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Auld Lang Zyne January 12, 2014

Posted by haelybop in Fair Isle, Hats, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Happy 2014, one and all. Is it just me who’s completely stumped at how we are almost mid decade here?

What happened to me and my knitting last year? I got stuck in a sock rut. It started with Christmas presents for 2012. I decided to knit all my male relatives a pair of socks. That was 3 pairs all in a row. I finished the first pair in April or something. The second pair in October and the third in December of 2013. Why, when I can usually punch out a knitted object in pretty speedy time, did these socks take me so long? Well let me tell you. When I’m not knitting both socks at the same time, I really simply can’t stand sock knitting. The leg and foot part are just agonizingly slow for me. The heel and toe are really enjoyable but I usually zip through that quickly because I enjoy it. But when I finally cast off the toe of a sock, I realize I have to knit another one. I realize that I’m only half way there. And with the daunting task of knitting 3 pairs (6 socks) in a row, it made me crazy.

The end result of all 3 pairs were well received. This is the peril of knitting socks- they are so, so, SO comfortable. They make amazing gifts and I used a baby alpaca wool blend for all 3 pairs. And now I’ve gone and queued up another pair, for myself, this one with gorgeous fair isle pattern in it. Hoping this pair will be more fun for me to knit because the fair isle will make it more interesting!

I’ve been true to my word on my last post. This Fall, I’ve knit gloves, a hat, and an ear warmer, all for myself! They’ve turned out great, have a look:




Happy knitting in 2014.


Happy 2013 Knitting World! January 3, 2013

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Here we are in 2013 already.  For some reason, ringing in 2013 really made me stop and think.  2013!!!  I mean, where did the 90’s and 2000’s really go?  How is it possible it’s been 12 years since I was in College?  If anyone knows the answer, please let me know!

2012 was an amazing year for me personally.  I enjoyed many an amazing dinner and gathering with friends and family, met some new adorable and beautiful additions to the world, celebrated weddings, took an amazing vacation to California, started an intense and thrilling CrossFit regime here brought in a new pet to our home named Sasha the cat and really the list goes on.

Knit wise, I’m stuck again in the Christmas present vortex.  I still have two and a half pairs of socks left to knit!  Talk about missing the deadline.  I had all the female’s knitted item’s completed.  I knit what I consider to be the nicest, most beautiful hat I’ve ever done called Selbu Modern Hat which is for J’s sister and it looks so nice on her.  Once presents are complete, I actually had this horrible realization earlier that I don’t own my own knit hat for myself!  So that’s definitely in my queue along with another pair of gloves since I can’t seem to find the red pair I knit a couple of years ago.

For Christmas this year, I made and painted these cute and easy cement leaf garden stones:


I really love how they turned out.  And they took an afternoon last summer with the help from a neighbour.

Another present I knit was a braided head band for my sister:

ear warmer

This weekend we’re off with friends to Ellicottville for Skiing snowboarding.

Welcome Winter 2013!  Sasha the cat would like to put two paws up to celebrate.


Happy April! April 4, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Finished Projects, Hats, Leah, Random.
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Leah says:

We have entered what I hope to be Spring without any snow and with refreshingly coolish temperatures ahead.  Welcome Spring!  Though we in the GTA can’t really complain at all about the winter we had, it was the mildest in years and literally snow-less, I am happy to see that Spring is now official.  I’m also happy to see my tulips and lilies coming up in the front garden bed.  I’m so eager to get outside and continue to create curb appeal to our home.  It really needs it and while the work seems endless, I’m really  enjoying it thus far.

Now on to the knitting side of things.  There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is, guess what?  I finished the afghan!  Woot Woot!


And here on it’s new home:

I do apologize for the quality of these photos, they’re taken with my iPhone and the lighting is always wonky.

I’m thrilled with it.  It was such an easy knit (basket weave stitch) and was great to watch movies (after movies, after movies, after tv shows) with it on my lap.  And its WARM.  It ended up taking 13 skeins of Patons Tweed Wool in chestnut and I’m really happy with the colour and how it blocked.  At long last, what has taken about a year from the time I purchased the wool to completion, we have an afghan.

And now for the bad news.  I knit the cutest hat for my friend’s new baby but didn’t swatch it and it’s gigantic.   What do you think?


Good Luck Bear is trying it on for size and it’s way too big for him.  I love the pattern and how it turned out, but sheesh!  I just don’t know what to do with it.  I wanted the snowflake pattern because the little one was born in February, but maybe I can give it to her next Christmas for next winter.  Right now I’m knitting baby mitts and another hat for her.

I’ll leave you with this next picture, we’ve had a very warm spell in March and during one of those gorgeously warm days, Justin and I went on a hike in Dundas, at Spencer Creek Park.  This is of Websters Falls:

Love that he even caught the rainbow the mist caused at the base of the falls.

Here’s to many more warm Spring days ahead!

Two Little Monkeys…. April 7, 2010

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Leah says … Baby knits are truly amazing for the following reasons:

1. A little yarn goes a long way- got half a skein of that gorgeous yarn left over in your stash? Booties!

2. They are so cute.

3. New parents love hand knit items for their babies more than that toy that makes alarm sounds and talks in what is thought of as English, but one can’t really be sure.

