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FO: Mukluks

When I was little, one of my favourite authors was Robert Munsch. If you haven’t heard of him, you should check out his website, especially if you have kids. His books are hilarious whether you’re a kid or an adult, they’re full of crazy parents and embarrassing aunts and stubborn kids, and just all-round silliness. One of my favourite Robert Munsch books is called 50 Below Zero. It’s the story of a little boy who lives up north where it gets very, very cold. His father sleep walks and he often finds him in silly places around their house, until one day, his father ventures outside, asleep. In order to go find him, the little boys dresses very warmly, bundling up in a pair of “boot-like things called mukluks”. I think I remember this story so well because I loved the way the word sounded. So, earlier this month when I saw that Tin Can Knits were looking for test knitters for a pattern for mukluks, I just had to give the pattern a try!

The pattern is here on Ravelry and will be released soon-ish.

(Rav link)

They are so cute and they are going to be a Christmas present for J this year. I can’t wait to see the finalized version of the pattern. I’m working on another test knit right now that I will share over the next few days, it’s another baby gift!

I went camping a few weeks ago at Sandbanks with my family and we had a fantastic time. If you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking to do some “comfortable” camping (as in, there’re running water and showers… I certainly didn’t miss the taste of water purification tablets!). I’ve been meaning to share a few photos from that weekend and have finally managed to get them edited and uploaded!

Happy Friday!

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FO: February Baby Blanket

I finally finished up my February Baby Blanket last night. It’s a gift for little E, who is due anytime now! I’m really pleased with how the blanket turned out. It’ll be just big enough for a car seat blanket and for a play blanket when she’s a bit older. (Rav link)

Since I’ve got loads of this yarn left, I’ll be making a hat and booties set for E as well. I’m starting on the hat tonight.

Remember how I mentioned my computer was in for repair? It turns out that it will cost as much to repair it as it would to buy a new computer. Needless to say, I’m awaiting a new computer delivery next week… with an extended warranty this time.

P.S. We went to the beach this morning for the first time this summer and the weather was gorgeous. So lovely.

Have a great weekend!

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(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)

(My computer is broken and I’m working with a PC with no photo editing software for now… so if my photos lack some “pop”, that’s why.)

Success, that is. According to the marvelous Dr. Seuss. The Places You’ll Go is a book I’ve had read to me many times, most recently in the eleventh grade by Ms. B. It’s rather fitting, I’d say, since I graduated high school on Thursday.

It was a truly fantastic 4 years and I met some amazing people. It’s not truly over until I get my IB marks, though… July 6th, and I’m waiting!

“It’s opener there
in the wide open air.”

It’s really summer now, and I am loving having some time off. I’ve been babysitting, strawberry picking, reading, and, of course, knitting!

My blanket is coming along, and it’s getting really big. It’s just about at the point where I never want to see the February Baby stitch ever again. Ever. But it looks lovely, and it’s for the very special little E, so it’ll be worth it! (Rav link)

We’ve got a long weekend here to celebrate Canada day, and the weather is lovely (but hot!). Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! Have a great weekend!

“Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.”

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Instagram Monday #1

I have realized lately that I take a lot of pictures on my phone. Most of them, I edit using the free app Instagram, because I love the variety of filters it provides and it’s just kind of neat. I almost always have my phone with me, and even though the camera isn’t the best, it’s great for documenting things when I don’t have my DLSR. A lot of these pictures just end up sitting on my phone, though, and I never do anything with them or share them with anyone. So, every Monday, I’m going to try to post a few photos from my week… just to motivate me to get those pictures off my phone! (You can click on the photos to make them larger).

1- Early morning walk to the bus
2- Smoothies at Common Ground
3- Watching the Transit of Venus using the solar projection screen
4- Rainy day
5- Pretty flowers… the garden and plants are starting to grow really quickly!
6- Knitting on the deck on a gorgeous Sunday
7- Teaching J-P how to knit (again). He wants to make a monster.

I hope you all had a great weekend! I’ll be checking in again tomorrow with my current knitting.

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A new shopping bag, Hats, and Stash

I put down my knitting for a bit this week (what? gasp!) because I realized it had been awhile since I had used the sewing machine. Thankfully, I don’t think you can forget how to sew, and I have successfully made a bag. It folds up neatly into a little pocket (which otherwise acts as a little pocket inside the bag).

Look! French seams!

And it folds out into a bigger bag, which will be perfect for buying yarn or getting books from the library. The pattern, in fact, is from a library book: I Love Patchwork by Rashida Coleman Hale. I’ll definitely be making more things from this book.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently spent a few days in Toronto and went to Romni Wools. Since I’ll be moving to Toronto in September… I need to know where all of the good LYSs are, right? I bought this pretty colour of On Your Toes (Rav link):

And 225g of this gorgeous purple ashford Corriedale (Rav link):

Oh, what have I been knitting? Right, of course. In order to use up as much of my stash as possible before I move at the end of August, I’ve been using all of my DK stash to make baby hats for a program at my local hospital. They are so cute, and so easy! (Rav link)

I’ve made 4 so far and I’m working on a 5th one… and there’s still yarn left!

I’ll be linking up with Ginny (Small Things) for Yarn-Along today! Happy Wednesday!

