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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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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!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Flax Light

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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!
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Knitting :: Not a lot of time for knitting this week, but I finished the body of my Flax Light sweater! I’ve got it on hold now because my long interchangeable cable broke, and I can’t do the sleeves until I get a new one. As much as I love the Hiya Hiya sharps, I’ve found that the cable joints just aren’t durable, especially if you knit a lot with magic loop, which tends to strain the join. I’ve also got a bunch of Knit Picks Options, but their interchangeable cables aren’t very flexible and the tips are a bit dull. I’d love your suggestions if you have a favourite (durable, sharp, flexible cable) interchangeable set.
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Reading :: I finished The Secrets of Lake Road (so good!) and have started Field Study, which is a collection of short stories by Rachel Seiffert. Nothing really stands out about this collection so far (I’m often not particularly enthralled by collections unless they’re really well selected and ordered), but it’s been an enjoyable commuting book this week.

Watching :: Law and Order SVU. I think this is the only crime procedural of the early 2000s that I haven’t seen yet, and since I loved the others so much, it was time to give this one a try. Tentatively enjoying so far.

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:: The rain! Finally! What a wonder for the garden and for breaking the heat wave.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

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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.
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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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Antler Mittens

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I finished these mittens a few months ago but I am just getting to editing and uploading photos of them. I made them for my grampa for Christmas this year, and even finished them in time for him to open them on Christmas day! The pattern is by Tin Can Knits, and I ended up loving it way more than I expected- there’s something about the simplicity of this pattern that makes it really striking. The yarn was something I picked up at Romni earlier last year, and I’m really pleased with the way the tweed compliments the cables. I made the largest size and they fit perfectly. I’m already planning more of these mitts in other yarns and colours!
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Happy Friday, friends! Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend.

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Grey days

It has been grey and raining all day today… I actually don’t mind, so long as it’s not more ice and snow! I am still working on my Winding Way socks. Hopefully I will finish the first one tonight- I am about halfway done the foot. These are a pretty quick knit but since I’ve been at home and it’s exam time, my knitting time has been limited. (Rav link)

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Although it was rainy today, it was a beautiful day yesterday and we had Sherman’s brothers come over and play- they are getting so big. Here’s some of that cuteness:

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Linking up with KCCO, Yarn-Along, and WIP Wednesday as usual. Enjoy your day!

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Home

I’m home for the week this week before heading back to write 3 more exams. I’ve been enjoying lots of time with my animals and lots of tea… I won this tea in a giveaway and I might do a more in-depth post about it later. I’ve been loving it so far.

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I’ve also been working on my Winding Way Socks test. I turned the heel and I’m working on the foot now. I really like these so far- the lace panel is simple enough to do but it looks so lovely. (Rav link)

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I hope you are all having a great weekend!

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Winding Way Socks

I’ve been having some knitter’s block lately. I’ve been designing lots of my own stuff but I just haven’t wanted to knit other peoples’ patterns. I knew I was going to want a portable project for my trip home at the end of this week, so I was starting to get a bit worried. I never ever want to be left without a project, especially on a trip… what would I do with myself?! Fortunately, Emily and Alexa of Tin Can Knits, for whom I’ve tested before, are working on their new collection, Handmade in the UK, and had these lovely socks up for testing. I knew exactly what yarn I wanted to use and was so excited to be chosen as a tester since the socks were such a hit.

The pattern hasn’t yet been released but the working name is Winding Way Socks. There is a lace panel on the leg and foot. I’m using Cascade Heritage Paints in the colourway 9825 Isle of Skye. I love these so far… they are perfect. (Rav link).

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What are your cures for knitters’ block?

I’ll be linking up with KCCO, Yarn-Along, and WIP Wednesday as usual!

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