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!

Ravelympics Project: Gathered Pullover

I went on a minibreak to Mont Tremblant in Quebec the same day as the Ravelympics started. If you want to get a lot of knitting done, I suggest sequestering yourself in the Canadian wilderness with no cell service, television, internet, or computers. It does wonders for your knitting.

I cast on that morning before I went to work (with my backpack for the cottage packed beside me!): And knit a bit in the mind-numbingly awful traffic out of the city after work (I swear I’m fully stopped on the highway, I’m not actually endangering anyone): And somewhere between this thisthisand this I came back home with this: That’s the Gathered Pullover, right after the cabled motif and just when it sections off for the neckline. I also got started on a sleeve:This happy green sweater is going to be done in no time. I have to say, it’s been a real eye-opening experience about my own knitting process. Give me a deadline, and suddenly I’m not only capable of project fidelity, but also racing through. Typically, when it’s time for finishing or sleeves, I start to pick up another project and leave the first to languish quietly for a while.But I’m shockingly dedicated, even when the new Knitscene is tempting me with so many great projects. And with all the lovely yarn showing up in my mailbox lately, I have to admit that I spend a lot of time thinking about which project will be next.
Great yarn, and great projects for that great yarn? I’m in absolute heaven. Phoe was responsible for sending the Silky Wool my way, and I purchased the Handmaiden Seasilk off of Ebay- I couldn’t resist that colourway.

By the way- when cottaging, this product was awesome:great sunscreen, great coverage… loved it. And cheap, too!

Ravelympics Day 3

Kevin and I drove out of the city to pick (read: eat) giant blueberries on a farm. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining hot and the clouds were freaking unbelievable. The farm is located on the top of a valley so you see the cloud systems form in 3D. I’ll get some pictures off of Kevin’s camera and throw them on the flickr.

I also had a few hours to work on my Kiri.
Fino Kiri

I’m about half a repeat ahead of this photo now.

Giiiant Blueberries

I wasn’t kidding about the giant fact, these are secret of the ooze berries!

Sunfleur

They also had fresh cut sunflowers and gladioli for 75 cents each!!
Hells yea, I bought some.

Gladioli

Gladioli

When we got back to the city, Kev, Toby and I threw our hands together and made Toby’s superduper delicious homemade hamburgers. This is the only photo in existence of these burgers as they kinda disappear into my belly faster than I can whip out the camera. I’ll post the recipe later if he doesn’t mind.

First Burger of Summer

A great end to a great day <3

Ravelympics Day 1

Like Julie mentioned below, this Ravelympics is an outstanding concept/idea. From the interfaces Casey has made to all the crazy groups and teams. One can now spend even more time on Ravelry than they thought humanly possible. And The best part of all? IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE KNITTING! I cast on for Kiri just before the games begun so I’ll be entering into Wips Wrestling as part of Team Canada.


On that note let me show you the goods…

fino

I’m using one skein of Alpaca with a Twist – Fino

fino

and the first progress photo (taken Aug.2, now on 5th repeat)

Kiri Shawl WIP

It’s such a beautiful color that I get excited each time I see it!

Kiri Shawl Stitch Detail

The actual lace repeat is easy and quickly memorized…having never made anything in laceweight (and finished it) this is crucial. I’m going to knit as much as I can today. Lets see how many repeats I can get through!
I’ve got my knitting mojo back! yay!@

Happy stitching!