Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all,

Stars knitted by my talented Aunt Lynn using left over sock yarn
Pattern- Stjarna by Karolina Eckerdal

And to all, a good night.

Wishing you and yours, all the best this holiday season.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Passing The Buck

Come on now Canada Post.

I have done my part, now it's your turn.

The ball is in your court.

Pattern- Graham Hat
Yarn- Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Superwash

Let's make these Christmas knits happen on time this year.

For once?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

On The First Day Of Advent...

My mom's birthday is September 28th, and this year, I knit her something that I have wanted to make her for-EVER. Being that I am not the best with deadlines however (I would be the first to admit that), I missed her actual birthday. But lucky for me... the nature of this gift allowed me to give it to her on December 1st.

Having said that, would anyone want to wager a guess as to what it is that I made her?

Did you say "Lynn, did you make your mom an advent calender in the form of 24 tiny mittens?"

If you did... then YOU ARE RIGHT!

Pattern- "Smitten- A Holiday Garland" by Knit Picks

While the mittens themselves did not take a tonne of time to knit (I'd say just under 45 minutes per mitten), it was the finishing of each one that took eons.

I knew as I was knitting them that I should really have been sewing up each one as I went, but of course... I like knitting best. And as soon as I cast off one little mitt, I would turn a blind eye at the finishing, and cast on the next one. Which is why... the gift was delayed. 

Nobody in their right mind would take sewing in the ends on 24 tiny mittens over knitting more tiny mittens. Am I right?

But lucky for me... my mom loves me anyway. 

The yarn? Was stash. All of it. And I would just like to take a moment to stop and pat myself on the back because NOT ONE BALL OF YARN WAS PURCHASED FOR THE MAKING OF THIS GARLAND. Which in many ways... is sort of scary if you actually think about it. (Read- I have A LOT of yarn).

It was loads of fun to dig through my mountains of yarn bins in the basement and co-ordinate "Christmassy" colours. While the bulk of the yarn that I used was Cascade 220, there is also some Brown Sheep Lamb's PrideManos Del Uruguay Clasica WoolFleece Artist BFL AranClassic Elite Majestic TweedRowan Tweed AranUltra AlpacaMadelinetosh Vintage and even some now discontinued Punta Merino was thrown into the mix. 

Now... I dare you to try saying all of THAT in one breath!

I knit two mittens out of each colour, and then two reeeeally long i-cords. 

The tags are 'key tags' from Staples. I tried some tags from Michael's initially, but they ended up being so giant, that they dwarfed the already tiny mittens.

So there you have it. Wishing a very happy (and very belated) birthday to my Mom!

And Happy Advent to all of you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Years

Today marks the two year anniversary of the day that my husband and I said "I do". Can I just be the first to say "Where does time go???" The scary part about all of this... is that time just seems to be going faster and faster. At least that means that we're still having fun! 

In any case, not only is it two years since we exchanged vows, danced with all of our favourite people until the wee hours and ate until our wedding clothes were about to bust open... it also marks two years since I gave the man I love, a pair of plain grey socks that I had knit for him.

For those of you who are new (or even just new-ish) to this blog, you can read the full story here.

And while I mentioned last year that I wasn't so sure I could commit to a pair for each and every year that we are married, (I was twelve days late with my delivery last year), I found myself unable to ignore the grey sock yarn at the yarn store come mid-September.

So what did I do?

I cast on.

But as you can see... I made even less progress than I did last year.

Are the woman in my family the only ones who go
 'stationary shopping' while on vacation???
This card courtesy of Kate's Paperie in New York City.
However, what I lack in sock, I make up for in greeting card.

Is that cute or what?

Oh, and love. I make up for it in love too.

Happy Anniversary dear husband!

Here's to many more pairs of unfinished socks.

And more and more love and adventure with each pair that gets cast on.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We're Almost Through This Phase Folks

Four down.

Two more to go.

Pretty soon, you won't have to hear another word about neon sock yarn from me EVER again.

