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.


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