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I finished my Flax Light pullover, just in time to get a bit of wear in before it gets too warm to wear wool sweaters. I used a single ply 100% merino yarn from Romni Wools, it’s not branded but they seem to have it consistently in lots of pretty colours. I’m a bit worried about how the yarn will wear, because it already seems to be pilling and fuzzing quite a bit after three wears, but I’ll give it some time and see if the pilling slows down. This yarn is very affordable too (the last time I saw it, I think it was $12.50 per 100g), so if it does wear well, I’ll definitely be buying it again.

I did make some minor modifications to the pattern, lengthening the sleeves and the body a bit, and lengthening the ribbing at the bottom of the sleeves and body. It fits well so I’d probably make these changes again. I’d also probably lower the front neckline a touch and add a bit of waist shaping to make the fit less boxy next time, but overall I’m still very pleased. The most drastic change I made was to remove the garter panels from the sides of the sleeves (I just did them in plain stockinette), and add garter panels along the raglan increases. I saw a similar sweater on a character in a TV show once, and loved the subtle detail it added. I did 4 stitches in the centre (thus moving the increases 2 stitches either side of the marker), and I’m very happy with this modification as well. Even without mods, this is a skillfully written, free pullover pattern that would be an excellent first sweater. I’ve made the kids sizes before too, and they turn out adorable.

More details on Ravelry.

The weather here is finally turning warm (it’s about 18C here this afternoon). I hope it is equally beautiful where you are, and that you’re having a relaxing Sunday!

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KnitCrate and Soft Serve Socks

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A few months ago, the folks over at KnitCrate got in touch and kindly asked if I’d like to try one of their knitting subscription boxes. Although I’ve had my reservations about subscription boxes in general, I was curious to see what the boxes were like.

The yarn in the boxes has, in the three I’ve received so far, been high quality and something new to me. The patterns are usually well-matched and the extras are cute. I was hesitant about the subscription box model because I’m fairly picky about yarn type and colour, which has thus far not been an issue. That being said, the yarn in the boxes is high enough quality that if there was a colour I didn’t like, I would have no qualms about passing a skein along to a friend as a gift. The only other negative consideration I’ve encountered so far is that the boxes take awhile to ship from the United States to Canada, so if you’re outside of the US, plan for your box to arrive towards the middle or end of the month. I would also love if there were a natural fibres box, or a box for yarns made in North America.

My first KnitCrate sock box was February, and I’ve just finished the socks from it. I did use the pattern included, which turned out nicely, although it did contain some errors (I believe the designer may have released corrections recently). The yarn in this box was Mrs. Crosby Plays, a sock blend. This was my first speckled yarn, which I loved, and I really liked the colours in the yarn. I probably wouldn’t purchase this yarn again because of it’s high synthetic content, but I was pleased to get to try a new-to-me indie dyer. All of the project details are on my Ravelry page.

Although the kind people at KnitCrate sent me my box, I was under no obligation to blog about it, and wouldn’t recommend it to you all if I didn’t truly love it. If you’d like to give it a try, the code SAS20 will get you 20% off your first crate.

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My soft serve socks, using Mrs. Crosby Plays, which were the yarn and pattern in my first KnitCrate this month (I’ll be talking more about this in an upcoming post). Although the yarn isn’t necessarily something I’d have chosen for myself – it’s only 55% wool, the rest being nylon and viscose – the colour is very pretty, and it is knitting up nicely in the pattern.
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Reading :: Still working my way through Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi, and also reading Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford, which was recommended to me. I’m enjoying it more than I expected, it’s not very preach-y, and the stories about the author’s life are well written. I’m hoping to have a bit more time to read this weekend and to finish both of these books, I’ve got a little stack of books from the library waiting for after these.

Happy Wednesday!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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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!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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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!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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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!

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.

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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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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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Socks for S
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Scarf for J
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Wilson Wrap for H
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