July 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada: A Tribute to Creative Canadians

I am a proud Canadian, and in honor of Canada's 150th birthday today, I am sharing with you with a photo collection of some yarn and designs of my favorite Canadian creators.  I encourage you to visit their sites to learn more about them. Links have been provided.  

Tanis Fiber Arts:  yarn dyer and designer

Framed Slouch:  Orange Label Cashmere/Silk Worsted (colourway Mosaic)
Vitsippa:  Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single (colourway Papaya)
Snowfling Mittens:  Yellow Label DK (colourway:  black and natural)

Sweet Georgia Yarns
Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock (colourway Petal)

Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine (colourway Mist)
Sweet Fiber Yarns

Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere DK (colourway Spiced Pumpkin)
Sweet Fiber Yarn Cashmerino 20 (colourway:  Verve)
Sweet Fiber Yarns Super Sweet Sock (colourway:  Indigo Dreams)

Julie Asselin

Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient (colourway Mirabell)
Julie Asselin Fino (colourway Meet Me By the River)

The Blue Brick

The Blue Brick Niagara MCN Sport (colourway Iceberg)

The Blue Brick Killarney Sock (colourway Labradorite)

Scrumptious Purl

Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up (colourway Birds of A Feather)
My First Toe Up Socks by Susan B. Anderson

Flock Fibre Studio

Flock Fibre Studio  Take A Hike Sock Mini Set (colourway Wild Orchid)

Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works MCN Fingering (Colourway Concrete and Tulips)

Playground Shawl 

Jane Richmond:  designer

Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond

Grace Cardigan  by Jane Richmond

J├ęsabelle B

Jenna Rose Handmade

Small Traveller Pouch:   Green Homestead

Medium Bucket:  Tree Houses

Knitted Bliss:  Julie Crawford:  blogger and designer

Espace Tricot:  Store and Youtube vlog

There is so much Canadian talent as you can see!  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day! We live in a truly spectacular country.

Squamish, B.C.
Squamish, B.C.

Niagara Falls

CN Tower Toronto

May 22, 2017

F.O. Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig

I am a huge fan of Hannah Fettig and I have knit several of her patterns (Georgetown and Calligraphy Cardigan) with excellent results.  Her patterns are always easy to follow and the cardigans have become classic staples in my wardrobe.  I was delighted to hear that she published another collection in her newest book Texture.  I wanted to participate in Very Shannon's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit-along, and after one look at the Eventide Cardi, decided I had to knit it for this KAL.

Pattern:  Eventide Cardi from the book Texture

Eventide Cardi:  open cardigan with a simple texture throughout

Designer:  Hannah Fettig
Eventide Cardi:  back piece in progress

Yarn:  String Theory Caper Sock 
80% merino/10%cashmere/10% nylon

String Theory Caper Sock

Skeins:  3.5 skeins

Colourway:  Kiwi

With any hand-dyed yarn it is a good idea to alternate skeins.  As I knit Eventide I alternated skeins for the front, back and sleeves but stuck to one skein for the ribbing around the collar.  I am a big fan of this yarn...it is dyed beautifully and, with the cashmere content, feels extremely soft.  I didn't start the fourth skein until I got to the four inches of ribbing around the collar. Let me tell you how long four inches of ribbing takes...a loooong time!


:  3.00 mm for the ribbing and 3.5mm for the rest with my Signature Needles
Modifications:  I decided to knit this cardigan shorter than the pattern suggests.  This was easy to do, as I knit two less repeats of the back and fronts of the pattern. Hannah's patterns are well written and easy to follow.

Notes:  There is a certain amount of dedication needed to finish a fingering weight sweater.  I continuously put fingering weight cardigan patterns in my queue,  forgetting how much knitting is involved.  However, once they are done I find fingering weight sweaters get the most wear in my wardrobe.  

This sweater was knit in pieces.  I got the largest piece, the back, finished first and the sleeves last.  I am not great at seaming, but this pattern made the process that much easier.  All the pieces could be matched up, through the two rows of seed stitch, which made lining up all the pieces a cinch.  If you have been nervous about seaming a sweater, I think this would be the perfect pattern to start with.  

I knit the sleeves according to the pattern, hoping for 3/4 length, however after blocking they turned out a bit too long.  Overall, I am extremely happy with this cardigan.  I can see myself reaching for this cardigan a lot.

When seaming, the seed stitch lines up making seaming easier
If you haven't checked out Hannah Fettig's latest book, Texture, I highly recommend it. I definitely see myself knitting another cardigan from this collection.

