Maybe it's the fact that I'm getting older, maybe it's missing OMA so much, but this Remembrance Day I really wanted to do more. My Oma was one of the first people to teach me to knit, and she was so very supportive of my work. Whenever I knit, I often find myself thinking of her.

It started out as a little project for Owen and I to have a knitted poppy. As soon as I posted a picture though, things got a bit crazy. I was getting flooded with requests for poppies. How amazing! I decided I would take donations for the poppies, and I quickly had to put a cap on the orders. I could only get so much done before the 11th! (I had less than a week since I first posted the picture).

I am excited to say that almost 50 poppies later, $206 CAD was collected in donations. All proceeds have been sent to the Royal Canadian Legion.  This may be the start of something so lovely.
I plan to get a head start on poppy making for next year, so please, for those of you who didn't get one this year, next year I'll be more prepared.

Thank you so much for your donations, and your support. I am pleased to see that Remembrance Day is becoming more recognized, and the turnout is getting larger every year. My family is from Holland. The details Oma gave me during her last visit out here were so real, and raw. I am so thankful that throughout such hardships, my family remained so strong. I hope I can be brave, like Oma.



I'm waving at you!

When I've been especially quiet in this space, I think it's just assumed I'm buried in yarn. And to be truthful, that's what's going on :)

I can not believe that November is already upon us! October saw just shy of 70 FO's just for work knitting! Though it's not my record, it's still definitely a busy month! I also had some customs, and a sample go on the needles as well...

And if that weren't enough to take on, I ended up deciding to do a Market! Owen's school is putting on it's first annual Holiday Market, and I'm doing a booth! Owen will be helping me, of course. He is beyond excited as he'll be finger knitting, and selling his necklaces. :) I'm so proud of him! There will be another post about this market soon enough. xo

Please believe me, I think of spending more time in this space often. But as most of you are also crafters, I'm sure you understand the chaos of this season of ours. Holiday knitting is upon us!

I think also that this year has been harder for me to post more frequently as my husband has been away since the summer. He's been gone on course, and we won't see him home until just before Christmas. It makes for busy, and long days for me.

I also have a few selfish knits on the needles as well! Sadly socktober only gave me 1 sock. Not even a pair! haha But hopefully soon I'll see more socks in my sock drawer.

Tell me, what holiday knits do you have planned? Will you treat yourself and make sure you have a new handknit to wear? I'd love to hear from you! xo


Denise 2 Go Knitting Set - A review

I'm a fan of purses, or bags. Big ones.. Because I like to tote a lot of things around with me. This usually includes my kindle, wallet, knitting (several projects sometimes), phone, keys, snacks, extra snacks for my ever growing almost 8 year old, a water bottle... you get the picture... 

Sometimes I manage to throw in the tablet or a book for my little man too! When we head out, we try to be prepared.. And of course, that means I stuff my bag to the brim. Who's with me? Yeah, I bet many of you are... 
So when I hear of something compact, and incredibly functional, I'm ALL ears!

Introducing this amazing, and seriously cute,  Denise 2 Go knitting set! 

Yah. uber cute, hey? Guys, it fits in the palm of your hand! Having something so compact, and portable, and totally functional to just pop in my bag is perfection!  Not to mention perfect for those flights! Yah, this works in my life so perfectly! 

YarnCanada.ca has 3 sets. A small set (which is the one that I am reviewing), a medium set, and a crochet set! And they all come in a beautiful hand-sewn cotton case. 

This small set comes with six pairs of knitting needles ranging from sizes US5/3.75mm to US10/6mm. There are 3 cords sized 14", 16" & 19" (36, 41 & 48 cm). 
These are so easy to adjust. With a twist and a click, your needle is firmly attached! 

The set doesn't stop there though! Included also are 2 end buttons to turn any cord into a stitch holder (that's thinking on your feet!) or to use as an end cap to create a straight flexible needle.  There's even an extender for cord to cord connections so if you need a cable longer than what's provided, just add the extender, and presto!  Let's not forget the handy crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches. Yes, they've thought of everything. 

