I had so much fun working on these custom flip-top gloves for Jeremy. I modelled the stranded colourwork after a traditional Newfoundland trigger mitt pattern called diamond check, with a salt and pepper palm and corrugated ribbing on the mitten flap.
The buttons were an excellent find, and a perfect match for the navy wool. Nicole Sibonney, owner of Americo Original on Queen Street West in Toronto, helped me pick them out. They were handmade in Italy out of tagua nut, the so-called vegetable ivory because of its resemblance to tusks. Americo is my favourite source for buttons – fine buttons really do make all the difference in the finished product.
I loved Wes Anderson’s latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom. It’s witty and innocent with so many incredible details: the soundtrack, the miniature sets and one eye-catching knit. I was hooked by the pair of mitts worn by Bob Balaban’s Narrator and used some screen grabs to draft a chart.
I took the photos at Lake on the Mountain – a beautiful provincial park if you’re ever in Prince Edward County. I have it on good authority that The Inn restaurant right beside the park is a tasty spot. We had packed a picnic so we’ll just have to make another trip sometime!
This project is another one going way back in terms of the history of my Ravelry queue. All the way back to September 2008! I used the last 3/4 skein of Cascade Yarns Eco Duo from my Estelle Pullover to make a pair of Leslie Friend’s Toast Mitts for my dear friend Lara. I gifted them to her in February when it was still plenty wintry. My favourite thing about these mitts is that the self-striping yarn makes them a mismatched pair.
I’m sharing this completed wooden carp puzzle because it’s almost the same vintage as the Toast pattern! Phil and Aggie sent it to me for my birthday in 2009 if I remember correctly. When we visited them in Melbourne two years ago they took us to the Japanese restaurant where they bought it. We ate delicious octopus balls, among other things, and they asked me if I had finished the puzzle. I hadn’t. So I cracked it out a little while ago and was very pleased with myself when the carp was finally in one piece. It now sits watching over our sprouting seedlings.
I hope you’re enjoying the last of the weekend. I’m off to make some Sunday soup!
This set was a combination Christmas and birthday gift for my dad. I searched for a suitable fingerless glove pattern for a while and finally settled on this one — Kurt Fausset’s Beer Gloves from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch. Natalie Selles’ Lomo Mittens were a close second. Either would be a good fit for sport/ dk-weight yarn. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Salt & Pepper leftover from the matching scarf.
The only modification I made was to work the gloves entirely in reverse stockinette stitch, rather than incorporating the cable chart and seed stitch palms. I wanted something simple and textured that would be a good match for the reversible cables in the scarf.
Chris took this awesome photo of my dad in my parents’ backyard in Powell River while we were there over the holidays. You can really tell that we’re in a rainforest! Everything was so damp and lichen-covered. I think it’s safe to say that my dad was very happy with his new scarf – I’ve seen plenty of photographic evidence since! The pattern is from Bruce Weinstein’s controversial Knits Men Want. I didn’t pay any attention to the “rules every woman should know before knitting for a man,” but I did enjoy the pattern… Library special!
Coterie is a webstore that offers handmade goods – including wooden objects, ceramics and textiles – created by makers in Canada, Ireland and elsewhere. I’m a big fan of Jane’s store and have bought enough of her muddlers to keep my entire family in mojitos for a very long time! So needless to say I’m extremely excited to be collaborating with her on a range of knit goods.
I designed the Raindrop Berets and Mitts to have a classic style with a subtle texture, and knit them in a 50% alpaca, 50% wool yarn. We chose three colourways for this Fall/Winter: mustard, soft grey and blue.
I’m planning to make the patterns available as a collection as well. I’ve been having a lot of fun this summer writing patterns and experimenting with prototypes with Jane so once they’re all finalized I’ll compile them. More fun!
I hope you’re having a very happy September so far! I love this time of year – the colours, the flavours and of course the knit-friendly weather.
I wanted to share a little sneak peek with you – my new line of knit goods called Newedist Handknits. More details to come shortly but I wanted to share the clothing label and logo that Chris designed for me. I’m really happy with Chris’ work and how the labels turned out! It was a fun process – researching clothing label makers all the way through to finally holding the woven labels in my hand. The company I ordered the labels from is appropriately called Fashion Tag and Label and I would definitely recommend them if you’re in the market for some labels.
I’ve been knitting a lot this past month but have been a bit slow on the documenting. Today was the perfect temperature to wear these fingerless mitts out on our morning (okay, more like early afternoon) coffee run. The pattern is Coler by Stephen West (from Westknits Book Two) and I used Viola M/C/N worsted in Slate. A super cozy pair of ribbed mitts with some cabling to keep things interesting.
This is Trump, my parents’ Wheaten Terrier. I remembered these photos, which were taken in December 2009, since my dad’s 65th birthday is coming up. Trump was such a sweet guy and sadly, he passed away last summer. I think it’s safe to say that he loved my dad the most.
There’s a bit of knitting in these photos as well. My dad is wearing the fingerless mitts I gave him last Christmas and Trump is wearing a matching kerchief. The pattern for the mitts is a free Ravelry download from TwinSet Designs and the yarn is Estelle Alpaca Cashmere Tweed.
This is the first pattern I’ve knit by Kirsten Kapur although I have many faved on Ravelry. Huaraz comes with some variations to choose from: no earflaps, short rounded earflaps, long rounded earflaps and long pointed earflaps. I made the no earflaps version for my sister and then found out that she really, really wanted an earflap hat. So… rather than alter this one, which I really like, I’m making her Alexandra Tinsley’sWabbit Season as well.
To go with the hat, I made a pair of Theresa Lasichak’sGray Dawn mitts – a fantastic free pattern using a mock cable stitch pattern. This was a perfect commuting project – mock cables look great and you don’t have to worry about dropping your cable needle on the bus. My sister is a huge fan of these. I think she only took them off when she was sleeping.
I made these fingerless mitts in thanks for a box of mystery wool. I was the lucky recipient of a box of super bulky yarn and a mix of brightly-coloured fleece. A friend of a friend gave it to me and thinks it may have originated with family in Poland. I think these mitts should make it a fair trade! I’m really happy with how they turned out – delicate and feminine with their buttoned lace cuffs.
I’m almost at the end of my holiday knitting, which is good since I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning! Hints were dropped for a muff, so I decided on a slightly modified version of Cirilia Rose’sHanne. I’m not sure if it was the stitch pattern or me but I ended up with the wrong stitch count two times. Not a believer in third time lucky, I switched to a similarly shaped stitch from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Powder Puff on pg. 136). It was a fun project to make. There was some assembly required – it’s knit in two separate layers, then padded with batting and secured with running stitches to anchor all three layers.