Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
It was a close decision, between this and a really neat beret some of my ravelry buddies suggested (which I will knit later). I also was thinking of using this for a shawlette, as there is enough yardage. But instead I will knit Filigree mitts by Robin Melanson. It's from her book "Knitting New Mittens & Gloves". The pattern calls for cotton yarn, but doesn't actually mention the WPI/thickness of the yarn. I guess I could go over to ravelry (since I spend so much time there anyway) and look up their suggested yarn for gauge, but I feel daring today. So I will live a little risky and just start knitting it up with this fingering weight yarn and see how it comes out. After a few rounds, I will measure for gauge or just slip my wrist inside to see how it fits.
This colour is going to look amazing! And with the remaining yarn, I will make either a scarf for a cowl, whatever I have enough yardage for. I always say that, and then end up making another pair to give away. Oh, maybe if I only have a bit left, I'll make me a headband to cover my new botched haircut. :)
Thursday, 18 August 2011
The color is a bit off in the photos, as we had just been taking sunset photos outside and I forgot to re-adjust my settings.
This yarn is a blue dream - lots of different shades of blues, as well as some purples mixed in. Sassysmom actually got it bare from Knit Picks, then hand dyed it herself. I just love hand dyed yarn, I find it such a joy to work with.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
I had a lot of fun getting my partner's yarn ball together for her, and she really liked her goodies.
I was pretty excited when I first heard about this: you take a skein of yarn, buy some knitting notions, goodies, sweets, or just about anything you think you can manage to wrap inside the yarn ball, and wind the yarn around each item until it eventually resembles a ball. Sure, it will be lumpy and bumpy, but for the most part it will look like yarn. When your partner receives your magic yarn ball, the idea is that as they knit something with it, things are revealed as the ball unwinds... or so I thought. In our swap group, everyone so far has been too excited to wait and actually knit with their yarn ball. They are so thrilled to have it arrive that they immediately unwind it to find their little surprises, then wind it back into a ball. I feel glad that my partner GuapaM got to unwind and find lots of great stuff, but I feel bad that she had to go through all that unwinding to find it. I'm talking all the way to the end of the yarn for that last item (custom large buttons from my local yarn store). I ordered her a cone of fingering weight yarn, and according to the swap requirements we had to do a minimum of 100 grams. I ordered 150 grams of yarn, but saved 15 grams for me to do a swatch with (for a future order). Which left me with over 700 yards of yarn to wind, if I did my math correctly. That took me quite a while to wind. Here is what her yarn ball package looked like when it arrived there:
Wait a second... that yarn looks like it's been wound up with a ball winding machine - now I don't feel so bad about making her unwind so much yarn, ha ha ha! Not bad, eh? Look how much stuff I had hiding inside that ball of yarn! I think I've impressed myself, too. Sadly, there was no way to wrap the cracker box in yarn. If you can accomplish that, you have my greatest respect.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
So this is the picute of the fingerless mitts I was just blogging about. The other picture in the previous post was of the Noro Kureon coffee cozy. It has become my favourite coffee cozy to make so far, and certainly the easiest. I love how it shows off the colours!
I made both of these for a friends birthday that was yesterday. She loves to drink tea, and also carries her own water bottle around. This cozy does a great job of insulating both warm and cold drinks.
I think she'll like them. I just have to weave in the ends and I'm all done!
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Friday, 15 July 2011
Here's my first item out of the box: an awesome market bag!
Inside the bag was amazing blue yarn, with changing shades! How does everyone else score so well in finding these shades? I'm so spoiled! Angela could have easily ended it there and I'd be a happy camper. But wait, there's more...
it's like yarn jewelry!
Here is one of the books she gave Emma.
Thanks for all the goodies!
Last week's theme was Wool Processing. I was lucky enough to hear about it on Ravelry, and was so thrilled! I went over with a friend on Saturday, and was determined to finally learn how to spin, as they were to be giving demonstrations. It was fantastic! For a special treat, they had live sheep there in the front yard who were visiting from a local farm.
