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project :: all wound up

Early this summer, I was happy and delighted to be asked to knit some samples for my favourite yarn shop All Wound Up. I joke that’s my local LYS even though it’s in another country.

I had to keep these projects under wraps until the Christmas showcase that happened last weekend, and so now I’m going to highlight what I got to work on.

Brittania Toddler Sweater. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits and this pattern, as with all of their patterns I’ve worked with, was a delight to knit. The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK.

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A simple cable pattern up the centre with diagonal eyelets and garter stitch. It was interesting to knit and got me back into some cabling grooves.

Modular Christmas Stocking. This pattern is by Nona Davenport, one of the owners of the shop. In her pattern she offers many different design options for you to choose from to make your own stocking unique to you. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.

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It’s been awhile since I did colourwork and it was fun. I need to do more of it, although I had to research again how to hold the yarns to get the dominant colour knit. I can’t even remember which it is, but I did save a youtube tutorial for the next time!

Freeport Cardigan. Oh my, this was a bit of a challenge and got me to work on my cabling skills as well as other things that I haven’t done in a long time. With Nona’s suggestion of colour coding the cable charts, it actually went very smoothly and the yarn, an aran weight, made the project go quicker than I thought it would. The yarn is Berocco Remix.

Of course I decided to start this when we were having our hottest weather. I would situate myself at my dining room table so the sweater would rest on the table and not me and I then pointed the fans in my direction. Iced lattes helped as well.

Wussypillow Beret and Mitts. Actually I made only one mitt, and it was a long one! This had a very simple charted pattern and despite it being fingering weight, knit up pretty fast. The yarn is Anzula Nebula and it’s sparkly!

Tiny Window Cats. These little puffs of kittens were so fun to do! I was provided with four different colourways and tried to come up with some different combinations of kittens. A lesson learned however, don’t use wood DPNs as they might (will) break when trying to fiddle with the ears. Metal will do nicely.  The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK and it’s being sold as little kits at the shop.

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So that has kept me pretty busy the last few months, trying to make the deadline and get some of my own projects worked on. My hands have knitter’s fatigue right now, so I’m taking at least a week, maybe two, break before I cast on for a pullover sweater for myself.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t crochet! Moorland Blanket.

The blanket was inspired by the moors of England. From the green hills to the purple wildflowers to the blue skies. The pattern is by Lucy at Attic24 and the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, sold as a package through the Wool Warehouse in the UK.

My goal was to get it finished and I did get it done! It’s amazingly big even though I made it smaller than the pattern. There will be lots of cuddling and cocooning under this blanket this winter.

Fall Shawls

Okay, I think I’m good with autumnal shawls this year. I’ve been on a craze lately finishing wips, starting new shawls, spontaneously buying yarn for another… With the cooler weather around here now, I find that I’m usually wrapped up in a shawl so they all are definitely being used!

For my watercolour mood: my HandPainted Eyelet Ridge Shawl.

 

The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Bare Sock Blanks. My sister and our friend Julie and I spent a fun afternoon dyeing our blanks. I was going to make socks, but decided to make a shawl instead. I’ve made my pattern a few times for myself out of lace or handspun, but I didn’t have a shawl out of fingering weight yarn. Now I do.  Ravelry Link.

In the mornings when I wake up early, it’s cold in the house. Our furnace doesn’t kick in until 7 and I’m usually up at least an hour before that. My Mysteries, She Wrote shawl is what I wrap myself up in to keep cozy while I have my first coffee o’day.

 

I started this in May when the KAL started but set it aside to work on summer projects. I picked it up again to finish and voila, my cozy mornings shawl.  Ravelry Link.

Fresh off the needles is my Spice Market Shawl. The pattern is Sweet Shoppe Shawl, but given the colours I chose and the season, I’m spicing this up.

This was a totally spontaneous purchase. I was visiting my LYS, Urban Yarns here in North Vancouver, and I saw a sample made up in colours almost identical to these. It looked fun, (polka dots! stripes! picot edge!) and I really wanted to work with this yarn, Peppino by Rhichard Devrieze. It looks and feels very much like Koigu and lo and behold, Rhichard was a dyer for Koigu. The yarn is a superwash merino and it is gorgeous in colour, textural in feel and really soft to wear. I’ve got it on now and it’s keeping the chill off while making me feel a little like wonder woman. Ravelry Link.

 

So that is what I’ve been up to. There’s been other knitting happening as well. I did a lot of sample knitting for All Wound Up and I’ll write another post about what I made for them.

Next up for me, work continues on my Moorland Blanket. Crocheting is a very welcome change from knitting, as well as swatching for a new sweater for me. Happy October!

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13/52 : 2017

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I’m happy and I’m sad to report that I finished my ZickZack. Happy because now I can wear it and it’s fabulous… sad because it’s finished and I miss knitting the two different coloured balls together and seeing new colour combinations appear. It was like magic.

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On the advice of my sister, who came up for a visit this week, I made it into a poncho. Pre-blocked it wasn’t wide enough; the measurements of the scarf were 11″ by 60″. I thought I could give it a good aggressive blocking, so with my sister’s help we used the blocking wires and stretched it out to 18″ by 60″. After it dried, it bounced back a bit, as I was sure it would, to 16″ and that is a great width for a poncho.

So I seamed up the top edge, left a hole for my head and voila… my ZickZack Poncho.

We had a nice sunny day for a walk to the library, but it was still pretty chilly out. Wanting to wear my poncho, I just plopped it over my jacket, and it was very cozy and I was very colourful. I won’t get lost wearing this!

