FO: Veggie Cowl

Bear Poncho Anyone?

I have been in love with the Cream and Sugar Cowl since it appeared in my RSS reader back at the beginning of January.  The project which was designed by the fantastic Alana of Never Not Knitting and modeled by the beautiful Julie of Knitted Bliss (which is another favorite of my overstuffed RSS feed).  While I have lots of sock yarn in my stash, including the Malabrigo Sock recommended, the tosh merino light in Kale, which I totally ordered on spec, was screaming out to be used. So while this cowl is made with veggies instead of coffee, it is still very sweet. Continue reading

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On Snowshoes and Changes

So this has been kind of a big week.  My contract with the non-profit I have been with since the summer ended.  I knew it was coming, but it is always so much tougher than you think it is going to be.  So instead of looking for a job (something I have been doing for months with no avail), I decided to go snowshoeing this morning.

I went with the Parry Sound Nature Club to Killbear Provincial Park, out on Georgian Bay.  The hike was lead by the park naturalist and his partner who I worked with at the non-profit.  It was lots of fun, and I got to use some classic Athabasca-style snowshoes that we inherited them from my grandparents farm in Ottawa.

We learned all about the different tracks, identified some of the different trees in the forest (and unfortunately saw some Beech Scale).  There were lots of neat things to be seen, I had a bit of camnesia, but here are a few of the things we saw.

Also this week I finished the Cream and Sugar Cowl by Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting.  I am going to get a post up by the end of the weekend.  It was sunny this morning on our hike, and so I need to wait for the sun to come out again to get a picture of this amazing cowl.

On Travellers and Handspun

So as I have mentioned on the blog, I got a spinning wheel for Christmas.  The wheel, a Ashford Traveller Double Drive, which Lise at The Yarn Source managed to get to my house before Christmas.  Seriously, if you need Ashford products in Ontario, Lise is a rockstar and I would love to get to visit them, if I found my way to Prince Edward County.

So my Traveller, who is still unnamed (I am open to suggestions), has been running beautifully and has helped me spin down some of the immense fiber stash I developed over the fall.

She does have some of the oil from lubricating the treadle hinge, but I got her unfinished and I have just used a furniture beeswax polish to protect the wheel before I decide how I want to finish her in the long run.

And this is what she has helped me make (well there are about three spindle skeins tucked in there, but mostly wheel stuff)

The fiber was sourced from a few different places, including three Phat Fiber boxes (Sept. Farmers Market, Oct. Steampunk and Nov. Seasons of Light).  If you are on Rav, the Phatties (as they call themselves) have a wonderful, inclusive community you should check out, here.  I also have some combed merino top from the Gateway Fibreworks in Gravenhurst, ON, which I have mentioned before, as well as from a local farm, Pondering Rock Farm in Rosseau, Ontario.

Here are some of my favorites:

Yarn: Spring Break in February

Source: Sherbet Sunrise, 2.2oz batt (alpaca, superfine merino & bamboo rayon) by Fiber Fancy

Style/WPI: 180yd, woolen spun single, sportish weight

Name: Flower Market

Source: Fall Mums (Sept Phat Contribution) 2oz 64s Merino Top by CraftyQsPlace

Style/WPI: 120yd, 2-ply, Sportish

Name: Melted Neapolitan Ice Cream

Source: Sweet Pea, 5oz Falklands Top by CraftyQsPlace

Style: 214yds, 2-ply, fingering/sport weight

Two different Monster Yarns (term taken from the Ennea Collective) made from Phat Fiber Boxes (top from October and bottom from November).

And for those of you who are wondering how winter is going here in Parry Sound, we had a fantastic melt the last few days and then blowing snow last night. But the light is getting much more spring-like.

FO: Oxblood Tam

This hat, which I finished over a week ago, took me a while to blog because it went straight off of the blocking board (and plate) onto my head.  I have been wanting to make this hat, and its matching mittens ever since I finished my Hawthorne Scarf this fall.  The Snapdragon Set (the hat and mittens) use a similar leaf/pod design (with a 5 into 1 stitch) to the Hawthorne and both look fantastic in madelinetosh Tosh DK.  I am so in love with the madtosh look I currently have two more WIPs that are in their yarns (different bases than the Tosh DK, and they are fantastic as well).

The Truest Representation of the Color

Project Name:  Oxblood Tam

Pattern: Snapdragon Tam by Ysolda Teague

Recipient: Me

Yarn: Tosh DK by madelinetosh in Oxblood

Modifications:

  • After reading about how large and floppy the hat could be, I decided to knit the Medium size and because of my consistently tight knitting I knitted the rib brim at the suggested needle size and then went up one needle size (to a US 7) to knit the rest of the hat.

New Skills:

  • None – But it was my first tam, which is a hat style which seems to flatter me so I will probably be making more tams.

Feedback:  As with all Ysolda patterns, this one was clear. attractive and makes a beautiful finished object. The cables are attractive and the chart was easy to follow, I didn’t ever feel the need to refer to the written directions but they looked clear and in large enough print. The sizing was a bit funny and I have found that the band stretched out quite quickly.  If I were to make this hat again, I would go down a few more needle sizes for the band to make it tighter without having to edit the stitch pattern, because the ribbing flows beautifully into the cable pattern.

Re-Knit?: It will probably be re-knit to replace if this one were to get lost or destroyed.

A bit out of focus (sorry) but too cute to not post

FO: Music Cowl

 

So, while this project has been done since Sunday, I haven’t taken it off long enough to take photos, never mind blocking it.  I actually decided not to block it, because I like the texture and shape.  One of the many joys of superwash wool is that I know I will wash it a few times.  But the texture is so fantastic, and unsurprisingly the madelinetosh colors are just out of this world.

Details

Project Name:  Music Cowl

Pattern: honey cowl by Ann Maria for madelinetosh

Recipient: Mine, mine, all mine

Yarn: Tosh DK by madelinetosh in Violin

Modifications:

  • None – I just maximized the height of the cowl by figuring out how much yarn I used per round and managed to finish the cowl with only 7 yds yet.

New Skills:

  • None – However, I really think the slipped stitch pattern is really attractive.

Feedback:  Good, clear pattern and a good group knitting project.  With stitch markers every 20 stitches I was able to keep track of the slip stitch patter and never tink more than 20 stitches.

Re-Knit?: Probably not, but I will love the one I have.