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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.


The Queue and Thrumming January 24, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up.
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I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but who has heard of thrumming?  Does it really make your mittens a lot warmer?  And just how hard, exactly, is it? Do you end up with a whole bunch of the unspun yarn in the mitten? Do you need to sew in a lining to the underside of the mitten? Discuss.

After a brief ravelry pattern search for mittens, I came across these adorable thrummed mittens and they are really intriguing.  Not sure where in my long queue  I can fit them in but I do believe they should go on the ‘must knit’ list.

Speaking of my queue, it’s baby all the way.  Cast on is an afghan for my home now, but once that’s done I’ll be knitting for the soon to be born little one’s.  Without giving too much away, I’m attempting my 1st fair isle pattern for one friend who is due in February, a heavily cabled garment for another friend due in April and then a little something is in the works for another close friend and fellow knitter, who is expecting in May. Other than that, I have no baby items to knit. 🙂

Until next time, keep knitting and have fun!

p.s. Did any Canadian get that reference to those old “Body Break with Hal Johnson and Johanne McLeod” commercials on local channel stations?

Christmas presents a success! January 20, 2010

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Mittens, Scarves.

Leah says … Happy 2010, knitters!! I completed all my knitted presents before Christmas. Ok, I lie, all but one- socks for my dad. Those are coming up, after I knit bella’s mittens again for my aunt:

I was going to attempt my first pair of lace gloves, found in vogue 2009 autumn magazine- they are gorgeous! But the yarn I’m using (louet gems worsted weight) is way too thick and the lace looks super funky. This makes me really sad because, as you know, I’m trying my best at learning something new with each project and the challenge of knitting 5 fingers is sooo tempting! Anyway, my Dad’s socks are my first sock project, so I’m really looking forward to that.

I have finished a cable-tastic cap, also from Vogue fall 2009 issue- and have sworn off aluminum dpns forever. FOREVER! Never again! Wow, are they a headache to knit with or what? The fact that they’re 2 dollars/pair and bamboo are 10/pair is why I bought them in the first place, but nothing is worth the stress of watching them fall to the ground, unleashing my stitches to their own demise. The cable-tastic cap? Gorgeous! After blocking and fixing the gazillion droped stitches it turned out. I love it! This is for my aunt along with a trellis cable scarf. Trellis cables don’t use cable needles, they look like tiny little twists. Pictures coming soon, I promise.

By the way- a friend of mine has started sewing knitting bags- She gave one to me for Christmas and I get a ton of compliments on it and absolutely love it. It’s big enough to fit 16″ straight needles and my knitting tool bag and a ball of yarn, it’s so handy. She wants to start selling them- I will keep you posted. Pictures to come soon. Until then, you can have a look at these pics- there are a few projects I still need to snap- but bear with me. Soon, I will be up to date, soon!

Happy knitting!



C to the U-TE May 13, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Mittens.

toddler gloves1

toddler gloves2

Leah says … Aren’t they adorable? I’m not the type of person to swoon over baby clothes and toys and things, but these…? They have been making me coo and caw ever since I knit the 1st centimetre. The little thumbs! The little palms!!

There is a bit of an issue with the thumb on the right hand- the left hand is great, but for some reason the right hand thumb gusset didn’t come out the same. I even knit the right hand mitten again and it came out the exact same. I can’t wait to see them on the recipient, a two and a half year old sweetheart, soon to be a big sister!

Next I am thinking of taking Marri’s advice and knitting with cotton and linen, seeing as I really hate not working on a project. And I just found an easy and gorgeous table runner pattern knit with linen that can make a nice gift for my Momsie for Christmas.

My new dream? To move to Niagara-on-the-Lake and open a knitting store. And be a wine connoiseur. And act at the Shaw Festival. Happy Knitting, and Happy Long Weekend!

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

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Finished Projects, Mittens.
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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…

Socks and Fair Isle Fun April 7, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Fair Isle, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.

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.

Mission: Completed! March 2, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Finished Projects, Mittens.

Emily says… I had yesterday off work and I gave myself a goal to complete one of the Maggie Armwarmers. Cheryl had picked me up some of the fabulous Cotton Ease yarn and I was determined to complete this project before the end of the weekend. I was successful! Here is a beautiful photo of my left mitt! It hasn’t been blocked yet but I am pretty darn proud of myself. If you haven’t tried the pattern yet, you should! It is so much fun to knit and goes by really quickly. As usual, I had issues with the gusset and ended up knitting it instead of purling it, but I will just do the same on the right mitt to be consistent.

Cheryl also picked me up some Cotton Ease in this gorgeous purple/pink colour that I am considering making into a scarf. I know that I had previously sowrn off scarves forever, but I made a cute little neckwarmer to go with my Bella Mittens and it knit up so quickly that I might be swayed to take scarf orders again 🙂

Maggie Armwarmers! February 16, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Finished Projects, Mittens.

Cheryl says … check ’em out:

… Just don’t look too closely.  You’ll see all my mistakes!

This is a very easy cable knit pattern.  It’s knit flat and you’ll finish it in no time.  It took me five days to make both of them.

Subliminal Rabbit, we ❤ you!

Bella’s Mittens … Take Two February 8, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Mittens, Work in Progress.
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Emily says … So I was sitting there on a Saturday afternoon organizing my knitting projects. Unlike Cheryl, I tend to become obsessive and sit and knit until they are completely finished.

I started knitting in December. It was a scarf for Chris and took me almost 2 weeks…..in garter stitch….and it’s not very long at all.

Since then I have knit 8 hats (only two of which I consider wearable) a kerchief, 2 pairs of mittens and 2 more scarfs.

The most excited I have been about knitting was the Bella Mittens. I gave the first pair to my sister-in-law and right now I am knitting another pair for a daughter of my mom’s friend who loves Twilight too. This was the progress last night on the first mitten:

I finished it an hour ago and right now it is blocking. I am going to give myself a little break before I start on the second mitten. This is the wool I am using:

I love this wool so much because it is so silky and smooth and feels so nice on your hands as you knit! I plan on knitting a pair of these for myself in the same charcoal colour.

The next project up for me is some fingerless gloves. These are also from Subliminal Rabbit. I tried them in the leftover wool I have from my first Bella Mittens and they looked great but I ran out of wool. I think I might make them in cotton so I can wear them in the early spring that seems to be on the (not so near) horizon here in Toronto.

Bella’s Mittens February 6, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Finished Projects, Mittens.

Emily is our resident Twilight fanatic, so of course her first major project would be a pair of Bella’s Mittens. Here she is modeling them – with a little help from Aoife.  Not bad for a gal who’s only been knitting for two months, huh?