Very Cute

Holy moley, these are too cute. If anyone is thinking of making animal mittens for any reason, here is a whole whack of inspiration for you. These versions can be bought from www.rainbowjeans.com (Over the Rainbow in Yorkville, Toronto)and retail for roughly $30. Lobster Mittens, or as I affectionatley (if geeky) call them ‘robsta craws’ Tiger Mittens Lion Mittens Raccoon Hat Bear Mittens Panda Mittens Penguin Mittens

Homesick Razor Cami

Castin on outside

I was sitting out back this past Sunday wondering what in the heck I was going to do with the yarn I had just frogged. Some of you might remember my very first Montego? Well it’s no more. I saw it hanging on my scarf rack and decided that it would get more use as a top or cami of sorts. Not knowing what pattern I was going to use didn’t stop me from casting on for a gauge swatch. Gotta start somewhere.

Knit Ridges

In the coming days I was going to have a bunch of free time-mainly because I was working the Federal Election as Deputy Returning Officer. Which was an ordeal itself, but I made a good friend along the way. (Shout out to Morgan! xo) However throughout the day, I became increasingly sick. At first I thought it was allergies, being in an old elementary school gym and all. Perhaps my sneezing was due to the dust. Ha. Wishful thinking. The next day I turned up half dead to work and C took pity on me and sent me home. I spent the next 12 hours lying in misery knitting this:

Morning time

The Razor Cami.

It’s a simply sweet pattern that relies on negative ease instead of shaping to hug the wearers curves. With only one real pattern row I hardly had to glance down while watching the entire Bourne Trilogy that first night. I can knit like a demon when I’m sick it seems.

Cathay Razor Top

and here I am now as compared to my beaded halter/cami

vs the beaded cami

Two more inches and I’m ready to start the straps. I saw on Ravelry a version with thicker almost cap like sleeves which I’m going to try and duplicate. So far I really like it, and I can’t get enough of the Cathay. It’s like a soft hug against the skin.

FO: Raglan Pullover

I should have finished the sweater ages ago, but then I got a Wii….. and then a week later, a Wii fit….. and suddenly there was a lot of Wii but not so much knitting going on. But I got there in the end. Pattern: Opulent Raglan, from Knitscene Fall 2008.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 4 skeins

Size: 34″

Needles: 4 mm circulars

Mods: I eliminated the ruffle on the sleeves and instead opted for a 1″ of ribbing around the cuffs and the hem.

Notes: I wasn’t getting gauge, so I made the 34″ bust (one side up from my usual size). Even with this, the sleeves were too tight, and I had to rip them back and eliminate the decreases. They are still snug, but not uncomfortably so. I should note that in the photos, the sleeve cuffs look like they are rolling, but they don’t normally. I was wearing this all day, and since it hits right at my elbows, they got folded up all day.

I really loved this pattern. Top-down raglans are awesome, I love the simple style of this sweater, with the delicious cable details. It’s the kind of sweater I would buy. A moment to vent, if you would be so kind… There are so many patterns in the Fall 2008 Knitscene that I love, but so few of them have patterns written for smaller sizes, and it’s really disheartening to try to recalculate for 6″ or more difference in the bust. I know that more fuller figured gals have often been disappointed by not having patterns with large enough pattern sizing, so I really wish there was some standardization on this. I think it would be perfectly resonable for knitting magazines to provide patterns in established size ranges, geared towards their readers.

There. Rant over!

I originally wanted to do an outdoor shot for this sweater, but it’s been too chilly. The bookstore was an excellent solution, but I did get a little distracted:This book makes me want to up my crochet skills, stat!

2 QUICK FO’s FO YOU: FOURTEEN, TRAVIS MITTIS

Need a quick fix?


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…


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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.


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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

Valkiri

Get it? I’m a Valkiri