September 20, 2014

A September of Yellows and Greens

Pattern: Simple K2P2 Ribbing
Yarns: Handmaiden Casbah (Cedar or Moss)
             Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Natural)
             Malabrigo Sock (Ochre)
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
Handmaiden Yarns make me proud to be Nova Scotian! This local yarn company ships worldwide - gorgeous fibres in beautiful colours. I attended a "yarn tasting" at Have a Yarn in Mahone Bay this summer and had a chance to not only see all the Handmaiden yarns but to knit swatches with them as well. And they are all wonderful. Casbah is predominantly merino with 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. It is soft and squishy, warm and luxurious.
Pattern: Simple K2P2 Ribbing
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Company Poste Yarn, Striping
Colour: Tropicana
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
Okay, these are NEON, to say the least! Far, far more NEON than I had expected upon ordering the yarn on line. However, Movita told me that her senior ballet students often wear colourful socks when warming up and she volunteered to get into the spirit with these ones if I knit them up. The yarn is a good basic yarn and Simply Socks is a great company - efficient order processing, low shipping costs, careful packaging, good customer service.

Pattern: wee Cardi
Designer: Donna Higgins
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Colour: Lemon (820)
Needles: Circular - 4.5 mm and 5 mm
wee Cardi is a sweet, easy, top down knit in worsted weight yarn. The pattern was designed with a 50% wool/50% alpaca blend that would make a lovely baby present. However, I am reluctant to give hand wash baby knits as gifts. It is very tempting, though, to knit this again in a slightly more luxurious yarn!


September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Golden Girl

Happy Birthday, Hadley
And thanks for the memories...

August 11, 2014

A Strokkur Of Another Sort


Strokkur is a fountain geyser in Iceland. It is located in a geothermal area in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. The popular tourist attraction erupts every five to ten minutes. The word strokkur means churn in Icelandic.

When Ysolda Teague, the extremely talented young Scottish knitter, designed a pullover pattern knit in Icelandic yarn (Létt-Lopi by Ístex), she called it Strokkur.


Pattern: Strokkur
Designer: Isolda Teague
Yarn: Létt-Lopi by Ístex
Colours: Blue (1403); Grey (0054); Rose (9428)
Needles: Circular - 5.0 mm

This was such an enjoyable pattern to knit. It was so well written that the garment simply flowed from the needles without a hitch. Strokkur is knit in the round, from the bottom up. The sleeves are knit separately, also in the round, and are joined to the pullover before starting the stranded colour work section of the yoke. The underarms are closed with a three needle bind off.
With this pattern, I used lifted increases for the first time, as well as unwrapped short rows, and Ysolda's version of Jenny's Incredibly Stretchy Bind Off. I will use all three techniques for sweaters I knit in the future.
The only modification I made was to shorten the sleeve length by about an inch. The pullover fits beautifully.
Thank you to my darling daughters for giving me a gift of the yarn and an afternoon at Romni Wool in Toronto to mull over the colours and make my final selection.

July 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

Nora is two years old today.

 She spent yesterday getting the full spa treatment at The Dog Shop in Mahone Bay.

 Happy Birthday, Beautiful.
And Happy Birthday to Nora's siblings as well - Martin, Ralphie, Darcy and all the rest!

July 07, 2014

Waffle Creams Anyone?

Pattern: Waffle Creams
Designer: Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cascade Heritage
Colour: 5660
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
I really enjoyed knitting these socks. Anne Hanson is an extremely talented designer.The design and the type of yarn came together to produce a very soft, cushy, comfortable sock with an elegant look.

July 02, 2014

Baking Beauty

Movita's Strawberry Cake for her Dad

June 26, 2014

Turtle Toes

Pattern: K2P2 Ribbing
Yarn: Striped Turtle Toes by Turtle Purl
Colour: Absinthe
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
I have never used this yarn before so time will tell how well it holds up to wear and laundering.
It feels great in the hand and has excellent stitch definition. And the colours are rich and vibrant.