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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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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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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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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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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