It’s official – Spring has sprung

The knitting community is taking notice of this and is constantly posting/reposting these gloriously enticing patterns that make me cringe inside. It’s not nearly warm enough to be thinking about halters or tanks. Actually that’s a lie, I’ve just bought this, this and this from work.


Yuki

superstar

Okay, so now that I’ve ruined my credibility in saying that it’s too early to be thinking spring.. here are those enticing patterns I was talking about. These first few are ones that deserve a second look.


Short Sleeve Blousant from Knit.1 Summer 07

This gorgeous one by Glory8

Silk Slip from Lingerie Style
Elliot Anne Spencer by Canary Sanctuary

This fantastic one is from Minabear She’s also got this great cowl sweater I’ve been lusting after.

Cabled Long Cardi from Vogue Spring/Summer 08

Chop a few inches off the waistline and the hemline, add a few more buttons perhaps..

Here is a link to the full Vogue Spring/Summer Preview -LINK-
I’m not particularly bowled over by anything, but the second one in on the “urban outfitters” is allllllriiight. Those are the front runners for me. What are you looking to make this spring/summer?

I leave you with some toonage for toe tappin:

vampire weekend – a punk, oxford comma, cape cod, kwassa kwasaa, walcott
wilco – hate it here (fav, but everything they do is awesome)
american boy – estelle & kanye
digitalism – pogo, zdarlight, pulse, kingdom remix, idealism a-trak remix,
Hot Chip -Sensual Seduction slow mix
The Rolling Stones – You can’t always get what you want Soulwax mix
Crystal Castles- not sure what the track name is but they have good beats

FO: An Orchid Branching Out (flowers and toys included)


I got a little snap happy in the studio, enjoy the photos.

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Pattern: Branching Out by Susan Pierce Lawrence as seen in

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Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Orchid
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Needles: 4mm Addi Natura Circular Needles

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I tweaked this one to see what it would look like in peach.

Modifications: I think I’ll add a longer chunkish fringe

Notes: This was probably the most consuming project that I’ve ever made. It wasn’t the pattern- thought it took me ages to memorize. It was the fact that as I was knitting I was forced to be fully aware of how I felt, what was going on around me and in my life. It’s extremely interesting to track how much I can knit in a single session on the commute to work. I found that I knit faster when I was upset, late or there were annoying people around me and less when I was in a good mood or had someone with me. Knitting this piece has also made me notice that I’ve been feeling sick or melancholy for the entirety of it. That’s just retarded. Well actually the weather here has been retarded and I blame a lot of my mood on that. I need more sunshine! I haven’t seen the sun in days and days. Remember that pretty snowfall Julie talked about? Now it’s half melted, mixed with city grime and over salted. Shit ain’t pretty, lemme tell ya!

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Toby has a new studio and I took these shots there with some proper lighting and his D200. It was pretty rad but I had trouble uploading the photos to flickr. It was strange, the colors would change to a blander muted version. I punched up the saturation in most of them so that the stitch definition is more visible but it’s still not right. These two are the best and closest to the actual color.

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The glow in the dark dunny wanted in on the action

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and then I kind of..um.. got creative?

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We weren’t asked to- but I cut out images to match the thoughts or whatever I had written on the other side. Makes for a nice highway divider if I do say so myself. At the time of the shoot I couldn’t find any of the 20 thousand glue sticks I own so I placed them on top of some of the extra blank tags

Then some shots of the berrocco x-press I’m using for the diamond scarf.

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Alas, scarf itself was at home but it’s almost done now. Then everyone jumped in for a final group shot.

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Men always have the best toys!

I should probably end this entry here but I have to show you my matching flowers.

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The miniature orchids Toby gave me for Valentines day have bloomed.

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I love how delicate and vibrant they are.

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I don’t know what this green mossy type plant is but it’s pretty nonetheless.

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I’d say they have knocked star-gazer lillies out of second place, but are still just a hair behind blue forget-me-nots.

