WIP Wednesday: I’m in a hat mood

My love affair with socks has wained a bit…it was fast and furious and I’m just now coming up for air. Who could have known socks could be so…so…all consuming?! You sock knitters are a special breed, let me tell you!

Don’t get me wrong, sock knitting is still a great interest, but I’ve managed to break away long enough to realized I’ve been neglecting my first true love.

hats.

And…winter is coming. Yes it may be +30* Celsius most days! but every good Canadian knows that won’t last much longer. And being a camper, let me just tell you there are many a night I’ve donned a hat around the campfire.

With this in mind (winter is coming! I’d make a good Stark ;)) I decided to cast on a beautiful DK fall hat.

Loch, by tin can knits is a perfect fall hat. A bit lacy, it’s fun to knit as the pattern is just enough to be interesting. I managed to get my mitts on a skein of amber label DK TFA wool, so the cashmere and silk are pure decadence! Nothing says summer like silk, lol ;)

The only problem with silken wool is it’s nearly impossible to photograph because it’s too damn silky!
I tried my go to place, my front porch, but it was just too bright and washed out the colours….

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So then I got a bit creative and turned my knitting chair into my photo prop and got a bit better results

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Aren’t the colours just spectacular!! I can’t wait to wear it!

Miss May off the needles!

Miss May was one of those knits that I fell in love with the pattern a while ago, and was hoarding it waiting for the right wool to come along. Thankfully that perfect wool finally came along when I saw tanis fiber arts new colour way, papaya! It was a marriage made in heaven

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Miss May was all charted, which I love. Super simple to follow…I actually finished the last chart during the day, with kids awake and running in and out of the house!

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The pattern calls for a full 400m of fingering wool, so I knit right to pattern without any mods. Looking back, I wish I had knit a repeat (or two!) of the second chart because I had lots of wool left over and the shawllette isn’t as deep as I had hoped

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I admit to second thoughts about wearing the colour. I tend to stick closely to the blues, purples and greens. Being a redhead I avoid pinks, reds and orange like the plague, but the heart wants what the heart wants!

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It’s the perfect summer knit, and I can’t wait to wear it!

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Summer is for….dyeing!

I’ve been having a great time this summer trying something new…

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Wool dyeing!

A group of my knitting friends and I got together for a whole day of colorful fun. Lots of laughs and lots of blue fingers later we came away with a new appreciation for hand dyers! I also learned I hate wearing gloves ;)

We had a beautiful day, and had everything our little yarnie hearts could ask for.

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I ordered some special wool from knitpicks just for dyeing. I tried a few ways, including knitting blanks on a knitting machine, hand painting, kettle dyeing and microwaving.

I can’t decide my favourite. The watermelon socks…

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Or the rainbow socks

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Or course, I also fell in love with this tonal teal that was pure accident

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And this dark denim which was an ugly purple over dyed with a dark royal blue

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Let’s just say I’ve been bitten by the dye bug, lol!

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Busy baby knitting!

There is nothing quite like welcoming a new baby to the family! I’m lucky enough to be aunt to a plethora of munchkins, including a new arrival down in Australia. I’m tickled blue! Of course babies have their own timelines, and I’m a procrastinator, which means I had to knock out baby’s present ASAP!

Enter….the Puerperium Cardigan.

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Knit in DK on 4 mm needles, this newborn size flew off my needles!

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The pattern calls for 7 buttons all down the side opening, but since I am oh-so-awesome at math I only bought six. Nothing for it but a bit of modification, and because really, who wants to do up 7 buttons on a squirmy newborn anyways!

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This is sirdar’s baby bamboo, and while I love the finish product, I have a heck of a time keeping this slippery yard in equal tension and oh my word it takes forever to dry. But the finish…just beautiful!

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I packed this bad boy off with my SIL’s mom to welcome the new baby along with her double heart socks and some chocolate. Cause that’s how I roll ;)

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Welcome baby D! You are very loved all over the world!

Knitting in public

I’ve been working feverishly on a very special pair of socks for my SIL. She’s due any day now with her first baby, and being in the Southern Hemisphere her feet are cold! What better for cold feet than wool socks made with love ;)

I cast on, and knit knit knit everywhere I was.
Beach? Knitting

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(I cropped this one for Instagram. Amazing what a different story a picture can tell when you cut out the craziness in a mothers life. Kid? Toys? Water bottles! Gone!)

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I managed to turn the heel yesterday and make it half way down the foot last night. I decided to do these guys one at a time because I get so much more gratification when it grows fast. The counting rows to match is a bugger though!
Here’s the first sock all done!

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Now if you excuse me, I need to knit knit knit! These need to be on a plane Saturday morning, along with the baby cardigan I haven’t even started, eek!

Details on my ravelry page

Sparkly hearts for my girlie girl

Girlfriend has been a girlie girl from day one. Her first word? ‘Tutu’. Show her a rainbow, and she’ll find the fuchsia. Barbies…ballet…check.

But…Don’t get me wrong though, my girl keeps up with her brothers and kicks their butts when necessary. Nothing scares this girl…not even stinky hockey equipment!

