I love Toronto

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On any given night there’s an absolute plethora of art events happening! Kevin and I saw three completely different gallery showings- two by accident. The first was a composite of 5 varying themes brought to life with graphite and paper. If I could sum up the artists work in one word- it would be fluidity. The artist captured the movements of fabric and body whether they were jumping or underwater it’s not clear- but the fine use of chiaroscuro was.

After we realized this wasn’t the show we had gone to see we set out again, not realizing that first stop was only a preamble to the nights festivities!

We happened by the next stop on pure luck- the designers were outside having a smoke and beckoned us in. I imagine we were looking like stylish people who could afford thousand dollar dresses-(dream #87 come true!) Soo, we lifted our chins a notch and waltzed in. Ever notice how much more confident you feel with loud clicking heels? I do.

And immediately the first thing I see is this:

Gorgeous Neclace

This night’s picking up!

It was paired with an atached nude tank and a green pencil skirt. It stuck me as a modernized version of an ensemble for ‘Eve’. Can you see it too? It’s so simple- yet elegant. When you break it down it’s just roving thats been twisted at intervals looped round, embellished with pearls and fabric stocking gloves covering wooden balls. I’d love to wear it, but I fear I’d come out looking like Simba. We scooped up some truffles, blackberries and blueberries and made our awkward-not-buying-anything-but-eating-their-food exit.

We finally get to the intended gallery showing and it’s much more scenester. I’d give it a 7 out of 10, -1 point for no fiber content, -1 for redcap beer, -1 for the lady who kept farting beside me. The artwork itself was all mixed mediums- video, painting, fashion design, photography and poetry. How I wish I had $350 to spend on art. I met a painter- Beth (Adam Parishil’s new roommate), wholooks like Lindsay Lohan but 10x better and her boyfriend looks like Colin Farrell.

But I digress….

Alpaca in progress

Last year I knit Kevin quite possibly my finest beanie to date but the top knot had come undone from too much wear.

Before repairs

Last night I presented him with the refurbished beanie. Made from 100% baby alpaca it’s divinity comes from the blending of form and function.

It’s a simple cable rib pattern that anyone can dream up, but one that is timeless and chosen again and again for a reason. It just looks great! I wanted this knit to be very fine quality so I chose a needle (2mm) small enough that the stitch definition would pop. I made this so it would sit on inline with his eyebrow freckle. (hello! neurotic much?)

Chowsa Baby Alpaca Beanie

Turns out Kev prefers to wear his hats off the forehead. (Note to self, note to Jules)

I also did a different closure than normal, instead of stringing the remaining 8-10 stitches together, I decreased to 6sts remaining and cast off using the 1 over method and then knotted the stitch a few times.

Crown shapings

This baby’s not coming undone again.

playin with the macro

“emo time”

Not Much Knitting…

… but a lot of apple pie making.

I love making apple pie from scratch. Even if it does take all afternoon.

The grass is greener…

Ofcourse, since I’m locked into a project there are about a hundred other things that I want to knit. Hell, I almost picked up my discarded tuscany shawl! (*gasps from the peanut gallery*) I’ve scoured library books and found my next project.

Hobo bag

It’s a gorgeous slouchy hobo from KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave I believe.

Hobo sketch

I was looking at so many books that I’m not 100% sure anymore.(Edit: It is the KnitKnit book. I just bought it!) Either way the book is great! Each designer not only has a cool project, but they go in depth about the knitter rather than a small blurb. I found it a great insight to how or rather why people design what they do.

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Some of the projects are off the wall, but it was some nice insight.

I also loved these projects from various books for inspiration

Knitted Nails!

Knitted Nails!

Crocheted Pillow Embellishments

Embellished Pillowcases

Kimono style wrap

Seed stitch kimono wrap

*sigh*

Almost done the montegos, Had I known it would be such a commitment when I agreed to them…. Oh well. I feel good churning each one out. Hopefully tonight I’ll finish the last one and fringe it tomorrow. How did you guys like fringe on the Origin Montego? Should I add more strands to make it more substantial?

Baby Norgi Drive-By/ T.O Confidential

Okay, I finally cleared the slate a bit to work on finishing Baby Norgi for my friend’s little one. So here’s a progress shot:Trouble is, I started knitting this thing months ago, and I’m not sure it’ll still fit him anymore. And to be honest, I’m a bit…. bored with this. I don’t know, maybe it’s the reindeer, maybe it’s the boring colours I chose. But the Baby Norgi ennui is definitely there. I’m hoping that the excitment of steeking will perk things up.

I assume the steeking takes care of that jog in the round, because right now, that’s ugly:The major reason I chose to knit this (other than my bizarre compulsion to take on more WIPs than I can possibly handle) was to try steeking, since I haven’t done it before and I have a secret project that will need that technique.

I’m dying to talk about my secret project (of my own design, to boot), but it is a Christmas gift for my mother and she checks my blog. I’m suprised at how much this pains me, because I’m usually an expert secret keeper- I actually had a job that was titled ‘Confidential Secretary’ (a seriously weird title that made it sound like I had lunch with James Bond on a regular basis. Truth is, we only had lunch together once and all he did was moan about how Moneypenny won’t talk to him anymore), that’s how top notch I am in keeping secrets. But for some reason I am dying to blog about my secret knitting project. Just. Dying.

Ugh.

Montegos in spades!

My mission is two thirds complete. You’ve seen so many progress shots already, and there isn’t much to talk about the third time around but the difference in fibers, and how that changes the look and feel of a piece in it’s entierty. This one is lighter, more elegant and such a fashion statement. I can’t wait to see what my girlfriend wears it with, she’s such a fashion plate, that one.
Montego Bay Scarf

Amy Singer’s Mongeto Bay Scarf in Origin.

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Montego Bay Scarf
It really is a fine scarf.

As promized, I asked Toby to take some “action” shots of the straw/buttercream montego!


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Real action, I’m on the phone with Travis, Hi Trav!

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Montego Bay Scarf

*phew*

that was a LOT of photos.

thankyou “chiengun de pie”
(sexy pie in mandarin)