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Was looking for a project that would be small enough to work on while taking public transit. I find it a great way to de-stress to/from work and dealing with rush hour traffic. (And so it is also necessary to learn to knit while standing in a moving train — it’s quite a skill, if I do say so myself :D)

I found this lovely pattern on Ravelry by The Yarn Juice. I’ve always been partial to sideways triangular scarfs with contrasting stitch patterns and colours. This pattern is perfect.

I started on Victoria Day holiday while taking the bus to my parents’. This makes waiting for the bus much more tolerable.

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On the streetcar to the beach!

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Post-long weekend morning… but look, we got seats! This happens like once every 6 months. I’m really pleased with how the purple contrasts with the variegated lime/yellow yarn (which by the way I got in Halifax, hand-dyed by East Anchor Yarns, and I’m so happy to incorporate it in something I can wear :D).

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Fast-forward to weekend again, taking the long subway ride to Scarborough Bluffs (more on that trip later).

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This is me binding off 7 days later. It’s a super quick knit! (And yes, that is a Michaels bag with more yarn in it for my next projects.)

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Arriving with a finished scarf! :D (ironically, there was a scheduled closure in the subway line that weekend, which made our travel time quite a bit longer. Well, more time for knitting!)

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I love everything about it. I love all the different textures layered together when it’s wrapped around the neck. And it’s wide enough to drape over the shoulders. It’s far too warm to wear it right now but I’ll be sure to bring it with me everywhere comes this fall.

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I used worsted weight yarn and 6mm needles, rather than DK yarn and 5mm needles as called for in the pattern, because I have a lot of worsted weight scarp yarn. It’s really a great way to use up scarps. I think I will make another one as a gift. I also got to practice using circular needles, which I never really liked using. But it’s great for knitting in transit.

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend!

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

 

Oh my goodness this giant pom pom rabbit!!! *squeal* the cottontail! The pink nose and whiskers! *squeal* Tutorial on ikatbag. (make a fluffle!!)

A shawlette, by the same designer who created the pattern I used to make those trivets! I like cowls better than scarves but have really come to admire the drape and shape of triangular shawlettes. Free pattern from Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World.

A nice spring/summer make by Drops Design and looking forward to warmer weather…

A cozy, simple, perfectly squishy, cloud-like cowl. From Espace Tricot.

Bobble sheep! Especially love that bubble gum pink :D Free Ravelry download by Just Add Crochet.

And a bigger, more hug-able version of the bobble sheep :) Knitted pillow pattern by Purl Soho.

All made of yarn this week! :D Happy crafting!

more Christmas crafting fun!

We spent the new year with my family, the gift-opening continues! :D

I finger-knitted my sister a headband in a colour that I thought she’d like (kind of purple sunset-sky-like), with this tutorial I wrote :)

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And using the same finger-knitting method, I made a neck warmer for my mom. Just made it wider than the headband, but it’s the same length. The double-thick fabric made by finger-knitting makes it very, very warm. She demonstrated wearing it as a headband too, as well as a Smurf-style hat :P

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And in the air was the aroma of the scented candle I got for my dad. He likes scented candles :D

And for me! :D I got an assortment of seaweed and SQUID FLOSS!! From Mike, who knows me so well! :D I love squid floss. I got more squid floss from my parents :D

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And I got The Little World of Liz Climo from my sister. If you haven’t checked out her work before, I highly recommend taking a look at her Tumblr — it is hilarious and adorable, especially if you like cute talking animals, it will totally brighten up your day :D

And a gift from my mom — a new year haircut! :D

 

I’m the luckiest daughter. My mom’s always cut my hair. She took classes when I was very young. I’ve never been to a hair salon in my life until a few years ago. Partly because of convenience (it was a long commute to my parents’), partly because I know how tiring it is to cut someone’s hair (because I’ve tried cutting Mike’s hair :S), and partly because I wanted a pretty extreme asymmetrical cut at the time (like nearly shaved on one side) and I wasn’t sure if she’d be willing to do it, I’ve been going to a hair salon for the last while. But since I was home and my mom wasn’t busy I asked if she could cut my hair. I still like the idea of an asymmetrical haircut, but I thought I’d go for a more subtle look this time, a bit less dramatic for the workplace.

My mom never disappoints! :)

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I’m very pleased with it, now I’m all ready for 2016! :D

(actually, I’d like another week of holiday, or better yet, this holiday week just magically loops on over and over again, just thinking about all the challenges that haven’t resolved before going into the holidays.

