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.
 

June 24, 2014

Mayhem and Murder in the Midnight Garden


Looks tranquil, doesn't it? I spent a moment admiring the lilac when I first stepped outside this morning. Then, after gazing at the clouds and sky, a brown lump on the lawn to the left of the lilac caught my eye. A pile of dirt? A stack of matted dried leaves? As I stepped toward it, I discovered, to my horror


a headless brown bunny rabbit, with one foot lying six inches from the body and the bowels spilled out onto the grass (a graphic description, but, for heaven's sake, you all have seen and heard worse on CSI and Law and Order!).

Mother Nature often seems a cruel kind of gal but I guess it is the natural order of things, the law of the jungle/forest. We have owls in the woodland around us and one Barn Owl in particular has lately been hooting loudly, day and night. I am hoping the bunny fell victim to the nighttime hunting skills of this local barn owl. And not a coyote. Oh, please, Mother Nature, not a coyote! And I hope  decapitation was swift.


I suppose the presence of a corpse on the property will lower the real estate values around here. These houses up back are empty at present and I was really counting on summer rentals.



June 23, 2014

Works in Progress

 

 
Strokkur pullover - All but finished the waist shaping section
 

Basic K2P2 ribbed socks
Yarn: Striped Turtle Toes
Color: Absinthe