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.


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


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

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!

Knitted Zombies!!!

Did you know that knitted zombie cards existed?! I saw these about a month ago, and I HAD to have them:
Here are a few close ups

These cards are created by Hannah who knit those charming zombies herself. Check out her stuff on Etsy.

I ordered the Shaun of the Dead series right away, since I loved Shaun of the Dead. That’s how I like my zombie movies- as quirky British comedies. I’ve never seen Dawn of the Dead (too scary for me). I can’t watch stuff like that. You know what happens? Without fail, I’ll spend the entire next two weeks waking up in the middle of the night, desperately needing to pee. And I’ll be afraid to get out of bed and go to the bathroom.

I am aware that I am, by all outward signs, an adult. But I’ll tell you right now- At 3:00 a.m., it’s a long trek from the bed to the bathroom. Who knows what’s out there. Could be zombies. Not likely, I know. But there could be.

My post-horror film thought process goes something like the average eight year old’s:

I don’t want to get out of bed, because if I’m not under the covers, something might get me. There weren’t any zombies in my apartment when I went to bed, but that was hours ago and who knows if they have fought their way in since then. I might not have heard them, I’m a heavy sleeper. Okay, I have to get up and go. I’ll go fast. Good thing there’s a night light in the bathroom. Too bad it’s not some magical, zombie-repelling night light. They should make those, I bet they would sell really well. Okay, now to get back to bed without getting eaten by zombies. I can do this. I can do this! And… under the covers! Ah, safe. Zzzzzzz.

This is why I prefer lighter films, or at least a drama. No one wakes up in the middle of night afraid to go to the bathroom because Hugh Grant or George Clooney might be in their apartment. Unless they’ve recently been turned into zombies…..

Happy Halloween, everyone!

FO- Gallery Jacket

I live in a basement apartment, so bear with me on the lighting.

Pattern:Gallery Jacket

Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Superwash in Lemongrass Heather

Needles: 5.5 mm straights (I crammed those stitches on!)

Size Made: Small (34″)

Modifications: I made this a fair bit longer. This was easy enough to do- The part where you put stitches onto stitch holders for the front sections is where the armholes divide, so I just kept holding it up underneath my arm to see where it fell against my body.

Also, I accidentally didn’t do the shawl collar. I knit everything but the sleeves on the subway, and I didn’t have the pattern in front of me. I didn’t notice I had missed that part until I had already seamed the shoulders on both sides. I tried it on and decided that it works this way, too. And it gives me an excuse to make another one in the future!Notes: I didn’t block the body much, but pinned and spritzed the sleeves. I’m using a kilt pin as the closure, but I’m thinking that a great chunky belt would be stylish, too. I also briefly considered adding belt loops and a little kimono-style sash. I tried a few different ways to wear it , and it’s pretty versatile:
When I was doing the sleeves, I was a bit concerned that the purl rows at the edge were going to be a bit weird, but I like the way they turned out:I can’t tell you how much I love this. It was such a pleasure to knit, and I love the simple styling. I wouldn’t be surprised if I made another one. Thanks to Cirilia for a great pattern!