My nephew Stellan was born in April, so naturally I’ve been amassing a slew of new-to-me little-person knit patterns. The first sweater I knit him was a Livingston pullover (not pictured), which remains my favourite baby pattern (along with the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘n Bitch). For the winter, I’ve made him a wee slipped stitch sweater to go along with a wee colourwork cardi for his big sister, Sibella.
The green pullover is Lancelot by Solenn Couix-Loarer and from the notes on the project pages on Ravelry, it appears to have stumped a fair number of knitters. I think the pattern is correct, but the wording could be clearer around the markers. For the placket set up and neck shaping, the marker referred to in row 1 is the start of row marker. Other than that, it was all good and I’m really happy with the result.
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.
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).
Happy Holidays! I’m taking a break from a Christmas goose-filled haze to share the last of my holiday knits. These mittens were so much fun to make. Not only is Ysolda Teague’s pattern a fantastic one, and Quince & Co. Chickadee really very nice to work stranded knitting with… but they have narwhals on them! Knowing how Jane feels about narwhals, they were a perfect fit!
Enjoy the rest of the year – here’s to a wonderful 2013!
Note: the main colour is Peacock (109) and the contrasting colour is Glacier (105)
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!
I seem to have a never-ending supply of Malabrigo sock yarn in Eggplant. So far I’ve made Hömin and Simmer Dim shawls with my stash and I think I still have enough left for one more project!
This is Ysolda Teague’s Damson from Whimsical Little Knits 2 – I love the scalloped shape and simple lace pattern. It also offers a fair amount of garter stitch goodness.
I can’t help but think of the poor Damson plum tree at my parents’ place in BC when I think of this pattern. This black bear may look innocent but he not only devoured all the plums on the tree but snapped the trunk and killed it before taking a nice long nap. My dad has since planted a replacement Damson… likely more appealing to the bears than the last!
[Top two photos courtesy of Christopher; bottom photo courtesy of my dad]
Teeny, tiny Smith is on his way to Phil in Melbourne. His birthday is coming up and he has a soft spot for hedgehogs! This was my second time working Ysolda Teague’s Smith pattern — this time I used fingering-weight yarn for a teeny, tiny result. The spikes were made with Colinette Jitterbug and the body was made with a mystery yarn from my stash.
I made these fingerless mitts in thanks for a box of mystery wool. I was the lucky recipient of a box of super bulky yarn and a mix of brightly-coloured fleece. A friend of a friend gave it to me and thinks it may have originated with family in Poland. I think these mitts should make it a fair trade! I’m really happy with how they turned out – delicate and feminine with their buttoned lace cuffs.
I started this cardigan way back in September. During the many months between then and now, I came full circle on bottom-up seamless construction. It was my Moch Cardi, another bottom-up sweater, that turned it all around. I loved the neatness of the underarm seams and how effortless the yoke felt after finishing row upon row of the body. So I picked it back up and finished the sleeves and yoke, and I’m happy I did. I love it – the smocking, the I-cord edging and cuffs, and the Rowan Felted Tweed that I used. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Coraline – highly recommended!
Jane brought me back the loveliest Donegal tweed from Ireland. You can just make out the angora halo in these photos – so soft in colour and texture. I think it turned out to be the perfect choice for Ysolda Teague’sSnapdragon Tam.
I know I’ll love wearing this hat – thanks Jane! And I have some gauntlets planned for the Aran Tweed, also spun in Donegal. Ireland will make a fantastic knitting excursion someday!
I started this hat in Addison, PA and finished it at the Angola, NY rest stop. It’s Ysolda Teague’sIcing Swirl Hat from the Whimsical Little Knits collection. It was the perfect road trip project – bulky yarn and a pattern that was easy to remember! Chris and I drove down to see Frank Lloyd Wright’sFallingwater in Mill Run, PA. It was such a beautiful drive from Toronto – misty and golden since the leaves hadn’t fallen yet. Chris took these photos with his fancy new camera. You can barely tell they were taken at a rest stop!