August 11, 2017

Hot in the Knitting World: August 6-12

Today I am trying something new on my blog which I hope you enjoy.  I have highlighted a few patterns, KALs and yarn that have caught my attention this week in the knitting world.   

Week of August 6-12
1. Thea Colman (Baby Cocktails) came out with a new hat pattern called the Boston Flip.  This hat was designed as a gift to her daughter, and her daughter's best friend, as they go off to college this fall.  The explanation for the hat's design was incredibly sweet.  Read all about it on her blog

2.  Joji Locatelli has come out with two new patterns this week:  the Longline Cardigan and the Bobble Cowl.  Both patterns are knit in Malabrigo Mechita which is a fingering weight yarn.  She is offering 20% off all her patterns from August 10-20 using the code jojifallkal.   This sale is in anticipation of her Knit Along starting September 1 running until December 10th.  More information can be found here.

3.  Carol Feller, another prolific designer, has come out on Instagram and on her website with a new sweater design called the Camira Cardigan which will go on pre-sale on August 19th.  The first clue will be released October 7th. This is one KAL I am considering participating in.  I think this pattern will be very interesting to knit.  I participated in a previous Carol Feller KAL and knit a sweater called Capall Dubh which I absolutely love.  More information is to follow.

4.  Another sweater pattern that caught my attention was Fresh by Josée Paquin. This sweater would be a great stashbuster and would be a fun knit.   Josée uses Julie Asselin Fino fingering yarn combined with a Julie Asselin's Leizu Fingering Gradient Set.  Love it.

5.  A new publication entitled Plum Dandi Knits:  Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Melissa Schaschwary and Alicia Plummer is available for preorder on Amazon.  It is being published November 30, 2017 by Interweave and I am sure it will have many beautiful designs.

6.  And finally, I know I don't have to tell you about Andrea Mowry's newest pattern and Mystery Knit Fade Along called What the Fade?! starting August 31st.  However, what you might not know is Hedgehog Fibres is having another Colour Sets sale on August 12th where you can purchase a six skein set directly from the extremely popular dyer to use for this pattern.   (One can dream.)

That's my round-up for today.  I had fun compiling it and please feel free to add any other items that you are excited about in the Comments section below.

Now I can't leave you without any yarn pictures.  How about a few shots of some of my recent purchases?  Although I will not be joining in the Mystery Knit Fade Along I do enjoy a skein of speckled yarn.  There are so many beautiful ones to choose's mind boggling.   Here are a few of my faves:
Primrose Yarn Adelaide:  In Between the Lines

Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles:  Bubble & Bounce
Life in the Long Grass (LITLG) Fine Sock:  Shack

Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles:  Poppy

What am I going to do with these skeins you ask?  I am not sure, but with these colourways I am going to have fun figuring it out.  

Happy weekend everyone!

August 7, 2017

F.O. Lanterns by Sylvia McFadden

It was just last summer that I had the opportunity to visit 88 Stitches, the sweetest yarn shop in Langley, B.C.  Much to my utter delight the pieces designed by Sylvia McFadden of Softsweater Knits were on display.  Previous to visiting 88 Stitches I was a big fan of Sylvia McFadden's patterns on Ravelry. But when I saw her creations in person I was in love. I knew I had to knit one.  (You can see the photos I took that day here if you are interested.)  

Pattern:  Lanterns

Designer:  Sylvia McFadden (Softsweater Knits)
Yarn  Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere DK (100% cashmere) 4 skeins
Colourway: Spiced Pumpkin

Needles:   4.0mm
Ravelry:  Link

Added Notes:
1.  This is the first time I have knit with 100% cashmere. It is incredibly soft, but what struck me is that there was not much give to the yarn.  The pattern called for fingering weight yarn but I wanted a heavier shawl and chose a DK weight.  I used almost all of the four skeins I had.  When I cast off I was disappointed with how small the shawl was (52 x 17") and never having blocked cashmere before I wasn't sure what to expect.  What happened was magical. The lace just opened up and the shawl grew to the perfect size (68 x 32").

2.  The designer gives you the choice to do either a twisted version or a regularly knit version.  I chose the twisted version and I am glad I did.

2.  This is not the first pattern I have knit by this designer.  Check out The Elder Tree Shawl as well. (Blogged here).  I highly recommend her patterns.  They are easy to follow and the results are beautiful.

July 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada: A Tribute to Creative Canadians

I am a proud Canadian, and in honor of Canada's 150th birthday today, I am sharing with you with a photo collection of some yarn and designs of my favorite Canadian creators.  I encourage you to visit their sites to learn more about them. Links have been provided.  

