Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Snow and Rainbows Toque

Snow and Rainbow toque for my daughter!!  She loves it.  It's perfect for this cold Canadian Winter we are having.

Pattern: Frosted Alpine Hat by Tanis Lavalee

I love this pattern.  My son already has one.  I will be knitting this in different colour combinations for my kids each year.

The yarn is the rainbow yarn I dyed for my daughter's sweater.  I love how the striping showed up so well in the toque.

What's your favourite hat pattern?

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Magic with Sticks

Today my cousin and her husband and their dog came over for lunch.  I haven't seen them since their wedding in August so it was so nice to catch up with them.  My kids were enthralled with Chewie, their dog.

The conversation turned to knitting as my cousin is just learning how to knit.  She has knit a headband for herself and is now working on a baby blanket for a friend.  What a great way to start!

Her husband said he is fascinated by knitting that is just seems like "magic with sticks!" I loved it.  It is magic.
You take a ball of string . . . or yarn and use 2 needles and with the right manipulation you end up with something wearable, something to keep you warm and cozy and beautiful too!

  It is magic.  Enjoy your magic knitting time tonight.  I know I will!

P.S. Yarn pictured above is Mythic Yarn - available on Etsy

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Chuck Sweater

Pattern:  Chuck by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios

I knit this along with the Selfish Sweater KAL hosted in the Untangling Knots group on Ravelry.

I made this sweater not quite sure about how often I would wear it but I think I may become a convert to having some cropped sweaters in my collection.  I made this corduroy skirt to go with it.  The skirt is high-waisted  and works really well with the cropped length of the sweater. 

Modifications:  The armhole was really huge.  I followed the pattern directions exactly.  I should have joined the front and back panel together when the measurement was 9 1/2 inches but instead I joined it later when the first cable pattern ended.  I didn't want to rip back and fix it so instead I just seamed the side closed a bit more under the arm before picking up the armhole stitches.  When I'm wearing the sweater you can't tell that I did that quick fix.

Other than the armhole problem it's a great pattern and so quick to knit with the cropped body and cropped sleeves. I would definitely make another one of these.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Evergreen Socks

What a quick, fun sock pattern!  This is the fastest I have ever knit a pair of socks.  I found knitting the lace pattern absolutely addicting and kept wanting to knit  more.  This was the #EvergreensockKal on Instagram.  It  was fun seeing everyone's progress on their socks and all the finished versions.

Pattern: Evergreen Socks by Madeline Gannon of Little Mount Yarn Co

Yarn: Tough Love Sock by Sweet Georgia Yarns

Modifications:  Did 2 rounds of lace repeat and added a tree lace on the top of the foot.  Fish Lips Kiss Heel, just because it's faster for me.

As much as I love my purple evergreen socks I think I need to make some in a greenish yarn that reflects the name of the pattern! 

What's your favourite sock pattern?