April 30, 2017

F.O. Ekua by Kirsten Kapur

Pattern:  Ekua aka TTL Mystery Sock 2017

Designer:  Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Madelintosh Tosh Sock (100% merino)
Colourway:Button Jar Blue
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock (80% merino 20% nylon)
Colourway:  Silver

Needles:  2.5mm

Ekua by Kirsten Kapur
Added Notes:  These socks were part of a mystery knit along where participants received different parts of the pattern weekly for a month.  I signed up for this KAL, not knowing what the sock pattern was going to look like.  I ended up spending many precious knitting hours on a pair of socks that I wasn't really enjoying knitting.  I am not a big fan of knitting cables, especially with fingering weight yarn.  Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and fit me well, but I learned through this process that I enjoy knitting a simpler (and quicker) pair of socks, and that I don't really enjoy a mystery KAL.  I need to know what I am knitting.   How do you feel about complicated socks and MKALs?  

No sooner had I decided to stay away from MKALs then the amazing designer Joji Locatelli came out with her Mystery Wrap KAL.  Joji is one of my favourite designers so joining is very tempting.  However, the wrap requires five skeins of fingering weight yarn, which means it is a huge project.  Reluctantly, I have decided not to participate as I want to stay focused on knitting sweaters.  I am currently participating in the very popular Tops, Tanks and Tees Knitalong hosted by Very Shannon which runs from April 10 to May 8.  From Hannah Fettig's new book Texture I am knitting the Eventide Cardi. This cardigan is knit in pieces, and I think seaming is going to be easy, as the rows of seed stitch on the separate pieces will line up perfectly. 

Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig

I am really trying to stay focused on my sweater knitting goal. 
However, I find it very challenging given the number of new patterns that keep cropping up on Ravelry each week.  So many temptations!  Well I better get back to my Eventide Cardi...I only have about a week left. 

April 15, 2017

F.O. Goldfinch and Some Works in Progress

Until recently I was probably the only knitter who hadn't knit one of Andrea Mowry's patterns. Happily I can say that I just finished a pattern of hers called the Goldfinch Shawl.  This well written pattern was so much fun to knit. The shawl was knit in three colours of sport weight yarn, and I enjoyed every second of it.  I definitely see another Andrea Mowry pattern in my future.  Do you have any favourites?

Pattern:  Goldfinch
Designer:  Andrea Mowry
Yarn O-Wool O-Wash Sport (100% certified organic merino)
Colourway: Coral Reef, Porcupine, Wood Dove
O-Wool O-Wash Sport yarn
Needles: 4.0 m
Ravelry: my notes
Notes:  This was my first time working with O-Wool and I have to say that I was impressed.  I saw this yarn for the first time at Rhinebeck last year and loved it immediately. This yarn is so squishy, it comes in some gorgeous colours, and after being blocked is super soft.  A sweater knit in this yarn would be heavenly.  
I am one of those knitters who absolutely loves blocking my F.Os.  Here is the before and after of my Goldfinch Shawl.  Can you see how the lace just opened up after blocking?  It's like magic.  The shawl grew a bit and is now the perfect size, about 70 inches across.
Before blocking

After blocking

Now that I am done the shawl I am focusing on completing two spring cardigans.  The first one is the Goode Sweater by Julie Hoover knit in Purl Soho's Linen Quill, in the Oatmeal Grey colourway.  This yarn has such an interesting combination of fibers... 50% wool, 35% alpaca and 15%  linen/flax. I am so excited to see how this knits up and blocks.

Linen Quill by Purl Soho

The second cardigan I started is from Hannah Fettig's new book called Texture.  There are so many delicious sweaters in this book.  I predict that I will be knitting more than one pattern from this collection.  I chose the Eventide Cardi, a simple cardigan with a seed stitch stripe.  I thought that this subtle pattern would be the perfect choice for yarn I have had in my stash for some time.  The yarn I chose was String Theory's Caper Sock.  This yarn line was one of the first yarns I bought years ago when I got back to knitting.  The colourways are so pretty and it was hard to choose just one colour.  The colour I picked was Kiwi, the most gorgeous tonal green.  Knitting with it brings me joy.  This yarn is 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon, a supersoft combination.

So I am going to try to focus on these two fingering weight cardigans for the next while and not get distracted by the many beautiful patterns that get published each week on Ravelry.  Wish me luck!  Happy knitting everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.