as lovely as I originally thought....at least to me. This one might go in the "gifting" collection when it's done.(image)
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-Dayflower Scarf - Another one for the gifting collection, probably for my bf's mom. This one was knit up in a Mohair/acrilyc blend called "Watercolours", it actually feels quite lovely.


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- Burgundy Variegated purse with bamboo handle (notice, the singular) - this is still in it's same embarrasing state as when I last mentioned it. In fact, I completely forgot about this until I read my blog and saw it's sad little entry there. *sigh*

- The Voodoo Scarf has been frogged, now I have several tangled piles of burgundy voodoo and nothing to do with it :(

okay, that's all I feel like updating for now, rest assured there is tons more: Birthday presents for Danyelle, my first swap entry, and my foray into beaded jewellery land, as well as my own personal Olympic Knitting Controversy. :( Stay Tuned!



Knitting Olympics

2007-03-29T13:40:59.177-07:00

Some of you faithful readers may have noticed a new little button on my sidebar, I am now a proud member for the 2006 Canadian Olympic Knitting Team.

I came across this fun little project on yarn harlot's blog and thought it looked like fun.

The project I am taking on (for my country, no less) is a set of Irish Hiking Armwarmers that my sister Danyelle has requested for her 19th birthday. I'm making them in a light sagey/olivey green colour to match the green frog hat I've already made (pics to come)

So beware! As of Feb 10 I will be knitting with gusto, for glory....and above all....for gold!!!!!!



PROJECT OVERLOAD

2007-03-29T13:41:19.357-07:00

okay I'm working on a ton of things right now. A ridiculous amount, really.

- A burgundy variegated wool purse with bamboo handles. This is basically done, I just have to sew the second handle in and line it. I got some really cool teal and purple silky liner at Dressew for about $2/meter. This purse has been sitting in it's unfinished state for about two months and I'm pretty embarassed by that fact.

- My left mitt still needs a thumb and it's getting cold. HELP!

- Hockey skate baby booties for my brother. One is finished, the other one should be coming off the needles soon. So adorable.

- Anniversary Sweater from knitty for my bf. I have been working on this for months, doesn't look like he'll be wearing it this winter, I've finished the back and am almost done the front but still have sleeve and seam sewing hell left.

- Dayflower scarf. I just started this last night because I had some green mohair screaming at me from my stash. In one sitting I got about a quarter of it done so this one should go fast.

- Burgundy "Voodoo" scarf

*sigh* And I've been finding so many patterns for things I want to make. On the upside, I am managing to shrink down my yarn stash so will be able to go SHOPPING soon :)



Mitts

2005-10-27T12:02:14.196-07:00

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First mittens, what a pain. I still have to finish the thumb on the other hand, it's sitting in my basket waiting for me to feel ambitious, or for it to snow....whichever comes first.

I really like this yarn though, it's SOLO by Bernat...about $5 a ball from Zellers. 2 balls should be enough for these mitts and a matching hat. Check out the grain, there are tiny multicoloured strands in there.





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Disco Ball

2005-10-27T11:59:14.530-07:00

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I was feeling silly one day and had a ball of bernat handicraft and a bag of sequins and thought....what the heck, disco ball hat.

I have no idea where I would wear this, but it's actually kind of cute and funky.



Clapotis

2005-10-27T11:56:50.940-07:00

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This was my big summer project. I knit this up over 2 months of weekends at Wreck Beach and evenings on my patio.

It's made out of "TLC Amore" (I think) which I picked up at Zellers, 3 balls at $8 a piece...I still have about two thirds of a ball left and am trying to find a use for it.

It wasn't supposed to end up as wide as it is, but once I started dropping stitches the width increased drastically. As a result, what was supposed to be a largish scarf is now a comfy shawl/wrap.


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The pictures don't really do it justice, it can look casual or dressy depending on what you match it up with. Goes great with jeans and heels, or a summer dress. I'm very pleased with the end result.

The pattern is from knitty, take a look to at the pictures there to get a better idea of what it looks like.



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First Lace

2005-10-27T11:43:53.276-07:00

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Okay, this was a gruelling 2 month project with many interruptionsm, but in the end it turned out really well.

My first lace scarf, pattern courtesy of knitty once again, is made up of "Kid Merino" (28% kid mohair, 28% merino wool, 44% micro nylon) by Crystal Palace Yarns.





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Updates

2005-10-27T11:49:20.290-07:00

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...okay so I've been slacking of in the picture taking department. It is difficult to get inspired to take pictures of finished projects when you have such a CRAPPY CAMERA!!! Hopefully that changes soon.

First up, just a few standard scarves.

This one was done in Brown Bernat Velvet, garter stitch on 10 mm needles. Very quick, very easy, but I don't think I'll be using the Velvet again anytime soon. The ends don't weave in very well and the velvet sheds off the ends.(image)


Next we have my pink furry scarf made with the most expensive yarn I have used to date. I saw this Italian yarn at A Touch of Wool and fell in love. It's called "Gracia" (80% nylon 20% rayon), is so soft and gorgeous, and I love the black flecks in it. I love pink and black together. Anyway, I picked up two balls of this stuff at $12 each and made this super long, skinny K2P2 Rib scarf.

The picture's fuzzy but so is the scarf, haha. I've tried to show a close up of the grain so you can get an idea how amazing this yarn is.


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Penguin

2005-07-24T09:50:33.323-07:00

I have been making tons of things, but haven't really had time to post them...But I wanted to get this one on here before I give it to my sister today. I found this pattern @ Knitty.com and thought it was adorable so I made one up as a gift for my sister. It's a really quick project (I probably spent about 4 hours on it total) and I also made it a bit less "chubby" then the pattern calls for:

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Almost baby time!!!

2005-05-29T11:27:19.290-07:00

Dad and Sasha are due pretty soon, within the next month or so I think. I went into panic mode because I started knitting this blanket about 3 months ago and as of 3 weeks ago was only about half-way done. So I busted my butt and finished it off in record time.

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Close up of the center pattern:

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And close up of the border, done in seed stitch:

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I used 100% cotton yarn so it's nice and soft and washable. I'm so excited to give it to them tonight!!!

I also had some time and odds and ends of cotton yarn to make some adorable little hats:

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I've been sewing a baby quilt for them too but it's not done, I'll post pics in a few weeks.



Oldies

2005-05-29T11:05:03.453-07:00

I wanted to take the chance to post pics of some older projects:

This was the first purse I made, my first (and so far, only) felting project, AND my first time knitting in the round. I got the pattern out of the book "Stitch 'n' Bitch". The purse has this really cute little change purse attached to it with a cord, but I haven't gotten around to putting snaps on it yet so it's really quite useless to me so far. I think next time I make one of these I'll make the handles thicker and maybe even add some felted flowers.

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And this is a really great backpack, though a bit rough around the edges. I used a pattern in the same book as a basic template, but modified the design on the back. The pattern called for some weird hello kitty monkey thing which isn't my style so I drew out a star on graph paper and voila! This is my first real intarsia project, and at least now I can think of a bunch of ways to do it easier and better. The most challenging part of this project proved to be getting the liner and the zipper in, I've never been a big fan of zipper sewing. Anyway, I use the bag all the time, it's perfect for when a purse is too small and a normal backpack is too big and I've gotten tons of compliments on it I guess mainly because there aren't really any others around!

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