Here is me and my awesome friend, who was nice enough to put up with my yarn obsession, and didn't once during this trip threaten to send me to Knitters Anonymous. Of course, I don't think I was actually knitting during this trip (though I probably did have a little project in my bag).
I thought the foot pedal would be as easy as a sewing machine's foot, but I was wrong. It was not easy for me to get it in to a rhythm, and then when I would have to stop to get my yarn twisting right I'd have to start the pedal going again. But it was so much fun! She even had a drop spindle for me to try.
Look at me!
Spinning, all by myself!
It was so nice of my friend to come along and take photos - I'm sure they'll be making their way into my scrapbook!
Now that I've given it a try, I have a much greater appreciation for hand spun yarns. I already adored them, but I'm glad to have a new understanding of just how much work goes into a lovely hand spun yarn.
I was so tempted to get myself a drop spindle when we left. What a great trip!
Thursday, 14 July 2011
I usually don't knit in the summer, switching to scrap booking. My friend says I do it backwards - that I should be knitting for winter in the summer, but I like to knit winter stuff in the winter. It makes me feel cozier, but then no one really gets much time left to wear the things I make for them since they finally get them at the end of winter. So this year, my goal is to finish the winter knitted gifts by the end of fall. I haven't done much of it yet, to be honest, because I'm having too much fun knitting things for my swap pals in the summer swaps I've been participating in. I'm also making a really cool Bri Bag for myself. If I do a good job of it, I'd like to make one for others as well.
I had been participating in a yarn De-stash swap in June, but was unable to send out my parcel by the cut off date due to the mail strike. So instead of selecting yarn for my partner from my stash, I ended up buying some nice for her online and buying her a pattern from her Ravelry Wish List. I selected for her the Montego Bay scarf, and it looked so nice I will be adding it to my own list of patterns I'd like to try out. I even bought some yarn for it, but I might not get to it till the fall.
We had secret partners for this swap, so I didn't know who's turn it was to spoil me. Turns out it was Rosa, who sent me a great package! She got me lots of goodies, including things I've had my eye on but didn't mention. She must have Swapper's Intuition! Here are some pics of us discovering the contents of Rosa's swap package.
Here is Emma shaking the card up and down to make the googly eyes go all googly.
Shown to the left is a special dessert treat Rosa sent for us to make together.
This will be fun, as my kids love to make pudding!
And here is a photo of the actual card.
See the cute little eyes?
Girlfriend Market Bag arrived along with it! I'm going to LOVE knitting this bag, and will post pictures when it's all done. Such nice yarn, eh? I haven't seen any of this yummy stuff around my neighbourhood yarn stores. Maybe I'll have to put in a request...
inside a pretty little sachet were 2 lovely pearl stitch markers, 6 cool looking triangle stitch markers (they will fit nicely on my dpns), and 2 awesome boots that I call my knitting socks. I tell the kids they help keep my needles warm when I'm not using them. These socks come in so handy, you can never have enough! I wish they would make mini ones for my dpns - I have those green and purple cone shaped ones, but they aren't as fun.
I figured most of my clients would be taking turns going away, and I wouldn't be busy enough. Wrong.
The number of people wanting me to watch their kids for the summer surprised me, flattered almost. A few people had to be turned down, as I'm careful not to go over my numbers. But this blog is not about work, so here I come with the newest on my knitting adventures...
Last week I got to visit 2 local yarn stores in one week!
