Happy Holidays! I’m taking a break from a Christmas goose-filled haze to share the last of my holiday knits. These mittens were so much fun to make. Not only is Ysolda Teague’s pattern a fantastic one, and Quince & Co. Chickadee really very nice to work stranded knitting with… but they have narwhals on them! Knowing how Jane feels about narwhals, they were a perfect fit!
Enjoy the rest of the year – here’s to a wonderful 2013!
Note: the main colour is Peacock (109) and the contrasting colour is Glacier (105)
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!
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.
I fell in love with this pattern when I saw Erica Knits’ version. The pattern is a free download by Wenche Roald and is a Dala Selbu Hybrid — a mitten mashup inspired by Norwegian Selbu mittens with a Swedish dala horse motif. I knew as soon as I saw them that they would make a perfect knit for Jane’s birthday (which is today, yay!). Jane told me how much she liked them as well but I played it cool… hope I didn’t give it away!
I used St-Denis Nordique in Pewter and Silver — my first time using St-Denis and I loved it! It’s 100% American wool from Montrealer Veronik Avery. St-Denis recently launched an e-commerce site and carry Briggs and Little yarn from New Brunswick as well as their Nordique and Boreale.
I have one word of warning when it comes to this pattern. It’s essentially one mitten charted. So, I thought, no problem, I’ll just invert it for the mate. Ha. I neglected to switch the thumb placement so when I cast off, feeling pretty good about myself, I realized I had made two left mittens. Ack!!! Beware the thumb placement!
I tried a new technique with these mitts — turning the work inside out when you start the colourwork. I have to thank Siga for this tip, I’d never heard of it before and it really helped to keep from bunching the stitches. I didn’t have to block as vigorously with this pair compared to my Fiddleheads and Franks.
Do you have any tips or tricks you use with colourwork? Please share!
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’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.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! We celebrated by eating pumpkin and squash in various incarnations – pumpkin waffles, squash soup, squash lasagna and of course, pumpkin pie – and taking a walk through the beautiful Thornton Bales King Trail. I wasn’t prepared for the 5-degree drop in temperature just north of Toronto, and had to fight the urge to wear my latest FO on the trail, the cozy, merino Fetching Mitts (intended as a gift).
Fetching is another pattern by Cheryl Niamath, available for free on Knitty, Summer 2006. The pattern is extremely popular (12,268 projects currently on ravelry), but it only occurred to me to make them now. I’m already planning my next pair! They’re so sweet with the cables at the wrists and picot bind off.