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FO: fourteen and i like it

FO: fourteen and i like it

Pattern: Fourteen by John Brinegar of yarn ball boogie

Needles: 13mm gold straights

Yarn: homespun tweed that had been stashed longer than I can remember

Notes: Quick, easy and should have been done ages ago. Perfect for last minute holiday gifts. Thanks to Tobes for posing shirtless in the cold.

Modifications: None, I think I mad have done a sewn BO instead of a crocheted one due to the fact that I can’t crochet. A fact that nags at me more and more everyday. *ahem*

Next up…




Pattern: Travis Mittis I used the thumb gusset from Porphyria by Cissy Black

Yarn: Knit Picks Essential 1 skein

Needles: 3.25 crystal palace dpns

Notes: I hate dpns. Must learn magic looping.

Modifications: I made it up as I went along but I kept good notes so not to forget when making the second mitt. I wanted the thumb gusset from Porphyria and worked the west of the piece around that. A tight sturdy cast off completes the look.


FO: Fino Kiri Shawl

Kiri Collage

Who knew I had the discipline to knit a lace shawl? When I joined the Ravelympics for motivation even the most optimistic parts of me were skeptical. A shawl in 16 days? I’m lucky if I do my laundry once in 16 days let alone a few THOUSAND stitches. But I did it and past the finish line successfully!! So here she is, in all her silky alpaca glory

Fino Kiri Shawl

Fino Kiri Shawl

Fino Kiri Shawl

kiri + me = happiness

Pattern: Kiri Shawl by All Tangled Up

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist – Fino

Needles: 2mm/3mm Knit Picks Options

Notes: I read the pattern through a few times to decide if I liked the charted or written instructions better and I went with the written. I enjoy non-charted projects more because when I’m memorizing the pattern I can read it faster and retain the row in my head easier than a bunch of squares with squiggles. After the first few repeats, I was in love with lace and in love with Fino beyond measure. The sheen of color the baby alpaca has is incredible! At $30 a pop it’s an expensive fiber but one that I will buy again and again.

Oh, and I tried a blocking technique that failed to impress me. Everyone knows about using string as blocking wires right? I followed the directions to a T after Jules reminded me of the cheaper alternative. While I did get a straight nape line, the amount of pins I used would have yielded the same results anyways. I’ll save the time next go around.

Modifications: I used 2mm needles for the body of the shawl and 3mm to bind off. I did exactly 12 repeats.

FO Kiri Shawl

Jen & Tobes @ Trinity Bellwoods

Photography: Visualbass
The Kiri photoshoot took place in Toronto’s beautiful Trinity Bellwoods park, which is conveniently just a few blocks away from my home.

Trinity Bellwoods

I saw some knitted polar bears in a baby boutique window. $60 for this cute little guy-yikes.

Knit Polar Bear

I apparently have a tiny head, some might say baby sized!

Fire Marshall Jen


Get it? I’m a Valkiri

Feelin’ the Love… and the Silky Wool

nessarenee and nudista have tagged us in the 6 Quirky Things meme!
The rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged me
2) Mention the rules
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself
4) Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged

My quirks:
1. Breakfast is my favourite meal, and I like to eat it more than once a day. I have toast for real breakfast every day, and when I’m at work, I eat cereal every day for lunch. I make omlettes and homefries and bacon on the weekend. yum!

2. I am so directionally challenged, it borders on a handicap. I am the kind of person that needs GPS on the cell phone, just so they can get from point A to point B. On foot. In their hometown. Yeesh.

3.I like to knit while reading hardcovers, because then I can sit crosslegged on the sofa, with my knee holding the book open.

4. I’m on a huge baking bread from scratch kick. I never thought there would be such a huge difference in the quality of the bread, but it’s true! And the homebaked bread seems to keep me full a lot longer than store bought bread. I think I’ve offically become someone who bakes their own bread:
5. I despise shoe shopping. Really. I have hobbit feet, short ones at that. finding small and wide shoes is often a challenge, and I never get home from shoe shopping feeling good about myself.

