Finished hat and started a baby sweater

I finished a hat last week that I had started last fall.  Slowly getting all those unfinished projects done!  This one is a pattern from Tin Can Knits called Light and Shadow. The pattern is available on Ravelry as part of an e-book where 100% of the proceeds go to the Sight Is Life Project.  The yarn is from Hiloris Magical Yarnorium, colour is Shy Violets. 

My niece’s son and daughter in law’s first baby was born a few days ago, so I started a sweater. It’s pretty scrunched up in this picture, but the back is almost complete.  I’ve dropped the shawl and socks I was working on to spend all my knitting time on this.  I love knitting for babies!  The size of the sweater is 9-12 months, so it will be awhile before she will grow into it.

The pattern is the Shawl-Collar Jacket by Debbie Bliss and the yarn is Cascade 220.  The pink is softer than the picture shows.  I will get a picture in better light when the sweater is complete.

I’ve been rearranging my craft room and doing a lot of reading on my new loom.  I hope to have everything set up soon.  I’m considering taking a week off work over Easter when my son has a break at school – maybe finish setting up the loom and craft room then, and possibly get a start on spring cleaning.  We still have quite a bit of snow here, so that’s been my excuse for putting that chore off!

A special gift, 2 finished projects and 2 new looms!

A lot has happened since I last posted.  First is a special gift I received from my friend Susie.  I’ve never met her in person, but have considered her a friend for a couple of years now.  I discovered her Etsy shop soon after I started spinning.  She produces the most wonderful yarn, I’ve been a customer of hers since the first day I looked at her products.  She is a spinner, knitter, crocheter, wool judge and huge promoter of Etsy Saskatchewan and the whole wool industry.  A couple of weeks ago she posted a picture of yarn she had spun on Facebook.  I spied a beautiful green skein peeking out at the bottom of the pile and went to her Etsy site to purchase it.  To my disappointment it wasn’t listed and I thought it had already been sold.  When I commented on her Facebook page that I was sad it was already sold, she messaged me and said she hadn’t listed it because it was a small skein and she wasn’t sure that it would sell.  I assured her that I loved the colour and if it wasn’t enough to knit a whole project with it could certainly be knit into cuffs for mittens or used in a fair aisle project.  2 days later I received the skein in the mail as a gift!  I am so touched and pleased!  It is a wonderful worsted weight squishy, soft Romney 88 yard skein.  The colourway is “Heroes in a Halfshell”.  I love it!

Knit Natural

The yarn has been on the table beside my knitting chair and I’ve been looking at patterns on Ravelry trying to decide what to knit with it.  I’m sure the perfect pattern will present itself someday and whatever this skein of yarn becomes I will be reminded of a special person every time I wear it!

I finished the test knit for the Glenariff Scarf for Impeccable Knits.  It is a large beautiful scarf and it was finished in time to wear it during our (hopefully) last cold spell of the season.  It is 80 inches long and 11 inches wide.  I’m always honoured to be among the wonderful knitters chosen to test knit for Luise, and the pattern is now available on Ravelry.  Yarn is Cascade 220, colour Irelande.

The second finished knit is a pair of socks I started last year.  The pattern is Gillabbey by Carol Feller and the yarn is Sock Twins from Hiloris Magical Yarnorium.

Gillabbey Socks

About a month ago, friends of mine phoned me from Alberta.  They had just purchased a house, the lady who lived there had passed away and the family was settling the estate.  There was a loom in the house and my friends sent me pictures and said if I was interested they would pass on my contact information to the family.  Wow, was I ever interested!

Leclerc Colonial I

It is a beautiful Leclerc Colonial 12 shaft compu-dobby loom.  Of course when I saw the picture I didn’t know that, but I was definitely interested.  A couple of weeks later the family contacted me and I started researching the loom.  We settled on a price and my two sons traveled with a U Haul truck to pick it up.  It had to be partially taken apart to get it out of the house and into mine.  I thought the big truck was a little too much to send but it was all that was available and my son said he was glad he had it.  The loom is huge.  So it is in my basement craft room – I had to take the loveseat and chair out to make room for it – and I am in the process of rearranging my room and setting it up.  Although I own an Ashford 8 shaft loom I haven’t had a lot of experience weaving and this loom has many new things for me to learn.  For one, there is a sectional beam which I am learning about and then there is the computer dobby.  When I get it all figured out it will be awesome!

With the many boxes of pieces and accessories that came with the loom, there was also this.

Inkle Loom

I wasn’t sure what it was, so I posted a picture to a weaving Facebook page and found out it is an Inkle Loom!  I’m excited!  I can weave belts, slings, hat bands, anything up to 6 inches wide and 10 feet long.  Another new thing to learn!

I’ve often said that I’m so grateful for the technology that brings us the Internet.  Living in a northern rural community there has been so much more available to me through the internet.  Knitting supplies used to be whatever was available locally – which was very limited – and mail order.  Patterns were also limited to the few craft magazines published. I love living where I do, and now the whole wonderful crafting community has opened up.  Life is good!