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.

KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave ...

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

Montego Bay Scarf

*phew*

that was a LOT of photos.

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

greeting from Montego

Yup, still in Montegoland. 80% done the second and hope to get the rest done while I’m fighting the passport office today. My own government doesn’t believe I’m a Canadian citizen(WTF?!!) So after a lengthy debate(fight) I have to come back with any/all gov’t issued ID’s I own and a healthy dose of humble pie. There had better be chairs, thats all i gotta say about that.

The Origin montego is comming along nicely though. I’ve found the color pools into two groups:


– brown/pruple/burgundy
which on it’s own would make an amazing scheme


-brown/yellow/orange/red
this bit kind of looks like fire, and adds that drama I was looking for

and as they blend they look like this..

I’m really liking the colors, and couldn’t be happier with the fiber. It’s smooth, vibrant and oh does it glisten in the sun!