I really love it! Normally I knit with metal needles, and I can tell you that the tips never snagged while I was knitting. I loved that. Also, my mind would be put to ease in just carrying this handy 2 go set on an airplane.  The cables take a tiny bit of coaxing but really are fairly pliable. 

I really think this is one of the most adorable sets! 

The shipping is also crazy affordable, heck this item qualifies for free shipping! And in Canada that's a big deal. :) 

You can find the full selection of Denise knitting & crochet sets HERE

They'd make great gifts for any knitter or crocheter! xo

*disclosure - I received a set of needles in exchange for a review, and received no monetary compensation. The opinions I've written are my own. *


Fall inspires me :)

Suddenly the end of September is here, and we are just about to leap into October. This is definitely one of my favorite months for many reasons, but really I just get excited and giddy every time I see the calendar flip over to the October month. :)

I'm certain I'm not alone. School is now fully in session, and the routine thing feels a bit more like a routine. So now I get to knit feverishly because the brisk mornings, the crisp walks, the toasty warm drinks all tell me to.

Fall is such a beautiful season! I used to live in Ontario where this particular season really just takes your breath away. The bright maples really like to put on a show.

Of course this means that I'm diving into my beloved stash and getting excited about knitting all the things! A little while ago I promised myself to be more diligent in knitting more for ME. I absolutely enjoy knitting for work, and commissions, and gifts, don't get me wrong! But I've been lacking in allowing myself to be pampered with my hand knits. I love my stash of yarn too so I think it's about time that I really start appreciating it and showing it some love by knitting myself stuff from it. ;)

I currently have three WIPS on the go for me. yes!! 3!!!! can you believe it?  One of them has been on the needles for quite some time now. This is line break, by veera.

I had knit one in a lovely grey, and I ended up swapping for a shawl that my sister had knit. Now I want one for me! The colorway I've chosen is purple basil in madelinetosh tosh merino light. In this version I'm knitting with a 3.25mm/US 3 needle. Just a tad bigger than the shawl I knit in grey.
I'm really loving the outcome of it so far. And the color! oh man. I'm LOVING it! It' so rich and deep.

I am also planning on using up the entire 2 skeins, and then maybe I'll do the edge in the leftover grey. I'm still thinking on it. So it will also be bigger than the grey.

Once this shawl is complete, I'll be casting on the yarn that was in the first picture. It's miss babs tarte. The colur is Reihi and it's a babette.

I had knit my Oma a shawl when she was out here visiting a few months back. She had fallen in love with vareigated yarns, which were still so new to her. So I let her pick from my stash. I was so pleased when she chose the tarte in the berlin colorway. I chose the pattern 22.5 degrees. And I think it was a perfect match. You can read more about that shawl here.

I miss Oma terribly, and I'm so glad we had the chance to spend quality time together when we did. She will always hold such a special place in my heart. And so I think I'll knit another "Oma shawl" in memory of her.  xo

Are you excited by the fall weather? What's on your needles? xo


Lady Lady Lady.... bat.

Something that I've been trying hard to do lately is to make "me" knitting a priority. I'm not complaining that I haven't been able to do that as much, but I am making myself more aware of the importance of selfish knitting.

So I knit up Lady Bat by Teresa Gregorio. Guys. I am so pleased with the results of this one! It's a very flattering sweater, and it has such an interesting construction!

This actually knit up pretty quickly. The lace pattern is very easy to work, and allows for a lovely drape.

I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in Wisteria. I barely knit into the 8th skein on the XS size. This sweater has huge drape and is uber generous in size. So I'd definitely suggest going down a size or two. I am also a pretty loose knitter, so I used a 3.5mm/US 4 for this project.

Can we talk about the construction? You actually start on one sleeve then split for the body. You knit the front and then the back, then join to knit the other sleeve! It's genius! So fun! This definitely makes the whole project interesting.

