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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Kambur

Kambur

Kambur

Kambur is my first lopapeysa, or Icelandic sweater. I picked up a copy of Védís Jónsdóttir’s Knitting with Icelandic Wool / Prjónað úr íslenskri ull at the Álafoss Wool Store last summer. I highly recommend the book if you’re a fan of Icelandic knits, as many knitters are!

I knit my Kambur in various colours of Diamond Galway and Galway Highland Heathers. It’s a size two, which turned out to be just the right size for my one-year-old nephew, Stellan.

I’ll close with an inside-out WIP shot of this sweet little pullover. For those new to stranded knitting, I have always found it helpful to knit on the wrong side. That way, I don’t have issues with puckering and my tension is much more even. If you’re a tight knitter by nature, as I am, give it a go!

Kambur

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Flip-top gloves for Jeremy

Flip-Top Gloves

I had so much fun working on these custom flip-top gloves for Jeremy. I modelled the stranded colourwork after a traditional Newfoundland trigger mitt pattern called diamond check, with a salt and pepper palm and corrugated ribbing on the mitten flap.

Flip-Top Gloves

The buttons were an excellent find, and a perfect match for the navy wool. Nicole Sibonney, owner of Americo Original on Queen Street West in Toronto, helped me pick them out. They were handmade in Italy out of tagua nut, the so-called vegetable ivory because of its resemblance to tusks. Americo is my favourite source for buttons – fine buttons really do make all the difference in the finished product.

Flip-Top Gloves

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Beeline

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Beeline is a straight-forward, seamless knit from Heidi Kirrmaier. I’ve made it twice so far, so that says something about its knit- and wear-ability. The first was for me(!) in jade Merino wool, and the second for my sister in silver Galway Highland Heathers.

The eyelet details and shaping add interest while knitting the many inches of stockinette for the body. The pullover is worked top-down, with the neckband picked up to finish. Easy peasy!

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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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Broadcast Sweater

Broadcast Sweater

Broadcast Sweater

I had to wear this sweater today – even though it hasn’t been blocked yet (gasp!). I inadvertently wore an appropriate sweater on National Sweater Day AND stayed very, very warm while making my home in the midst of an Alberta clipper!

The pattern is Erica Knits’ Broadcast Sweater and the yarn is Cascade 220 in Jet. The seed stitch fabric gives this pullover an exceptionally cozy feel, and I was happy for the cabled raglan detail once I got there! I wanted something fairly basic and not too clingy – a sweater to pull on over and over again during the winter. I get the feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot – the 3/4-length sleeves ended up a bit closer to wrist-length on me, which suits me just fine.

Stay warm!

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[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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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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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Eulalie

I decided on two wee sweaters for two new babies in my life. This is the first, for my friend Karen’s daughter, Arhana. The pattern is a quick, lacy knit from Marya Speton of Swallow’s Return – Eulalie. It’s knit seamlessly in reverse stocking stitch with an asymmetrical closure and pretty eyelet and bobbles centre panel. I used a skein and a bit of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce and vintage Japanese buttons that I ordered many moons ago from assemblage’s Etsy store.

The one to come is Nadia Crétin-Léchenne’s Livingston pullover. I ordered some Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe in a dusty rose for my new niece, Sibella. She was born on August 26, the day that I arrived in Paris. I’ll be sharing her rams and yowes baby blanket shortly – I’m running out of space to block!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

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Moonrise Mitts: pattern sampling

Photograph courtesy of Focus Features
Photograph by Niko Tavernise, Focus Features

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’ll be experimenting with different yarn weights and sizes before sharing the pattern with you – Chris commissioned this first “pattern sampled” pair, which I knit in worsted weight Dream in Color Classy and Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.

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!

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