Snowed in, Toronto

I had this little idea to blend two patterns together, and turn a Shifting Sands into a parallelogram style loose almost Montego like, but way wider. It was good in theory, but knitting it was a beeeootch. She wasn’t kidding about all those cables I can assure. I had no patience for the piece, frogged and found a copy of the ubiquitous Branching Out I thought I would hate the garter selvage stitches, but it actually gives it the balance that the lace needs for it to be stable and defined.

I’m using some left over shine sport in orchid. Same color as my caliomawhateverucallit.

Cast on as me and kev made the journey up to Blue Mtn.
The storm was picking proper by the time we passed Barrie.

We heard from Jena (who was up there already) that it was batsh*t up there. Oh and that the temperature was -30, -39 with windchill. Yes, at this point I realized I was insane.

I really like this shine sport. It’s soft and reminds me of Lelah, which I also used these addis to make. That wench, how I love her. Unfortunately It dark really quickly so I only had time for one repeat.

The riding was good, first time out since Ste. Anne, but I really started to pick up my speed and confidence again. Bloody hell did my knee hurt after I got out of the car. It took us 4 hours to get home. Jena knew the area so she was the navigator and I dozed off in the back. The snow storm was insane. With total whiteouts every 30-40 seconds I’m glad Kev has his hot new imprezza else we wouldn’t have gotten home.

Oh! And, the other day I fell in love with a sharply dressed ginger pup.

I was shopping for cupcakes and rain boots with Chris, when, here she was tied up outside of a shoppers.

Check out his cable sweater, cute huh? Looks pretty easy too. I wonder how much they retail for?

5 FAST Projects for Valentines day

It seems I’ve gotten the Valentine bug. I can only ignore constant bombardment everywhere in every store for so long. Sooner or later I’m frantically trying to think of the perfect crafty thing to hand out to co-workers, close friends and most importantly, my SO. I still don’t know what I’m going to do, but maybe this list will help you!

(in no particular order)

1. Double Knitted Heart Rings by PieKnits

2. Hearts by Mochimochi Land

3, Heart Hot Pads by KnittingHelp.com

4. Candy Pillows by Domiknitrix

5. Embellished Matchbook Cards by Sunflowers and Dragons

(i love this one below found on etsy,)

Demeter, could you speed things up a bit, please?

In the recent lightbulb revelation I had about needing to have smaller (read- sleeveless) projects on the go, I cast on for the Demeter Camisole (ravelry link) from Sensual Knits. I’m using a lovely dusty rose colour of Elann’s Sock it to Me, 4 ply. And I love the stage that it’s at, because I can just toss it into my purse and knit it on the subway to and from work. I’ve never been one to shy away from acres of stockinette, so this camisole is right up my alley. It’s basically knit as a plain tank top, and then then I’ll be unzipping the provisional cast on, and working the lace hem: I think there is something really appropriate about knitting something named after the Greek goddess of seasons… I’m definitely getting ready for spring. Especially since it’s been looking like this the last little while:… and I’ve pretty much had my fill of it at this point.

P.S.- Anyone have any idea how to fix our progress bars? We didn’t touch them, and suddenly, they are verticle. Hmmmm.

FO: Ribbed Lace Bolero


Pattern: Ribbed Lace Bolero, by Kelly

Props to Toby at Visualbass, he’s a big sweetie to take the photos. See a couple of posts below for a shot Jen took of Toby, taking a shot of me. Toby is super amazing.

Needles: 5 mm and 6.5 mm

Yarn: Honest? Bernat Satin. Bought it at Walmart. Seriously.

Mods: None really.It’s customizable and I love it. And hey, those photos are of the bolero inside out, and it still looks great. That’s a fabulous pattern.

NOtes: Oh my god, I’m going to knit one in every colour. This is the best thing that has happened to my summer wardrobe since… I don’t know. But it’s awesome. When I cast on for this project, I had just figured out something really important about what I need to do to feel satisfied, as a knitter. I had been thinking about the projects I chose in 2007, and I think I buried myself under too many large-scale projects, without enough mid-sized ones. I would churn out a few quick small things just to feel the satisfaction of an FO, but let’s face it- I’m in it for the hand knit clothes. This bolero represents the first of my new knitting plans-more small and wearable knits!! Good thing summer’s coming…

Oh, and as an aside:
I often get compliments on my skin, and I guarantee it’s because of this concealer- Lancome’s Effacernes. It is the be all and end all. If I could only take one cosmetic to a deserted island, it would be this. It’s waterproof, blends fabulously, covers pores/pimples/dark circles/small countries/probably hiding Osama Bin Laden as we speak, great buildable coverage. It’s brilliant, I love it, and one day we’re going to get married and have babies and live happily ever after. That’s how great this concealer is. I just thought you should know.

YARN SALE @ ROMNI WOOLS

During the month of February, Romni has all winter yarns(18sts or more) and basement product at an additional 20% off. SCORE!


These caught my eye while I was there scooping up…

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seawool

fleece artist seawool, semi solid in gold

seawool

seawool

fleece artist seawool, in peridot

suede

berroco suede, I expected a lot from this yarn
(as it’s the one Nora uses in her hobo)
but I didn’t much like it.

220

cascade220

cascade 220 heathers, thinking start over on my shy hobo.. gray or brown?

seduce

berroco seduce, love the texture, but I have no use for it right now


linkage i think you might enjoy:

1. Modish: Style for a handmade life
2. Abigail Percy Jewellery

ps. our progressbars seem outa whack.. are you seeing this too?