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Autumn Colours October 23, 2012

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Leah Says:

Happy halloween!  Summer came and went like it usually does; in a blur!  But we have had a lot of fun stuff happen to us this summer and fall- weddings and babies is all I’m going to say!  And with the cooler days, comes that friendly old feeling.  You know the one.  The yearning to hold needles and lovely soft yarn in front of the tv, playing a good movie, while sipping tea… THAT friendly old feeling. I succumb to it every year around now.
What have I been up to lately?  Loads and loads!  I’ve been a bit nutty at a crazy busy office, so only recently I was able to get my knitting christmas present list down and sorted out.  Plus, Justin’s sister gave me her stash!  You heard me.  Her beautiful gorgeous stash is sitting, tauntingly in my spare room.  I’ve already knit a lovely scarf with some of it so far:


This is of course a Christmas present for someone special! The yarn was Baby Alpaca, bulky, so soft and glorious.  I really do enjoy knitting with bulky yarn.

Cheryl also gave me some skeins of her yarn she had lying around, and I popped out one of these cuties:

I think this one takes the cake for cutest item I’ve ever done.  I’ve been meaning to make brothers and sisters for our lonely pumpkin, but alas haven’t had any time.

Happy thanksgiving and happy Halloween!


Five Christmas Projects Coming Right Up… November 19, 2009

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Cheryl says… oh, it’s been a while my knitting friends! I’ve been toiling away on a few things which I won’t be able to post until January.  I’ve decided to make ALL of my Christmas presents this year, a lofty task to say the least, especially considering that I haven’t even finished one holiday project!

First, I’ll be making something using Lion Brand Cotton Ease which, as you may already know, is a personal favourite of mine.  I won’t say what the project is but here’s a hint: it’s a cable-knit pattern and it’s been heavily featured on this blog!

I’ve also picked up a project from the latest issue of Knitty.  I was going to use black and white Patons DK, but this gorgeous wool tweed is catching my eye.  I may have to make another trip to my LYS.  Hmmm….

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I’m  also going to be embarking on my first felting project!  I’m a little nervous and have no idea what yarn to use.  Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

As for Wil’s present …

That’s super-classified-top-secret.  Seeing as he visits this blog from time to time, that’s all I’m saying.

And now, back to the needles.  I will post more soon, providing I don’t develop a bad case of carpal tunnel.

I finished my Bella’s mittens … May 4, 2009

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Cheryl says … Actually, I finished these a couple of weeks ago. I would have posted a pic sooner, but I don’t have a camera so I have to rely on Will’s.

Can I just say that it’s extremely difficult to blog about knitting when you don’t have a camera???

I’m saving up for one, and by the way things are going, I should be able to get one sometime in 2011…

Anyway, I used Paton’s Shetland Chunky for the mittens and I like the way they turned out. If you look closely, there are white flecks in the yarn and it’s very pretty -and affordable.

I like affordable.

Right now I’m working on Knitty’s eyelet skirt and I’m about 75% complete. I’ve decided to put the fair isle gloves on hold, because making them would require buying more yarn. I just happened to have 5 balls of Cotton Ease in my yarn stash, so the eyelet skirt made sense.

I have nothing but good things to say about this pattern. I was a little apprehensive about the way a knit skirt would look but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The eyelets look great, if I do say so myself, and the pattern is SO easy to follow.

You should try it!

My spring forward socks are about 90% complete, but they’ve been put on the back burner. I’m heading up to Algonquin in a couple of weeks and I hope to finish them then.

Let the long weekend countdown begin!

It’s only two weeks away…

Arrrghh!!! April 8, 2009

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Cheryl says … Here’s my problem:

I want to knit everything in the world!

The fair isle mittens I mentioned yesterday may have to be put on hold. I was browsing through the craftzine blog today, and they alerted me to this.

The Vogue Knitting Store is having a sale!

All patterns are $1.99. The sale runs until April 9th and they have some goergeous patterns –

Like this:

And this:

And this:

Oy vey! So many fabulous choices!

What will Cheryl knit next? It’s all up in the air now!