But holidays always end, and challenges will always be there, no matter where we go, or what we do, and maybe the way to deal with them is not to wish that they’re not there, but to “turn towards” them (in the words of one of my teachers) in faith, that things will work out one way or another, and that I’m never alone in dealing with them.)

And so for the new year, and the winter months ahead, I thought it’d be fitting to share this with you :D

(original post here)

Happy new year, everyone! :D *tosses glitter*

Christmas crafting fun :D

Some of the gifts I made for Christmas :)

This was from a pattern by the Knit Cafe, I got it while participating in the annual TTC Knitalong. I don’t usually knit with such fine yarn, so it took me quite a long time, but the result is well worth the effort!

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I like the contrast between the solid garter stitch and the lacy mesh stitch when it’s all wrapped around. Might make another one sometimes, with a different colour combination :)

Here’s a much quicker project I made for Mike, using Bernat Blanket. It’s quite a soft but sturdy yarn with very little stretch, I thought it’d be perfect for slippers. The pattern is from Rainbows and Sunshine. Fits him perfectly! :D

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This bonnet was finger knitted on the plane, on our way back from the east coast, with a skein of beautiful Sirdar Kiko. It’s a baby shower gift I made it for a friend who used to work as a flight attendant on the airline we flew with :)

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This is one of the stones from Mike’s grandpa’s collection, which I wrapped with wire and made into pendants. Mike’s grandpa passed away a few years ago. He was quite a semi-precious stone and fossil enthusiast when he was young!

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I’m not educated in stone identification at all, so if anyone knows what this stone is, please feel free to drop me a note! I made a total of 13 pendants for aunts and cousins, but I was too excited about wrapping them up and writing notes to go along with them, I neglected to take pictures of the finished necklaces. I followed this handy tutorial for the wire-wrapping.

While visiting Mike’s parents we looked through more of grandpa’s rock collection, including this piece of petrified wood, with transparent inclusions! How cool is that?

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Look at the light shining through. Maybe it can be made into a sun catcher.

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And here’s my young nephew wearing his present :D

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I followed the owl hat pattern by Kat Goldin. Also made these owl mitts from Down Cloverlaine for my other young nephew, this pineapple bag for my niece, a couple of knit neckwarmers/cowls that I made up with bulky weight yarn, this casserole carrier from Moogly for my mother-in-law, and a couple more projects that I can’t show you just yet because the recipients haven’t opened them :)

After making gifts I thought I’d spend the holidays making something for myself. I recently started on this sweater from the current issue of Interweave Crochet. Here I am drinking tea, eating Kinder eggs, and watching family play scrabble while I crochet — holiday at its finest :D

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We’ve also got some very unusual weather in our corner of the world this Christmas. It’s not unusual to not have snow, but it was warm enough to find these turkey tails (I think that’s what they are) in the backyard!

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Happy about the fungi sighting, at the same time a bit uneasy about the double-digit temperature :S

Then on the weekend it was very windy, with water splashing onto the lakeside road. Reminds me of the roaring sea in the east coast! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lake with waves like that, but then I don’t see the lake very much from where I live.

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But all in all we had a fun time away from the city visiting family. And I’m grateful to have one more week of holidays until the new year, which means more time to write about crafting fun here on the blog! :D

Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

finger-knitted ear-warmer

Tomorrow is the first day of December! Thought I’d share a super cozy last minute gift to make :D

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I’ve mentioned this ear-warmer in a post before, and finally got around to taking all the pictures to make a how-to :D It works best with bulky weight yarn, to keep the fabric soft. I think super bulky would turn out too stiff. Because of the way the knitted fabric curl with finger-knitting, the ear-warmer/headband will also turn out double-thick! So it’s super warm :)

I used:

Bulky weight wool. I used the scrap yarn I have, but one ball of this will be enough to make one headband of solid colour. 2 balls if you want to make one with a contrasting colour.

No need for needles and hooks, just fingers :) but you do need a tapestry needle for sewing the headband together.

Notes:

I learned finger-knitting and joining method from Knitting Without Needles by Anne Weil. She also has a photo tutorial on how to finger-knit here. But to save everyone the trouble of going back and forth between different sites, I’m showing the basics of finger-knitting in the how-to below as well.

The bind-off method is inspired by this finger-knitted blanket video by Good Knit Kisses. The author of the video uses a different finger-knitting method than the one I’m used to, so I just took the basic idea and made up a bind-off method that works for me.

Basically, finger-knitting produces a long strip of knitting. For the headband, we’re going to make 6 strips of knitting and join them together lengthwise as we knit.

