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Flax Light





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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Knitting :: The cutest little baby sweater! The pattern is Flax Light from Tin Can Knits, which has been on my to-knit list since its release last year. A friend is having a baby this fall and when I saw this colourway at Cornerstone Fibres (one of my fellow vendors at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials this past weekend), I knew it would be a great yarn and pattern match. The sweater pattern is simple enough to really let all of the tones in the yarn shine. The yarn is beautifully soft, a 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend. While it’s not completely locally / ethically sourced, the merino was selected by the dyer from the Wool Grower’s Co-Op, and she had it custom milled.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Forgot to take a photo, but I just finished The Tuesday Club Murders, which was one of my favourite Agatha Christies. It’s a collection of short stories, so perfect for reading on my way to work, when I could get through a story or two each day. I’ve got a couple of other books out from the library right now, but haven’t decided which one to start next!

Watching :: Chef’s Table, which is another food series on Netflix. Each episode focuses on a different chef and their cuisine, but also acts as a kind of mini biopic. It’s enjoyable, though not as interesting as Michael Pollan’s Cooked, which I also watched recently. It’s also had me thinking a lot about the cultures we create around jobs, and the spaces this creates for those who live and work around us.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Modig baby vest





I just finished this cute little vest a few weeks ago for one of my favourite children’s garment designers, Madeleine. I knit the 3 month size, because there are at least 3 friends expecting babies in the next six months or so, so I needed to get started on the newborn gifts! This one is for a little boy who will be arriving sometime in July, so the shorter sleeves will be perfect for the warmer weather. The pattern was so quick and easy, and I can definitely see this becoming one of my go-to patterns for baby gifts, especially as it’s so versatile for layering. The simplicity of the garter stitch is beautiful and really lets the yarn and the buttons shine – I had such a hard time choosing buttons because I wanted them to be perfect! H and I went through several jars of buttons, trying to find matching ones and trying different colour combinations, and I’m pleased with the green we settled on.

All of the details are on my Ravelry page.

The pattern is not yet available but should be soon – I will update this post when it is.

I hope you have all have a fantastic weekend with lots of knitting time!


Home for a rest.






I’m home for a few days, sandwiched between a long weekend visiting my parents and a trip to New York next week. I’ve been dyeing like crazy to keep the shop stocked and for some upcoming events. I’m also starting to plan my courses for next year… I can’t believe this will be the last year of my degree!

I have managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting, though. I’m almost done my little cardigan for the blueberry- it just needs the ends woven in, a bath, and some buttons (Rav link). I’ve also been making Appia, a cross between a cowl and a shawl, using a skein of fingering of my own yarn in one of the new colourways (Daybreak). I’m really enjoying the pattern so far- the construction is really interesting (Rav link).

What are your plans for the weekend? Happy Friday!


A little too small.






This week, I’m…

Knitting :: A tiny sweater. This was meant for my cousin’s daughter, who was born in September, but I didn’t quite have the time to finish it before seeing her at Christmas. Given how fast she’s growing (very fast!) and how fast the sweater’s growing (less fast…), I think I’ll be making something else for her and saving this for another baby.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Not a lot of time for reading lately with classes starting up again, but I’m just starting A Necessary End for a quick mystery read. I also read Singing from the Darktime for class this week. Beautifully written but very sad.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

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Grey Days.






The weather around here has been pretty grey lately… lots of rain. I actually quite like fall weather but it does get a bit tiresome after a few weeks. At least I’ve got knitting that matches the weather! I’ve just finished the first few rows of the baby cardigan I mentioned yesterday. I’m making it for my cousin’s baby who was born at the end of September. I’m making the 3-6 month size, because I won’t be seeing her until Christmas, so hopefully it’ll fit then. The yarn is Begere de France Caline in a really pretty grey, and it’s so soft! Like I said in yesterday’s post- since the yarn is so plain, I want some nice buttons to make the cardigan really special- do you have any suggestions?
(Rav link)

I’m still working my way through Lord of the Flies (by William Golding) and The Beggar’s Garden (by Michael Christie). I’m enjoying both of these… hopefully I’ll be able to read a bit more of the short story collection this week. Most of my reading time right now is being eaten up by academic readings.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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So awhile ago I started knitting a very tiny, very cute sweater. A sweater for a baby who was only the size of a blueberry. You might remember helping me pick a pattern for the yarn I had bought.

