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Flax Light

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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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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

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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Lately, I’ve been…

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!

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

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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.
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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!)

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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.
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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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Home for a rest.

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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!

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Brunch and Cables.

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As I’ve mentioned before, H and I are doing Sunday brunch with a few friends, alternating between our apartments. It’s one of my favourite things… shuffling in from the snow, making cups of coffee and tea, mixing ingredients for pancakes, maybe knitting a few rows if there’s a spare moment.

Right now, I’m working on my Aidez… I’m hoping to finish it before the weather gets too warm to wear it (although given the temperature this week, it’ll be awhile). I’m about halfway through the back, which will be the longest part since there are so many charts at once. I’m still in love with this colour… Cascade Eco+ in 958 Cinnamon.
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How has your week been so far?

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Blueberries.

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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.)

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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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Yarn-Along

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Knitting:: Ease by Alicia Plummer, still. I’ve finished the never-ending 5″ section of ribbing at the bottom of the body, so I’ve moved onto the sleeves. I feel like never doing 1×1 ribbing ever again! The sleeves should go pretty quickly now since I’m using worsted weight on size 8s. I tried the sweater on when I finished the body and it looks like it’s going to fit just right! I’m knitting the size small but at a smaller gauge to get a slightly more fitted sweater. I’ll do some more detailed notes one it’s finished. (Rav link)

New design: Tempestuous!

One of the reasons I haven’t gotten far on this sweater this week is that I was busy putting the final touches on a new pattern! That’s right, I released Tempestuous on Monday and I’m so excited about it! I’m having a 20% off sale for this week and giving a copy away! See Monday’s post here if you want to win! (You can also buy the pattern here!)

I hope you are all having a great week! I’ll be linking up with Yarn-Along and WIP Wednesdays today.

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Yarn-Along

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Knitting:: Ease by Alicia Plummer. The yarn is Patons Decor in the colourway peat. I’m about halfway through the bottom edge ribbing, so I just have about 2.5″ left and then I’ll be done the body. 5″ of ribbing takes much longer than I would have thought… so slow! The sweater will be worth it, though- I can’t wait to wear it! (Rav Link)

Reading:: (Not pictured this week because I figured a picture of my Kindle was a bit boring!). The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I wish I could say that I picked up this book before the author’s identity was revealed because it sounded great, but I started it almost exclusively because JK Rowling wrote it. It’s good so far- great characters. (Goodreads link).

I hope you’re all having a great week!

Linking up with KCCO, Yarn-Along, and WIP Wednesday as usual.

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