Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Ekaterina Filippova-Blanchard’s FOX trot scarf is a seriously cute knit. It’s boomerang-shaped, worked from the nose in garter stitch. Short rows make for an interesting construction and the little ears, paws and tail are super sweet features.

I used Gilliatt by De Rerum Natura, which is an absolutely beautiful ecologically produced merino wool yarn from France. It’s soft and bouncy with great stitch definition. There are so many lovely colourways: potimarron (pumpkin) is my main colour and poivre blanc (white pepper) is the first contrasting colour.

Foxtrot

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Holiday knits

A whole whack of holiday knits ready to be wrapped! I was taking my sweet time documenting them and since December is now here I felt the window closing… Canada Post does need an ample amount of lead time.

The top photo is Veera Välimäki’s Stripe Study Shawl in Tanis Blue Label, which made great travel knitting in France and Spain this fall!

The second is Jane Ellison’s Griffin in Classic Elite MountainTop Vista. Thanks to Jane for helping me pick out the colourway, which is natural and undyed 50/50 wool and alpaca.

Then we have another Veera design – this one Shimmer in Blue in Malabrigo Yarn Rios. I love the fact that the cables are reversible, and the wider opening at the bottom so that you can pull it down over your shoulders.

Finally, another of Michele Wang’s Eternity Scarves – this time in Tanis Green Label. I love this pattern and plan to make one or two more!

Happy December and happy knitting!

[Photos 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]

[Ravelled: Beer Gloves and Reversible Cable Scarf]

Come Sail Away

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]

[Ravelled: Windward and Circumnavigate]

Aquarella Scarf

Aquarella Scarf

Aquarella Scarf

Continuing with the seasonally inappropriate gifts…

The two skeins of Malabrigo Aquarella yarn that I used for this infinity scarf were among the first purchases I ever made at The Purple Purl. That’s going back — over three years back! My knitting partner for life (a.k.a. Erin) commented on how much she liked the yarn when I posted a photo of my stash (along with some New Year’s resolutions that never came to pass…) so I made her this modified Purl Ridge Scarf for her birthday.

Aquarella Scarf

Stephen West wrote the Purl Ridge pattern for a worsted weight yarn and Aquarella is super bulky so I cast on 120 stitches with a gauge of 2.25 stitches per inch and just followed the pattern until the two skeins were gone. The pattern is a free download and a very nice way to showcase variegated yarn — I love the texture and colour of the scarf.

Wishing Erin a very happy birthday!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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‘Manly’ Scarf

Mistake Stitch Scarf

Mistake Stitch Scarf

My brother was quite happy with his birthday scarf. His exact words were, “I like it because it’s manly!” That was what I was going for after all, although I think it would be just as suitable for me! It’s the easy and free Mistake Stitch Scarf pattern by Whitney Van Nes of The Purl Bee.

The pattern calls for a super bulky weight yarn and knits up really quickly even with the aran weight that I used. I modified the pattern to accommodate the lighter weight yarn – I cast on 47 stitches for a scarf nine inches wide and knit until it was approximately 52 inches long.

Mistake Stitch Scarf

I used every last inch of four skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes in charcoal. I highly recommend this yarn – such a nice weight to it and very smooth to work with. I think it shows the texture of the scarf quite nicely as well. I’ll have to try it with some cables next time!

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Clockwork + Jacques Cousteau

Clockwork Scarf

Clockwork Scarf

Jacques Cousteau Hat

Jacques Cousteau Hat

Wishing you all a very happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2011 is filled with all the good things in life. In my world that means time spent with friends and family, travel, food and of course knitting!

Here are two FOs from 2010: Stephen West’s Clockwork scarf and Lalla Pohjanpalo’s Jacques Cousteau Hat. I made the hat for part of Chris’ birthday present and the scarf for part of his Christmas present. It makes me happy that both got a lot of wear over the holidays!

I splashed out on the yarn for Clockwork and used Jade Sapphire’s 2-ply Mongolian Cashmere in Silver Fox and La Nuit. I absolutely loved working with this yarn. I was constantly amazed by how light and airy it was. I guess I was on a bit of a cashmere kick because I used Louisa Harding’s Kashmir DK for the hat (although this one is mostly merino). Jacques Cousteau is a great free hat pattern. I made two more in different stash yarn for my annual Street Knit donation. I don’t think this Clockwork will be my last either – a fun pattern to knit and very well written.

[Ravelled: Clockwork Scarf and Jacques Cousteau Hat]

Eternity Scarf

Eternity Scarf

Eternity Scarf

I’ve wanted to make this scarf for a long time and my little sister’s recent promotion was the perfect reason to finally get going on it! I wanted to make her something special to mark the occasion.

I used Michele Wang’s Eternity Scarf pattern and the yarn is more of my new favourite, Plymouth Earth Hillside Linen. Although it looks like a lot of fabric, it’s a fairly quick knit. I knit almost all of it while watching Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday. When I’m engrossed in something I must knit faster than usual.

Eternity Scarf

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Streetknit Scarf Drive

Lace Scarf

Lace Scarf

The kind folks at Streetknit are collecting knit scarves for donation to Toronto’s homeless outreach programs this winter. I finished this scarf quite awhile ago – so long ago that I’ve forgotten the lace stitch I used! I do know that I used Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica in Bramble (114) though.

Knits can be dropped off on December 12 and 13 at the Enchanted Forest of Knit Goods at the Theatre Centre, where City of Craft will be going on.  You can also drop them off beforehand at some knit shops (listed here in the sidebar). I dropped mine off this afternoon at The Knit Cafe – check out their cute pear tree ornaments and amigurumi owls if you’re in the area!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

UPDATE January 17, 2010: I finally remembered! This is Pam Allen’s Lopi Lace Scarf from Weekend Knitting.