Holiday-ing

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Happy new year! I can’t believe we’re already into the first week of 2016. I had a really lovely, although busy, Christmas with my family. I’m still on break until next Monday, so I’m cherishing the time I have off. I’ve been doing lots of knitting, some reading, crossword puzzles (a recent obsession), and working on some new designs- a shawl, and a hat.

I hope you are having a lovely start to 2016!

Lately.

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I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away. I’ve still got one exam left to write on Tuesday, and then I’ll be off from classes for over two weeks, which sounds wonderful. On top of studying, I’ve been frantically trying to knit on the last few Christmas gifts for this year.

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season so far! Are you frantically knitting as well, or are you finished your Christmas knitting?

Maya Hat

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I recently had the opportunity to test knit this lovely hat for the designer, Svetlana. It’s a gift for my friend S for Christmas, and I used Cascade 220 in the “Dark Plum” colourway and made the medium size. After the pompom, I used almost the whole ball of yarn, which might be a new record for a hat. The double brim is so warm, though, so it’s definitely worth the extra yarn.

(More details on Ravelry)

There’s one checked off my Christmas knitting list, only 1000 more projects to go! How is your holiday knitting coming along?

Rainy fall walks.

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We had our first snow this morning, which of course signals the time for me to post these very late fall photos. I went on a walk with some friends through a local park in October, and even though it rained, we still had a lovely time. It was a kind of misty rain that left everything a little shiny, which was perfect for photos.

I hope you all had a lovely fall- do you have snow yet? Our has melted already but I’m crossing my fingers for more later in the week.

Catching up.

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It’s fall! The weather is so much cooler here and I love it- it’s the perfect weather for knitting and wearing handknits. Classes are good, although now that I’ve decided not to apply to grad school this cycle, I’m excited to graduate and maybe have a break from writing papers.

I’m still dyeing yarn, which is so fun, and I’ve done a few fibre festivals in the past few months. They’re my favourite- knitters are the nicest people.

Although I’m sad to see some summer favourites go out of season (peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes, namely), I’m also loving fall foods. Apple and pumpkin flavoured everything, please. And we did manage to can a bunch in August- lots of fruit jams, and some salsa and tomato sauce. The salsa is especially good- I’ll try to post a recipe later this week in case you’ve still got some lovely tomatoes.

Has fall weather arrived full force to where you live? (And please leave me your favourite apple and pumpkin recipes below… I always need more!)

Squash Blossom Hat.

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I recently had the opportunity to test knit this lovely hat by Irina Anikeeva, and I’m so pleased that I agreed to do it! I am so happy with how this hat turned out, and it’s the best fitting slouchy hat I’ve ever made. Because my hair is pretty straight, I find that slouchy hats tend to slide off, but the brim on this one is tight enough to keep that from happening.The pattern is now available on Ravelry, and I believe the designer is having a release sale if you are interested in purchasing the pattern.
(Rav link)

I used Spud and Chloe Fine in “sidewalk” and I love the drape of the wool / silk blend. (Long-time readers might remember me buying this yarn at Purl Soho in NYC over three years ago on a trip with my dad!)

Big thanks to my friend Hermonie for taking these pictures for me!

What have you been knitting this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

Presqu’ile.

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Our annual family camping trip to Presqu’ile provincial park was a few weeks ago, and it was, as always, lovely. Although we got some rain on the first and second days, the weather cooperated for the rest of the time and we spent some sunny afternoons at the pebble beach. We did some hiking, a bit of exploring, and ate too much ice cream. Overall, it was exactly the break I needed since my summer has been so crazy.

Happy Thursday!

Summertime.

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I feel like the last two months have just flown by, and I can’t believe that I’ll be back in classes again in a few weeks. There have been so many fantastic days this summer, though, and I’ve felt so grateful to be working at such an amazing job, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and visiting beautiful places. The next few weeks are packed full with exciting plans too.

How have your last few weeks of summer been?

(Knitting pictured- NYC Socks)

Appia cowl.

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I finished my Appia cowl! I am so pleased with how it turned out, and now I’m a tad obsessed with the idea of cowl-shawl combos. I’ve already started looking through my stash to start another one of this designer’s patterns. The yarn is my own fingering weight in “Daybreak”, which I think is a perfect summer colour.

(Rav link)

I hope you are all having a lovely and relaxing weekend!

Knitting lately

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I always gravitate towards smaller projects during the summer… too warm to have a large project sitting on my lap, I guess. It’s a good opportunity to get a head start on some holiday knitting as well. I’ve just finished my first Christmas gift of the year, some dishcloths for my grandmother. I’ve been making her a set each Christmas for years now, and she always uses them, so I keep making them. No matter how early I start my Christmas knitting, though, I always spend December knitting furiously, so despite the early start, I don’t have high hopes of finishing my gifts any earlier. (Rav link)

I’m currently knitting a pair of lattice socks as a sample for my first show for my hand-dyed yarn. Since purple is my favourite colour, I just had to do them in this colourway. (Rav link)

(Currently reading Meridian by Alice Walker – heavy but poignant, as Walker does.)

What have you been knitting lately?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.