4. If the baby keeps the knitted item on long enough, there’s lots of room for photo op’s.

Although I’ve knit a blanket already, I’ve added these two things to the baby knit’s list:

 Booties and a hat!


These were knit last minute as J and I were heading out of town to visit friends of J’s who have year old twins. We spent two days with them, but they had my heart after about a minute of seeing them. Don’t get any ideas- I’m not even close to having or wanting a baby for myself. But those twin babies rolling and crawling and cooing had me at hello. And if I ever decide to embark on the baby train, I’m calling J’s friends for advice. These new parents of twins, although of course it can get chaotic, have their daily routines down to a science. The Mom and Dad are happy- the babies are happy- the babies are sleeping, the Mom and Dad are sleeping- And while I was singing my praises, chatting with the mother, she was very grateful, but she did warn me that no routine came without a price. It sounded like a LOT of work to get that routine established. But I’m very happy for them and their new family, and I wish them all the best! And I can’t wait to play with their twins again. 🙂

Project baby blanket is coming along. It is 220 stitches cast on and I just finished my first skein last night- the blanket is only 5 inches long. The pattern is asking to go to 41 inches- so I need to get more yarn. It’s acrylic, so it’s not breaking the bank, but I think it will take about 9 skeins to complete. Also, in the lace panel it is knit 4 together- now THAT is a challenge. And with acrylic yarn, I have been heard cursing lately, but its worth it! It’s turning out to be a really cute blanket.

Oh I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you with all the cheering that’s been going on. GO CANADA! March 2, 2010

Posted by cheryl in Hats, Leah, Scarves.
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Leah says: Did you guys see that hockey game, Canada vs States for the gold medal or what?  I was out there in the middle of it at Yonge and Dundas in Toronto- sang the anthem about 16 times, nursing a very sore throat this morning, and am so proud of my country.  You American hockey players sure didn’t make it easy.  Tieing the score with 20 seconds left of the game… come on!  I think I had about three minor heart attacks during the overtime. 
Anyways, back to knitting!  Check out what the Leah’s Olympic knits have produced:  Whaddaya think of Justins new hat?  Cute, huh? 

And a cowl scarf for his Mom- this edging is called picot edging and is so cute and easy to knit.

  Right now, Operation: Knit all my yarn, save money! Is proving to be a success.  I’m knitting a poncho with some yarn my mom gave me. It’s acrylic and twisty.  I hate it.  But it looks nice, and I have oodles of it, so I’ll suffer. 
I’m probably going to be popping out a ton of knitted items while I go through olympic withdrawl.  I already am so sad the games are over!!


Luke’s hat for the Green Isle and Other Thoughts on Knitting September 24, 2009

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Leah says … My brother and his girlfriend are travelling to Ireland and the UK for a year leaving at the end of October. After I dealt with my raging jealousy issues, that he can just get up and go like that, I decided to knit him and his girlfriend little items to keep them warm this winter. Although I hear that Ireland in the winter just rains a lot, maybe this will still come in handy. AND this means they won’t be here for the holidays, so they will still get some presents, at least. The patterns are from, you guessed it, SnB. The scarf is the basketweave stitch scarf from SnB Nation which I LOVE. I know, I KNOW I need to move AWAY from the Stitch N Bitch books. And I fully intend to do that, but a) I was ill and bored a couple of weeks ago and b) That is one thing about SnB I love- I can find an easy ‘knit in a few hours’ pattern that uses up all the yarn I have.

Next up, I’m knitting one of my dearest friends the Bella’s Mittens pattern from Subliminal Rabbit. Everyone else in our Knitting Circle has, so its time for me, too, and I’ll get to finally learn my cables and the magic loop. PLUS I have this Alpaca wool from the KW Knitters Fair that I got for super cheap that is gorgeous.

THEN I’ll be knitting with linen for the first time which I

m actually excited about. (I’m SUCH a flippin knitting dweeb. That honestly excites me. Knitting with linen yarn. Whatever!!!!) I found this grogeous table runner on ravelry with scalloped edges, and that will be for the bf’s cute parents for Christmas.

I recently reread our early blogs on here and realized I have done some serious damage to my to do list I posted way back in February! Great satisfaction, that.

I’m stumped on what to knit my Pops for Christmas. Anyone have ideas for knitted gifts for Dad’s?????

Kiki’s Hat February 27, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Hats, Patterns.
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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.

See? I Can Finish Projects! February 8, 2009

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Cheryl says … I was digging through my archives for a finished project and A-ha! I found this.  Here’s a head band I designed myself.  Super easy, knit in garter stitch, and I think the thing knits up in, like, twenty minutes:

I call it the “Spring Time Headband”. Yeah I know – I fail at naming things. Anyway, I’ll dig out the pattern and post it here later. Right now I’m off to have some Dim Sum with Will.


Emily’s Projects February 7, 2009

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Cheryl says … in two months, Emily has completed more projects than I have in three years!  Clearly, she’s kicking my butt.

This cute kerchief is a great beginner project. You can find a pattern here.

I love this hat. You should feel the yarn – it’s so soft and pretty. Hats are my nemesis. They always come out too small. I wear them anyway, and they end up giving me headaches.

Anyway, keep it up Em!!