Summer knitting

Houlland

Summer is for knitting, just for the fun of it.

This weekend, I cast on for Donna Smith’s Houlland from Kate Davies’ fabulous The Book of Haps. The border is knit in one long strip — the body worked from its picked up stitches.

The yarn is beautiful and fine. Shetland Supreme Lace Weight, 2 ply from an all-time favourite yarn company of mine: Jamieson & Smith from the Shetland Islands.

What are you working on this summer? I’m on Instagram, sharing knits and food (mostly) — join me there!

Spindrift Shawl

In honour of Wovember – a celebration of real wool from real sheep – I’m posting this 100% Shetland wool shawl in one of the most gorgeous colourways I’ve seen in a long time. I ordered the Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift for Ysolda Teague’s Sherilyn pattern from Schoolhouse Press and chose the colour, Nighthawk, on a whim. When I opened the box I was kind of blown away by how lovely the colour is in person. I’m thinking about using it in Veera Välimäki’s Gathering Stripes as well. Maybe for next winter!

I’ve been doing tonnes of holiday knitting lately, as I’m sure most of you are too! I’m looking forward to seeing and sharing holiday projects soon. Happy knitting!

[Photo courtesy of Christopher]

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Alpaca Hömin Shawl

I revisited both the yarn and the pattern for this project – Gudrun Johnston’s Hömin Shawl in Misti Alpaca Lace. I had a skein and a half left over from my Ishbel and it turns out I’m getting pretty good at using the yarn I have! My first go at this pattern was in a fingering-weight Malabrigo, which I loved and gifted to Sara for Christmas. This one, in lace weight, was a gift for Chris to give his mom for Mother’s Day. I love the pattern construction – the edging is knit first in one long strip and you pick up stitches along one edge and continue with the garter stitch crescent-shaped body. I used needles two sizes larger than those used for the body when casting off. I learned this lesson from my lace weight Wave!

I hope you fellow Canadians out there had a great Canada Day! I have many samples from my dyeing class to share – reds and blues. Until next time!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Aestlight Shawl

This may very well be the last of my seemingly never-ending supply of Malabrigo Sock in Eggplant. The pattern is Gudrun Johnston’s Aestlight Shawl, and it’s knit using a traditional Shetland construction — increasing from the point outwards. A fair bit of garter stitch goodness here! You knit the garter section first, and then pick up stitches along either edge of the triangle for the lace and edging. The Bird’s Eye Lace seemed to take me forever to complete, as did the triangle edging. I’ve had this pattern in my queue for almost as long as I’ve been a Ravelry member so I’m glad I finally got around to trying it!

Chris took these photos at the Toronto Zoo over Easter weekend. As you can see, spring is not quite here yet… I highly recommend the zoo though – the Canadian Domain was pretty amazing. More like a park than a zoo. The bison had so much room to roam!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Spring Lace

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring here in Toronto. What better way to kick it off than with a couple of light, lace knits. I mistakenly bought a skein of lace-weight Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace at Knit-O-Matic a while back, when I was obsessed with Hand Paint Suri & Silk. Since I was expecting a dk-weight and didn’t realize my mistake until I got home, it just sat in the back of my cabinet for the past two years. Then I saw Kristen Finlay’s free pattern for Wave, a shawlette worked in alternating sections of Turkish Lace and garter stitch. So pretty and simple, and I loved her samples knit up in variegated yarns.

My second piece of spring lace is another free pattern, The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower. The pattern calls for dk-weight yarn so I went down two needle sizes and did an extra repeat of the alternating stockinette and eyelet sections. I was a bit stressed over the tightness of the loosest bind off I could manage with Wave (decrease bind off), so with this one I went up two needle sizes for a regular bind off. In the end, I didn’t need to fuss over either – they both blocked quite nicely and I didn’t run into any tight-BO issues.

Oh, and you may notice that my bag in the background of the top photo fits with the knits. Alpacas! Jane showed me this alpaca Baggu a while back and while I was at Good Egg in Kensington Market yesterday they just happened to have one! Mika, the owner, pointed out that the pattern looks like houndstooth from a distance but close up… all alpacas.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Pogona

Pogona

This lovely hand-dyed yarn was a gift from my friend Heather. She and her boyfriend stayed with us for a few days in June and she picked up a skein of Indigo Moon Merino at her local yarn shop — Baaad Anna’s in Vancouver — as a thank you.

Indigo Moon Yarns are made on Gabriola Island, British Columbia — an idyllic spot for a yarn making! I’ve been to Gabriola once but it was for a community radio conference so unfortunately I wasn’t able to check out Indigo Moon HQ. The colourway is called Northern Steppe and you can see what it looks like in skein form on the Indigo Moon blog.

