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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!
(Rav link)

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Rhinbeck 2016 (part 2, the sweater and the yarn)










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.
(Rav link)

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!)


Rhinebeck 2016 (part 1)












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!)


Thankgiving (+ Rhinebeck bound!)















I went to my parents’ house a few weeks ago to celebrate Thanksgiving (we celebrated a week early) and the first signs of fall were just starting to peek out. The leaves are changing later this year, I think. But the cooler weather seems to have arrived for good, and I am enjoying sipping warm drinks and wearing warm sweaters.

My sweater is nearly dry, my bags (okay, mostly my knitting projects for the road) are packed, and we’re leaving tomorrow morning for Rhinebeck! I am beyond excited and have a long list of everything I want to see and do. I’ll be there Saturday all day and Sunday morning. I think our plan is to go to the Ravelry meetup at 1pm on the hill on Saturday, so please let me know if you are also going! I am really looking forward to putting some faces to some names. If you’re not going, I’ll be posting a deluge of photos after the weekend, I’m sure, so hopefully you can enjoy a bit from afar.

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Bon Echo Socks






I started these socks on our annual family camping trip this summer, and set them aside to work on some other projects with about half a sock left to go. I finally picked them back up a few weeks ago and finished up the second sock. Now they’re ready to be added to the pile for Christmas (they are for D).

The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials, which I don’t believe is sold anymore (I got it from a Raveller in a destash last year). I just did the striping myself, because I only had one 50g ball of each colour. I used smaller needles than usual for these (US0, as recommended by a friend). I wasn’t sold when knitting them – the fabric seemed so dense! – but they did relax a bit in the wash and I’m pleased with them now. I’m torn about whether the extra time to knit on smaller needles will pay off in extra durability – what size needles do you prefer for socks?

(Rav link – thanks to JP for your help with these photos!)

P.S. The countdown to Rhinebeck is on, and I am so excited! Please let me know if you are going so we can try to meet up!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Still (yes, again!) working on my Aidez cardigan for Rhinebeck. I didn’t have a ton of time to work on it this week, but I’ve nearly finished the second front and then there are just the sleeves to go. I’m considering doing them two at a time since they’ll be a single cable pattern with ribbing, but I find two at a time messes up my knitting rhythm. Might still be faster, though – anyone have any suggestions?
(Rav link)

Reading :: Not pictured because it’s on my Kindle, but I’ve just got a couple of chapters left in The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It did get better, though I’m holding out final judgement until I finish the entire book.

Watching :: Lots of CSI reruns, and a couple of films during the last weekend of TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival). Our favourite by far was Their Finest, a 1940s rom com set in Britain during the second world war. I loved the costumes – so many pretty knit tops and cardigans!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My Aidez cardigan, in preparation for wearing it to Rhinebeck! Now that I’m working on it solidly, it’s coming along quickly. I’m a couple of repeats into the second front, and then there are just the sleeves left. I’m in love with this colour – it’s just so perfect for fall. I’m hoping the weather continues to cool down so it’s cool enough to wear this when I finish it.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Still working through Field Study by Rachel Seiffert, which I’m enjoying, and now reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd on my kindle. This is a book that everyone seems to love, but I’m not sold yet. We’ll see if it improves. I also finished And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, last week and it was wonderful. Such beautiful writing and well-crafted characters.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Long weekending









I’ve been having such a lovely long weekend – friends, knitting, tv watching, great food. We’ve been canning so much the last couple of weeks, and there’s just a couple more things on our list before apple season starts to arrive. In anticipation of fall (ignoring the 30+ degree weather), we also made a pumpkin loaf (recipe from Back to Her Roots) and it was delicious. We used regular whole wheat flour, plain yogurt, and subbed brown sugar for the maple syrup.

I’ve also picked back up my Aidez cardigan, and between brunch and some tv with H, I’ve gotten most of one of the front panels done. The reason I’ve picked this back up is because I might be going to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool)! I am super excited even though it’s still over a month away – I’ve been planning my sweaters, perusing the vendor and class lists, and reading lots of recaps. Are you going? Any tips or suggestions for first timers?

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!






Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A few quick dishcloths, as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. Longtime readers will remember that I make these every year, and she keeps using them, so I keep making her more! Work has been so busy the past few weeks that I’ve really enjoyed having these to work on – a few rows at a time, and before you know it, you’ve finished a dishcloth.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Still reading Field Study by Rachel Seiffert, though I haven’t made much progress because I’ve been reading on my Kindle on the subway and the streetcar. I’m currently about a third of the way into And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which has been great so far. Though I don’t read a lot on my Kindle at home, I really love it for travelling and for my morning commute. It’s so light (I have the older version of this one) and I can turn the page and hold it with only one hand, which is a must on a packed rush hour train. My only complaint is that borrowing books from the library on Kindle isn’t supported in Canada, and ebooks are too expensive for me to buy regularly.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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H and I spent last weekend visiting L in St Catherine’s, and we spent Saturday in Niagara seeing the falls and the parks around there. I hadn’t been since I was a kid, so I was excited to see the falls, and we arrived early enough that we missed the really big crowds. After seeing them, we walked along the Niagara Parkway and visited some of the gardens and the dufferin islands, which are connected by a bunch of bridges.

If we’d planned our day better, we might have bought bus passes ($8 or so for the day) or rented bikes and visited some of the museums and battlefields along the parkway. They’re about 20km or so from the falls, so even if you dedicate the day to walking (we walked over 15km), you don’t see lots of the interesting stuff that’s further out. Otherwise, there’s only about 4-5 hours of interesting stuff within walking distance (though there’s lots of touristy stuff on Clifton Hill if that’s your thing). On Sunday, before heading back to Toronto, we explored St Catherine’s a bit and then saw the boats and pretty houses in Thorald, which is just outside St Cat’s. It was such a cute town, though everything was closed since it was Sunday.

Overall, it was a great weekend – such a fun late summer trip!

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