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Oh The Christmas (Knitting) Panic!

Forget about not having time to buy all the presents but I am worried I am not going to finish my last knit Christmas present!

I am knitting a Fino Circle Scarf. It is 21″ wide and 72 ” deep. Why did I think this is a good idea??? It takes 980 yards of yarn. Seriously.

As of last night, I had 29.5″ out of 72″ complete. To finish by Christmas day I have to knit approximately 2.8″ per day. Or 4% of the scarf. And go to work. And be a Mom. And get everything else ready for Christmas. I was doing a bit better but then the baby and I came down with either a Bad Cold or a mild flu. Either way it sucked. I tried to knit on Friday night. I knit 2 rows and it was the hardest thing ever.

Fino Infinity

If you want to follow my panic or see if I actually finish, you can watch the progress on my Ravelry project page because I likely will not have time to even remember I have a blog!!

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Christmas Knitting!

I hope I have not taken on more than I can chew, or knit. I have decided to knit Christmas gifts this year (and some birthday knits).

First up is my first finished Christmas knit.
Thistle

This is my Thistle scarf by Tin Can Knits. They are having a KAL from September 15 to November 15 so I thought it was the perfect time to knit this scarf! I managed to get my hands on 2 precious skeins of the March 2011 colour from Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club! It is Purple Label and the colour is called Clover. The Purple Label is an incredibly soft fingering weight composed of 70% merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. It is for someone who loves the colour green.

I am also making a Fino Circle Scarf for someone this year!
Fino Infinity

I was originally going to make another Thistle with this yarn but one of the skeins was not subtly variegated and it looked terrible (and that is me being polite). The recipient likes circle scarves and I can easily knit this while watching swimming lessons and ballet class and I can knit it on the bus when I go back to work (EEP). Because the skeins are too different from each other, I have decided to put a subtle stripe in this but alternating the skeins every 11 rows. I think I like it. I hope the recipient does.   It is made from Manos Del Uruguay Fino which is a single ply fingering weight which is 70% merino and 30% silk. It is so soft and drapey. The one suggestion I have if you are going  to knit with this is DO NOT USE A CENTRE PULL BALL. Take the yarn from the outside. It catches and gets stuck on itself like nobody`s business. I bought this yarn at Wolseley Wool, they had a lot of beautiful colours when I was in the store but I was looking for a more neutral colour.

My final project that I have started is a Fairy Mist Cowl.

Fairy Mist

 

This is the only project so far where I bought the skein first and then had to find a pattern. I got it in the Tanis Fiber Arts OOAK sale in September. It is a Pink Label called Turnover and it has beautiful pops of teal and purple and grey and a lot of other subtle colours. I do not have a fancy enough camera to capture the beauty of the yarn. The colours are perfect for the recipient but I had to find a pattern where the yarn and the pattern do not compete with each other. I also had to find a pattern that has more interest than just plain stockinette stitch because there is only so much of that I can do!

I have more Christmas knitting planned! I hope I can get to it all!

Are you doing any Christmas knitting?

 

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Lesson Learned

This week I decided to stop the insanity of knitting sleeves one at a time.

And it was SUPER awesome. The sleeves were done in no time at all.

And then it came to the spot where I join them to the sweater and I discovered that one sleeve was 2 stitches too narrow. In worsted weight.

So now I have to re-knit the sleeve.

 

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Little Boy Blue

I have a lot of FO’s that do not have pictures yet. But yesterday I managed to get some semi decent ones which is a miracle considering they were on an almost 1 year old who was busy playing in his play area!
Antler Hat + Sunnyside
First up is the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. I used Berroco Vintage in in 5117 Chambray. This was a nice and easy and quick knit which is just what I Needed this week! In fact, I enjoyed this knit so much, an Antler Cardigan popped onto my needles today in the leftover yarn from my husband’s Campfire sweater! The only problem with the pattern was a mistake in the decreases which was easy enough to deal with! I made the Child size and I think it fits his giant noggin wonderfully, with room to grow! Someone will be getting a matching hat for Christmas and in the off chance, this person reads my blog, I’m not saying who!

Antler Hat + Sunnyside

 

I also got a picture of the Sunnyside I made using Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Midnight! I actually knit this in the summer, the majority of it while visiting my Dad and step mom in Nova Scotia. I procrastinated putting buttons on it but now here it is! The only problem I have with this sweater is that no matter how many times I sew up one of the armpit holes, it seems to always come back. One day, I suppose I will do it correctly.

Antler Hat + Sunnyside

 

Can you believe my baby is almost a year old?? I am going to miss this face lunging at me all day long when I am at work.

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Not Quite FOs

Why is it so hard to weave in the ends/sew on buttons/block my knitting?

I have a collection growing…

I still have the Snowflake from my July, and and the Sorello from June to officially finish! I also have 1.5 baby socks to weave in the ends.

