Friday, October 5, 2007

Sorry No FO's

Since I've been moving/ have moved I haven't really been able to upload any finished things. However I have finished my embossed leaves socks and am wearing them proudly this very instant.

On top of that I've started the wine and roses mitts from Interweave and the Q socks from knitty. I have big plans for socktoberfest but first have to get to my sock yarn stash which is currently in transit.
All in all october promises to be an intense month. Here's to the hope that I keep my mind through all of this.

Friday, September 21, 2007


I finished the jumper and am very proud that it is done in time for the baby shower. cable-less cables are cables still.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Socks socks and more socks

I finshed the "caro" socks last night (the pattern is free at I believe). Of course finsihing my "easy" socks. More so portable than easy but whatever. I was left with this unknowing of what I was going to do. But I was tired it was late and all my school readings were done so I went to bed.

When i woke up this morning I was faced with a decision. Which socks to start. And which would be a good fit for between classes etc. I wanted something I could do on 2 circ's as I have my dpn's in a different pair of socks, my "at home" socks to knit. Thusly rash decisons were made and I was out the door with Meida (from Favorite socks by interweave). Needless to say I'm going to lengthen the socks as I dislike ankle socks horribly but I'm doing the "cable-less cable" with them and it's working out fabulously.
My knitting geekery just went up another notch didn't it?

I promise once I move I'll get back to the MS3. I feel bad for neglecting it so.

Friday, September 14, 2007


I'm blueruin.
Friend me damnit!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Flame wave socks from interweave

Done in blinding Fuschia Cascade fixation. They took very little time and are perfect for the summer.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Everlasting Bagstopper

When I first saw the pattern for the bagstopper, well I was intrigued. I didn't particularly like the whole "ribbon" idea (it seemed a bit unfinished to me) but I really like market bags, reusable bags and basically bags in general. I was swayed by the airy feeling the bag had and the hemp-yness of it all. I love hemp, I love the fact that it holds up well, that it's eco friendly, I just love the stuff.

So Lana and I were picking up the yarn for her very own Clapotis and I saw that there were two skeins of allhemp in the most lovely color (cinnamon) that would go perfectly with some vintage "ribbon" I found thriftstore shopping (the best 75 cents ever). I immidiatly got the allhemp and last night set to work making the bag.

As you can see I've just finished it (less than 24 hours that's a record) and all it needs is the drawstring and closure. I'm totally digging the look and the feel of the bag. In short - yet another reason to love Amy R Singer,because you know knitty just wasn't enough of one ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

variations on a theme

Since I've been on somewhat of a yarn diet (attempting where at all possible to knit from stash rather than from bought things) I've been finding patterns I love to knit moer than once, and clearly EZ's baby suprize jacket is one of them. So I took some yarn I spun and plied (the green with thread and the brown is my first two ply experiance) and made yet another surpize jacket. The good thing about this is should anyone have a baby in my vicinity I shall be ready.

Then I had some left over butterfly super 10 from makeing a Henry Rollins doll and because well white/creme/offwhite etc and I don't get along even slightly I died it a kind of poppy red and pink (or what was left of it). I do fully intent to knit this up with black accents into more than likely a babyjacket. That and the fact that there's another baby coming into the family I really want to have some nice stuff to choose from to give to her.

Lana is starting her very own clapotis which will be more than cool when it's done. She's just finished blocking Magknits Durrow, which she intends to give to her man Adam for his birthday. It looks great (and helped me de-stash at the same time). Yay!
Anywho I should go clean the house and possibly start knitting something else. Or not start knitting something else and finish the siewash. The only thing is knitting with icelandic wool in the heat seems obscene and I need mentally easy things to tackle until I'm done babysitting Joesphine.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

baby jackets everywhere!

