jump to navigation

Autumn Colours October 23, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Cheryl, Emily, Finished Projects, Leah, Scarves.
add a comment

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!

And a Prodigal Son Returns… January 18, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
add a comment

Dear WordPress: I’m sorry I left you!  I’m sorry I started my own blog but grew tiresome and antsy and eventually unsatisfied with it.  Now I’d like to beg forgiveness and ask that you accept me back to us Cool Girls, who still love to knit.

Now enough grovelling.  What have I been up to?  (Knitting-wise, of course)  Here’s some random pictures from my recent FO’s:

A knitted layette for my dear friend who gave birth to a beautiful girl last May.

A lacy cowl for said friend as her Christmas present.

A “Lily of the Valley’ stitch scarf:

And with this same Sirdhar’s Mohair “Blush” yarn, a ruffle scarf:

That one’s not the best picture.  Sorry about that!

I got into this “knitting my stash” funk, and it’s something that I think every knitter goes through.  When you want to desperately to go and buy this gorgeous yarn for this gorgeous pattern, but just can’t reconcile the cost when you have a large drawer full (most of you have a lot better stash than me, I imagine) of stash that’s beckoning you to knit it.  Most of these projects were knit with my stash and while the drawer still seems full, so does my bank account.  Next up, I’ll be knitting another baby gift for another dear friend who is expecting her 2nd.  My first sweater is also in my queue, and I’ll get that cast on in the next few weeks.

Until next time, happy knitting one and all!

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.
add a comment

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!!

 

Olympic Fever February 18, 2010

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Scarves.
2 comments

 
Leah says:  Knitters- Can I tell you how much I love the olympics?  Yes, I agree that CTV coverage is a bit mucky.  CBC did a much better job in past olympics.  And yes, England has the right to call it “Calamity Games” did anyone see those horrible spills the women took on the alpine track yesterday?  OUCH!  I’m hoping they are all ok, especially the Romanian who was airlifted off the slope!  But considering all that- there’s nothing wrong with a world competition, is there?  And it being the winter olympics and all I’m feeling the intensity of the games, the sadness when olympians fall and the joy when they win.  Those who know me know I’m a very competitive person and this is the ultimate competition!  I’m glued!
 
Meanwhile, of course, I have been knitting up a storm since I’m watching more tv then I usually do.  Here are Valentine’s  weekend projects: 

A cowl for my Mom:

 and a bookmark (one of many) for my sister.  I’m currently knitting a hat with a skull on it for Justin, and that is taking no time at all and looking so cute!  All patterns, of course, are free from Ravelry.  As i mentioned earlier, I’m trying to knit the yarn I have, hence dinky projects like the bookmarks!


 
Go Canada! Go Olympians!  Go Knitters!

Christmas presents a success! January 20, 2010

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

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!

Leah

  

Crunch Time October 27, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Scarves.
add a comment

Leah says … That’s right. Christmas is less then two months away. It’s time to get down to business. Firstly, here is my brother’s girlfriends scarf to take with her to Ireland. They leave TONIGHT at 10:30 pm for a year. It is all a bit crazy and surreal. I can’t believe I won’t see my brother for a year! Good Luck, Brother! Anyway, I digress….

I still have about 8 presents to knit. I’m almost finished a couple of them. AND I found cute little ornament patterns to knit in Knit Simple Holiday 2009 magazine- they are sooo cute. I’ve knit about 5 ornaments already. I might attach an ornament to each present, but that is if I finish them pronto!

Since my last blog, I have learned a few things. They are:

Magic Loop (LOVE IT!)
Cables (LOVE THEM!)
Icord (it’s ok. I kind of think its annoying and I have no clue why.)

I have very successfully knit my first pair of Bella’s mittens. I say 1st pair as I am definitely going to knit them again. I’m halfway through a project for my sis with this super bulky yarn that I’m in desperate love with. It is so nice to knit with. I can’t stop touching it. (Dirty!) I’d also like to knit an afghan. That will be my Winter project. That will be for ME. This whole ‘knit all my presents’ thing is very consuming, but I truly am loving knitting them. I can’t wait to see everyone’s face when they see what their item is.