It might take longer to make the headband if you’re learning finger-knitting for the first time. But with some practice, the headband took me a couple of hours in front of the TV to finish :)

Ready? Let’s knit! :D

We first make a setup row. Take your left hand, take the yarn end and hold it between your thumb and hand, then take the yarn behind your middle finger, in front of your fourth finger, and behind your pinky.

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Wrap the yarn around your pinky, take it behind your fourth finger, in front of your middle finger, and behind your index finger.

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Wrap the yarn around your index finger, then take it behind your middle finger, in front of your fourth finger, and behind your pinky again.

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Wrap the yarn around your pinky, take it behind your fourth finger, and in front of your middle finger, than hold the yarn between your index finger and middle finger.

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Straighten out the wrapping a bit, it will look something like the picture below, with the yarn end still held between your thumb and your hand, and the working yarn tail between your index finger and middle finger.

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Now, starting from your pinky, take the lower loop of yarn, and pull it over the upper loop of yarn and over your finger, so that you would have only one loop of yarn left on your finger. Repeat on your fourth finger and middle finger.

Then take the yarn end between your thumb and hand, and swing it to the back of your hand between your index finger and middle finger, like so. We’ve now completed the set up row.

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We now begin our first row. Wrap the working yarn around your index finger, from left to right, take it behind your middle finger, in front of your fourth finger, and behind your pinky.

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Wrap the working yarn around your pinky, take it behind your fourth finger, in front of your middle finger, and hold it between your index finger and middle finger. The working yarn tail will always rest between your middle finger and index finger after each row.

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Starting with your pinky, pull the lower loop on your finger over the upper loop and over your finger. Repeat with your fourth finger, middle finger, and index finger. We’ve completed a row!

Repeat the steps from “we now begin our first row” to “we’ve completed a row” 39 more times. So that altogether we will have 40 rows.

Note on size: 40 rows fits me fine, since headbands are supposed to be a bit snug to stay on the head, and because of the loose gauge of finger-knitting the headband will stretch. But the length of your knitted strip may also vary according to the kind of yarn you use or the tension of your knitting. You can wrap the knitted strip around your head after 40 rows, and see if the ends will meet with a bit of stretching, and if you need to add or take out a row or two. Or if you’re making it for somebody else, make the knitted strip a couple of inches shorter than the person’s estimate head circumference. I think an average adult head is 22″ around.

As you knit, the right side of the work will be facing the back of your hand, the wrong side of the work will be facing up.

After the 40th row is complete, we now begin to bind off the strip. Wrap the working yarn around your index finger from left to right. Hold the yarn between your index finger and middle finger.

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Pull the lower loop over the upper loop and over your index finger.

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Place the remaining loop on your index finger onto your middle finger.

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Take the working yarn and wrap it around your middle finger, from left to right. Pull taut (but not too tight) the working yarn by holding it between your index and middle fingers. Pull the two lower loops on your middle finger over the upper loop (working yarn loop) and over your middle finger.

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Transfer the remaining loop on your middle finger onto your fourth finger.

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Wrap the working yarn around your fourth finger, from left to right. Pull taut the working yarn tail by gripping it between your index and middle fingers. Pull the two lower loops on your fourth finger over the upper loop and over your fourth finger.

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Transfer the remaining loop on your fourth finger to your pinky. Wrap the working yarn around your pinky, from left to right. Pull taut the working yarn tail by gripping it with your index and middle fingers. Pull the two lower loops on your pinky over the upper loop and your pinky.

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You will have one remaining loop left on your pinky.

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Without turning the knitted piece, transfer the loop on your pinky to your index finger, with the right side of the work facing you, positioned like the picture below.

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We are now knitting the second strip, and joining it to the first strip as we knit. Wrap the working yarn around your fingers as usual to knit one row.

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Then, position the knitted strip and your hand like the picture below. Note that the right side of the knitted piece is still facing up.

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Insert your index finger from under the loop into the outermost loop of the second row from your hand — the highlighted loop in the picture below.

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You will now have two loops on your index finger.

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Then wrap the working yarn around your fingers as usual to knit the row. When you get to your index finger, pull the two lower loops over the upper loop.

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And in every row hereafter, before wrapping the working yarn around your fingers to knit the row, insert your index finger into the outermost loop of the knitted strip — the highlighted loops in the picture below.

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When the second strip is complete, bind off as shown before, with one loop remaining.

If you’re making a solid colour headband, you can continue knitting until you have 6 knitted strips altogether. If you’d like a contrasting colour, change colour after knitting the first 2 strips, as follows.

