3.30.2015

Self Striping Love...

So last year for knit city, I made up a sample for Caterpillargreen yarns. I am sure you already know but it bears repeating that these gorgeous self striping yarns that Catherine creates, really practically knit themselves.


I become obsessed with seeing the next color change, and I just can't put the work down!



This, of course, helps in knitting up a shawlette in a very speedy fashion. :) In this case, the pattern I used is the Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Laura Chau.

The yarn is  Caterpillargreen MCN Fingering. Colorway: Concrete And Tulips. I used my 3.5mm fixed signature needles for this project.


This really is a speedy, and delightful knit. I highly recommend this yarn... if you haven't heard of it before, please, go check out Catherine's website. You'll be able to keep on top of when the next shop update will be. You'll have to know what you want though, because these yarns sell fast!

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I think the next self striping shawl I knit up will have to be for me though :) xo Tell me, what's on your needles this week? xo


3.24.2015

hitchhiker love!

Ok. So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this gorgeous skein in my feed...


Do you remember it?  I actually started this lovely project just before I got really sick. And I knew it was meant to be a hitchhiker. Especially after I cast on. lol!



Anyways, talk about another addictive knit!! Even though Wollmeise offers such massive skeins, (like are talking 574 yards here!) this project knit up pretty quickly.... I love that I never had an overwhelming amount of stitches on the needles, even though it produced a fairly large shawl!



I am seriously in love!

I do have a confession to make though..... this is actually the VERY first time I've knit with Wollmeise, AND this is my first time knitting a Martina Behm pattern!!!

Say what!!??!! She's actually been at the top of my ravelry queue for years, and many of her patterns are in my favorites... I really can't believe it's taken me this long to dive in! But I'm sure glad I did.



I definitely love that the hitchhiker works so well with hand dyed variegated yarns.
Here are the little details:

Yarn: Wollmeise We're different Pure. Colorway Libelle  (I think!! the sticker was covering it up, so if I'm wrong, please let me know.)
Needles: signatures (fixed) 3.25mm    (sadly, the fixed are no longer made..) 
Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.

I absolutely LOVED knitting this! I definitely recommend both the designer and the yarn to anyone.

I realize I'm on a shawl kick... and I really don't see it stopping anytime soon ;) so tell me, what's on your needles?!

3.20.2015

still knitting!

Really, you all know I never stop knitting. But sometimes, I wonder if YOU wonder what I'm up to, as I don't always have a chance to post what I'm working on....


Well, wonder no more... A week ago, this gorgeous skein fell into my hands...



Cat, of Caterpillargreenyarns is seriously mega talented! Not only does she do the most amazing self striping sock yarns, but shawls too! eeeks!!  Ok. I'm a HUGE fan of this. But really, who isn't? Especially since the yarn harlot became a fan too, we ALL know about Cat's amazing yarns!!! See her posts about Cat's yarns here and here. (yeah, she was mentioned twice!!!)

So really now you have to be speedy to get in on the shop updates, because her yarns are quickly snatched up! To get more info on Caterpillargreen shop updates, check out the website.

Ok. BUT LOOK at this NEW colourway!!!



I love it. oh i LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Not only do I love grey's but the striping is like a gradient self striping grey until POW! yellow. swoon... Want to see more pics of this in progress? Follow me on instagram.

I only wish I could keep this one. ;)



* swoon. * Luckily I do have another skein on hand that I am so looking forward to knit up. It's this one...

So what about you?? What's on your needles? Do tell! xo

3.09.2015

POW!

Time to celebrate! I usually am pretty quick with having things on and off my needles. I like to not have too many WIPS ... I think I've always been this way, but especially so with work knitting.




These socks must be the exception though, as I had cast on for them last JULY. I always enjoyed knitting them, it's just that my selfish knitting took a back seat for a long time, so there would be weeks (and months) at a time that I wouldn't even look at this lovely project...



But the wait was totally worth it. Totally. I even love how they so perfectly don't match up ;)


I knew as soon as I saw this yarn in my hot little hands that they were going to be socks. I wanted them to be as long as I could make them as I really didn't want to waste any of the yarn.  I also knew I wanted the yarn to be the focal point of these socks, not the pattern. So vanilla socks it was! 



The little details are:
pattern: Gusset Heel Basic Socks by Wendy D. Johnson  -- I have the book Socks From The Toe Up, and I couldn't recommend it enough. I've used it often, and there are several patterns in the book that I want to knit! 
yarn: Regia Fluormania Color  no. 07184 neon beach
needles: US 0 / 2.0mm hiya hiya sharps


I am a big fan of the magic loop, so that's how I always knit my socks. These ones are toe up. (best way for me to use up the yarn). I have to say, it's the first time I have used both the hiya hiya sharps and the Regia yarn. I am a HUGE fan of both! The needles are so light, and I feel like a faster knitter when I use them. The Regia yarn you can bet I'll be using again for socks. It's not as soft as a lot of sock yarns out there, but I like that. I am hard wearing on my socks, so knowing these are tough and have a 10 year guarantee seals the deal for me! 


I am so pleased with these socks! I'm sure they will get heaps of wear! 

