Monday, November 30, 2009


Here comes POST NUMBER FIVE for November! Blogging with regularity, it turns out, is all about setting goals and following through, just like anything else... Though I feel slightly guilty for not finishing at least this hat. I got sucked into a book series this weekend. Twilight, while no Harry Potter series, certainly has its page-turner moments...

Back to the knitting... This is Jared Flood's "Quincy" which, I am finding out belatedly, should probably not be knit in a variegated colorway. I am having a difficult time deciding if I should follow through on his directions, thus putting the not very subtle seam front and center for all to see. Or if I should semi-hide the seam in the cool fold that is my favorite part of this hat. And then there is the matter of possibly running out of yarn for the top. I bought the yarn in Banff last summer and have not seen this brand in any local stores... I guess I'll have to post again soon!

Till then, Happy Knitting!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Knitting Nancy, Knitting Nephew

My Knitting Nancy resurfaced a few weeks ago, innocently smiling up at me out of a crafting drawer.

So this Thanksgiving when Nephew #1, age 7, wanted to help me knit, I knew exactly what he could do. He needed a little bit of assistance first, but quickly gained confidence.

By the time it was bedtime, he had figured out how to handle the whole thing by himself! We had lots of giggles and anticipatory moments trying to guess when the knitting would come out and when the colors would change. It was really fun to see what a good time he was having!

Hope your Thanksgiving was great too!
Happy Knitting!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New beginnings

As seen in several previous posts, Auntie E has been indulging herself recently. With a new nephew, new niece, and another new nephew due December 18th, it's time to fire up the needles with some more child-friendly knits. And there are a few adults who have been neglected who need some attention this holiday season too.

Details coming soon...

Happy Holiday Knitting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shalom Cardigan

This sweater marks the official end of summer, or rather, my summer knitting. I started this sweater on my way to Calgary, Alberta, in July when I was anticipating an amazing hiking trip in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. I finished it just in time for the chilly weather to set in and have worn this sweater as often as possible so far!

The Details:
Pattern: Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane (FREE at
Size: small
Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds - 5 balls (4 were just right, but I made some modifications that required additional yarn)
Colorway: Dark Grey Welsh
Needles: Size 7mm Crystal Palace Bamboo
Started: July 25, 2009
Finished: October 17, 2009
Notes: I stole several hours on October 17th to finish the cardigan thanks to a dress rehearsal that got out extremely early. It was either knit or go home and paint walls... tough decision...

Modifications: I used similar modifications like Ishi on Ravelry (, adding two additional buttons down the front...

...and also adding some short sleeves.

It took me a while to get used to knitting this yarn. The yarn was a little hard on the hands and scratchy. Its redeeming qualties include a delightful "sheepy" smell and a natural look that cannot be beat. I was quickly won over by the overwhelming warmth and comfort of the finished fabric. I'm glad I decided not to make it with long sleeves.

These fine friends also enjoy hanging out and snacking on the fire bush that I am standing in front of.

Can't wait to put up a fence around my garden next year... HUMFFFF!

Happy Fall and Happy Knitting!
(PS - Post #2 for November!!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey Teach! It's NOVEMBER!

In honor of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I am trying to see how many days I can post about new knitting this month. I did not sign up on the NaBloPoMo website because I am tired of being responsible for yet another social networking site membership. However, the idea behind NaBloPoMo is to blog 30 days in a row to form a habit that one will continue. I don't have time to knit that much this month, so I will probably not change my sparse blogging habits too much... I will set my goal for five posts!

Fortunately, there are some finished objects saved up. And yes, you guessed it, my "Hey Teach" sweater was finished a few weeks ago, just as the weather turned cold - and two months after school started. Well, it will be nice new item to wear this coming spring.

Pattern: Hey Teach! by Helene Rush from Knitty Summer 2008 (
Yarn: Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo in colorway Rosewood - 5 balls
Needles: Size 6 for stockinette, size 7 for the lace
Started: May 23, 2009
Finished: October 3, 2009

I did not really like this yarn. After this experience, I think I might consider myself a strictly wool knitter. It was hard on my hands and the finished product grew and faded some. I hope it does not continue growing... The yarn is very soft though, which is its redeeming quality against the skin.

The final fit is perfect though. I had to knit my yarn on smaller needles to make it look nice and was fudging numbers in the pattern left and right. The sleeves were the diciest but aside from a little tightness at the seams, they worked out well. I had to knit them longer to fit into the longer armholes that I had made. Cute buttons found at JoAnn Fabrics.

All in all, I would recommend this pattern, but not the yarn, unless you truly love working with cotton and bamboo...

Till SOON (I hope!) - Happy Knitting till then!