Okay so I finished the suprize jacket, it turned out great, and since I now know it's going to be a boy I added some cute blue buttons. I also found a Stephanie Pearl-McPhee baby jacket pattern on Knitty which I made in brown, all the ends are sewn in and everything it just needs buttons, but I try to wait to put buttons on until I know if its a boy or a girl etc.
I'm also throwing in a shot of Peatrie guarding my knitting as she tends to do. Shes like a magnet to wherever a project is, she never sleeps on it though, just hovers.
While I'm babysitting my neice I doubt I'll get much knitting done still i started another suprize jacket (they seem to be an addiction so if you need a babyshower gift etc) I'm useing some wool i hand spun and pairing it with some merino alpaca blend I got when I lived in Saskatoon.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Plyed Yarn! (and things in prorgress)

A few weeks ago I got some rovings (and subsiquently turned it into some yarn). It's a goregous red brown and is 100% romney wool. It's my first try at plying yarn with yarn rather than with thread or floss.

Also I started knitting a Phildar jacket for myself for autumn (i know a bit ahead of myself) with some ModaDea I picked up on clearance from Michaels a while back. And although I know I really should be finishing my tank top from NSFY (just needs the armbands and neck band) or working on my uncles siewash (started sleeve one) I really have this nasty case of startitis that just makes me want to start millions of things at once.

Soon to come - Pictures of the finished baby suprise jacket with buttons.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Suprize Jacket

It seems to be catching like some kind of flu. The obsession to make EZ's baby suprize jacket.... and I had a spare ball of softy baby... and there are always babies... and well how could i resist.
As you might be able to tell I've just finished casting off for the neck and hope to be done in the next few days. I'm currently on the second level of downing myself off of anti depressants so my joints ache my head hurts and my elbows feel almost broken but somehow I manage to keep knitting.
This particular jacket is a gift for lily's friends in NZ who are having their first baby. I'm going to put some swank boyish buttons on it to finish it off when it's ready.


Here you can see how i'm slowly prodding along on the Mystery Stole. I got a horrible case of startitis after finishing the third clue and have now quite the menagery of things I've started (as well as two dishcloths that i've made recently from leftover scraps). I'm on a recycle yarn kick.

Friday, July 20, 2007


Since the beads arrived I've been going nuts and slowly (as i don't want to make many mistakes) I've been working on the Mystery shawl 3. I'm almost done clue one (although I took the picture a dozen rows ago you can see it's going to be amazing and beautiful).
I also made Lana a shrug/bolero and managed to use a good chunk of stash. I also bequeathed her some of my stash for her Adam's birthday sweater. It's going to kick much ass when she's done it.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Socks socks and more socks

I've been busy, just not busy taking pictures... I finished two pairs of socks and had a tragic mishap with the leaf cardigan that won't be discussed as of yet (let's just say the harlot is right... knitting vortex best laid plans and swatches). However I managed to pull a pair of bordello socks out in under a week (close call) and prior to that had finished a pair of flame socks from interweaves 25 timeless patterns and two balls of cascade fixation yummy.
I'm starting a lace back tank from No sheep for you for myself. And on top of that knitting a henry rollins doll (From snb nation) for a friend. I guess being busy is what I do best some times. I started on the sleeve for the harley siewash, and sewed in all the ends from the back and fronts and seamed the shoulders. I'll have to wait until it gets less warm out until i finsh the siewash though its just too warm for summer knitting.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

No Sheep Swap Yay!

Today in the mail was a package, one I was truely not expecting. It's from my "secret pal" in the No Sheep For You SWAP. The package was not only enjoyed by me but as you can see Frankie and Beatle took to it as well. I wasn't expecting so much stuff, I really have to send out a big big thank you to SvenGirly who totally made my week.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Shaped Triangle Shawl from A Gathering Of Lace

I'm using some Alpaca from a local Alpaca farm that I got at the Golden Willow. It's an insanely goregous black grey (the camera really doesn't catch the greatness) 80% alpaca/20% merino. Mom got me it for my birthday. Now only will it keep me warm when i am cold but it also helps support local alpaca farmers (which I am more than all about).
The pattern itself is complex, but as this is my second shawl pattern (two Tuscany's before this is all the shawl experiance i have) I'm taking it slow and double checking everything. But seriously this yarn is a treat for me it's so lush i find myself just petting it. *love love*

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Harley Siewash Front peices

Here is one of the front peices finally being blocked... as well as a close up of the designs on the front of the siewash. I know it looks big but it is for a 4XL person whose measurements I have on hand. Once I've blocked both peices it'll be onto the sleeves and then it's all button bands and collars and seaming.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