In August I have started and mostly finished a few things.

Midnight Sunnyside

This is the cabled version of Sunnyside using Tanis Fiber Arts in the Blue Label colourway of Midnight. I think it is the 12-18  months size but of course I didn’t specify on Ravelry so I cannot guarantee it! I personally feel this colour is a bit darker than I was able to capture. All I have left to do is buy buttons, sew buttons, and weave in the ends. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I will probably not block this.

I knit a 1-2 year version of Campfire by Tin Can Knits. After MANY attempts of the fair isle, I found a wonderful blog post that helped me figure out how to make it look nice.

Baby Campfire

Look familiar? If you’ve looked in my Ravelry projects, you may have noticed I did an ugly adult version for my husband (yep….matching father/son sweater!). Now that I’ve found a blog post that helped me so much with fair isle, I am going to actually rip back my husband’s sweater so I can redo the fair isle part. And maybe make it a touch longer since I’m doing that anyways! This sweater needs the ends woven in, the armpits attached, and the shawl collar attached.

And now, I’m using the yarn my daughter picked out from Have a Yarn in Mahone Bay. She picked out a variegated pink yarn for the main colour in her skirt.

Coral Skirt

 

I personally feel this looks like pink camo. I am NOT a fan of camo, especially pink camo but my daughter LOVES it. I am just finishing off the end of the first valence and then I will cast on in a beautiful purple for the bottom valence. I need to get an elastic to finish this one off.

Will I actually buy all the buttons and elastic I need this week???? I guess you’ll have to watch my ravelry project page to find out!

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July Knitting Updates

I have been busy knitting this month.

I have a Snowflake for my daughter that needs a placket, buttons, and ends sewn in.

Alice Snowflake

This is knit out of Berroco Vintage DK in Dewberry which is a bright pinky/purple colour and a cream or light brown colour that I think it called mushroom. If you have any button recommendations for buttons for this one or the one for myself, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I’ve been looking but haven’t found anything yet.

I made a Milo for the baby to wear this fall/winter.

Milo II

I love the Milo because it is a great piece to put over anything and goes with anything. We walk to daycare and it can get VERY cold here so any bit of extra warmth is always welcome! I had almost exactly enough left from my Dewey to make this. There is just  tiny bit left.

I did my first test knit. I made a pirate pig for the baby, my daughter wants one now!

Pork Belly, the Pirate Pig Test

It was fun to test this pattern! It is well written and has a stuffing technique I have never used before that I love! I am going to use a version of it for all future toys I knit. And! This is the first time a project photo of mine was used in the pattern page!

And here is the final product of the Dewey I made for the baby.

DK Dewey

I love how this looks on my boy! This pattern was supposed to be knit in a fingering weight but I converted it to a DK weight for a faster knit! If you are interested, please look at my project page for notes on my calculations. I love how wide the neck is. I love the cable. I love the yarn. I love every but the sleeves. I with I gave it more ease at the armpits.

Here is the Dewey in action at the cottage on the July long weekend! The baby cannot stay still now!!! He sure keeps me on my toes because his favourite things to play with are things that he shouldn’t be playing with!
Dewey in Action

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Hand-me Down Knit!

Remember the Otto Short Sleeved Pullover I shared in this post?

Otto Short Sleeved Pullover

I had knit it in 6-12 months using cotton with the hopes that my daughter, who was born in December could wear it in the summer. I used the intarsia method as well so it would be only one layer thick which mean I had a lot of little balls of yarn to deal with. I did cheat and carry the cream over the single stitch of brown. Knitting with cotton hurts my hands so. It didn’t make me very happy that she didn’t fit it until the fall/winter and wore it layered over other shirts.

I remember my daughter was such a placid baby and good sleeper that I was able to do the majority of knitting holding her while she slept in my arms!

The good news is that my son fits clothes within the appropriate age range! He is wearing it today for the first time and I am so happy!


hand me down knit by sherylcm, on Flickr

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Discovering Tanis Fiber Arts

At the end of April, I discovered the idea of yarn clubs and I HAD to join one. I love getting surprise mail! I love the idea that it will get me outside of my colour comfort zone. I just had to find one in Canada because I don’t want to pay duty on it. And one that was open to join. A lot of the clubs I found are based out of the US and had limited time memberships. After a quick Google search I found Tanis Fiber Arts. She is based out of Montreal and has her membership open all year-long. You get 6 shipments a year and there is a pattern designed for each skein of yarn you receive. If you are interested, look here. I made it clear to my husband that it was the best idea for a Mother’s Day present for me since it is the gift that keeps on giving. I figured that if a colour wasn’t one that suits me, I could make a gift for someone else. Soon after, I became OBSESSED with her yarn colours. Conveniently, my son did not have a sweater to wear this summer. I bought shadow in her yellow label DK weight so I could change the Dewey Cabled Pullover from a fingering weight to a DK weight. The details are on my ravelry project page. This is my baby modeling it when I was halfway done seaming it up.