Also- another digression- I’m going to New York City for New Years Eve. We are flying on aeroplan and renting an apartment for 4 nights. I am saving every sheckle for that, and am beyond excited. Anyone know any knitting stores in New York City I have to stop at?

Peace out!

Scarves = too much time and not enough fun March 17, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Scarves, Work in Progress.
2 comments

Emily says... So I am going back on my scarf policy again. I had decided never to knit another scarf because they take so long. But then I started to do lacework. And it was sooooo fun! And rewarding! Every stitch went along to a pattern that was creating leaves and vines and it was all so pretty!

It stopped being fun this afternoon. I am now on my second ball and I just really want to wear this scarf already!!! I know it will all be worth it in the end, but I am growing more and more impatient….so no more scarves after I am done this one!!!

The Neck, Shoulder, Chest and Belly Warmer February 24, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
3 comments

Leah says … Disaster averted: The scarf project is finished. Wool manufacturers breathe sigh of relief after nearing critical shortages…

Ta da! My first knitted item- a scarf- WITH FRINGE is complete. Isn’t that cool? (But it took a long time- it is 50 stitches across! Yowza!) Can I tell everyone how gleeful it was to make fringe? It’s so easy and it gives this scarf so much character. Don’t look too closely, though, or you will see my mistakes. And another gleeful moment: Binding Off. There is something very satisfying in seeing your knitted piece without knitting needles sticking through!

Next on the list is almost finished as well- the camera flash case. I just have to sew on velcro pieces for the flap, et voila. Pictures of that will be next! Also, I started but have not finished a kerchief. This is where I learned to increase stitches. It was my Oscar Night knitting project. It looks great! It is also the first time I have knit 100% cotton yarn and I really like it. Boy does that yarn really grip the aluminum needles, or what? It hangs on for dear life!

My 17 year old cousin called me GRANDMA today because of my new found love of knitting. Guess who is NOT getting a beautiful knitted piece this year for Christmas? I am a Cool Girl Who Knits!

Hot Pink Scarf February 21, 2009

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

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.

Grr.

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

Hello Fellow Knitters! February 10, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Leah, Scarves, Work in Progress.
2 comments

 


Leah Says … I have been knitting since Feb 5th, 2009. I am about a third of the way through a scarf for my boyfriend, who, in his sad realization that he has lost some of me to knitting, is gaining a really nice scarf that goes with everything he has!

I knit in the car, on the ttc, on my lunch break and while watching tv. I am similar to Emily in that I can’t seem to stop knitting until the project is completed. I hate ripping out because I feel like it is knitting that has been lost forever! I had to endure my first ‘rip out’ this weekend. I held up my work for my parents and Justin to see and ‘lo- there is a huge hole about the size of my index finger, in the middle of a row about 6 rows back. And if it weren’t for my mother who said, “Let me have it” once we spotted the horrible void, I would still have this gapping hole. This thought entered my mind- “Maybe I could make the same mistake every ten rows so it would make a pattern. In fact, it probably is a stitch that I just haven’t learnt yet, OR maybe I actually created a new sticth!” I sadly looked on as my Mom ripped out 6 rows and fixed the gaping hole.

And this is the question I wanted to blog about in the first place. Does anyone know how to do that finger slip thing with the wool? Cheryl, do you know? My Mom said that a friend of hers does it and it makes knitting go by so much faster. And seeing as I am only a third of the way through my scarf, any help along the way is much appreciated. I think it’s your left index finger that has the wool wrapped around it and when you put the right kneedle through, you hook the wool around it… I know it might be complicated to describe on a blog, but I looked on you tube for it but didn’t find anything.

Stay tuned.. and happy knitting!

Leah