My First Free Sock Pattern

By: Sadie Domes-Bellegarde

Womans M/L

Leg: 7 inches un-stretched 10 inches stretched.
Length: you decide

[MC] Trekking pro natura [75% New Wool 25% bamboo; 459y/420m per 100g skein]; color: 1600; 1 skeins

#1 set of 5 US #2/2.75mm double-point needles

notions required:
-tapestry needle
-stitch marker

1x1 Rib (Worked in the round over an even number of sts):
Round 1: [K1, p1] to end.
Repeat Round 1 for 1x1 Rib.

Slip one stitch knitwise, knit one stitch, pass slipped stitch over.

Any specific stitches to your pattern or necessary notes


Using long-tail cast on, CO 71 sts. Divide stitches as evenly as possible across needles. Join being careful not to twist stitches. Work in 1x1 rib for 1 inch.

Round 1) P2, K2tog, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, Sl1-K1-Psso *P3, K2tog, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, Sl1-K1-Psso, Rep from * to last two stitches, P2.
Round 2, 4, 6, 8) P2, K11 *P3, K11, Rep from * to last two stitches P2.
Round 3) P2, K2tog, K2, YO, K3, YO, K2, Sl1-K1-Psso, *P3, K2tog, K2, YO, K3, YO, K2, Sl1-K1-Psso, Rep from * to last two stitches P2.
Round 5) P2, K2tog, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1, Sl1-K1-Psso *P3, K2tog, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1, Sl1-K1-Psso, Rep from * to last two P2.
Round 7) P2, K2tog, YO, K7, YO, Sl1-K1-Psso, *P3, K2tog, YO, K7, YO, Sl1-K1-Psso, Rep from * to last two stitches P2.
Round 9) K1 *YO, K3, Sl1-K1-Psso, P3, K2tog, K3, YO, K1, Rep from * to end of round.
Round 10, 12, 14) K6, P3, *K11 P3 Rep from * to last six stitches K6.
Round 11) K2, YO, K2, Sl1-K1-Psso, P3, K2tog, K2 *YO, K3, YO, K2, Sl1-K1-Psso, P3 K2tog, K2, Rep from * to last two stitches YO, K2.
Round 13)K3, YO, K1, Sl1-K1-Psso, P3, K2tog, K1 *YO, K5, YO, K1 Sl1-K1-Psso, P3, K2tog, K1, Rep from * to last three stitches YO, K3.
Round 15) K4, YO, Sl-1K1-Psso, P3, K2tog *YO, K7, YO, Sl1-K1-Psso, P3, K2tog, Rep from * to last four stitches YO, K4.
Round 16)K6, P3 *K11, P3, Rep from * to the last six stitches K6.
Repeat Rounds 1-16 three times.

Row 1)Knit 18 sts, turn.
Row 2)Sl1, P35.
These stitches form the heel that will be worked back and forth.
Row 3) *Sl1, K1, Rep from * to end of row.
Row 4) Sl1, Purl to end of row
Repeat rows three and four 15 times more.

Turn Heel
Row 1 [RS]: K20, ssk, K1, turn
Row 2 [WS]: Sl1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3 [RS]: Sl1, K6, ssk, K1, turn
Row 4 [WS]: Sl1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 5 [RS]: Sl1, K8, ssk, K1, turn
Row 6 [WS]: Sl1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 7 [RS]: Sl1, K10, ssk, K1, turn
Row 8 [WS]: Sl1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 9 [RS]: Sl1, K12, ssk, K1, turn
Row 10 [WS]: Sl1, P13, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 11 [RS]: Sl1, K14, ssk, K1, turn
Row 12 [WS]: Sl1, P15, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 13 [RS]: Sl1, K16, ssk, K1, turn
Row 14 [WS]: Sl1, P17, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 15 [RS]: Sl1, K18, ssk, turn
Row 16 [WS]: Sl1, P18, P2tog, turn
You will now have 20 stitches of the heel worked.

