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Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

Three fingers are kept together for warmth, while the index or ‘trigger’ finger and thumb are separated in these traditional mittens from Newfoundland and Labrador. I first came across the concept at a 2011 David Blackwood exhibition at the AGO in Toronto. Blackwood is a printmaker, known for his use of the intaglio technique where depressions are cut into a printing plate. He also works in woodcuts, paintings and drawings. I loved this etching, For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table (Emma Butler Gallery), in particular.

For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table by David Blackwood, 1999 (Emma Butler Gallery)

For Edgar Glover: The Splitting Table by David Blackwood, 1999 (Emma Butler Gallery)

I’ve dug up a couple of patterns in the years since: Mrs. Martin’s Finger Mitts by Harriet Pardy Martin, which was published in Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen; and the one I ultimately used to make these mitts for Chris, which is from Operation Homespun: Traditional knitting patterns of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Newfoundland Trigger Finger Mittens

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Puppy Kerchief

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Hayden

Meet Hayden the Vizsla. He’s a new addition to my cousin’s family, and a pretty cute one at that. I knit a little tweed kerchief to welcome him. As I tend to do with babies, I overestimated his size but I’m confident he’ll grow into it!

If you’d like to make one yourself, I used a ball of Rowan Felted Tweed DK and 3.5 mm (US 4) needles. This is more of an improvisation than a pattern, and I didn’t measure my gauge. What I did do was the following:

Cast on three stitches.

Slipping the first stitch, knit to the last stitch and then knit into the front and back of it (you’ve increased one stitch). Repeat this for every row until desired size is reached, then cast off loosely, weave in ends and block.

Hayden

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Alpaca throw: Northern Hemisphere edition

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Cradle Me throw

More alpaca – this time hailing from Beneath the Sun Alpacas in St. Ann’s, Ontario. I have my cousin Paul to thank for hooking me up with this lovely, local yarn. It’s 80 per cent alpaca and 20 per cent Merino wool, and the alpacas’ names are Puff, Smoke and Malbec. Owner Genie told me that the sheep’s name is unknown. Ha.

Cradle Me throw

Cradle Me throw - detail

The pattern is one I was contemplating for my niece – Cradle Me by Anne Hanson. Because of my gauge, the smallest size ended up measuring 48″ x 41.5″ – a nice-sized throw for my sister. The lace pattern is fun to work and easy to memorize. I’m thinking I might make an even larger version with some heavier-weight Ecological Wool that I have in my stash. Super cozy!

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Alpaca throw: Southern Hemisphere edition

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Blue Moon Alpacas

Blue Moon Alpacas

I think his name is Biscuit, a Blue Moon alpaca

I think his name is Biscuit

You may remember these guys from a post way back, on Blue Moon Alpacas in Stawell, Victoria. Just over three years ago we were in Australia on one of my favourite trips ever, and I picked up a bag of beautiful, natural grey DK-weight alpaca from Glenda as we passed through the Grampians.

Hansel hap shawl

Hansel hap shawl

The good news is I finally put it to use in Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel hap shawl pattern. The pattern calls for contrasting colours in the hap shell lace portion, which I initially tried with some stash alpaca in teal, mustard and white. I ended up ripping it out and sticking with a solid colour, mostly because the Blue Moon Alpacas yarn is so special and I wanted to really highlight it.

The yarn is glossy, soft and springy, and I left the tiniest bits of vegetable matter in the throw, so we can have more bits of Australia in our Toronto apartment.

Hansel hap shawl

Hansel hap shawl

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Aidez Cardigan

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
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

Friday, March 29th, 2013
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

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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]

Toast and a Carp

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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!

[First photo courtesy of Christopher]

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Pewter Snood

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This amazing Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 8-ply was originally intended for Mel Clark’s Diagonal Ribbed Cowl. My mom requested a chunky snood for her birthday and I thought the combination of super soft cashmere and simple design would be just the ticket. After some hemming and hawing over modifications to the cowl pattern I decided to design a new snood especially for my mom. I’m knitting up a version that is chunkier still and will share the pattern once it’s ready to go. I love this yarn but the price is in line with its luxurious qualities! The new version will be less heart attack-inducing in terms of material costs. I had originally thought that the three skeins I picked up from Rose Haven Farm Store would be enough but ended up needing to pick up two more that I found at Lettuce Knit. Lucky or unlucky!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Estelle Pullover

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This pullover is apparently my first sweater since 2010! I looked back at my archive thinking it had been a while… It languished unfinished on top of my yarn cabinet for a full year. Reading one of Rachel’s recent posts struck a chord — I was only a quarter-sleeve short. That’s a lot of time to get around to very little knitting! The yarn was a gift from Chris’ parents — Cascade Yarns Eco Duo – and they picked it up at Needles & Knits in Aurora. The owner, Tove, is fantastic. If you can believe it, she dropped off an extra skein of Eco Duo at my house when I found myself one skein short. I almost felt like I was back living in a small town again. Amazing!

I knit Linden Down’s Estelle Pullover pattern exactly as written. When I tried it on again in February I found myself regretting the waist shaping. I was in the mood for something less fitted with more breathing room. After much hemming and hawing I decided to just finish it already. So here it is! I’ve enjoyed wearing it – I really like the variation in the self-striping on the sleeves and body.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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