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…

Feeling Productive

It has only been a few short weeks since I wound my amazingly soft qiviut yarn into a ball so the Christmas knitting could commence and the stuff has already been magically transformed.

Gift #1 is already off the needles.

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The pattern is Heavenly Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs.

The scrumptious Arctic Treasure qiviut can be purchased from http://www.northernthreads.net just in case you need to be ridiculously self-indulgent.  Northern Threads was super quick to ship and by far had the best price.  This is the Alaskan Raspberry colorway.  One skein got me 6 pattern repeats with a bit left over to pet and play with at whim.

Time to get ready for Christmas!!

I’m a slow knitter with lofty Christmas knitting goals.  The only way I stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting everything done is if I start yesterday.

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So I did.  I ordered up some new yarn including a redonkulously expensive skein of quivit from Arctic Treasures in the Alaska Raspberry color way then set about searching for that perfect pattern.

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I settled on the Heavenly Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs and cast on the minute the yarn arrived…

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A Whole Summer Later…

This spring, against better judgement, I cast on for a fingering weight MKAL sweater by Vera Sannon.  Don’t get me wrong, I love her patterns, so I knew I would love the result.  The fact that she guides you through your choice of pullover or cardi just makes this even better.

  
And there was the alpaca yarn…  It was like knitting with kitten fur.  Very fine kitten fur.  As in what-the-hell-was-I-thinking, teensy-tinsy fingering weight kitten fur.

  
It’s a good damn thing I LOVE this yarn, or I would never have finished!

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Pattern : Ready for Summer MKAL

Ravelry Link : here

Yarn : Juniper Moon Farm, Harriott Fine