Trying on the DK Dewey

The May shipment of the yarn club is a beautiful soft blue with pops of pink and purple called Moonmist in a lace weight. While the colour is beautiful, it is not a colour that suited me. I immediately thought of my niece who has very fair skin, very light hair (almost white), and blue eyes. I found the Sorello pattern and held the laceweight double with a 4.0 mm needle to make a nice and light airy version of this sweater! I think it will be perfect for her to wear in the summer or for layering in the winter!

I still need to sew in the ends and block the sweater. Her birthday is in October so I’ll probably procrastinate until right before her birthday party! Please view my project page if you’d like to see more details or pictures!

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Me Time

Carving out some me time every day with 2 small kids at home can be a bit tricky. Luckily we have finally been able to give our baby the skills to learn how to be a good sleeper. I knew that deep down, he wanted to be a good sleeper.

We believe he has a problem with chicken because he threw up a lot when he ate it, and got eczema. Since we both have dropped chicken from our diet, his eczema has mostly cleared, spit ups have almost stopped, and he started sleeping better. Well enough that we could sleep train him. Now I am just working on more consistent naps.

I try to take some me time every afternoon while baby sleep. My daughter is 3 and LOVES to play in her room. I love the days when she curls up on her bed and takes a good nap. Mostly because she will be in a good mood in the evening!

During my me time, I drink tea, watch soap operas, and knit (cleaning, what is that!?!?). My most current project is a gift for my niece. My husband bought be a subscription to Tanis Fiber Arts’ yarn club for Mother’s Day. The May yarn was a skein of laceweight in a beautiful light blue with splotches of pinkey/purple called Moonmist.

 

 

I thought it would look so beautiful on my niece who is VERY fair with big blue eyes. I found the pattern for Sorello by Georgie Hallam. I am holding the lace weight yarn double and using 4.0 mm needles for my Moonmist Sorello.

I finished knitting it last night. I just have to weave in the ends and block it and it will be ready well in advance of her birthday in October! I believe there is enough leftover for a size 5, but it would be cutting it close!

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I have FOs?!?

Well, I was finally motivated to finish my two WIPs because I’ve joined the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry without really knowing what I was getting myself into. I may struggle a bit because some of the participants are really into it. The assignments start at the start of the month and  are. I hope this will be great motivation for more FOs!

Without further ado here they are!

First I have the Otto Short Sleeved Pull Over by Kristen Rengren from the fabulous book Vintage Baby Knits. When I started this, I was able to knit with my baby sleeping in my arms/assisted by the pillow. I soon learned that I could not do stranded work so this was very slow going. Plus I choose cotton. I will not make a cotton sweater anytime soon. It really hurt my arms. And then there’s the strandedness of it all. Think of all the ends to weave in, in addition to the sewing. procrastination galore! When I finally pulled this piece out again to sew in the ends and sew up the sides, my husband couldn’t believe that I hadn’t finished it yet because he hasn’t seen it in so long. I had imagine of my daughter wearing it this summer as a dress which is the main reason I knit it in cotton.

Each piece I knit has a memory associated with it. When I look at this one, I remember watching The Pacific every Sunday night with friends. Yes, that is how long it’s been sitting waiting for me to sew in the ends. I hang my head in shame.

Despite all this I am mostly satisfied with the piece. She has some frilly bright pink tight capris I may pair this with for now. I choose to do this sweater in bone and brown so that it will go with everything, and so that it is gender neutral so I can pass this sweater along! Let’s just hope that the neck opening will be large enough for her to wear this sweater for more than a month or 2.

And now for the non-procrastinating dress…

I also completed (except for the crochet button loops because I have to borrow a hook from my mom!) the Little Sister dress by Tora Frøseth Design. My baby is an only child by this dress is way to beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up! It also helped that Ram’s Wool was having a sale so I got to knit it in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino!

I knit this dress pretty fast and often later at night so I don’t have too many memories involved with it. The one advice I give is to use circular needles! I didn’t have the right size and was too lazy to go to the store so I knit it on dpns and I kept on dropping stitches and having to pick them up – I wasn’t quite swearing but very often on the verge of. So please, if you make this USE CIRCULAR NEEDLES. I got the most adorable puppy buttons in Gimli for this dress! It came in a package of a bunch so you see them again! What is probably the BEST thing about this dress is that it is knit top down and in the round so you don’t have to sew anything up!

I can’t figure out how to get the picture above have the correct colouring. The dress is an lilac-ish type colour, closer to the other 2 pictures. I would have preferred grape or plum but it wasn’t available and this is almost as good!

On the etsy front – I have photographed most of my items. Next…figuring out the postage and creating a banner! I want to start-up right after the long weekend! Wish me luck!

What have you crafted lately? Have you finished anything that has just been sitting around?

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