Yarn Canada and the mountain of possibilities

Believe it or not, Yarn Canada is offering up the chance to enter to win socks for life!

What’s the catch?  You have to knit them your self!

While the knitting possibilities are endless, one thing is for certain – you’ll run out of room for all of the yarn.  You’ll be crushed by the sheer weight of it all.  You’ll have carpal tunnel by year’s end and you’ll definitely need surgery…it will be awesome!

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See this??  This is a butt-load of yarn and it could be yours!

 

Want in?  Head over to Yarn Canada’s entry page and tell them all about how life changing $1000 worth of fabulous sock yarn would be for you and what you’d do with it all and your in it to win it.

As for me?

There is no way I could knit that much in my lifetime, so I’d be starting a knitting group to knit for a children’s’ charity because the thought just warms my cold, tired heart.  What you do with it if you win is totally up to you.

Good luck!

As for me and my knitting progress?  I have a lot to share… stay tuned!

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A Little Inspiration

I have been eye-balling Cowichan sweaters for a few months now, so being in the design process is a little exciting.

I’ve got a few pictures saved for color, design or shape inspiration…

And thanks to a little free time and some Excel magic, I think I have my main motif figured out.  Can’t wait to swatch this out and see if it works!

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As for cardigan construction, I’m a little torn about knitting in pieces vs  top down.  I think once this is knit up, it may benefit from the structure of seaming things up, but I really need things to line up, so I’m worried.

I also need to figure out my yarn choice.  My eagle design is 50 sitches wide by 23 tall, so I’m thinking a worsted weight wool is the way to go here.

If anyone has ideas, I’m all ears!

 

Big Plans

Maybe I’m getting a little cocky knowing my Christmas knitting is mostly in the bag.  I have Mom’s qiviut cowl done, my MIL’s shawl just needs to be blocked (FO post coming soon) and 1 1/2 of 5 color-stranded hats finished.  At this rate, I should be done and Christmas-ready by mid-November.

With any luck, this all means I might have time to finish a little something for you-know-who!

Enter the Cowichan Sweater.

I think I need one.  I need one bad.  Time to get planning.

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Photo from the Canadian TV series Heartland – my latest guilty pleasure.

 

Cruising right along….

With Christmas Gift #1 ready for gift wrap and Christmas Gift #2 well under way, I’m feeling more organized than I have in my entire Christmas Knitting career.  I’m not sure, but I just may finish gift #2 in just a couple of weeks.

That is super good news, because I have so much more to knit…….

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When it is finished, this will be a Light and Up shawl.  You can get the pattern and yarn from Craftsy.  This would be in Malabrigo.  Colorway: playa.

The colors are soothing, and remind me of river rock.  I wish my camera would have picked up on that…

Aaaaaand done!

Way back in January, I thought it might be fun to make a crochet mermaid-tail blanket for a friend’s 8-year-old daughter’s August birthday. I searched out patterns on Ravelry and landed on an adorable version with crocodile-stitch scales and actually got a little taken in by the newness of it.

Thinking a pink and purple variegated yarn was a good choice (ha!), I bought the local Joanne’s out of their Red Heart Plum Pudding and ran home to get started, naively thinking the project would progress quickly.

I was over it by the 10th row.

So it languished.

And it collected dust.

And it stared at me from the kitchen table where I laid it thinking foolishly I’d get in a row here and there in between cutting and stirring and frying.

But it did not grow.

No little elves came to finish this project.

And I thought to myself – I have time.

And I distracted myself with other things.  Other projects.  ANYTHING but the boring mermaid-tail blanket in the hideously unicorn-vomit colored, scratchy, cheap acrylic yarn.  I would do anything not to handle the stuff.  (When did I become such a yarn snob?)

And then it was August.

Oh August I hate you.

And the stupid mermaid-tail blanket from hell still hadn’t finished itself. Damn.

So back to the couch it moved.  I worked on this damned dreadful thing every waking minute. And I ran out of yarn.  So did Joanne’s.  Shit.

I improvised with a dark purple stripe and surprisingly, it knocked the edge off of the overwhelmingly bright pink and purple acid trip of acrylic hideousness.

Just to be clear though, I would have totally subbed bailing string just to get this monstrosity DONE!

And done it is my friends.  The ends are woven.  The tail, made separately, was hastily stitched on.  Thank you baby Jesus, the damned thing is finally done.

But did I get a picture of this thing that has plagued me for so many months?  No.  I did not.  In my haste to be rid of it, I completely neglected snapping so much as one picture of it in its brightly colored glory.

If you think you want to make one for yourself, be warned, the damned thing dredges on and on and on and progress is slow.  Then, when you near the end, its sheer volume threatens to suffocate you.  Don’t try this as a summer time project.  Also, buy A LOT more yarn than you think you will need.  This thing ate yarn just slightly faster than it ate at my soul – steadily, relentlessly and without fail.  I used 5 skeins of the Red Heart Super Saver and the better part of a Caron One Pound skein.

Thank God its over.

 

 

Instant Gratification – sort of

Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting and everything about it.  It keeps my hands busy and my mind still.  For me, knitting is meditation.

It just takes forever, and every once in a while (okay, almost every week) I just need something fast.

Sometimes, I just need to start and finish a project in an hour or two.  Sometimes, I need splashes of vibrant color.  Sometimes, I need to see something take shape RIGHT NOW.

Enter paint.

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My quaint little-ish town has a paint-your-own ceramics studio.  For a small shop fee plus the price of the piece, I can sit down in my own little corner of the world and create.

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When I’m done, I leave my piece with the shop, and they throw it in the kiln for me.  I continue to be amazed at the difference the kiln makes.

Getting things back always feels just a little bit like Christmas.

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