Saturday, February 17, 2018

FO: Blaster

It took me much longer than planned, but I finally got buttons for Blaster.
I'm sorry there's no modeled shots. I haven't been able to make a date with my favourite photographer.
For some reason, my neckline ended up a fair bit more open than the pattern appears to be, but I don't mind. It will still work well with my dresses.
For buttons I went with a simple, black wooden button, which just a touch of open-work - much like the cardigan.
I used four skeins of String Theory Dye Works' Merino DK in Blue Spruce. It's much like our Fat Cat and was absolutely lovely  to work with. Because it was hand-dyed, I worked with two skein at a time, alternating every other row. It helped to give a nice uniform use of the colours.

Hopefully it won't be too long before I can get modeled shots. I see this one getting a lot of wear.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cranky Carbeth

The Carbethigan is in a time out...
This is as far as I got before I remembered that I really don't like knitting with cotton. Especially after just coming of Blaster and her amazingly luscious merino.

I'm not ripping her out just yet. But I'm letting her simmer for a while.  I'm going to go work on a UFO and hope that some time apart makes things a little more clearer for me and poor Carbethigan.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Christmas is coming!

I know today is Valentine's day... but my thoughts are on Christmas.

My family loves to tease me about it, but I'm one of those people who starts on Christmas early. REALLY early!  Sometimes the week AFTER Christmas. I'm always thinking ahead, and if I'm out shopping in June and see something for my brother that's just perfect, and a great price, you can bet I'll buy it!

Believe me... shopping and crafting throughout the year makes the silly season a lot more enjoyable. It also makes it much more affordable.*

So when Love Knitting had a 70% off sale at the end of January, it's no surprise that was browsing with Christmas on my mind.
Actually, it's not just Christmas, but Father's Day, and and birthdays too! It's all aran weight striping yarn (with few solid for heels and toes), perfect for nice thick socks. Dad absolutely loves them, and they knit up nice and quick, so I would have been foolish to let the sale pass me by.

Sadly, the "print yarns" (the stripers with the exception of the greens) don't have nylon in them. But the solids do, and heels and toes are where you need nylon the most so they should be ok. Dad mostly wears his thick ones around the house anyway, so they get fairly light wear.

I won't be casting on for a while, but it's nice to know the yarn is ready for me when I do!

* The trick to this is to keep track. It's very easy to over-buy or misplace things if you're not careful. I collect everything in a large box, and I keep an excel sheet on my computer, where I track what I've got and for whom.  I check in every month or so, and come October, I make a list of who  I still need gifts for and try to finish things up before the end of November.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Aldershot moves

The plan to devote at least five hours a week to Aldershot is paying off.

As you can see, I've made some great progress. I'm through the leg, around the heel and onto the gusset.

And I have to say, I love the way those  cables are stacking up.

I've said before that, which I love the look of cables, I usually don't enjoy executing them. But  I'm really loving working on this pair.  I think it's because the cables are every six rows or more (I don't count the twisted stitches on either side of the big cables, because they are easy to execute).

And the yellow is definitely helping to brighten up this dreary February. The snow has finally stopped and the sun has finally come out, but it's still a dreary world out there.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Little Hooter

Well you knew I couldn't resist sewing startitis forever....

Now that we're almost halfway through February, it was time to start thinking about a birthday present for my Sister-in-Law. She likes owls, and you may recall, I've made her several owl-themed gifts over the years.

So naturally, this year, I went looking for an owl quilt block.
Pinterest came to the rescue with this cute  little hooter. It's made with squares and HSTs, just like Relic's  paw mat. It's well within my skill-level, and I thought it would make the sweetest little wall hanging.
So I printed out some graph paper, sketched him out, and calculated the squares I would need.
The scrap strip bin yielded up plenty of fabrics to work with. And after an hour or so of cutting, and a few HSTs sewn and trimmed...
My scrappy little owl is ready to assemble! But we'll save that for another day!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Better days ahead

Curse that blasted groundhog!!!!
 It's been almost non-stop snow since Wednesday, and as you can see, Relic is not happy either.

I am so ready for spring, but it's feeling a long way off. Thankfully, I've got a few things to look forward to.  Last week work informed me that I get to join the high-flying sales team on an all inclusive trip to the Mayan Riviera at the end of March - a thank-you for all my hard work last year.

And this arrived in the mail!
The exhibitor book for this year's fair! While the snow's been falling, it's been nice to curl up on the couch and read through it, planning out what I'm going to enter this year. A lot of the categories are the same as last year, though there are a few new ones.

And with more time to prepare, I'm tempted to enter a few other areas of the exhibits... mainly, photography and art.

But looking at all that snow.... fair weather seem so far away...