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Make-It Monday – Make It: The Handmade Revolution

11 Apr
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Well, since I made almost no progress on my knitting this weekend after having been distracted by a sudden, overwhelming and frankly disconcerting urge to clean out my closets, I’m going to take this opportunity to share an event. Make It Vancouver is happening this weekend (April 15-17). It’s a craft fair full of awesome. You should go. For more info, go here.

>Make-It Monday – Finally Finished!

4 Apr

>So you may remember that I took some photos of a cowl in the making a week or two ago. Well, I’ve finally finished! This one was a bit of a monster of a project because the yarn I was using, though beautiful, soft and warm, is quite narrow, and I was making a very long scarf to join in a loop. Here is the final result:


I tried doing the Kitchener stitch to join the scarf, which apparently was supposed to make it look seamless. Not quite:


But I just wear that in the back of the first loop and it’s more or less hidden.

Though it took nearly a month of daily work and lots of sore muscles and cramped fingers, I’m pleased to say that I got to wear it for the first time today! And given that it’s a particularly wet and miserable Monday (see my previous post), it was the one thing that brightened up my day!

If you’d like to make one, the basic pattern is courtesy of Julianne Smith and is available on her site here. Thanks, Julianne!

Of course, true to form, I’m already well on the way with my next project:


This one is a cowl made of chunky 100% Baby Alpaca yarn – it is so soft that I swear the first time I touched it I wanted to wrap myself up in an entire suit made from it and stay there forever. It is absolutely incredible. Even J. was impressed by its softness – though he did have some concerns about just what happens to the baby Alpacas to get the yarn off them. Pretty sure he was joking.

Until next Monday….

>Make-It Monday – New scarf/neckwarmer/cowl

28 Mar

>One of the main problems with the last one I made was that it was too itchy. I’m hoping I can soften it up when I wash it, but for now I can’t actually handle wearing it. So I’m trying again with a really simple stockinette stitch/cable in a merino wool silk blend. It’s super soft and smooth, and I’m digging the sheen the silk adds to it. Can’t wait to finish this one up and get a bit of use out of it before summer weather relegates it to the closet!

So far it’s coming along well – though I did forget to hold the cable in the back for one of the centre stitches so it twists the wrong way – but I’ve decided to pretend it was on purpose and make it into a motif by alternating for a waving cable! Here’s how it’s going so far:


(That’s Opie in the background.) I’m about halfway done now, so I’m hoping to finish it in the next week or so. Last night I slept funny and now my shoulder is all fucked up, so I’m probably not going to get much done this weekend, though!

>Make-It Monday – 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf from TenTenKnits.com

14 Mar

>So I’ve started yet another new project, abandoning completely the Paris Night scarf I posted about last week. Oops. But I had to. See?

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I think this is absolutely gorgeous. I couldn’t track down the yarn used here so I decided to do a trial run with some Stitch Nation yarn in “Little Lamb” – it’s a pale cream colour that I’ve got tons of kicking around.

Here’s what it looks like un-looped:

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I think I messed up the pattern a little, but I actually kind of like the result. I’ll post pics when I’m done – hopefully soon! Wish me luck…

To make your own, head on over to the amazing TenTenKnits.com!

Update:

Finally finished! Definitely didn’t follow the pattern properly, but I think for a first try it looks okay. I need to block it, which will hopefully stop the edges from curling, but I think I’m ready to move and try it again with some coloured yarn!

>Make-It Monday – Yarn, yarn and more yarn!!

8 Mar

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Big ‘ole rainbow in a bag!

Here’s my big bag of inspiration! Since I started knitting again to keep these idle hands from trouble, I’ve finished one project and started a few new ones! Aside from the hat fiasco, I have started a few scarves – a motorcycle scarf for my dad, a basic scarf with the yarn left over from the hat, and last but not least, this merino wool scarf:

Yay! Scarf in the making…

Now I know it don’t look like much, but I’m stoked because it’s super soft and cosy! I may have to make a blanket like this bad boy, just ‘cos it’s so soft and warm. Hopefully I’ll finish it up soon – just in time for spring and warmer weather. Le sigh. Oh well, I’ll have a reason to look forward to winter, for once!

I’ve been looking around a lot online – both for yarn and patterns. There are some great sites out there for both. My favourite yarn shop is Jimmy Beans Yarn, which has a great selection, charges very reasonable shipping costs and has the best online customer service I’ve ever encountered! Seriously, these guys will let you know right away if something isn’t in stock, they’ll go to a ton of effort to recommend yarn that works with your pattern and even calculated out how many skeins of yarn fit into one of their envelopes so I’d know what size to make my orders for cheap shipping! Awesome.

Back to the needles…

Bonus shot of Hera with her best “who, me?” expression.