Now to quickly cast on another pair! I think having a pair of socks on the go at all times (no matter how long they take) is a fantastic knitterly plan. ;) 

Tell me, what are your favorite sock patterns, yarn & needles? Do tell! xo 

3.06.2015

Knitting in a castle? Sign me up!



This is really happening.


A year ago I had hosted a workshop for Pacific Women's Day here, at Hatley Castle. (cue X-men... yep, this was their school!)
I had such a lovely time, that when I was asked to participate in a knitting workshop again this year, I jumped at the chance!

Of course, teaching here, at Royal Roads University is pretty nice on my ego too.. I get to play knitting professor for the day, no? hahaha I'll buy it.

So this is where I will be this weekend. :) It's really the perfect place to knit. We've got 14 people currently registered, and I couldn't be more thrilled.

I will be sure to take a moment to walk around the gardens after the event. Because really, it's just so lovely!


I remember feeling so inspired by this place last year... Even though I will only be spending a few hours here,  I'm sure my needles will be happily clicking away all weekend long! I mean, how can you not want to sit here, knitting needles in hand, sipping tea. Yes. this will be good.

Tell me, what are your weekend plans? xo

3.05.2015

Back in the saddle!

So here's something new! A while back ago I agreed to do a test knit. I'm a sucker for shawls, and garter, and short rows so it seams... so I really couldn't help myself with this one. Especially with us being on the cusp of spring here, these greens just call out to be worn! 



My shawl collection is growing steadily, but right now this is one of the shawls I really do grab often. 

This is the Sail Shawl, by Liisa Nieminen. It was such a gratifying knit. The colour blocking and the short row shaping always kept things interesting, so I never got bored. 



The only time consuming part of the shawl was picking up stitches at the end. Though it really didn't take up too much time at all... and I always weave in ends as I go. 

The thing I really love about this shawl are the endless colour opportunities! Pretty much everything looks good, and you can go either funky or classic.  So fun! The shawl itself is really the perfect size for spring and summer. It's a lovely accessory that will keep you just the right temperature! 



Additional info:
Yarn: Plucky Classics Primo fingering Colourways: Whistlestop (April 2013), Manderley (August 2014) and Old Lace (June 2014)
Needle: 3.5mm Fixed Signatures (stiletto tip). 



There are so many awesome shawls I'm seeing in the Ravelry feed lately with spring coming, and I promise you.. this one should be on your list! It's a fun knit! 

Thanks so much Liisa for creating such a lovely pattern!  Tell me, what's your fave shawl these days? xo

2.24.2015

Recovering





So I got sick. Like Really, Really sick. I had been fighting an annoying cough the past 4-6 weeks. Nothing I couldn't really work through. Basically, like any mom I just pushed through, pretending I really wasn't sick. When I was probably feeling under the weather since October anyways. And then just over a week ago, I noticed that my face was starting to look a little strange. It was starting to swell. It wasn't hurting or anything (yet).. but it was strange, and it had never done it before... so I just took some anti-inflammatories and I figured I'd wait to go to the walk in the next morning. 

By the time the next morning rolled around, I was wondering if I should have gone to the ER. But I waited it out, because I basically didn't want to go to the ER and wait forever when I could possibly be seeing a Dr at the walk-in within the hour... 

Long story short, the Dr we saw at the walk-in wasn't helpful at all. Basically he just googled "mumps" which is what we thought I had and had told him this before, so he kind of just went with it... and he had us look at the computer over his shoulder. We had already seen the sites and what he had found, because we spent some time the night before, and that morning doing the same thing.  He pretty much said "good luck" and sent us on our way. 

By 2:30pm we decided it was getting worse, and we'd like a second opinion, so we had family come and watch the little man while we headed to the ER. 

After 6 hrs in emerge, blood tests done, and morphine prescribed, the ER Dr believed I had parotitis. Which is major inflammation of the glands between the earlobe and jaw line.. and then just under the jaw as well. At this point my face was nearly doubled in size... and I was in a lot of pain (hence the morphine)... Bloodwork came back a week later saying I also had a mycroplasma infection... but this strain seemed to clear up without antibiotics. 

Over the course of the next few days my face and throat got even bigger, and my hubby had to crush the morphine and any other pain meds for me as I couldn't even swallow. My throat was so swollen... 

Scariest thing ever... 

But I'm just about better now. I'm taking it easy with recuperating, as in trying not to put too much on my plate... but I look back to normal now and not like a "puffer fish" as Owen had put it. I made sure to take pictures of the progress of my face swelling... It wasn't pretty. I won't post them here... to give you an idea though, I had to remove one of my necklaces as my neck was getting too swollen :( 

Everyone has been so great though. See the flowers posted? My knitting girls sent them to me... such a nice surprise! And I also had a chance to work on a selfish knit... 


This is my hitchhiker, pattern by Martina Behm, yarn is wollmeise... but more on that in a later post. 

And it has been so nice... so the healing process has been kind to me. My in-laws have been carting Owen to his kung fu lessons, and I've had a chance to take it slow. 

And now I've started getting back into a normal routine. Even enjoying solid foods again! And knitting! ahhhh how I missed knitting!  So hopefully you can look forward to some new posts from me soon! 

To those of you who have been keeping in touch with me, thank you! Your patience with my (lack of) blogging is really appreciated too.. xoxoxo 


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