This first one is Shall We Knit, in Waterloo. This so far has been my favourite yarn store. Ok, so it sort of counts as a new store. They had previously been set up in New Hamburg, a nearby town. Now they have moved to Waterloo, they have a larger store with much more yarn than I had seen at their old location. My first time there, I embarrassed myself so badly that I don't think I'll be able to go there again without a bag on my head. See, I had been waiting and waiting to go there, and every day when I'm finally done work they are usually closed. Or when I am done before they close, my hubby is still at work so I can't leave the kids at home. This was one of those days, and I really wanted to get some Noro yarn for my swap pal in the US (the machine washable one). I love how it changes color so nicely, and it's pretty much the only yarn I can get my hands on here that will do a striated color change, aside from one sock yarn. So I packed up my kids and went to the yarn store. They are usually fairly well behaved when shopping, except that they love to ask me to buy them this and that, etc. I had a special trip planned for the kids, and we were just going to pop in here first on our way. But while we were in the store, my children suddenly stopped behaving. They kept interrupting me when I was trying to question the staff, and my daughter kept wandering off when I was in the middle of reading a yarn label. Twice she reached their sink and sampled the soap (she loves to wash her hands). They were not impressed. In fact, even though I spent over a hundred dollars there (which I likely wouldn't have spent so much without the kids there, but I couldn't think straight), they seemed very impatient with me by the time I was ready to pay for my purchases. They also seemed relieved when I left the store, and didn't bother to even say 'thanks for coming', or 'come again'. When I said that next time I will come alone, they barely even acknowledged my comment. I felt so embarrassed. If I didn't have my mind set on getting something special for my swap pal, I would have gladly left without purchasing anything. I don't usually let my children get away with poor shopping manners, and the rest of their special trip was cancelled. I thought a few minutes at the yarn store would have been a great pick me up, as it usually is. This time, it actually felt worse having gone there. The only good thing was that I was able to get a fantastic yarn and some nice goodies for my pal. As well as some yarn to make her special project with (which I forgot to take a photo of). Now I'm not sure what kind of a reception I will get next time.
A few days later, I had the opportunity to go with a friend (no kids this time) to a spinning demonstration downtown, so while we were there we hit the Kitchener Market where I got my first glimpse of Yarn Indulgences. That was a nice pick me up. We had a great time at the spinning thing (more on that later), and visiting the market was a great experience! What a perfect name for the store! And I have to say, the staff there were very friendly and helpful. I picked out some buttons for my button swap, and some yarn for a scarf I hope to make. Fantastic shimmering yarn! It was sunny out, too, just what I needed. A perfect morning - spending time with my friend, learning to spin, and discovering a new yarn store. The afternoon went just as well - I spent the rest of the day with my family doing things our kids chose. A wonderful day.
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Thankfully, Nikon has a 5 year warranty on their lenses. I kept putting it off, but I finally went to Henry's on Friday to see if it was as easy as they said to send away my lens. Even though I didn't purchase it there, I brought in my lens and my receipt. They filled out a form on the computer, printed me off a shipping receipt, and away it goes. Hmmm, wait a minute. What about the postal strike? I didn't even think to ask them how they are getting it to Nikon to be fixed. I wonder if they have a private service, or if it will be in limbo until the strike is over? I guess I'll have to wait and see.
So I brought my zoom lens to the park, which means no portraits of the kids in 50 mm. But still good for brushing up my rusty skills. Here's a couple I think came out alright.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Evan was out with Daddy, so it was just Emma and I to unwrap all these fun things.
We were missing this one, so thank you for contributing!
Emma had a rough time opening it up, as it was well taped. I got out the scissors and gave her a hand. I saw on the box that this was from Frances, but I was a little confused as I wasn't her partner in any current swaps... but wait, could it be? Is Frances my secret pal in the March Side Swap on Ravelry? OOOH! So fun!
I do like to unwrap things. Emma was thrilled, too.
We have a nice spring themed card from Frances with a hand written note inside, a post card from her area to add to our postcard collection, and a really cool slogan sticker that I have on my fridge door. "Beware of the sleep deprived mom!" It would look equally good on top of the coffee machine.
I had to take 2 group photos, as this is the most stuff I've ever gotten in a swap, and it all wouldn't fit together.
Lots of goodies!
Here is a cute little bunny broach for Emma to wear on her sweater. She tried it on her pajamas and checked it out in the mirror, then told me to try it on, too. It's adorable! I wonder how small the needles were for this? Emma then asked me about the spring stamp.
Next to become unwrapped was a treat from Lantern Moon... I love their notions! I have a rosemary wood cable needle from them that is amazing! This was a package of handknitted flower stitch markers, in such fresh spring colors! Emma right away asked to have one. I showed her how they like to hang on mommy's knitting needles to make my yarn pretty.
|Lantern Moon Flower stitch markers|
|Ice Cream honey treat|