March 29, 2015

March Knitting

Despite the fact that we are still buried under mountains of snow here in Nova Scotia (affectionately renamed by its residents as S'Nova Scotia), I joined a needlework group this month at one of our local church halls. One week was cancelled after we received over 60 cm of snow in one day, so I have only attended twice and I am impressed with the number of people who turn out. They have about 65 members who knit, quilt, crochet, rug hook, or embroider. They group themselves at tables, chat, work, help one another, share ideas, etc.

So How Much Snow Do We Still Have??

                  Nora's Roost - High, High Up On A Snow Bank!
Basic Black Mittens
We have been storm bound for so many days this winter that I really should have even more knitting done! These are a simple pair of black mittens to wear with my Strokkur pullover.
Designer: Ann Budd
Yarn: Istex Lett-Lopi
Colour: Black Heather
Needles: Circular - 3.25 and 3.75 mm

                 Sammy's Sunshine Sweater                   
When Sammy's oldest sister, Lucy, was due to arrive, I really yearned to get back to knitting, after setting it aside for many years to cross stitch. I bought lots of yarn (like a kid in a candy store) and not all of it worked well for the projects I had in mind. So some of it was set aside. Now, older and wiser, I can paw through the stash and make a much better match. So here is Sammy's sweater - made with Lucy's yarn!
I had in mind a pattern calling for sport weight yarn but since the yarn I wanted to use was fingering weight, I held two strands together while knitting. The  pattern is knit in garter stitch ridge but I used plain stocking stitch as I wanted the main focus to be the stripes.
The only downside to knitting striped garments is the seemingly endless number of yarn ends that have to be worked or woven into the garment upon completion.
Designer: Carole Barenys
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Lanett
Colours: Light Apple Green (8913), Yellow (2317), Blue (6501)
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply
Colour: White
Needles: Circular - 3.25 and 3.50 mm.
Sammy's Snuggle In the Stroller Sweater
Pattern: wee Cardi
Designer: Donna Higgins
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Worsted
Colour: Denim (154)
Needles: Circular - 4.5 and 5.0 mm
Socks To Wear With Jeans
Pattern: K3, P1 Ribbing
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints
Colour: 07
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm.

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