Make a loop with new colour and place loop in the working loop, like so.

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Tie the yarn end of the new yarn to the working yarn tail of the previous colour. You might want to put a pen into the new yarn loop to stabilize it when tying. Cut off the previous colour.

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Then knit with new yarn and join it to the previously knitted strip, as shown before. Knit two strips with the new yarn. Then change to previous colour, and knit two strips.

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After binding off the 6th strip, leave a long tail for sewing, and cut off yarn. Pull the yarn end through the working loop to fasten off.

Now we sew the headband together. With wrong side facing, sew the two short ends of the headband together using a loose mattress stitch. Because of the loose gauge of finger-knitting, some stitches are going to be quite loose. Ensure that your needle is passing through two strands of yarn on each side in each stitch.

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After sewing the seam together, don’t fasten off. Pull the sewing yarn tight to cinch the seam. Turn piece right side out. Wrap the sewing yarn firmly around the middle a couple of times, with the top and bottom edges of the headband folding into the centre, like so.

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Fasten off the sewing yarn by tying it to the beginning yarn end. Weave in ends.

Now we make the small strip in the middle of the cinch. Finger-knit a piece that is 6 rows long, and bind off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Wrap the piece around the cinched middle of the headband, sew the ends of the small piece together, then sew through all layers of the headband a couple of times through the middle. Fasten off by tying the sewing yarn tail to the beginning yarn end of the small knitted piece in the middle.

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And we’ve done it! A double-thick, super warm, (literally) handmade ear-warmer! :D

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I hope my photos are clear. But if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try my best to explain, and other visitors will benefit from your questions too, so don’t be shy :)

Wishing you a happy week!

 

adventures in fingerknitting

 

My interest in finger-knitting was sparked when I was contemplating what project to bring on my trip to the east coast. I didn’t want my needles and project to be confiscated at the airport. A few knitters I asked, and even my good friend who is a former flight attendant, assured me that they have either brought knitting needles on the plane, or seen people knit on the plane. But still, my project was on 3.5mm straight metal needles… I didn’t want to risk them being “misconstrued as weapons”.

A while ago I also bought Knitting Without Needles by Anne Weil of the beautiful blog, Flax and Twine. I tried making this finger-knitted scarf in the book for a friend.

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It uses a “join as you go” method that joins multiple knitted strips together to make a wider fabric. So then I thought I can do some finger-knitting on the trip, with some locally made yarn, and that would make some pretty special souvenirs. Taking handmade to the next level! :D

I used the “join as you go” method from the book and came up with these finger-knitted fingerless mitts :D

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I made these while driving through Cape Breton Island. The wool is by East Anchor Yarns. I made them for my sister. I thought they’d come in handy (haha) for driving in cold weather. It would keep the hands warm enough before the car is fully heated up, and it leaves the fingers out to grip the steering wheel. They fit my sister well :D

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And this is the fingerless mitts in action! :D

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Lately I made a couple of headbands / ear-warmers for the shop, which also uses a “join as you go” method, but slightly different, and creates sort of a ribbed fabric.

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I based it on this tutorial for making a finger-knitted blanket. The instructor of the tutorial uses a different finger-knitting and casting-off method. So I just took the general idea and kind of made up some of my own steps to fit the finger-knitting method I know. This was actually a lot of fun to make, and very quick, so I’m hoping to write a tutorial for it :D

And with the same method, I made a baby blanket! :D (for a family member, I don’t think she reads my blog :S) It’s very thick and warm. I used 1.5 balls of Bernat Blanket.

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I like this method because the fabric doesn’t curl relentlessly inward, like the resulting fabric from “join as you go” method from the book.

Using the book I’ve also made a couple of bowls. They’re like soft nests. I’m hoping to use them at work to hold stones.

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In some ways I actually like the very tactile process of finger-knitting more than knitting with needles or crocheting with hooks. Especially when making something for another person. There’s something very heartfelt about literally making every single stitch by hand. I look forward to sharing more about the headband / ear-warmers! They’re very thick and warm as well.

Wishing everyone a great start to the week!

 

 

east coast yarn adventures!

Mike and I were travelling in Nova Scotia over the past week :D We had a magical time driving through the mountains, marveling at the sea and chatting with very friendly locals. I will share more pictures about our trip in other posts. But first, yarn! We first stopped in Halifax (where I was actually attending a conference before we rode off to the sunset and the sea and fun times), and not far from where we were staying is The Loop!

