Friday, August 11, 2023

Inspired ...

 Way back in 2015, my friend Cheryl from Australia had sent me a box of Aussie yard that I blogged about here

I have been waiting for the right pattern for this yarn to show up. Yea, it's been sitting patiently ... waiting! Well that day finally came. On August 8, I casted for this project.

The pattern is from a Danish designer ... Storm Sweater by PetiteKnit. It is available here

I love this designer! Her designs push my comfort zone. The construction of this sweater is nothing that I have ever seen. Her instructions are clear, making it easy to follow and learn new technics. 

The sweater is worked in the round but you begin with the back and connect accordingly. 

At this point I am ready to work on the front. As I mentioned, an interesting way of knitting a sweater. I'm certainly enjoying pushing my comfort zone. 

Aside from knitting/self-care, I have not been up to much. Not sure how the weather has been in you area, but here, in way up New York state, I can see Canada from my house, it's been quite a wet summer. It certainly makes it easy to stay home and knit. I'm enjoying my quiet life. 

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

How can it be .....

Wow, hard to believe that summer is almost over. In a few weeks I'll be back to this insanely busy schedule. I must admit, I've been enjoying this down time, getting lots of knitting and reading done.

 I FINALLY sewed the buttons on Pumpkin's cardigan. OMG, was she not coming up I think the buttons would still be waiting patiently to be sewn!

She loved the cardigan ... It's such a great feeling when a hand made gift is appreciated! :)

Then, all of a sudden, I was in a "let's get this done" mode. I had a of pairs of socks on the needles and it was high time to finish them. I started that project last year, late September, and had very little left to knit. The pattern is called Gretel by Winwick Mum. It's a free pattern! Click here. I used the recommended yarn, West Yorkshire Spinner's Signature yarn. It was a kit from Wool & Company, which is still available here.

I am ready for the holiday! I do like how they turned out. 

August 2022, I visited this wonderful yarn store in Belfast Prince Edward Island called Fleece & Harmony. Every year, they offer a stitch marker advent calendar from Firefly Fibers. This year's theme is Celestial ... I couldn't pass it up.

I also purchased two skeins of yarn ... colour .... Mermaids Tail. I mean, seriously! I love Mermaids! No plans yet for the yarn.

BTQ, they are sold out of the advent calendar, however if you are interested, you can purchase it from Firefly Fiber here.

Well, that's it for now. I do hope you are safe and enjoying the season. Cheers!

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Knitting my summer away

Still in recuperating mode! Not really in the mood to do anything besides spend time with myself knitting away. Self-care is so important and I will admit I have been neglecting myself for the last five months. No time! I'm playing catch up!

Have you heard about the fires in Quebec, Canada? OMG, we are feeling it where I live. I thought my area in the US was bad ... Montreal has one of the worse air quality at the moment ... here I am! :-/

On my way into Montreal, as I crossed the Champlain Bridge, I could not see the city of Montreal. That's how much smoke there is. The haze/smoke is so thick!  It was a clear sky, but you wouldn't be able to tell.  Sadly, the Canadian news stated that the fires could be getting worse. Below is a map of the wildfires. It's insane!

I'm trying to stay positive, focusing on gratitude ... it's become more and more difficult with all that is going on in this world .... focus ... happy thoughts!

I finished piecing my daughter's cardigan ... I just have the buttons to sew on. I had three skeins of organic cotton yarn left in Bone and 2 .5 skeins in Thistle. I thought I would knit something else. I really did not want to have any left overs. I bough another skein of the background and decided to make the Tolsta Tee by Rebecca Claw. You can find the pattern here.

Yarn, Blue Sky Fiber organic cotton ... as I mentioned ... left over yarn.

It is now all done .... and even blocked ready for Pumpkin to wear.

I would recommend this pattern. An easy knit ... very potato chippy! lol

Thanks for stopping by. Hoping for peace and harmony in this world! Cheers!

Thursday, June 8, 2023

It's been a while .....

My apologies for being MIA .... you see, I'm on a somewhat secret project/mission and it does take a lot of my time. However, I have a couple of months off .... I should be back to my somewhat regular blogging schedule.

I have not been quilting. It is much easier to pick up my knitting needles than to sit at the sewing machine. I suppose I could EPP or do wool work, but I haven't. Given that I have a few quilting UFOs to finish, starting a new knitting project is more enticing. They do get finished! ;)

I've been working on a Cardigan for my daughter. Well, let me back track a bit. She saw this cardigan that Taylor Swift was wearing but felt $600 was more than she wanted to pay. So, a resourceful child that she is, she found a pattern and asked her mom if she would knit it for her. Being delighted that my daughter would ask me to knit her something, off we went to my favourite yarn shop in Montreal.

The pattern is called Folklore Cardigan by Lion Brand Wool-Ease. I used Organic Cotton Worsted by Blue Sky Fiber in the colours Bone & Thistle.

What I thought was going to be a mindless project, turned out to be a mindful one. However, once I had memorized the pattern, it became easier. 

I should mention that this cardigan was knitted twice. The first time it ended up not having enough ease, so I frogged and moved to the next size. I was pleased that, given it is cotton yarn, it held up well unfrogged!

Here is a picture of the back. Lots of cable works.

I am happy to write that the cardigan is fully knitted and partially pieced. I did want it completed for Pumpkin's birthday, but alas it seems to be taking me longer to piece it together than to knit. Ok .... I admit I dislike piecing knitted projects! There I've said it! One side done, one more to go!

Pumpkin did get to pick the buttons she wanted. I think it's a great choice, don't you?!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my little corner in cyberspace.


Sunday, January 1, 2023

Happy New Year!

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season. The weather has been strange and I am hoping you are all safe and well.

I spent a part of New Years day with some friends from down under and all around this beautiful planet.

It was wonderful to catch up with everyone. Thank you Donna for hosting these meets and for allowing me to participate. 

Wishing you all lots of love, peace, joy, health and prosperity for 2023! 

Myself, I am hoping for world peace. I have so much to be grateful.


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