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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My shawl for the Yarn Buddies KAL, which is a little group knitalong with my friends Nika and Amirah. The idea for the knitalong started when Amirah gifted us each with a skein of this beautiful limited edition colourway from Neighborhood Fiber Co. We’re each making a different shawl (and, I think, each using a different contrast colour). I’m using Laura Aylor’s First Point of Libra pattern, and my contrast yarn is this lovely grey from O-Wool, which I got at Rhinebeck last year. I am so pleased with how it’s knitting up, and I’m already imagining sweater that would be beautiful knit with this yarn.
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Reading :: Still reading Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. To be honest, I only read a few dozen pages of this novel this week. I am also reading Contagious by Jonah Berger, which I only started yesterday afternoon but am nearly halfway through. Although I’m not very interested in the sales and marketing bits of this book, the sociological parts have been fascinating. It’s a really quick and accessible read – highly recommended so far.

Watching :: Not a lot this week (it’s been a busy one – I got a kitten, more on this later!), but I have watched a couple more episodes of Trapped, which is an Icelandic murder mystery. It’s perfect for watching while working on the easier projects I have on the go right now, as I have to pay a bit of attention to read the subtitles.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Color Affection

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I finished my Color Affection shawl a few weeks ago and I have already been wearing it a ton! The drape and the size make it really wearable, and I chose colours that go with lots of clothes I own, so the stripes aren’t too busy. I spent a long time collecting the three colours needed for this project, and ended up with beautiful yarns from different Canadian indie dyers. I started with the pale blue skein from Fleece Artist, which was in my stash for awhile, and then picked out the dark blue (from Sweet Paprika) and the grey (from Sweet Fiber) at the Knitter’s Frolic last year. I loved working with all of these yarns so much and I’m really looking forward to trying more yarns from each of these dyers.

Although the shawl did take several months (you may remember me casting it on during the drive to Rhinebeck back in October), but I did work on it on and off. Because of the way the colours are added, each time I started to get tired of a section, a new yarn was added, which kept the knitting enjoyable. That being said, it’s a lot of garter stitch, so it’s perfect for car / subway knitting. I knit it as written, even the edging, which others had warned might be too tight. I was careful not to pull too much when wrapping the yarns at the edge, but the tightness really is needed to shape the final shawl, and I’m really pleased with the finished crescent shape of mine.

(All of the details are on Ravelry. Thanks to the lovely Jasmyn who helped me out with these photos!)

Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Still on the body of my Flax Light, although much further than last week! I’ve only got 4-5″ to go before the ribbing, and I’m still enjoying the knit. I know the sleeves are where I’m likely to lose momentum, so I won’t be casting anything else on until this is done. (And Lyra is an excellent knitting helper, as I’m sure you can guess).
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Reading :: I finished Between the World and Me by Ta-Nihisi Coates, which was such a good read. I have so many thoughts which I’m still pondering this week. Read it if you haven’t. Now I’ve started a novel that I picked up at random at the library this weekend, Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi.It’s been alright so far, but I have read that it picks up significantly after the first third of the book, so we’ll see.

Listening :: Lots of music, quieter at work during moments when I really need to get stuff done, and faster paced at home for cooking. A few of my favourites from this month:

Have a lovely day!

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With confidence and hope

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So much of the last few days has me at a loss for words. So, today, three things:

1. Canadians, please call your representatives. Ask them what they will be doing to help refugees who can no longer seek asylum in the US. Email them, send them letters. Let them know that this is not okay.

2. I can still make Pussy Hats – if you are planning to go to a protest and would like one to wear, please let me know. I will make and mail as many as I can.

3. In the words of Elizabeth Zimmerman – Knit on, with confidence and hope, though all crises.

I’ll be back on Tuesday with regularily scheduled knitting posts. In the meantime, keep spreading kindness.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: After finishing all of the hats for the women’s march (15 in total!), I’m back to working on my Flax Light in this lovely single ply merino. I’m a few inches into the body, and enjoying the mindless, slow knitting of this section.
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Reading :: I’m about halfway through The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing, which has been fantastic so far. It’s a book about the phenomenon of loneliness, which sounds sort of odd, but she makes it work – it’s lots of art history, some biography and autobiography, and insightful analysis.

Watching :: H and I just finished watching the two seasons of Father Brown which are on Netflix (a murder mystery series about such a sweet little British village in the 1950s – watch it if you haven’t!). I’ve also been watching a few episodes of the X Files now and again, which continues to be fantastic.

What have you been knitting, reading, and watching lately? Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Socks and Mittens

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I’m finally uploading these pictures, which I took just after Christmas! I finished both these socks and fingerless mittens earlier in December, but I couldn’t share photos without risking the surprise. The socks were a gift for my dad, using one of my favourite sock patterns. The stitch pattern on the leg and top of the foot is simple enough to knit, but is quite striking when many repeats of the pattern are done in a row. The yarn I used was more of the cone yarn from Romni, in a green this time. I like this yarn but it’s quite thin for a fingering weight, so I will likely hold it double next time (I’ve still got some blue and green left).
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The gloves were a last-minute knit for my little brother, using Leslie‘s great pattern. I used some leftovers of Briggs and Little Regal from other projects, and wound up a new skein of the grey to do the contrast tops. I’m hoping these will be good for him to wear while waiting for the bus in the winter, so he can still use his phone. To size the gloves up a bit, I just used 5mm needles instead of 4.5mm, and heavier aran weight yarn instead of worsted, then knit as written.
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I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! If you have or will be marching for women’s rights, please enjoy and be safe! The Toronto march this afternoon was exciting and inspiring.