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There’s been some construction going on in front of the shop, so guess what? The scaffolding gets some new sweaters! :D

I bought a skein of locally made wool there, by East Anchor Yarns, in lovely shades of blue/green and pale yellow. (The friendly shopkeeper let me know that the other skeins with shades of pink were dyed with newspaper! Who knew black ink will turn yarn pink? She also helped me with winding the skein into a ball so I can start using it right away :D)

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And so during lunch time at the conference and on the way to Cape Breton Island I was finger-knitting :)

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Can’t show you what I was making yet, because it’s a gift. I thought it would make a pretty special souvenir to buy some local yarn and make something during the trip! I might even write a pattern for this project, it’s super fun for travelling :D

I could have brought the project I was working on at home, but because I mostly knit with straight, long (and metal!) needles, I was doubtful about bringing them on the plane. So I figure I’d finger-knit!

We were staying in Baddeck while visiting Cape Breton. I didn’t know that the village has a yarn store until we spotted the bright pink sign on the way there. Baadeck Yarns! This is the best surprise ever! :D

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It has soooo much yarn… (sorry about the blurry picture, my hands were obviously shaking with excitement)

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The shopkeeper is so very friendly! She showed me the beautiful crocheted cardigan she just finished, we exchanged experiences with various knitting stitches, then she chatted with Mike while I went around the store to touch everything. This is me being ridiculously happy being in this store.

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I seriously had a super hard time walking out the door, with the kind shopkeeper and all the yarns… but eventually I did. And hope to return one day. On the plane home I was knitting with a ball of yarn that I bought there.

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This is all the yarn I gathered from the trip :D (the Sirdar Kiko has already been knitted up)

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I bought the skein with green/purple/brown shades at the Seaport Farmers’ Market from Lismore Sheep Farm, when we drove back from Cape Breton to Halifax to catch our flight. After going to Baadeck Yarns I wasn’t going to buy more yarn, because we tried to travel light and only brought one suitcase and a couple of carry-on bags. But it was really affordable and it has beautiful shades of colours I like, so I couldn’t resist! I wasn’t going to get so much of the brown/tan yarn neither, but the shopkeeper at Baadeck gave me a really good deal because she was cleaning out the shelf… Anyway, good thing yarn can squeeze into small spaces, everything fit in our suitcase in the end :D

Stay tuned for more photos and stories from our trip! :D Hope everyone has a good start to the week!

 

 

 

needle testing fun

The friendly folks at Yarn Canada sent me a Denise2Go knitting set to review :D

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So very generous of them! Clearly I was very excited, and started a couple of projects to try it out :D

The knitting kit that I chose comes with 4 pairs of needles (6.5mm-10mm) and 3 cords of different lengths (14″, 16″, 19″), and they’re interchangeable! It also comes with a 6.5mm crochet hook (handy to have in a knitting kit for weaving in ends, picking up stitches, adding crochet details, or taking up crocheting if one doesn’t already crochet…), 2 end buttons and a connector (I’ll show you what they do in a bit).

The cord locks into the end of the needle with a half turn and a click. And we’re ready to knit!

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I’m super excited about the cords. Since I usually avoid projects that work in the round, I don’t have a lot of circular needles, but I do need them for knitting collars (even though I try to avoid knitting those in the round as well), and for large projects. This is where the connector is very useful.

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I could link two cords together to make a super long cord! Initially I had just connected the cords for a photo, but as my knitting grew I realized that without the cord connector I wouldn’t have been able to continue :S (I’ve never knitted anything this large before).

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The plastic is kind of stiff when it’s new, and it’s a tiny piece, so I found it a bit hard to to grip and turn some pieces in place, but wide elastic bands (from buying broccoli :D) saved the day.

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I also wondered about the cords becoming disconnected in the middle of knitting. So far it’s been fine, everything seemed secure. The cord only came off the connector once when I accidentally turned it while pushing the stitches forward.

And the end buttons! They can turn circular needles into “straight” needles.

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All in all I do prefer actual straight needles, because I can rest them on my forearms as I knit, and I find that easier on my wrists. But have you seen my bin of needles? I will spare you the headache and won’t show you, but it’s a giant mess! The good thing about this kit is that it wraps up in a neat bundle, and it’s organized and small and easy to store. And the case is handmade! Maybe I should look into making cases for all my other needles…

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Yarn Canada also carries a crochet kit and a knitting kit with smaller needles, you can find them here :) They also carry a wide variety of yarn, with free shipping options. I’ve never bought yarn online before, but might give this a try if I already know the look and feel of the yarn I want.

