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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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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Horseshoe Hottie

I drafted this pattern quite a while ago now – maybe even a year – but definitely got some use out of it this weekend. The temperature dropped, some snowflakes flew and I caught a cold. This hottie is cozy and cabled, and knit up in the aran-weight Diamond Yarn Galway Heather. I’m planning to re-work the pattern slightly before writing it up to share. I finished the side seams with a three-needle bind off. I think an I-cord would be neater!

[Photo courtesy of Christopher]

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Sylkie + Norfolk

Two alpaca knits to share with you! This is Gudrun Johnston’s Sylkie knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The slipped stitch pattern is worked without a cable needle, which was quite nice once I got the hang of it and trusted that I wouldn’t drop the stitch! It’s knit lengthwise and grafted together at the end so you could easily knit it as long as you like.

And this is Amy Christoffers’ Norfolk Hat. This was a very exciting project for me – my first using the tubular cast on technique. I’m in love. Seriously. It results in such a neat, flexible edge. I used these two tutorials.

Now for more projects using tubular cast on…

[Second photo courtesy of Christopher]

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Reversible Cable Scarf & Gloves

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!

[Photo #3 courtesy of Christopher]

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Newedist Handknits Sneak Peek

Newedist Handknits

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.

Coler

Coler

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.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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ABC Blanket

ABC Blanket

I’d always wanted to make an alphabet baby blanket. There’s just something so cute about the idea, and I figured it would make for a more interesting knit than my go-to baby blanket pattern, the Big Bad Baby Blanket from the original Stitch ‘N Bitch.

A family friend and his wife had a little boy last month so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally make one! I settled on the ABC Blanket from the Fall/Winter 2010 Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. A very pretty combination of seed stitch, cables and of course some ABCs in a textured stitch pattern using Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk.

ABC Blanket

I’m sure there will be no shortage of babies to knit for, so the Lullaby Blanket by Jennifer Lori (published in the second St-Denis magazine) and the Alphabet Blanket, also by Debbie Bliss (from The Baby Knits Book) are next in line!

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Fiddlehead Pullover

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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Huaraz Hat + Mitts

Huaraz

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’s Wabbit Season as well.

Gray Dawn Mitts

To go with the hat, I made a pair of Theresa Lasichak’s Gray 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 used Debbie Bliss Fez for both. I can’t get enough of that yarn!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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