Using one needle knit 10. This will now be the start of the round.
Using a separate needle knit remaining 10. Pick up and knit 16 sts where you have slipped stitches along the edge of the heel.
Needle 2 and 3: K2tog, K1, and then continue working established pattern starting with row one until last until last three sts K1, K2tog. You will now have 33 sts on Needles 2 and 3.
Needle 4: Pick up and knit 16 sts and knit 10 sts of the heel ending the round.

Round 1)Needle 1 knit to last 3 sts on needle one, K2tog, K1. On needles 2 and 3 K2, continue working pattern as established to last 2 sts, K2. Needle 4 K1, ssk, k to end of needle.
Round 2)Needle 2 k all sts, Needles 2 and three K2 continue working pattern as established to last 2 sts, K2. Needle 4 k all sts.
Repeat Round 1 and 2 until 19 sts remain on Needles 1 and 4.


Continue in pattern. Working sts on Needles 1 and 4 in stockinette st and sts on Needles 2 and 3 in pattern as established, until work measures approx. 1.5-2 inches less than desired length. Ending with Round 9, 10, 15 or 16.

Use favorite toe shaping method.

Graft stitches together using kitchener stitch.
Weave in ends. Block if desired.
Make second sock.

*Note: This is the first time I've created a pattern so bear with me if there are any glitches. I knitted the second sock based on the pattern which i wrote while i made the first sock.

Monday, May 14, 2007

belated update

Finished the Queen of Cups socks (from and one of my socks I'm designing. Also finished the front left side of the harley siewash. Started on the other side. After I'm done with that I really want to get started on something that's just me, for me. It's been a while (since the knitting nature pullover i finished after x-mass) since i made something other than socks for me. 90% of this of course is that I'm on a wool diet and have an abundance of redheart supersaver I can't think of what to do with.
I've decided that after I get rid of all the redheart supersaver I'm only going to use.... real fiber. In so much as I think it's time I started investing in really good yarns in order to make less peices but peices that will stand up to time better than say..... 100% acrylic.
The sea wool is still overwhelmingly goregous. I think i'd like to make something out of that.... like a sweater or hoodie.
But first to finish this siewash. And my socks.... and mom's gift... gotta find a good pattern for that one...

Monday, May 7, 2007

Hand Spun by Yours Truely

Yarn: Handspun by me :) and modeled by a lovely styrofoam ball.
Pattern: augmented version of knitty's "madge"
Time: Less than three periods of hockey.

Sock Love *heart heart*

Yarn: Sea Wool by Handmaiden
Pattern: "bordello socks" came with yarn.
Needles: 3mm
Time: less than a week

I Am IN LOVE with sea wool, it's so soft. It caresses your hands. It makes you want to knit even when the knitter hangover settles into your wrists and pinky fingers.
I am currently wearing said socks and wish I never had to take them off. Seriously, major thanks go out to the fine proprietoress of Golden Willow Natural Fibre who steered me in the direction of this fine fine sock.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007

Socks from Interweave...

And aren't they Goregous?
In Opal Parti.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tuscany take two and the Harley Siewash

80% of the back of uncle Mike's Siewash in progress. I think it's coming along nicely.... slow but nicely.
I made it for Mom useing yarn from my stash, as part of the whole "Knit from your stash" project.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The No Sheep For You Shawl

I made Tuscany from No Sheep For You and substituted Makalu Yarns Bamboo Ribbon it turned out great. I'm going to give it to a friend for her birthday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Finished Socks!

Knit in: Opal Smoke.

Monday, April 2, 2007

monkey see monkey do

Of course when I saw the Monkey Pattern in Knitty I knew I just had to do it.

So here's the progress on the second sock (done in Opal's Smoke)

Sunday, April 1, 2007


Knitty's Center Square... my sister in law won it in a Chrismas gift draw.

Mt first pair of socks (gifted to mom as shown wearing them here).

For pictures of myself, my knitted things and of course my beloved fured four-legged loved ones, check out:

some FO's

My Alafoss fair-aisle.
This horrible picture does not do it justice.

The famed "roughriders" sweater for my brother.... a labor of love truely

Hello and welcome to the new knitting journal...

Livejournal just wasn't working for my knitting needs so here I go, trying a new kind of thing.

I knit therfore I am