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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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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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Pay It Forward Friday: Randomness

I wasn’t able to do a Pay It Forward Friday post last week. Here is this weeks randomness. I hope you enjoy!

First up we have ana at i made it so. What can I say about her? She is very creative and gives great ideas. She types in lower case. She made the cutest images for people with ravelry accounts to use when they don’t have pictures of their project yet, or are just plain embarrassed to show their project. It follows that she is also a knitter. She is a great writer and I love reading her posts. You should read them too – she explains herself a lot better than I ever could.

Do you live in Winnipeg? Are you looking for what is the BEST and most unique wool shopping experience in Winnipeg? Then go to Where The Wool Things Are at 61 1/2 Albert St. It is a wool store combined with a korean fusion café called Kimch’i on Albert. The wool is beyond gorgeous, my personal favourite is the Dream in Color Classy line, and the food is to die for. My best tip: go there early on the days that the mac and cheese is on the menu! It is a super filling plate full of deliciousness and I guarantee you that you’ve had anything close to it before! If you are a knitter in Winnipeg, you should drop by on Thursday nights where Mariver, the owner of Where the Wool Things Are has started knit night. It’s an awesome gathering of Winnpieg knitters. I haven’t been able to go for the past little while but the knitters I have met through her are awesome people  and I miss it so much. Knit Nights usually have a theme, check out the blog to see what the latest theme is before you head down there on a Thursday night. (p.s. come hungry because there are usually snacks AND the smells from the Kimch’i side will have you ordering food whether you are hungry or not!).

One of my favourite undiscovered shops on etsy is umbu. It sells the most gorgeous lamps crafted from recycled materials such as: sewing patterns, wrapping paper, newspapers, magazines, and maps. Each lamp description lists exactly what materials it was made with. This shop also have clever written magnets that are hand shaped out of clay! Please, please, please check this shop out because it is so incredibly lovely! And if you want, you can buy me the “clean me’ magnets! Or, if you’re feeling really generous, the sewing pattern lamp that is to the left! Thanks!

That’s it for this week, if you have any blogs, shops, or any random thing you think I’d like, please let me know! 😀

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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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