The yarns used for this project is 1 ball (100 grams) of Crazy Zauberball and 2 different colourways of Sausalito (50 grams each). I divided the first Sausalito into two 25 gram balls and started the shawl with it and the CZ, added in the second colourway (50 grams) of Sausalito into the middle section, and then finished off the shawl with the second half of the first ball. Does that make sense?

Ravelry Details here.

I didn’t take a lot of photos of my sister’s visit. I just forgot and the weather was pretty hideous the whole time. But that didn’t stop us from making a pilgrimage to a couple of yarn shops and down to Deep Cove to visit our favourite shops and have a Honey’s donut and coffee.

And we made Cheez-its! It was a recipe that showed up on our Facebook feed and hmmmm, had to try it!

Cheez-its Recipe.

I will make these again but will try to roll the dough even thinner and bake to crispy. But the cheese… and the sea salt… yum!

Last night we met up with some old friends at their new condo. They downsized from their house to a place with an incredible view, good location… now it has us thinking. Can we do that? Where would I put all my yarn? I don’t know, but it’s interesting… and the view!

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I think I’ll go knit and contemplate what life would be like in a much smaller place but with a fabulous view.

05/52 – 2017

Another crazy week. We had glorious sunny weather, we had snow. The news continues to make me sick, but I love hearing all the good work that people are doing to fight for what is right. Knitting and crocheting keeps me sane, as well as walking.

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Looking over at Vancouver

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Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver

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The snowy Lions above Mosquito Creek Marina

I wear a Fitbit and I love keeping track of my steps, my stairs, calories burned, etc. It amazes me how many steps I can get just here at home doing this and that. My Fitbit also gives me a nudge to move every hour and sometimes I do as it asks, but if I’m in the middle of knitting, I’ve been known to ignore it.

So I think as part of my weekly round up, I’ll do an activity round up as well.

Steps: 62,935

Stairs: 96 floors

Miles: 28.32

For my knitting round up, I finished two projects, both Hygges! I love this word although I’m not sure how to pronounce it, but basically it means “cozy” in Danish.

Hygge Cowl: This is a lovely lace cowl that graduates needles size to give it a very gentle shaping. The pattern calls for 2 balls of The Fibre Co. Acadia. I had three, so I made mine a bit longer. I changed needle size with each colour change and bound off with a little bit of the green at the top.

I’ve worn it both ways, but mostly as a loose cowl rather than a shoulder shrug. My neck needs warmth more than my shoulders.

The pattern is by Kristen TenDyke: Hygge Cowl.

Hygge Cabled Booties: This was a really fast knit, made in Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes in Bulky. They are wonderfully cozy and I intend to wear them as slippers around the house.

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The pattern is by Staci Perry of Very Pink Knits: Hygge Feet Cabled Booties.

Staci has a number of video tutorials on her website, Verypink.com, for this project as well as many other projects. For these Hygge Booties, I learned how to do a provisional cast on using a crochet hook… which is so easy and will be the method I use from now on. Also, I learned the German Short Row. This is done on the toes and the heels. My first toe looks a little rough, but the second toe and heels look much neater. Practice makes perfect, but they didn’t need to be so perfect that I would rip out that first toe!

So now I sit and knit and watch the snow outside and try and get that hygge feeling!

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Vintage Needles

A number of years ago, my friend Nancy gave me her mother’s needle collection… mainly straight needles and a few dpns. I keep them in a jar in my craft room, but hardly ever use straight needles. I love my circulars for most projects. But when I started this project, the ZickZack Scarf, it seemed very appropriate to use Nancy’s mom’s vintage needles. I like having them on a rigid needle to better see how the project is coming out.

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I needed a size 3US, 3.25mm. These say “Fingertip 10”. Not knowing what that means, I measured them in my needle gauge and voila, perfect 3s! They are a nice smooth needle and perfect for this project.

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This is the ZickZack Scarf. Originally I was going to knit it using 2 skeins of Crystal Palace Yarn’s Sausalito in Mediterranean and 1 skein each of Hibiscus and Borealis. I started it but wasn’t happy with the colours together. So I put the Mediterranean away for another project and got a ball of Crazy Zauberball (in my stash) in Flussbett… a greeny-brown-teal and I’m much happier with how it’s looking.

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It will be a long-term project. It is a daunting 850 yards of fingering weight on size 3.25mm needles, but it’s an easy pattern to pick up and do since every row is the same.

I guess I’ve come down with ‘startosis’ because I have 2 more projects that are new this week besides the ZickZack.

Hygge Cowl. I bought this yarn last year at Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington, and loved the feel and colours of it.

The pattern calls for this specific yarn, but just two balls. I have three, so it’ll be a longer shoulder-hugging cowl-shrug. It is a simple lace pattern that goes pretty quickly.

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I’m about 1/2 done.

Now, I know I started a blanket a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve started another one. I love blankets because I’m always cold, even in the summer. Cascade Knitterati Knit-Along. I posted a little blurb about it in my last post but it is to celebrate Cascade’s 30th anniversary. 30 different designers will create 30 different blocks and the money from pattern sales will be matched and sent to the charity, Haiti Babi, a non-profit that helps young mothers earn a sustainable living wage.

This is square one. I’ve dithered back and forth on the dpn/circular debate. I really don’t enjoy dpns but for the first 20 rows it seems to be the most logical way to do it. But it gets very crowded on those needles and I’m afraid of dropping all the stitches off, so I transferred them to circulars to finish it off. The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash.

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Moorland Blanket. I didn’t get much work done on my Moorland this week. I left it at home when I travelled down to my sister’s to do our marching and haven’t had a chance to pick it up since I’ve been back. I’m on 22nd colour change.

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I’m afraid I’ve got too much going on now and how will I decide what to work on this afternoon?