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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

One hat finished and a scarf in progress

It’s been awhile since I posted.  I finished the hat, knit with wool blended into a batt by my friend Kara, hand spun with a spindle by my daughter Ashley.  Just need to sew on the pompon 


I’m now knitting a scarf.  It is a test knit for Luise O’Neill of Impeccable Knits. It’s big and soft and full of cables!  I’ve just finished the first section.  I’m looking forward to knitting the centre section cables.

Absent Friends Shawl

So, this week I have completely ignored my unfinished projects and cast on two new ones.  The first is a new pattern which was released this week by Knit Picks.  The pattern Absent Friends Shawl by Luise O’Neill (Impeccable Knits) is part of a wonderful collection of cabled patterns in their new book Woodsmoke.

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I love shawls knit with worsted weight wool, the heavier fabric is more suited to our climate here in Canada.  Great for chilly summer evenings around a campfire or a winter evening on the couch watching TV.

It is knit from side to side and I’ve almost completed the first chart before the increases.

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The second project I’ve started is a hat knit with a skein of yarn spun by my daughter Ashley.  My granddaughter will love it!

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I’m also still knitting on my Halisox occasionally.

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The tighter gauge for these socks means I can’t knit for very long on them as my hands ache.  I’ve learned the hard way to stop when they first start aching instead of pushing forward!  All of these projects will be put on hold later in the month when Luise releases the first clue in her Mystery Knit A Long on the 18th.  I just can’t seem to stick to only one project at a time.  And that is fine with me.

2017

So, this is how I chose to spend the final day of 2016,

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For Christmas, my son gifted me with 10 pounds of Romney roving from a local farm and I am in my happy place!  I’m not sure what I will make with the wool I spin, but I’m spinning a 3 ply worsted weight yarn so it will be great for mittens, hats, sweaters or blankets.

2016 was not a great year for my family on many levels and I’m not sorry to see the end of it, here’s to a new year filled with the hope of lots of laughter, health and love.

I have not been keeping up with this blog as much as I should, maybe because I haven’t been doing a whole bunch of knitting, weaving or spinning.  I plan to change that.  I’m happiest when I devote at least a little time every day creating something with fibre.

My daughter Ashley starting spinning about a year ago, and this year for Christmas she gifted me with 4 skeins she spun.

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The skein on the right was spun with a spindle, the light blue beside it was spun on an older wheel I found at a second-hand store and she refurbished and uses, the other two skeins were spun on her new Spinolution King Bee wheel.  Yesterday I started knitting a hat with the dark blue on the right – it’s merino wool with sparkles and black nups – something that is sure to catch the eye of at least one granddaughter!

I’ve signed up to join a MKAL (Mystery Knit A Long) with my favorite designer Luise through her Ravelry Group.

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I’ve looked through the spoiler pages, but won’t ruin it for those who might be reading this and would like to keep the mystery.  All Luise has divulged is that the item is a shawl and requires a little over 2,000 yards of sport weight wool.  There will be 8 clues, one released each week from January 18 to April 12. If you are interested in knitting along with a wonderful group, check out Impeccable Knitters Gathering Place group on Ravelry.

It’s been wonderful having some time off work over the holidays, and I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine tomorrow, although it was -36 degrees on the thermometer this morning.  I’m really not looking forward to leaving my nice warm house!

 

 

Finished Project

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I finished my diamond lace socks and I love them!  My ravelry projects page says I started these socks in June 2015.  I’m not sure why I set them aside for so long but I’m glad I finished them now.  Winter is coming and hand knit socks are so comfortable and warm – so I promptly cast on another pair.

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The pattern is Gillabbey from the book Knitting With Rainbows from Carol Feller.  The yarn is “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” from Hilori’s Magical Yarnorium.  I’m knitting them two at a time on a long circular needle.  I love this method as I don’t have to keep handwritten notes while knitting the first sock so that I can knit the second the exact number of rounds.

I’m still knitting my Celtic Cable sweater and the pickup sticks I ordered to be able to weave my lap blanket came in the mail the other day so I’m working on that as well.

As for all the other projects in the wings, I have been looking them over every few days and deciding if I really love them.  Knitters have a phrase for a condition that affects some of us and makes us want to cast on and start knitting every pattern that speaks to us.  The condition is “castonitis” and I definately have it !  Not that I mind – I love to see how a stitch pattern unfolds as you knit it, but sometimes after knitting it for awhile I decide I’ve had enough of it.  When I get to that stage I usually set the project aside and start something else.  I need to learn to decide right there and then if I will want to continue with the pattern or unravel it before I start on the next pattern that catches my eye.  Most of my works in progress have been unraveled with no regrets on my part.  There are a couple that are almost complete so I will finish them as I get to them.

 

 

A fall sweater, a new weaving technique and some progress…

I haven’t had much time to knit over the last couple of weeks.  Between work, visiting, 4 grandkids birthdays and  trying to squeeze summer activities into the last few weeks, time just flies by!

I’ve made a little progress on the diamond lace socks and fantoosh shawl.

I love both of these projects, but for some reason I’ve really stalled in getting them done.  I think it is just the time of year.  The weather up until this week has been gorgeous, the wild blueberries are ready to be picked, the plums and apples on our trees are getting close.  I’ve been picking them and eating a few a day even though they are not quite ripe, they are still so yummy!  Much better then anything I can buy at the store.

I’ve also joined a knit a long (KAL) to knit a cabled cardigan.  For those who don’t know, a Knit A Long is when a group of knitters work on the same project at the same time and post their progress pictures, ask questions if they are having problems and have fun.  The sweater is a beautiful design by Cheryl Beckerich  called Celtic Grace.  The pattern is available on her website and on Ravelry.  She is hosting the KAL on Ravelry and on Facebook and is very helpful and encouraging.

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Here is my progress so far.

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Hopefully I will have time on the weekend to work on it more.  The great thing about this, besides the fabulous sweater I will end up with, is that I had the required yarn in my stash.  Bonus!  In fact, I have enough of this yarn to knit four sweaters each in different colours.  I’m not sure what I originally purchased the yarn for, but with that much on hand I must have been planning a blanket.  The yarn is Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool and my sweater is going to be cuddly and warm!

Something I will be starting on in September is a Weave A Long.  Same concept as a Knit A Long, only weaving!  I’ve owned a rigid heddle loom for a couple of years now and have woven several scarves.  My loom is 24 inches wide.  By adding a second heddle, a person can weave double the width of the loom.  I’ve read about it, watched a couple of YouTube videos and ordered the second heddle kit last year.  It looks so complicated that I haven’t tried it.  Well I came across a double width weave a long that will start in September, so I joined and will watch, learn and participate and hopefully end up with a lap blanket. I’m really excited about this, I love learning new things.

So, my plan for the next month is to keep working on the WIPs, trying to finish at least one, work on my grandkids Christmas presents, knit along on the Celtic Grace sweater and learn to double weave!