I finally finished the sweater, just in time for a baby to make her appearance! I packed it up and sent it to the US at Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, the tiny, cute sweater is even cuter on a baby. (And, by some miracle, it fits.)

(Rav link)

Now I’ve got to get started on another cardigan for another baby who made her appearance a few weeks ago! I’m going to make a little grey cardi with a decorative yoke in a soft grey yarn. (Rav link). Since the cardigan will be so simple, I think it will need some special buttons… any suggestions?

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Evening work and tea

WIP: Blueberries for the blueberry

WIP: Blueberries for the blueberry

O's knitting

Maple tree


Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A tiny baby cardigan for H’s brother’s baby (nicknamed the blueberry). The pattern is Linnie (thanks for all of your input about patterns last week!) and the yarn is Viking Baby Ull in colourways 368 and 369. I realised after I had chosen the yarn that the colours are rather reminiscent of blueberries… so it’s a blueberry cardigan for a blueberry baby!
(Rav link)

Reading :: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve been really enjoying non-fiction books about food and gardening/ farming/ preserving lately, and this one seems to be highly recommended. I’ve just started it but I’m enjoying the writing style so far.

Drinking :: A surprising amount of tea, considering current temperatures! Favourites recently include plain English Breakfast and Just Peachy and Saigon Chai from Davids Tea (Just Peachy is sold out online, but some stores still have it if you want to try it!).

Watching :: Season 1 of Flashpoint. Most of you know by now that I’m a sucker for crime shows, and this one is fairly well done and filmed in Toronto! I don’t know if I’ll watch all 6 seasons (the show ended a few years ago), but I’m enjoying working my way through season 1 at least. I also picked up Lark Rise to Candleford at the library awhile ago- I’ve heard great things about it and I can’t wait to start watching it.

What have you been knitting, reading, drinking, and watching lately?

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All things purple.

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

Yarn for baby sweater

Hitofude and cookbooks

I’m still working on my hitofude cardigan… I’ve got one more lace pattern repeat for this section (which is, if I’m reading the pattern correctly, the sleeves). The construction of this cardi is so interesting that it’s like a surprise each time I read and knit the next part of the pattern. The whole garment is knit in one piece, no seams, without breaking the yarn once. Such a creative design.
(Rav link)

I also need to cast on a new project soon… I know two people who are having babies in September, so I picked up this fingering weight yarn in two shades of purple at Romni Wools when I was in Toronto last week. Do you have a favourite baby sweater pattern (preferably that would work in 2 colours)? I was thinking maybe this one or this one.

I haven’t been reading a ton of non-academic stuff recently, but I have been cooking a lot and trying out recipes from a bunch of different cookbooks. I love that I can take cookbooks out of the library and try a few recipes before deciding whether or not to buy the book! Here are a few of my recent favourites:

Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers
Super Natural Every Day, by Heidi Swanson
The Sprouted Kitchen, by Sarah and Hugh Forte
The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon

I hope you’re all having a great week!

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In which I have the best family ever.

Briefly interrupting our regular knitting programming today to talk about how awesome my family is (knitting further down this post). I got a package in my mailbox Monday morning, which was a surprise considering I wasn’t expecting anything. I crossed my fingers and hoped that nothing in it was breakable, shoved it into my backpack (my mailbox isn’t in my building) and ran off to English. When I opened it later on that day, I found…

Halloween candy! Chocolate! Almonds!


A few things have been happening on the knitting front. First, I finished up the knitting part of JP’s hogwarts scarf. I still needs to be washed and blocked and I need to add the fringe. I need a big space, pins, and a crochet hook to do those, so it’ll have to wait until I’m home in a few weeks. I’ll do some good pictures then too. Until then, enjoy this dorm room mirror shot! (Rav link)

I’m also making three little hats for little miss E using leftover sock yarn. I’m almost done the first one and it is so cute! The pattern is free here. (Rav link)

Wishing you an evening filled with books and tea! (I’m currently reading Virgil’s The Aneid for my classical literature course. Interesting so far, particularly having read The Odyssey, which was Virgil’s inspiration.

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