FO- Lost and M.I.A….


I finished my thrummed mitts on the weekend, and not a moment too soon- we got a big, beautiful snowstorm here in Toronto over the weekend. So I was lucky enough to give my thrummed mitts a fantastic test run on Saturday… which was a windy, blustery day that eventually turned into lovely, snowy night night with lots and lots of drinks (and, um, shots)at a pub with a piano bar…. and somewhere between the pub, the taxi, and my front door, I lost one of my thrummed mitts. Didn’t realize it until morning, of course.

And the worst part is, I was going to take my camera and finally get some natural light photos, but the snow and the wind were so bad, I didn’t think there would be any point.

And of course, I’m out of the roving I used. Damn. (standard photo of inside of thrummed mitt)

Come back, thrummed mitt!

Note to self: do not wear new hand knits when drinking. Ever.

To dull the pain of having lost a new knit so soon (and ease the hangover), I baked bread, using this recipe: (partially devoured loaf of bread)

I loved this recipe. It was such a snap to make, there was no kneading, and rise time was only an hour. That’s a hell of a lot faster than the No-Knead Bread that everyone in the world made. This loaf was fantastic. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to eat fresh, hot bread slathered in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mmmmm. Cinnamon and sugar……

I still miss my mitten. Damn it.

Thrumming up a Storm

I’ve cast on for thrummed mittens recently. I know it seems a little late in the season, but it’s been so cold here, and my gloves aren’t cutting it anymore. I need the warmest mittens on the planet… and those are, no doubt, thrummed mitts.I think I regret my roving colour choice… although it matches the tweed nicely, I can’t help but think they are a wee bit…. fugly. Good thing I believe warm trumps fugliness.

I’m using Rowan Yorkshire Tweed, a lovely black flecked with reds and greens. I love the look of it, but I hate the actual yarn- it breaks too easily. I knit tightly, but I’ve never broken yarn through tension alone until I met this yarn. I’m going to knit a whole mitten wardrobe for next winter, I think. It’ll help in my quest for stylish mitts. I went through ravelry’s pattern browser and it was so obvious that there are more than enough gorgeous mitten patterns out there. Mitten wardrobe, here I come!

Demeter is coming along nicely- almost done the tank part, then all I’ll need is the lace trim at the hem and some blocking. I’m pretty pleased with it so far. I love the waist shaping details…. And I’m sooo close to unzipping the cast on and starting that lace!
PS- ever want to make a font from your own handwriting? Well, for $9, here you go:
www.fontifier.com

No, lungs. You belong in my chest.

Ah-hoy-hoy. It’s been a mixed bag of great times, roller blading, phlegm and hospitals for me this past week. Early last Tuesday I began to have bizarre chest pains close to my sternum that began gradual then *BLAMO-! An attack would hit and I’m unable to expand my lungs just managing to take the shallowest of breaths. I found myself inexplicably pressing on the painful area like it was a stubbed toe. In total I probably had about 20ish episodes before the big one hit on Wednesday morning that landed me in the ER. Since I was coughing up a storm they put me in an isolated room, which was nice because it gave me the only element of privacy for the day. I’ve never had so many people poke and prod my chest, pull down my gown and slap on electrode after electrode. I was a freakin passport of tests, not to mention how hard it is to get the sticky residual goop off. WTF people, WTF!




And those nasal oxygen tubes? Oh yeh. Hot(feverish) mess coming through! After all was said and done I was diagnosed with a really bad bronchial chest infection with a side of costochondritis So I’ve been at home (going stir crazy) resting up and trying to keep hydrated. I have a couple posts in the works- my branching out is almost done, I cast on for the skating sweater and the diamond scarf which will be done very soon thanks to the crazy huge gauge. I also have a picture recap of the BCSD weekend. But because my mental strength has all but exhausted, I leave you with some new MEME funnies that practically killed me.