6. I really like embroidery, and am half-decent at it, but I hardly ever do it. But then again, there are a million crafty things I would do, if only I had enough hours in the day. Sigh.

I’m going to cheat a bit and not tag others, although I would love to know quirky things about all of you! If you would shared a quirky thing about you in the comments section, I’d be pretty happy about that. :)

And angelknits has given Teamknit the I Love Your Blog Award!!The rules are:
1- Post the award on your blog.

2- Add a link to the person who gave you the award

3- Nominate at least 4 other bloggers and add their links
I nominate(in random order):
Canary Sanctuary
blue garter
Pie Knits

4- Leave a comment at the recipients’ blogs so they can pass it on.

What an honour! I’m feeling loved today, I tells ya.

Currently, I’m working on the Opulent Raglan from the Fall 2008 Knitscene: I’ve already done some slight mods. I added an inch of k1, p1 ribbing to the hem, and I plan on doing the same on the sleeve cuffs rather than the ruffle. I have nothing against ruffles, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined. I’m using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, which I got from Phoeknits. I haven’t knitted with this yarn before, and I have to say that I am a big fan now. I love the slightly nubbly texture, the subtle shade variations from the way silk and wool take dye differently… so pretty!

Someone suggested that kitten portraits be a regular Monday feature… I can’t say I’ll do it every Monday, but they are so freaking cute I’ve got to share at least one more shot: And yes, they are napping on my Lady Eleanor.

The Newest Members of Teamknit….

Everyone, please meet Gatsby
and Yarn

These are the latest additions to mine and G’s home. We each picked a name, and oddly enough I picked Gatsby and G picked Yarn. But I can’t think of a better name for our little tabby princess. Gatsby is named after my favourite novel, The Great Gatsby. As G calls him, he’s our “ginger ninja”. Since G is British, in his accent it sounds like “Jinja Ninjer”. Ah, those loveable Brits. ; ) We got Yarn from a friend’s neighbour, who had one little kitten left from their cat’s litter, and we got Gatsby from the Toronto Human Society (they do such good work, the THS). We are SO excited to have them- we spend most of our time crawling around on the floor playing with them.

I am knitting, I’ll be posting on it soon… there is a bit of a posting backlog since I now get to cuddle with these little guys.

Ravelympics FO: Gathered Pullover

Apparently if you take your knitting with you absolutely everywhere, you’ll churn out a complete sweater in 2 weeks. In the spirit of the Yarn Harlot, here is one of the sleeves at a Radiohead concert last week:And at Canada’s Wonderland a couple days later:And just one day shy of the closing ceremonies, I ended up with this:

(Note: when doing FO photo shoots in parks, friendly dogs that are enjoying their leash-less freedom like to participate)

Pattern: Gathered Pullover

Needles: 4.5 mm circular and dpns

Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark in cilantro heather.

Mods: about 4 inches of extra length, and waist shaping. I decreased about 6 stitches on each side for the waist shaping. And in my zeal to race through this project, I accidentally made one sleeve about 1″ longer than the other, so I had to undo my cast on cuff and rip it back slightly. In order to preserve the rolling cuff look, I needed a bind off that would mimic my cast on. Enter Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off. It turned out perfectly, and was ridiculously easy. Magic, I tell you!

Also, when I wet blocked it, I added glycerin to the water to prevent felting. So when I ran it through an industrial dryer in the local laundromat in a fit of impatience- it still didn’t felt. I’ll definitely be using that handy little trick again in the future- I love wool!

Notes: According to Ravelry, there are 507 Gathered Pullover projects either completed or on the go, and it’s in over 2000 queues. That’s one popular sweater. And I completely understand why- I love it. It’s infinitely wearable, comfy, and classic. This isn’t a sweater that will be out of style next season, or any season. And hey, green is my favourite colour. Cheers to that! Woohoo! I finished the Sweater Sprint for Team Knit Girl!