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Mucklemuff

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I had to laugh when I read Kate Davies’ description of this fantastic project: A “skater’s muff.” I’ve skated once since childhood – over Christmas holidays last year – and I can’t imagine having my hands anywhere else but straight in front of me like some kind of zombie ice skater. But I am willing to accept that not everyone shares these challenges so here’s one for them!

Chris’ mom loved the last muff I made her so much that she put in a request for another. As soon as Kate blogged her Mucklemuff pattern I knew this one would be it. It uses a motif from Mary-Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Motifs, and a neat I-cord finish and wrist-loop. Handy if you need to make a quick stop while skating!

I used Lima by Diamond Yarn for the first time – a single-ply 100% wool aran-weight yarn – and would definitely use it again. I think it worked beautifully for colourwork.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Come Sail Away

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year! Chris and I rang it in at Pearson airport after collecting our bags. We spent the holidays in British Columbia – plenty of good times with family and friends. We also made some tasty discoveries while there. Most notably Oyama Sausage Co. on Granville Island and the Soho Road Naan Kebab food cart in front of the Supreme Court in Vancouver. I highly recommend Sarb Mund’s veg sabji. It was the perfect combination of sweetness and spice — delicious. He’s opening up a second cart soon — this one for chai — lucky Vancouverites!

We spent most of the time in Powell River, my hometown, and made a woolly discovery there. Great Balls of Wool is celebrating its first anniversary. I’d never been there before and was very happy to see such a nicely stocked yarn store in Powell River. They have a knitting lounge so next time I’ll have to sit and stitch a while.

I was a bit lax in blogging my holiday knits as they were finished so here are two of them! Both are from Heidi Kirrmaier’s Come Sail Away collection. The scarf in the top two photographs is Windward and was a gift for Jane. I used Viola M/C/N sport in Sea Storm and absolutely love this colourway! The pairing of pattern and yarn seemed perfect for Jane, who was born and raised in Ireland and loves the sea.

The cowl in the last photograph is Circumnavigate and was a gift for my aunt Tracy. I used a few skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Pewter and am pretty crazy about this colourway as well! Nice cool, moody shades. Both patterns were fun to knit – especially Windward with its changing directions.

All the best to you and yours in 2012!

[Top five photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Garden Gnome Mittens

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

My cousin’s wife Brenda is a huge fan of garden gnomes – she has a varied collection in her garden that goes back further than Amélie or Gnomeo & Juliet. As soon as I came across Betsy Farquhar’s Garden Gnome Mittens pattern I had to get on it for Brenda’s birthday. Spillyjane’s Gnome Mittens pattern is another good one. Decisions!

These mittens are too small for me but I think they should fit Brenda. If I make the pattern again I’ll definitely change the tab thumb to a thumb with a gusset. It’s a bit of a kick that I’m on at the moment while I draft my first thumb gusseted mitt pattern but it just makes sense given hand anatomy. The gnome chart is awesome but there’s room in the pattern for modifications.

I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Cardinal and Winter White. Can’t get enough of the Ultra Alpaca – it’s great for colourwork.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Fiddlehead Mittens

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Fiddlehead Mittens

Fiddlehead Mittens

Colourwork! A first for me (other than simple stripes) and I am definitely hooked. Adrian Bizilia’s Fiddlehead Mittens pattern is a great introduction to colourwork and Kate Atherley’s class at The Purple Purl helped to conquer my fear with helpful tips and guidance.

I picked up the Tanis Fiber Arts Fiddlehead Mitten Kit in jewel tones at Needles in the Hay in Peterborough. What a lovely little shop! We just happened to walk by while in Peterborough for a funeral and I spotted a sample Fiddlehead in the window.

Fiddlehead Mittens

Fiddlehead Mittens

The only modification to the pattern was to knit a slightly smaller liner, using smaller needles, since the liner yarn in the kits is the same weight as the yarn used for the outer mitten.

I’m very happy with how these turned out and am inspired to get going on more colourwork mitten patterns. Such as:

Dala Horse Mittens by Wenche Roald (check out erica knits’ version – lovely!)

Frank and Macro Mitts by Lauren Osborne (Frank has been in my queue for a very, very long time…!)

Herringbone Mittens with Poms and Squirrelly Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch

Magpie Mittens by Jungle Jane

Camilla by SpillyJane

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Fiddlehead Pullover

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Fiddlehead Pullover

Fiddlehead Pullover

I think this may be my new favourite yarn for baby knits – The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering. It’s so soft and has the nicest drape once blocked. This little baby sweater for Arjun (Courtney Kelley’s free Fiddlehead Pullover) took three skeins in Wild Ginger.

I picked up the red leather buttons at Americo on Queen Street West. Have you ever used their yarn? I fell in love with their Suri Alpaca but left it at the buttons and a crochet hook to finish the neck edge and button loops. What restraint!

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Eddie Hat

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Eddie

I’m on a serious hat kick right now. This one was intended to be part of Chris’ birthday present but I decided to give it to him a little bit early. It’s getting cold here in Toronto! He was on his way out this morning and was a rather unwilling model but I managed to get a few snaps.

I used Jane Ellison’s Eddie pattern from Queensland Collection Book 9. There are many great men’s knits in this book – I highly recommend it!

Eddie

I used a partial skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Vaa. I was a bit nervous that I would run out, so I skipped a few of the repeats in the body of the hat. If I were to make it again I would definitely stick to the pattern to give it a bit more slouch. But Chris likes it as is so I’m happy about that!

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Wast Side Shawl

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Wast Side Shawl

Wast Side Shawl

I loved working with this colour. There’s just something about greens! I’m definitely looking forward to autumn, and this shawl will be perfect for chillier days. The pattern is Gudrun Johnston’s Wast Side Shawl and the yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Peat Mix. I’m a big fan of Gudrun’s patterns. In fact, this is my second in a row. The shawl is worked from the edging inwards, so once you move to the body you feel like you’re almost done!

Wast Side Shawl

Wast Side Shawl

Wishing my knitting partner for life a very happy birthday today!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Veyla

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Veyla

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.

Veyla

The pattern is Veyla by Ysolda Teague and I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Pitch Black. I love the yarn and I should have enough leftover for another project. Something soft and lightweight!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Coraline

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Coraline

Coraline

Coraline

I started this cardigan way back in September. During the many months between then and now, I came full circle on bottom-up seamless construction.  It was my Moch Cardi, another bottom-up sweater, that turned it all around. I loved the neatness of the underarm seams and how effortless the yoke felt after finishing row upon row of the body. So I picked it back up and finished the sleeves and yoke, and I’m happy I did. I love it – the smocking, the I-cord edging and cuffs, and the Rowan Felted Tweed that I used. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Coraline – highly recommended!

Coraline

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Girasole

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Girasole

Girasole

I wanted to make something special for Phil and Aggie’s wedding – something that they could share and cuddle up in. I settled on Jared Flood’s Girasole – a piece of traditional circular lace that can be worked as a blanket or a shawl. It looks much more complicated than it was to knit. The chart sections flew by and the lace was really fun to work. I used Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk so the blanket would be soft and cozy but not too warm.

Girasole

Girasole

Girasole

Girasole

What special projects have you made or received as wedding gifts? I have a few more weddings to attend this year and am on the lookout!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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