All You Need is Love…..(ba ba da da da)

There’s a lot about the knit blog world that brings me joy, but the kudos and love that knit bloggers spread around has got to be tops. Jen and I want to say an especially loud and snuggly thank you to Melinda, Sulafaye, and Orata, who have given Teamknit the You Make My Day Award that is currently making the rounds: The rules of the award are thus: Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.

So, despite the fact that through the Ravelry minifeed of blog updates, I probably read 100+ knitting blogs somewhat regularly (whew!), here are ten that I would like to nominate for the award:

* Elizabeth at http://geeyouknit.net/blog/
*James at http://www.subdueitwithasweater.blogspot.com/
*Amanda at http://sticks-and-tones.blogspot.com/
*Lekkercraft at http://lekkercraft.blogspot.com/
*Glenna at http://crazyknittinglady.wordpress.com/
*Marce at http://thebrownberry.blogspot.com/
*Erin at http://girlwhoknits.blogspirit.com/
*Hilary at http://theyarniad.blogspot.com/
*Margaux at http://margauxelena.typepad.com/
* Mary-Heather at http://www.rainydaygoods.com/

And trust me, you guys all make us happy- the comments, the love, and your own blogs that are so freaking inspiring they make me want to run and grab my needles and furiously cast on for whatever it is you guys are all making next.

And Penny (whom I love dearly, as she has spoiled me rotten in a past swap) has tagged me in a meme, so here it goes:

Seven Random Facts

1. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoy eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. I have a special long handled spoon for when I get near the bottom.

2. I still get asked for ID in bars, restaurants, and liqour stores. I turn 30 this year.

3. I have a little brother, who is 11 years old. We don’t live together but when I spend time with him, I try to teach him how to cook. I secretly harbour fantasies of him becoming the next Jamie Oliver and crediting me, his adoring sister, for setting him on the path of culinary fame and fortune.

4. I like to read poetry in the bathroom.

5. I don’t have laundry facilities in my apartment, and am too lazy to trek to the laundromat, so I hand wash almost my entire wardrobe. Yes, even jeans.

6. I buy myself flowers every week,and they make me so happy. I mean, who doesn’t want to come home and see a beautiful bouquet of flowers?? This time of year I am addicted to tulips.

7. I have very recently fallen for someone. And every time I think about it, I have the biggest, goofiest grin on my face.

I feel like I’ve already tagged a bunch of people in this post, so if anyone would like to join this meme, consider yourself tagged!!

This morning, on one of the many design blogs I like to cruise daily, I saw this and was completely stunned:
That is yarn made from recycled newspapers, people! It is the brainchild of Dutch designer Greetje van Tiem. Apparently she can make twenty yards of yarn from one deconstructed page. Check out this ottoman she knitted with it:

And around the homefront,I recently got this awesome double mug and cookie plate set from Dolamakes on Etsy: Llamas!! In love!!!
I think they look like alpacas, but I’m not going to argue with the artist. I love it SO much!!! Be sure to check out her wares, she does handpainted designs on recycled dishes.

from mont sainte anne, avec amour (tons o pics)

My trip to Montreal/Ste Anne was rad!@ Hectic too, but worth it in the end. I rushed and caught my bus us to montreal wishing I could be a friggin lighter packer. I took a nap and when i woke up I got the itch to design a hat.

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So I cast on some sts and knit an inch or so of ribbing.. and then I got frustrated. I knew the stitch I wanted to use – topsoul’s, but I couldn’t remember it stitch for stitch! argh, drove me insane… so i took a page from phlanauik.

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i am jens crushing sense of disappointment

On the upside, I had accidentally caught the express bus to montreal so time flew by and I was there in a flash: a full two hours ahead of expected schedule! Goodtimes! And I also remembered the stitch just as I was coming in to the city!

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I started with a single eyelet then I thought why not go balls to the wall and double it up. I really like it. I’m using this great merino in a name i can’t even begin to pronounce let alone spell but it’s heaven and has great stitch definition, and SQUISHINESS oh is it squishy.

Things went smoothly into the next day when we drove up to the mounain. This was my first glimpse of ste anne

scary, can’t even see the top

boys are asleep in the back

they missed chalets on stilts but were wide awake when we reached our studio-

which was as CLOSE AS YOU COULD GET TO THE HILL!!!