It's important to remember which row you were on when you ended the body (on both the front and back) so that when you join together to knit the other sleeve, everything will be seamless. That's easy though.

hahah! excuse the bedroom selfie. ;)

This is a sweater you can throw on with leggings, or jeans.. even a pair of cut offs would look cute with it! You could also dress it up. It's going to be such a staple, I know it.

I added a tad more ribbing at the bottom, just because I prefer the look of it. The only other thing I *might* do is make the neck opening just a tad smaller, so that it won't slip off my shoulders. It seems ok right now, but I wonder if the more I wear it, the more it might relax into a larger opening, We'll see though. That would be an easy fix as well.

I've gotten so many compliments on this one! Such a fun knit. I highly suggest you try this one out. xo I do have a shawl on the needles right now, but I'm considering another pair of socks, and another sweater... what about you? What's on your needles? xo


Back to the grind :)

Goodness, how is it halfway through September already!?

This of course makes me pretty happy, as it's one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp fall air, the leaves turning color. Mugs of hot cider... and the KNITTING!
The knitters are getting into an excited frenzy, and I love it!

So I'm kicking off (hee hee) the fall season with a pair of socks for me!!

This is yet another pair of Climb Socks. Pattern by Jane Richmond.
This time, I've decided to figure out my own striping sequence! And let me tell you, that was fun! It also made the knit fly by faster than normal... which is pretty fast, as these might be the quickest pair of socks to knit.

Yarn:  Knit picks stroll solids in peapod & agate heather. 
Needle: size 2.5mm/US1.5  (I use circulars, and magic loop all the way)

I am always surprised at the amount of yardage in the knit picks skeins. I used a total of 130 yds of the peapod, and 176 yds of the agate heather. So not even two full skeins! And in my opinion, these socks are not exactly short either.

One thing I really like about this pattern is also the fact that you can do so much with color. I suppose a lot of sock patterns allow for this, but the pattern itself is so minimal, that your thoughts can easily turn to playing with color. Because you are using a needle larger than usual for other sock patterns, and your total stitch circumference is smaller, these socks knit up like the wind!

I am looking forward to  my next pair already.. (I've already knit 3 pairs!) I'm thinking I might just grab blindly at the yarn for my next pair, and just see what comes up :)

Do you have a favorite color way for this pattern?

Tell me, what's on your needles right now? Is it gift knitting already? Are you pampering yourself with a hand knit before the real holiday knitting chaos sets in? I'd love to hear about it! xo


a mini rant & a pretty shawl

So I have to confess, if it's not obvious enough, I haven't exactly been best friends with my blog space lately. Mostly because I'm really frustrated that whenever I go to view previous posts I see that pictures have gone missing. Am I now seeing what all of you see? If that's the case, I'm really not cool with that.

I mean, what's up with that, blogger? I worked hard on my pics. And they're MY pics... so why can't I see them? I put them up already... sigh. Anyways.... (rant not REALLY over, but over for now)...

I finished another knit! This one is actually for me! "Heaven's to Betsy!" you might exclaim ... or not... but still it's pretty cool that I actually have something for ME to tote around.

This is the Antarktis shawl by Janina Kallio.

The yarn I used is RainCityKnits Supersock (MCN) colourway is Electric Coral. I honestly LOVED knitting this! The yarn is uber squishy, and lovely to knit with. This is my first RainCityKnits yarn that I've knit with, and I'm sure that I'll be purchasing more.

I used a 3.75mm/US 5 needle. Honestly the first two days of knitting got me way more than halfway through the shawl. I only had to set it down for a while because I had other knitterly obligations that had to be filled.

I highly recommend this pattern, and this yarn! So fun. And really the perfect summer shawl.

The colour just screams WOW. .. don't you think?

Anyways, I plan on having more selfish knitting on the needles. Because it feels good.

How about you? Are you knitting away? What awesome summer knits have fallen into your lap? Any other bloggers out there frustrated by their blog? xo
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