Pogona

The pattern is Stephen West’s Pogona, from Westknits Book One. I was a little light on yardage, so I ended up one inch short in the body of the shawl and four rows short in the garter stitch edging. If I’d been more realistic with the whole yardage situation, I would have started the edging sooner so I could have done the full six rows of garter stitch.

I love the folds that the stitch pattern creates and it’s super easy to memorize once you do the set up rows. I think it would look really lovely even larger than written, and worn like a scarf with all the folds and peaks on display. Next time! I know I’ll give this one lots of love come autumn.

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Simmer Dim Shawl

Simmer Dim - In Vino Veritas

Simmer Dim - In Vino Veritas

I can’t think of another time when I’ve cast off a project and immediately started another one of the same design. I wanted to make Simmer Dim as soon as designer Gudrun Johnston posted photos of it on her blog in a colourway called True Blood. The pattern came to mind recently because I’m so darn excited about the new season of True Blood starting next weekend! I had the perfect skein of red in my stash — Dream in Color Smooshy in In Vino Veritas. Done! And I love it.

Simmer Dim - Eggplant

And here is the second version that immediately followed the first — this time in Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Eggplant.

This pattern has a really interesting construction, and one that makes it suitable for subway/ bus/ streetcar knitting! It begins with the centre triangle and then you pick up stitches on either side to start the semi-circular lace edging. Addictive, obviously!

P.S. I’ve been using Twitter more often lately, @newedist if you’d like to connect

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Hömin Shawl

Homin Shawl

I bought this Malabrigo Sock yarn for Veera’s Plain and Simple pullover. I even went so far as to bring it on the road with us when we travelled to Australia. In fact, I finished the entire body with only the collar left to go and bought some vintage Czech glass buttons to match at a shop in Sydney. All of this is to say that I changed my mind. On their own – perfect – but the yarn and pattern just weren’t working together. I’m very happy with how the yarn worked out with this pattern though – Gudrun Johnston’s Hömin Shawl. I’m keeping this one!

Homin Shawl

Homin Shawl

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! I had a lot of fun yesterday at a Fiddlehead Mitten class at The Purple Purl. Kate Atherley is a great teacher and I can see now why colourwork can be addictive! I’ve blocked my first mitten and we’re going to work on the lining next Saturday so I’ll be able to share some photos soon.

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Wast Side Shawl

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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Stash-busting Projects

Last week’s post got me to thinking about more stash-busting projects. Patterns that would make great holiday knitting with the added bonus of using up small amounts of yarn. I took a trip through ravelry and came back with these great patterns.  Some of them old favourites, some of them new (at least to me!):

Fetching and Emerald Fingerless Mittens
Fetching (L, courtesy of Knitty) and Emerald Fingerless Mittens

Fingerless Mitts

CanCans by Erica Lomax

Upp by Védís Jónsdóttir (from Einband, available from Schoolhouse Press)

Emerald Fingerless Mittens by Lucy Sweetland

Fetching and Dashing by Cheryl Niamath

Purl Beret (L, courtesy of the purl bee) and #24 Lace Beret (courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009)
Purl Beret (L, courtesy of the purl bee) and #24 Lace Beret (courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009)

Hats

#24 Lace Beret by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Purl Beret by The Purl Bee

Ripley by Ysolda Teague

Herringbone Cowl (courtesy of Lauren Osborne, Hungry Knitter)
Herringbone Cowl (courtesy of Lauren Osborne, Hungry Knitter)

Cowls

Herringbone Cowl by Lauren Osborne

sev[en]circle by Kirsten Johnstone (free ravelry download, login required)

Cabled Cowl by by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Mara (courtesy of madelinetosh)
mara (courtesy of madelinetosh)

Shawls and Other Shoulder Warmers

DROPS 108-53 by DROPS design

shadow[]box by Alison Brookbanks

mara by Madelinetosh

Otto (actually, I like to call her Churchill)
Otto (actually, I like to call her Churchill)

Toys

Otto by Ysolda Teague (or any of Ysolda’s toy patterns, really)

Pile-able Pups by Anna Hrachovec

Rotary Dial Telephone by Katie Park

My bear knit for the Mother Bear Project
My bear knit for the Mother Bear Project

Charity Knitting

Good for stash-busting anytime of year, but especially now in colder climates like mine

afghans for Afghans sends handknit and crocheted blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens and socks to the people of Afghanistan.

Blankets for Canada creates blankets for Canadians in need.

Mother Bear Project sends handknit or crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS.