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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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Summer Scarf in the Top 10 Accessories!

I entered my summer scarf in the Accessories list on Handmade Top 10 which is a site where you can rate etsy items. My scarf was the #9 accessory out of 123 items!

Summer scarf made out of eco-friendly renewable resource vegan friendly banana fiber by Impossibly Alice on Etsy

Awesome! 😀

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New Spring Items and Fixing Up Photos

I’ve worked hard on making new and exciting listings for my Etsy shop.

I’ve got some new spring colours of fingerless gloves and more to come in the next few days. These gloves are so soft and cozy, everyone who touches one immediately comments on how soft they are! They are perfect to wear in the spring for bike rides, for busy parents who need free fingers but want to keep their hands warm, and for people who love to use their iPhones, iPods, blackberries, etc. They are also awesome to wear when the weather starts getting warmer and they turn on the air conditioner in your office so your hands don’t freeze while you work on your computer!

I’ve also listed new spring or summer scarves with more styles to come! These scarves are made from fair trade handspun yarn from Nepal and India. The banana fibre scarves are also vegan friendly and eco-friendly because it is made out of a renewable resource. Please read my first post on banana fibre. Despite the name, the recycled sari silk is made out of entirely new fabric. The recycled sari silk is scrap fabric left over from making saris. This means that these scarves are also eco-friendly because you are preventing this material from going to landfills.

I’ve also fixed up the pictures for one of my favourite cowls in my shop. Not to pat myself on my own back too much, but one of my Etsy friends thought that it was a completely new listing! This cowl is so long that you can wrap it around your next 3 times when it’s cold outside. Because it is so stretchy and long, you can use your imagination and wear it any way you can think of! It would also be a perfect blanket like shawl to keep at the office in those cold air conditioning months!

The biggest challenge I have as a knitter is to knit items that are not meant for fall and winter. I am excited to announce that I am working on some new designs for listings in my shop that are not season dependent! I hope that these new designs work out as great as I am envisioning them in my head so I can introduce them to you ASAP!

I’ve also got my first set of business cards and they are so beautiful! I’d love to start sharing them with you!

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here! Or at least at Impossibly Alice on Etsy. This weekend, I listed my first spring/summer scarf. Head over there and check it out.

This scarf is loose and airy, perfect for wearing in the spring and summer! It is a gorgeous shade of teal. And the best part? I knit this scarf our of fair trade handspun banana fibre. That means that by wearing it, you are helping women in Nepal work towards a better life for themselves and their families, and you are wearing an eco-friendly renewable resource. This yarn is actually made from harvesting the bark from banana trees. You will not believe how soft and silky it feels.

Go and check it out! In the coming weeks, I will be listing more spring and summer scarves in more colours and styles.

 

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