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Late

I took the pictures for this post a few days ago, and then didn’t have any time to post. I wrote Chemistry 3 and English 2 today and I’m writing Physics 1 and 2 tomorrow (IB exams, for any newcomers). I figured I’d better get these photos up tonight so just a quick post before I head off to bed.

The danishes that I was making dough for turned out okay. I need to work on my pastry dough skills because while they were delicious little fruit-filling buns, they weren’t flaky like pastries should be. Oh well, they were still tasty and I’ve got a book with another pastry recipe to try in it.

In the midst of this exam madness, I’ve cast on a baby sweater for my friends K and N. They’re having their second baby in a few weeks and I thought this pattern was adorable. I’ve also got a pattern set aside for their adorable daughter E- I wouldn’t want her to feel left out! (On Ravelry here)

Did you know that there was a super moon last Saturday? The moon gets closer to the earth than it normally does so it can look a bit brighter. The different is pretty much imperceptible to the naked eye, but it was still fun to take full moon pictures!

Have a great end to your week!

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Coming Soon: Coppe!

My posting might be a bit sparse over the next couple of weeks. I’m currently writing my International Baccalaureate exams (3 down, 12 to go…) and, well, my school work has kind of taken over.

I’ve written one English paper and 2 math papers so far, and I think they went reasonably well. I guess I’ll have to wait until July to find out!

On my study breaks, I’ve been watching re-runs of Criminal Minds and of Downton Abbey, and knitting a new hat design. The pattern is being tested right now, but here’s a preview (on Ravelry here):

The pattern is called Coppe because when I showed the hat to my little brother, he said it looked like a spider web. Spider isn’t a very elegant name for a hat, so I chose to call it Coppe, which is an ancient English word for spider. It’s actually the root for the word cobweb. The pattern should be available over the next few weeks.

And for tonight… I’ve got some pastry dough rising. I’m making apple and strawberry danishes- I can’t wait to taste them!

Have a great weekend!

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The winners and St-Louis

First up, here the the winners for the pattern giveaway, as chosen by random.org:

4. Jasmyn
6. Elizabeth
3. Rose
14. Hannah
9. knittingdancer

If you’re one of the lucky winners, please e-mail me at likepurlsoffastring@gmail.com before the end of the day on Friday to claim your prize! You’ll need to give me your Ravelry username so that I can “gift” you the pattern. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, e-mail me and we’ll figure something out! Congratulations… I can’t wait to see your finished hats!

If you didn’t win, don’t worry! You can still get your copy of the pattern from the Ravelry store here. (You don’t need a Ravelry account).

I just got back from my trip on Sunday. I spent 4 days in St-Louis, Missouri with my FIRST robotics team and we had so much fun!

On the knitting front, I haven’t made any progress on my socks, but after cleaning out my stash, I decided I definitely needed a stash buster project, to turn things like this…

Into things like this.

I’m making log cabin squares based on this dishcloth pattern, and eventually I’ll have enough to put together into a blanket. (On Ravelry here). I’m also working on a few new designs. One is another hat and one is something a bit different… but I’ll leave you in suspense for now!

I also tried out a carrot cupcake recipe before I left. They were delicious! I can’t seem to find the recipe that I used but I’ll share it if I do find it.

I’ve been doing a lot of baking on my own lately, but the weekend before we left, I baked these cinnamon rolls with some friends… baking is fun, but baking with your best friends is so much better!

I hope everyone had a great week! I’ll be yarn-alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow.

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A long weekend

Warning: Lots of pictures in this post! (If you’re only here fore the knitting… scroll to the end.)

We have a four-day weekend because of Easter, and so far, it’s been lovely. After doing some homework this morning, we dyed Easter eggs this afternoon. I did three different colours of dye using Martha Stewart’s instructions here. I was a bit worried about them being dull because of the food colouring, but the eggs actually turned out really bright!

I just finished reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It was a really quick read but it did make me laugh. I also finally got my hands on a copy of the Yarn Harlot‘s All Wound Up. I started it last night and, as usual, the Yarn Harlot is really funny.

As for knitting, I’ve finished up the sample for my latest design. It’s being tested now and I’m really excited to release it! I’m hoping to get it out on April 21st. While it’s being tested, I’m working on a scarf for my sister.

It’s from a kit my grandmother got for me when she visited Belfast Mini Mills in PEI last summer. The yarn is an angora blend and so, so soft. (On Ravelry here)

I’m planning on making cupcakes tonight… does anyone have any favourite recipes?

Have a great long weekend!

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Weekend (and Blueberries)!

Finally, a weekend! It has been great, because even though there was studying and writing a paper, there was also knitting, baking, shopping, and way too much tea…

I started (and finished!) a little blueberry knit set for some good friends who are due to have a baby any day now. I’m really happy with how this turned out and I can’t wait to meet the new baby!

The booties are this pattern. The booties and the hat are both made with Bernat Softee Baby, which is soft… and washable! (On Ravelry here).

The hat is this pattern. It was so quick to make, I’ll definitely be using this pattern again. (On Ravelry here)

Aside from knitting, on Saturday night, I decided to do some baking. I made Orange Pull Apart Bread from The Whisk Kid. If you haven’t been to this website, it’s amazing. Her recipes are delicious and her photography is just gorgeous! The bread takes some time to make, but is it ever worth it…

It was messy and sticky, but oh-so-good.

Have a great week!

Have you seen my new pattern yet? It’s called Crayon Striped Mittens and is available as a free Ravelry download (Download now).

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