Tanis Fiber Arts:  yarn dyer and designer

Framed Slouch:  Orange Label Cashmere/Silk Worsted (colourway Mosaic)
Vitsippa:  Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single (colourway Papaya)
Snowfling Mittens:  Yellow Label DK (colourway:  black and natural)

Sweet Georgia Yarns
Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock (colourway Petal)

Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine (colourway Mist)
Sweet Fiber Yarns

Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere DK (colourway Spiced Pumpkin)
Sweet Fiber Yarn Cashmerino 20 (colourway:  Verve)
Sweet Fiber Yarns Super Sweet Sock (colourway:  Indigo Dreams)

Julie Asselin

Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient (colourway Mirabell)
Julie Asselin Fino (colourway Meet Me By the River)

The Blue Brick

The Blue Brick Niagara MCN Sport (colourway Iceberg)

The Blue Brick Killarney Sock (colourway Labradorite)

Scrumptious Purl

Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up (colourway Birds of A Feather)
My First Toe Up Socks by Susan B. Anderson

Flock Fibre Studio

Flock Fibre Studio  Take A Hike Sock Mini Set (colourway Wild Orchid)

Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye Works MCN Fingering (Colourway Concrete and Tulips)

Playground Shawl 

Jane Richmond:  designer

Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond

Grace Cardigan  by Jane Richmond

Jésabelle B

Jenna Rose Handmade

Small Traveller Pouch:   Green Homestead

Medium Bucket:  Tree Houses

Knitted Bliss:  Julie Crawford:  blogger and designer

Espace Tricot:  Store and Youtube vlog

There is so much Canadian talent as you can see!  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day! We live in a truly spectacular country.

Squamish, B.C.
Squamish, B.C.

Niagara Falls

CN Tower Toronto

May 22, 2017

F.O. Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig

I am a huge fan of Hannah Fettig and I have knit several of her patterns (Georgetown and Calligraphy Cardigan) with excellent results.  Her patterns are always easy to follow and the cardigans have become classic staples in my wardrobe.  I was delighted to hear that she published another collection in her newest book Texture.  I wanted to participate in Very Shannon's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit-along, and after one look at the Eventide Cardi, decided I had to knit it for this KAL.

Pattern:  Eventide Cardi from the book Texture

Eventide Cardi:  open cardigan with a simple texture throughout

Designer:  Hannah Fettig
Eventide Cardi:  back piece in progress

Yarn:  String Theory Caper Sock 
80% merino/10%cashmere/10% nylon

String Theory Caper Sock

Skeins:  3.5 skeins

Colourway:  Kiwi

With any hand-dyed yarn it is a good idea to alternate skeins.  As I knit Eventide I alternated skeins for the front, back and sleeves but stuck to one skein for the ribbing around the collar.  I am a big fan of this is dyed beautifully and, with the cashmere content, feels extremely soft.  I didn't start the fourth skein until I got to the four inches of ribbing around the collar. Let me tell you how long four inches of ribbing takes...a loooong time!


:  3.00 mm for the ribbing and 3.5mm for the rest with my Signature Needles
Modifications:  I decided to knit this cardigan shorter than the pattern suggests.  This was easy to do, as I knit two less repeats of the back and fronts of the pattern. Hannah's patterns are well written and easy to follow.

Notes:  There is a certain amount of dedication needed to finish a fingering weight sweater.  I continuously put fingering weight cardigan patterns in my queue,  forgetting how much knitting is involved.  However, once they are done I find fingering weight sweaters get the most wear in my wardrobe.  

This sweater was knit in pieces.  I got the largest piece, the back, finished first and the sleeves last.  I am not great at seaming, but this pattern made the process that much easier.  All the pieces could be matched up, through the two rows of seed stitch, which made lining up all the pieces a cinch.  If you have been nervous about seaming a sweater, I think this would be the perfect pattern to start with.  

I knit the sleeves according to the pattern, hoping for 3/4 length, however after blocking they turned out a bit too long.  Overall, I am extremely happy with this cardigan.  I can see myself reaching for this cardigan a lot.

When seaming, the seed stitch lines up making seaming easier
If you haven't checked out Hannah Fettig's latest book, Texture, I highly recommend it. I definitely see myself knitting another cardigan from this collection.

April 30, 2017

F.O. Ekua by Kirsten Kapur

Pattern:  Ekua aka TTL Mystery Sock 2017

Designer:  Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Madelintosh Tosh Sock (100% merino)
Colourway:Button Jar Blue
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock (80% merino 20% nylon)
Colourway:  Silver

Needles:  2.5mm

Ekua by Kirsten Kapur
Added Notes:  These socks were part of a mystery knit along where participants received different parts of the pattern weekly for a month.  I signed up for this KAL, not knowing what the sock pattern was going to look like.  I ended up spending many precious knitting hours on a pair of socks that I wasn't really enjoying knitting.  I am not a big fan of knitting cables, especially with fingering weight yarn.  Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and fit me well, but I learned through this process that I enjoy knitting a simpler (and quicker) pair of socks, and that I don't really enjoy a mystery KAL.  I need to know what I am knitting.   How do you feel about complicated socks and MKALs?  

No sooner had I decided to stay away from MKALs then the amazing designer Joji Locatelli came out with her Mystery Wrap KAL.  Joji is one of my favourite designers so joining is very tempting.  However, the wrap requires five skeins of fingering weight yarn, which means it is a huge project.  Reluctantly, I have decided not to participate as I want to stay focused on knitting sweaters.  I am currently participating in the very popular Tops, Tanks and Tees Knitalong hosted by Very Shannon which runs from April 10 to May 8.  From Hannah Fettig's new book Texture I am knitting the Eventide Cardi. This cardigan is knit in pieces, and I think seaming is going to be easy, as the rows of seed stitch on the separate pieces will line up perfectly. 

Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig

I am really trying to stay focused on my sweater knitting goal. 
However, I find it very challenging given the number of new patterns that keep cropping up on Ravelry each week.  So many temptations!  Well I better get back to my Eventide Cardi...I only have about a week left.