Kambur

Kambur

Kambur

Kambur is my first lopapeysa, or Icelandic sweater. I picked up a copy of Védís Jónsdóttir’s Knitting with Icelandic Wool / Prjónað úr íslenskri ull at the Álafoss Wool Store last summer. I highly recommend the book if you’re a fan of Icelandic knits, as many knitters are!

I knit my Kambur in various colours of Diamond Galway and Galway Highland Heathers. It’s a size two, which turned out to be just the right size for my one-year-old nephew, Stellan.

I’ll close with an inside-out WIP shot of this sweet little pullover. For those new to stranded knitting, I have always found it helpful to knit on the wrong side. That way, I don’t have issues with puckering and my tension is much more even. If you’re a tight knitter by nature, as I am, give it a go!

Kambur

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Niece and nephew knits

wee Chickadee by Ysolda Teague
wee Chickadee by Ysolda Teague
Lancelot by Solenn Couix-Loarer
Lancelot by Solenn Couix-Loarer
My nephew Stellan was born in April, so naturally I’ve been amassing a slew of new-to-me little-person knit patterns. The first sweater I knit him was a Livingston pullover (not pictured), which remains my favourite baby pattern (along with the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘n Bitch). For the winter, I’ve made him a wee slipped stitch sweater to go along with a wee colourwork cardi for his big sister, Sibella.

The green pullover is Lancelot by Solenn Couix-Loarer and from the notes on the project pages on Ravelry, it appears to have stumped a fair number of knitters. I think the pattern is correct, but the wording could be clearer around the markers. For the placket set up and neck shaping, the marker referred to in row 1 is the start of row marker. Other than that, it was all good and I’m really happy with the result.

Wee Chickadee is one of Ysolda Teague’s patterns, pictured top, and was an absolute joy to knit. The piece is knit flat; no steeking required for the stranded yoke. I used Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight, and I love the look of the oatmeal heather against the contrasting colours. And the buttons! My sister gave them to me years ago, and I think they’re the perfect fit. They’re walnut, and were made by the Prairie Knitters at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Beeline

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Beeline is a straight-forward, seamless knit from Heidi Kirrmaier. I’ve made it twice so far, so that says something about its knit- and wear-ability. The first was for me(!) in jade Merino wool, and the second for my sister in silver Galway Highland Heathers.

The eyelet details and shaping add interest while knitting the many inches of stockinette for the body. The pullover is worked top-down, with the neckband picked up to finish. Easy peasy!

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Wee Ambrosia

Wee Ambrosia Wee Ambrosia Hood Wee Ambrosia Body

A tiny Christmas cardigan for my two-year-old niece – the pattern is Gudrun Johnston’s Wee Ambrosia. I didn’t make any modifications, and even used the recommended yarn. I’m a big fan of Quince & Co., and this is their aran-weight Osprey in Apricot. Let’s hear it for 100 per cent wool and Wovember!

I initially ordered some custom ceramic toggles but they ended up being too heavy; they really pulled on the fabric. I came across these cute fabric-covered penguin buttons on Etsy and think they’re perfect. My niece is partial to penguins.

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Immie Tee

Immie Tee

The absolute cuteness of baby knits has not worn off for me. After countless little hats and a few tiny sweaters, I still find myself inordinately delighted by how adorable they are.

This yellow tee is for my niece Sibella – she’ll be one in August! The yarn is Tern from Quince & Co., and it’s a blend of wool and silk.

Immie Tee

Immie Tee

The bit of silk makes for a nice, lightweight knit. The colourway, Buoy, is really quite muted, and there’s a slight variation in hue due to the differences in the way wool and silk being absorb dye.

The pattern is by Carrie Bostick Hoge, who has plenty of very sweet baby knits to choose from. In fact, one is named Sibella; a natural fit … maybe for birthday number two!

Wishing you a very happy Canada Day long weekend, and a happy Pride to all those in Toronto!

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Aidez Cardigan

Aidez Cardigan
Photos: Christopher Lewis

Aidez Cardigan

My sister is rightly concerned that I’ll never pop this cardigan in the mail. I love it! I have some Cascade Ecological Wool in my stash that is now destined to be an Aidez for me. Since the pattern calls for a super bulky yarn, it was indeed a quick knit. I finished the majority of it on the train and plane a few weeks ago. It made for perfect travel knitting; the five different cable charts are easily memorized.

Detail of the trellis cable back panel
Detail of the trellis cable back panel
Detail of seed wishbone pattern on sleeves
Detail of seed wishbone pattern on sleeves

The pattern is a free one from Cirilia Rose via Berroco. I used the 100 per cent wool yarn called for – Berroco Peruvia Quick in Fumar – which is a really lovely, soft yarn that results in a lightweight but warm fabric.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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VIA Rail + spring knits

VIA Rail panoramic car - Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan
View from the back of the VIA Rail panoramic car – Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan
VIA Rail in Hornepayne, Ontario
Stopped in Hornepayne, Ontario
View from VIA Rail No. 1 train en route to Saskatoon from Winnipeg
En route to Saskatoon from Winnipeg
View from VIA Rail No. 1 train en route to Edmonton from Saskatoon
En route to Edmonton from Saskatoon

Chris and I travelled 4,466 km by train last week. It was a fantastic, frozen trip on VIA Rail’s Canadian route from Toronto to Vancouver. This could qualify as the best birthday present ever – thanks, Chris! We spent four nights on the train and saw plenty of wildlife along the way – mostly elk, deer, wild turkeys and foxes as the bears are still hibernating – and made stops in Hornepayne, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Jasper, Alberta. If you’re interested in seeing some more photos, I have a set on Flickr.

Dr. G's Memory Vest by Kirsten Kapur

I did do some train knitting. Mostly finishing up a birthday vest for my dad (Dr. G’s Memory Vest by Kirsten Kapur), and starting a birthday cardigan for my sister. We met our new niece for the first time – she’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so! – and brought her this little bunny (Sophie by Ysolda Teague).

Sophie by Ysolda Teague
Photo by Christopher Lewis

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Broadcast Sweater

Broadcast Sweater

Broadcast Sweater

I had to wear this sweater today – even though it hasn’t been blocked yet (gasp!). I inadvertently wore an appropriate sweater on National Sweater Day AND stayed very, very warm while making my home in the midst of an Alberta clipper!

The pattern is Erica Knits’ Broadcast Sweater and the yarn is Cascade 220 in Jet. The seed stitch fabric gives this pullover an exceptionally cozy feel, and I was happy for the cabled raglan detail once I got there! I wanted something fairly basic and not too clingy – a sweater to pull on over and over again during the winter. I get the feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot – the 3/4-length sleeves ended up a bit closer to wrist-length on me, which suits me just fine.

Stay warm!

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[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

Livingston

I’ve long been an admirer of Ontario-based yarn company Koigu but I think this is my first-ever project using their Merino wool. Nadia Crétin-Léchenne’s Livingston pattern took three skeins of the very lovely Kersti Merino Crepe. It’s a sweet little seamless raglan pullover, knit from the bottom-up and finished with a buttoned neckline. It was the perfect opportunity to pull these mismatched wooden Nani Iro buttons from my stash.

Ten Birds written and illustrated by Cybèle Young (Kids Can Press, 2011)

To finish off this Christmas present, Chris asked the very talented illustrator, children’s book author, and artist Cybèle Young to sign her counting fable Ten Birds to our niece. It’s a very beautiful book that won her the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Illustration – highly recommended for any little ones!

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