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Friendsmas

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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, so I hope you have all had a lovely and festive December, and are enjoying a relaxing holiday in the last few days of 2016! I’ll post some pictures of all of our Christmas celebrations soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share pictures from our ‘friendsmas’. We had our annual Christmas party the weekend before Christmas, then a Christmas morning (complete with stockings, gifts, cinnamon rolls, and coffee), and a Christmas walk through the freshly fallen snow.

In preparation for Christmas morning, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, and I can now share pictures! I’m including all of the projects in this post, so use the Ravelry links if you’d like yarn or pattern details for any of these.

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Felted Slippers for L
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Wilson Wrap for H
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Flax Light

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I finished this cute little baby sweater a few weeks ago, but I’ve just gotten around to uploading the photos of it now. The pattern is a free one from Tin Can Knits, and it is as wonderful as their other patterns – thoughtfully designed, well-written, and available in such a wide range of sizes. I’m already planning other versions of this sweater in other sizes (including my own!), but I do think the baby sizes must be the cutest. I love the detailing of the garter panels on the sleeves, they add a bit of interest and really pop against the stockinette background. I got this yarn at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials from a fellow vendor and was so pleased with how it knit up, the variegation was just perfect for the simplicity of the sweater pattern. Now this sweater has been mailed off to some friends expecting their first little one – hopefully it will fit her throughout the upcoming winter!
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Rhinbeck 2016 (part 2, the sweater and the yarn)

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Aidez was my Rhinebeck sweater this year, and I am so pleased with how it turned out! I started this cardigan several years ago, and had finished the back when I set it aside. Since it’s such a perfect fall colour, I pulled it back out when we were first planning our Rhinebeck trip. Once I was working on it solidly, it was a pretty quick knit – the cable patterns are pretty easy to memorize, and similar ones are used on the fronts and sleeves. The yarn is Cascade Eco + in Cinnamon. I’m a bit worried about pilling since it’s a pretty softly spun yarn, but it is very soft and warm. I’m happy with the fit as well – I made the medium as written, and it’s nice and long, with sleeves that are just the right length.
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As for my Rhinebeck purchases, I think I did a reasonably good job of not buying everything (and even stayed under budget!). I got a few skeins of sock yarn (from Neighborhood Fiber Company, Into The Whirled, and O-Wool) – the first two were impulse purchases, and the O-Wool is for a shawl for which I already have a contrast colour. The Into The Whirled yarn is in their “Rhinebeck” colourway which is really pretty and I thought made for a nice souvenir – they did a really great job of reproducing the fall colours. I also got a sweater quantity of DK weight 60% merino, 40% romney in a natural grey from Battenkill Fibers, which I think I’ll be using to make the Shore Cardigan from Swoon Maine. I am really excited to work with this yarn – it’s really soft and squishy, and this booth is already on my list to return to next year!

(Thanks to Jasmyn for taking the sweater photos!)

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Rhinebeck 2016 (part 1)

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We’re back from Rhinebeck! It was as amazing as I expected, though a little overwhelming on day one. It was like Christmas come early. I bought lots of yarn, pet lots of sheep, went to the Ravelry meetup, met lots of knitters, and had a generally wonderful time. We camped at Mills Norrie State Park, just a few miles from the fairgrounds, and that was a really great experience, with the exception of the cold and our tumultuous arrival. Due to a bunch of travel and car factors, we left later than we had hoped on Friday and ended up getting in late (around 11:00pm), and finding our campsite was a challenge in the dark, but thankfully some kind knitters pointed us in the right direction. It was also bitterly cold Friday night (around -1C – definitely too cold). I’m not sure what our plans are for next year, but the closeness to the fairgrounds (and avoiding the traffic across the bridge from Kingston) was fantastic.

This was by far the biggest festival I’ve been to – every time we thought we had seen all of the vendors, we came across a barn we hadn’t wandered through yet. I had a short list of things I wanted to check out, but nothing that I was really set on, so we tried to see everything and then make purchasing decisions. The only thing I really wanted but missed out on was a Jennie the Potter mug – we weren’t keen on waiting in line before opening in the cold, and I didn’t want to participate in the footrace I’d been warned about, and it was nice to start the morning with coffee and cider and a leisurely walk around the main buildings. The main buildings were pretty busy on Saturday morning, but since we were staying longer and weren’t set on any purchases, we just came back to the really crowded booths later in the day or on Sunday morning. Sunday morning was a lovely time to shop – the barns were really quiet, and it was lovely to chat with some of the vendors.

We also saw a cheesemaking demo, which was really neat and done by an interesting speaker, and saw some dog frisbee, flyball, and agility demos. We also spent lots of time looking at the sheep, goats, alpacas, and other animals in the barns. My favourites were a really friendly pair of sheep (I’ve forgotten the breed, though they might have been suffolk?) who just wanted us to rub their noses and pat their heads. One thing I was sad to miss was the used equipment auction, but I didn’t really have the budget to buy anything big, and it conflicted with both the Ravelry meetup and cheesemaking demo. Next year we’ll also make sure to leave more time for the food building. We only spent a few minutes there, but everything looked so good and there were lots of samples to try.

I had such a wonderful time – I’m already making plans and counting down the days until next year!

(Finished sweater and yarn pics to come in a seperate post later this week!)

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