And now I’m off to the yarn shop! :D Happy Wednesday, everyone!

 

ramen cardigan

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I wanted to make a cozy, sort of slouchy fall cardigan that one would want to relax in. I was going to name it something poetic like “lakeside” to evoke the relaxed cottage vibe, but then I posted an in-progress picture on social media and one of my friends commented that it looked like ramen. And I thought, that’s a much better better name for it! After all, I can relate to relaxing at home, watching movies on TV and eating ramen more than I can relate to relaxing at the cottage, which I’ve actually never done in my life.

This is a very easy cardigan to make. It is based on the one row lace pattern by Magda Makes. I made an infinity scarf for a friend one year using the pattern and had a lot of fun, I figure I would make an entire sweater with it :D

The cardigan is made of 5 rectangular pieces. These pieces are seamed together, then a 2x2 rib is worked along the front pieces and back of neck for collar.

It has a loose-fitting body with fitted sleeves. It’s also made with a loose gauge, so it’s pretty plushy.

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Measurements of my cardigan:
Bust = 40″
Sleeve circumference = 11″
Length = 21″

Size adjustments:
I made the cardigan to fit me, but since the construction and stitch pattern is so simple, it wouldn’t be too difficult to adjust size. To increase or decrease width, add or subtract multiple of 4 stitches. 4 stitches = approx. 1″

I used:
Worsted weight yarn, approx. 1000 yards (more yarn will be needed if you’re making a larger cardigan)
7 mm straight needles
6 mm circular needles, 29″

What I did:

Back

With larger needles, CO 80.

Work k2, p2 rib for 8 rows.

Work 1 row lace pattern by Magda Makes until piece is 21″, or desired length, from CO edge. Fasten off loosely.

Right and Left Front (make 2)

CO 28.

Work k2, p2 rib for 8 rows.

Work 1 row lace pattern by Magda Makes until piece is 21″, or desired length, from CO edge. Fasten off loosely.

Sleeves (make 2)

CO 40.

Work k2, p2 rib for 8 rows.

Work 1 row lace pattern by Magda Makes until piece is 17″, or desired length, from CO edge. Fasten off loosely.

Collar

With right sides together, sew shoulder seams together.

With smaller needles and right side facing, pick up an even number of stitches evenly up the front, across back the neck, and along the other front. (approx. 1 st per row-end up/down front, and 1 st in each st across back of neck works for me)

Work k2, p2 rib for 8 rows, fasten off purl-wise.

Assembly

Find mid-point of sleeve, match this point to the shoulder seam, pin sleeve to body, then sew sleeve to body with right sides together. Repeat for the other sleeve. Sew sleeve and side seams together. Weave in ends.

Throw it on and be cozy! :D

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Happy autumn! :D

 

end of summer in black & white

Not that I feel particularly sad about the end of summer. I’ve had lots of fun this summer, but I’m sure there will be good times in the fall and winter too. There’s just something timeless about black and white photographs, capturing those everyday moments that are cherished.

gooderham

We visit the Distillery District at least once every summer. Took this picture while marveling at the gas lamps lit up at dusk.

indie ale

We got to enjoy some craft beer and lengthy conversations at the Indie Ale House with our good friends, whose children were camping out at their grandparents’ for the week. I think this was the first time we got to do this in 10 years :P I’m by no means a connoisseur of beer, I mostly order based on the names of the beer (I’m a sucker for interesting/pretty product names, I think I’ve mentioned this before…). So here I was having a “Rabbit of Caerbannog”, which I later found out was “an immensely cute but bloodthirsty rabbit-like monster found in Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” according to Villians Wikia.

epic shark

A majestic shark at the aquarium. I’m quite proud of this one.

knit knit knit

Not that the summer would stop me from crocheting or knitting, but I’m excited about making cozier things when the weather is cooler, and my holiday crafting list, the plushy scarves and mittens I’m going to make new wool, and this! I’m experimenting with making a pattern and can’t wait to find out whether it will work out, and I will surely share with you if it does!

And last but not least, I present to you — jellyfish magic at the aquarium.

The jellyfish were lit up with kind of a strange pink light (I guess otherwise they’d be difficult to see since they’re translucent), which my phone camera couldn’t capture very well, so I figure I’d just put a black and white filter on it in Instagram. I think it kind of creates a feeling of being in the deep, dark sea. And it’s just so elegant the way jellyfish move in water.

Cheers to a fabulous summer, and many more summers to come!

 

 

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