Well... maybe.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Officially" Done

As some of you may now know... I have finally finished The Shawl That Took Me Longer Than Anything I Have Ever Knit In My Entire Life. Those who know me well, know how much time I spent on this project. In fact... those of you who don't know me at all, other than from this here blog know how much time I spent on this project. And while I loved every minute of it, and would even go so far as to say that I miss working on it... I am so happy that I am done with it. 

And not just "done with it" in the "Yah, I'm done. I cast off. I just need to sew in the ends, block it and get it up on Ravelry" sense of the term. 

I am ACTUALLY done. 

I have cast off. I have sewn in the ends. I have blocked it, and I have it up on Ravelry

That's about as 'done' as any knitting project could possibly get.

Since I am fortunate enough to have a lot of really good people (aka 'knitters') in my life who just 'get it' when a project of such proportions comes off the needles, I had one show up at my door on the Monday of the Thanksgiving long weekend and say "Come on! Get outside and let me take your picture with your beautiful new shawl!" (Okay... not really... I might have actually known that she was coming, but still... It is insanely nice of her to crawl out of bed on a holiday Monday to come over to my place and snap some pics!)

So here you have it. A collection of photos taken by my good friend Tara. Not only does her photography beautifully capture the most colourful time of year, it also does a pretty good job of capturing a project that can easily claim the title of 'most colourful', as least as far as my Ravelry project page is concerned.

As it just so happens, I bought this yarn while in London with my family, visiting my sister last February. In the days leading up to our trip, my husband asked me what I was looking forward to most. I replied with "I can't wait to walk into Liberty, with all the time in the world, and pick out a pattern, some yarn and some needles to make a project for ME". While I could tell he was a tad puzzled that I didn't respond with "I can't wait to go to the Imperial War Museum with YOU honey!" he knows better than to react negatively to such a statement. At least not to my face anyway. (Why the heck do you think I married him!?!?!?)

So the reason for telling you all of this?

Conveniently... I happen to have a ticket to take me back to dear London scheduled for this coming Sunday.

My birthmark arrived later in life, in the form of a dot of grey hair on the back of my head.
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I couldn't have 'officially' finished this project at a better time.

Details of the yarn, pattern and needles can be found here
And what exactly do you think I'm most excited about doing in London this time around?

I think you all know me well enough at this point to hazard a pretty good guess.

Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend Flowers at the Parental's


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Crossing Christmas Gifts Off My List

So, the thing about most of my knitting lately... is that it has mostly been in preparation for the 2014 gift giving season. 

Yah, I know. None of us want to acknowledge that Christmas is actually going to happen anytime soon, especially with this beautiful, warm Fall that we are having. After last winter, we are all understandably, in denial. But since this seems to be the year that I have found myself with a bit more time than I have in the past, I thought I would bite the bullet and knit socks for (almost) everyone on my list. (Uhm... sorry about the little spoiler there dear loved ones).

So while I shall try not bore you with each and every pair as I churn through them, this pair in particular seems to warrant a shout out.

And why is that??? You ask.

Because the yarn was an absolute delight to knit with.

And while I am not going to share the colourway here until these puppies have been gifted to one faithful blog reader in particular, (hence, the black and white photography), I do need to tell you about the yarn itself. Because each and every stitch was like a little slice of heaven.

The yarn? Northbound Knitting's Superwash Merino/Nylon. The perfect blend for a pair of hard wearing socks, but still an absolute pleasure to knit up.

This is a yarn I had never knit with, let alone heard of, before stumbling into Lettuce Knit one day this past summer. It has a beautifully tight twist and I suspect will wear well in the recipient's boots throughout the entirety of this upcoming Canadian winter (and hopefully, a few more after that!)

The good news? I can now cross another Christmas gift off of my list.
The bad news? I can no longer knit with this beautiful, bouncy yarn!
The silver lining? I happen to have also snagged a skein of it for myself.

Because isn't that how everyone plays the sock yarn game?

"One for you, and one for me".

Sort of like eating a box of chocolates...