Stay tuned kiddies …

PS: Bella’s Mitten #1 was completed last night! It’s being blocked as we speak. Excitement!

Socks and Fair Isle Fun April 7, 2009

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Cheryl says… When I started knitting I had absolutely NO interest in making socks, but I’ve since become quite the fanatic.  And how could I not?

Have you seen the gorgeous sock yarns out there?


These beauties were all taken from knitpicks.  I’ll have two in every colour, please.

My Spring Forward Socks are more or less complete (Sock #1 is 100% done, Sock #2 is well on its way). I’m not happy with the way I grafted the toe on Sock #1 but, for a first attempt, it’s OK.

Emily has started a pair of socks in the most beautiful blue yarn. I can’t wait until she finishes them. They’re going to look great!

I’m also working on a pair of Bella’s Mittens. Mitten #1 will be completed tonight. I know Emily’s said it before, but I’ll reiterate: This pattern is a dream. It knits up quickly, it’s easy to follow and the finished product is 100% amazing goodness.

For my next project, I’m going to delve into the world of fair isle knitting. I’ve dabbled in it in the past, and I’ve always loved the effect. I’m going to start with this (relatively) simple pattern.

Behold, a picture of what I will aim to make:

Although I think I will do a bit of modding. I don’t like the long ribbing at the bottom. I may just shorten it, or extend the fair isle pattern. We shall see.

Socks and Slippers March 16, 2009

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Cheryl says … Finally – a picture of my mercerized cotton sock:

Sure it looks good and all, but as I said before, 100% mercerized cotton doesn’t work for socks. There’s no stretch whatsoever.

 AJ wasn’t impressed. He thought I could do better.

This is my second attempt. I’m using proper sock yarn and I’m quite happy with the result. The heel is finished. All I have to do is complete the foot and sock #1 is dooone!  This pattern knits up quickly and I love, love, love it!

Unfortunately, it’s going to have to remain on the sticks a little while longer. My mom’s b’day is in a couple of weeks and she’s dying for a pair of knitted slippers. I’ve decided on the Mother’s Day Cotton Slippers, and I’m using two skeins of cotton ease – one in grey and one in white. I started the heel yesterday.

This little bugger is knitting up fast!

I’ll post pics when I’m finished.

Till next time!

Operation Socks: A Glitch March 10, 2009

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Cheryl says I finished my first sock last week and it looks GREAT.

It’s a pity I’m going to have to frog it.


You heard me.

I have to rip that sock right out.

I’d like to offer a  word of advice to all you new knitters: When choosing yarn for a project, choose a yarn that will WORK with said project.

You don’t want to make a sock, for example, in a yarn that doesn’t stretch.

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make my sock in …



This is probably the WORST yarn to use on a sock. It has absolutely no stretch. I practically broke my arm trying to get the thing on and off of my foot.

I’m now attempting the socks again with proper sock yarn. They look fantastic, if I do say so myself. I’ll post pics as soon as I can get hold of a camera.

Kiki’s Hat February 27, 2009

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Cheryl says… Every girl needs a cute hat.

And this hat right here… well.  It’s the bees knees if you ask me!

A few years back, fashionistas ’round the globe fell in love with Kirsten Dunst’s beanie in Elizabethtown.


This hat is made out of cashmere, so I’m pretty sure it’s a dream to knit and to wear.

The pattern has been circling interwebs for awhile but what can I say? I’m always a little late to the party.

Hello Sack Boy! February 27, 2009

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Cheryl says … My friend Jenny rules. She went and made herself her very own Sack Boy!

I’m quite proud of her – So proud that I just had to rip this picture off of her Facebook page and share it with you (with permission, of course)!

I especially love the little details she added, like the cute collar and the little key in his hand.

Great job Jenny!

Hot Pink Scarf February 21, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Scarves, Work in Progress, Yarn.

Cheryl says … I like to work on this scarf at our weekly Stitch and Bitch.

This yarn is SO pretty. Unfortunately I was hasty and threw out the packaging before I could write down a description.


UPDATE: Ah ha.  It’s Marble Chunky in Rosebush.