This past weekend we had dinner with family. Fidgety Daughters are the absolute favorite people in the world to my youngest nephew. My nephew is a new Harry Potter fan so during dinner (where they insisted he sit between them), they introduced my nephew to Pottermore so he could be sorted into a house. In passing I said, “Hey, maybe I should make you guys house scarves.” Yeah, guess who is now making house scarves.
Sometimes you knit things and say to yourself, “Hey, I did a pretty good job! Nice work, Me!” Other times you finish a project and say to yourself, “Well, that’s… something.” But every once in a while, you knit something, look at it and say to yourself, “How on Earth did I ever live without you, you gorgeous piece of awesomeness?”
Last fall, my husband and I traveled to the UK. It was an amazing trip, without kids. Of course, first on my mind—well, aside from the amazing sights, food and international travel with my sweetie—was what knitting project I would bring with me. For the flight, I bought cheap bamboo needles (BLECH) and planned to knit socks*. But I also packed a project in my checked baggage on my beloved Knit Picks options (because who takes just one project on an international trip?). Something a little larger that would be an easy pick up/put down project. Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl was my choice for this trip.
I love Knit Picks. I haven’t purchased much of their yarn (I’m trying to stick to a yarn diet), but the yarn I did purchase, I loved and made my favorite thing ever. But every needle (Options interchangeable in nickel) and cable I own is from them. I look forward to their catalog every month. It may or may not be possible that I look forward to an opportunity to purchase something new.
I also love socks. They’re just so pretty and portable and people are super impressed when I whip out my magic loop, two at a time socks to work on while I’m waiting. So with the recent catalog focused on socks, I looked a little closer.Read More
My mom loved to buy knitting patterns. I have a binder full of patterns she purchased that I don’t think she ever knit. One book that I really love, however, is one that she had for a long time, The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey (1971). In fact, when I decided I wanted to learn to knit, my mom gave me this book to see if it would help (at that point, it did not).
Like any knitting book, this one has information on how to knit (cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, cables, shaping and so one). Printed on heavy paper with only black and white images the front half of the book is nothing unusual. But the last half…it’s a gift from above. This book is full of over 200 stitch patterns. Wondering how to make the Pineapple Lace Stitch? How about the Twinberry Stripe? Maybe you want to try the Modified Schiaparelli or the Lazy Daisy. Yeah, it’s here. I’ve been itching to try out a pattern stitch on my basic sock template. It seemed like it was time. Let me introduce you to the Diagonal Rib.Read More
Last year, I hit 15 yarn shops in the area. I know what you’re thinking, but I was willing to take one for the team. You’re welcome. Most of the purchases were because they were simply beautiful and would be great for some unknown project in the future. But one yarn shop had a color yarn that I instantly knew I needed to be something for my mother-in-law. While I didn’t knit the pattern provided by Unwind Yarn Shop, I knew what would be a better choice: The Hitchhiker.Read More
One of the fun thing about working at a post-secondary school is that students will oftentimes work in your office. They’re not always skilled labor for the tasks at hand (though sometimes they are) and they always get the grunt work. But it’s really fun getting to know students at the place you work (especially if your job isn’t student-facing). Our office, Marketing and Communications, has been very fortunate in the student workers we’ve had and I have made some very good friends of many of them. So when our current student worker asked if I could make him a “slouchy hipster-style hat” I agreed. When he asked if I could make a set of matching hats for him and his best friend, I lept for joy because how adorable is that?Read More
This fall, my closest work friend found a new job. It was a great move for her, but it’s hard to go from seeing someone every week and talking all the time to not seeing them very often at all. I wanted to make her a going-away gift that would—hopefully—remind her of me while being squishy soft. Kelsey is a very cool dresser and I hope that the Clapo-Ktus in this beautiful red was a welcome addition to her wardrobe.Read More