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Day one was scaaaaarrry. This is my frist season back since some serious knee surgery and Ste. Anne is HUUUGE. Like 5-14 times bigger than blue mountain big. huge. massive. It feels like it takes 20 minutes to just get up the gondola! 15 to get down the hill bombing it and ages when we would break to rest our(my) screaming thighs. I’m nowhere close to the level I want to be back at but I’m progressing fast on these do or die trails.

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and my new goggles were crazy hot!

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On the second day I wore my corduroy billabong suit that I got on the cheap through modelling a previous fashion show.

That night I caught a great shot of the mountain blowing snow

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Went to a bar, that was full of horny 18 y.o’s grinding to every song. They even grinded to Gwen Stefani’s SWEET ESCAPE! We were all quite amused.

Mike and Chelsea in front of the grind cage

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oblig washroom shot

oblig wip shot

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last day and I went down both of those black diamonds in the distnace! Go me!

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i didn’t want to leave

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had to get a montreal smoked meat club sandwich

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lord it was good. i’m not going to go into the drama that ensued once we left the chalet but trust when I say that I hate buses and coach canada.

I’ve got a bunch more photos on the flicker here check em out.

Here is where I am with my hat now. Photos taken after dimsum on the ttc with Jules & Bec.

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only the decreases are left to do, I’m torn between a flat closure method or if it should be puckered and gathered.. it’ll be done before the weekend hopefully as I’d like to gift it to carley-Ann @ the Mod. Love that girl.

FOs: Quant and Beanie

The much-knitted Quant from the current issue of Knitty: I know black doesn’t photograph well, but the sunlight helps.
I’m pretty pleased to be having quite the good hair day today.

Pattern: Quant, from knitty.com

Needles: 4 mm.

Yarn: some stash yarn, about 1.5 skeins of Rowan silk wool DK in black

Mods: I only made a couple of modifactions: First, I went down to 4 mm (the pattern calls for 5 mm) needles because I have a small head, and I didn’t want a really big quant, just a little something to keep my ears warm when I’m wearing my hair up.

The second modification I made after scanning all 150 finished quants on Ravelry. Many people noted that the beginning and end don’t match up. So I cast off after the entrelac part, and picked up stitches necessary for the ear flap, and just duplicated the first ear flap.

Notes: The modification of casting off after the entrelac portion and picking up stitches to match the earflaps worked out brilliantly. I love the headband style of this, perfect for keeping my sensitive ears nice and toasty warm.

Also up, is this cute beanie that I knitted over the holidays, graciously modelled by my partner in yarn, Jen:
Here’s the hat in action, as we rode the streetcar this afternoon (and there’s our friend, Rebecca!):
Pattern: Only Sweet on the Outside Beanie, by Christine

Needles: 4 mm

Yarn: Blue Sky Suri Merino

Mods:The only mod was that I went up .25 a needle size, because I knit tightly and I didn’t have any 3.75mm dpns kicking around. I’m glad I did- 3.75mm would have been too small, for the way that I knit.

Notes: Christine sent me this pattern along with a skein of Suri. The idea was to test knit the pattern, and I was so happy to do it! It was the first time I had knitted with the Suri, and I have to say… wow. I love that stuff so much. It’s heaven on the hands, and I just gorgeous to touch. I love the way it knitted up, great stitch definition, and I’m in love. Love, I tell you!! Here’s a parting shot of the crown:

kate walsh’s great cowl




I wish I could knit at this fine gauge, i’d make a huge cowl to throw over sweaters.. hell tshirts too. I gotta say I’m not feeling the jackie o sunnys. Regardless of how trendy that look is these days a squarer pair would be way more flattering!

I also saw(through some stalking at Lekkercraft) that the new drops/garnstudio.com patterns have been released.

Fav 3:


love the pearls, i can picture freshwater roughed up pearls


again, the neckline grabs me. instead of a knit body, a breezy fabric to make it lighter drawing even more emphasis away from the waist (huzzah)


I don’t knit socks, but i do adore eyelets

and is this a montego bay hat? didn’t someone already design this? i totally remember seeing one on ravelry.