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Her true love, though, will always be pink. And sparkles. So of course I found pink sparkly wool to knit her socks! turtle purl yarns makes the most delicious fuchsia pink called ‘princess’ in their moonbeam sock yarn. I snatched this up back at the frolic in April the second I saw it. It was one of those purchases where there is no hesitation, no guilt, no buyers remorse!

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And of course, I found the perfect pattern. piece of my heart socks. *melts*.
I decided to modify them though, to have just one full heart on each side of the ankle instead of a repeating pattern. I cast on 48 stitches with my 2.25mm sock rockets, which was just perfect for my small 6 yr old.

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These bad boys knit up so darn quick, oh my! The joy of 7″ feet!

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I did my traditional fish lips kiss heel and a modified rounded toe. Notes are on my ravelry project page

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Now I think mama needs a matching pair of socks to finish the skein ;)

Happy knitting!

I’m linking up with some fab link parties this week! Check out all the great links posted over at yarn along, wow me Wednesday , someday crafts, and last but not least, made by me , Tami!

Inspiration Monday – peeping tom edition

One of my favourite parts of ravelry is watching what my friends are doing. I am a nosy nosy girl, so seeing not only their projects, but also what they are ‘favouriting’ is so much fun! Nothing better than a quick peak to see what’s been catching everyone’s eye lately ;)

Wanna see?

Celtic Cast on Faved blue macaw, which it turns out was a test knit. It’s freaking gorgeous and I totally faved it too!

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danskknit Faved up in the air, this adorable cap with the to-die-for button! Yum! (And yeah, I faved it too, lol)

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brokenhallelujah Faved wild berries. Stop my feet from dancing! Gorgeousness! I love this! Totally in my favs AND queue now!

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shawnamay Added pics to her finished project, leafy baby blanket, and it’s beautiful! I love the leaves

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willow4 Queue calendulas, which is just divine. Beautifully airy, what a summer shawl!

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Not a bad sampling for just the latest page of my friend activities!! Are we friends on ravelry? Find me! knitinthesquare

Linking up with ababyssmile!
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Modified Haruni for a teacher’s present

Happy Wednesday! I’m pleased to report I survived my Monday, and by the looks of it, Tuesday as well. Hip hip hooray me!

Even better, I have a real beauty to show you guys today! Thanks to a wonderful soul in my knitting circle with a healthy yarn stash, I scored the extra skein of zarina wool I needed to finish the lace on my haruni. Yay! Cheers to Shawna, who just had a baby boy too! Love me some newborn snuggles even more than a new skein of prized wool. I might have popped an egg just by holding the wee fella ;)
…how I love babies, let me count the ways! Thankfully, my own three darlings quickly reminded me how much I love sleep. And closing the bathroom door. And eating with two hands. But…but… I lurve babies sleep! If I tell myself that enough, it might come true ;).

Ok, enough talk of sweet sweet adorable, yummy smelling, warm snuggling bodied babies. No more! (I might need an intervention….)

Wool, wool! Concentrate on the wool! Ok, quick, my haruni, yes…here it is!

TADA!

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Ain’t she a beaut Clark? (Name that movie!)
The lace makes my knees week. Just…boom. Down I go

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The cast off was surprisingly unique, and put the finishing touches on the lace

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I adore how the leaves are shaped and have the lace between. Just glorious design, how can this be a free pattern?

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Isn’t it fabulous?! This one is going to be hard to let go

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My haruni was knit in 4 mm needles, with zarina sock wool. Glorious stuff. I followed knittimo’s modifications to make an elongated stockinette body before jumping onto chart B for the leaf petals. Brilliant mod if I do say so myself.

And one more picture for the road. Cause…damn.

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Inspiration Monday- Monday is out to get me.

It’s been one of those mornings when…
I put my underwear on backwards,
the cereal box got put away in the fridge and the milk in the pantry,
I can’t find my keys to lock the front door
…and I just messed up 4 rows of lace.
I think I need to put down the needles and back away slowly!

As much as I’d love to curl back up in bed to avoid any further Monday morning bloopers, instead I’m going to power through and come up with an exceptional inspirational Monday post! Are you ready to be inspired?!?

Let’s DO THIS!

I have found some of the most exceptionally creative and whimsical knits I could find.
Starting with this glorious shawl, dream bird.

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It’s just fabulous!

happypotamus is just the thing to make even the grumpiest gus smile. The colours used are glorious and hello, hippos rock! …well, I wouldn’t want to meet one face to face cause ‘yo. They are scary dudes. But cute in their plush forms, amiright?!

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No self-respecting outrageous list is complete without at least one Stephen west knit. color craving stands out in my mind as something fun and fabulous. The shape and colours…just Wowsa!

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vortex should be a Dr. Seuss hat it’s just so fantastical! The colour change on this example does it for me. Plus orange glasses are da bomb

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On that note, i just realized my contacts are in the wrong eyes, so I better go and switch things up. Oh Monday, why do you hate me so?

Spring toes in time for summer heat

I am so excited to finish these beauties…my very own socks!! Ive knit a few pairs previously, but they’ve all been gifts. Not these guys!! I shall wiggle my toes in glee if it wasn’t 30 degrees Celsius out the last three days, lol.

Nothing like finishing a long awaited knit project only to be foiled in fully appreciating it thanks to Mother Nature!

So help me enjoy these beauties because no way am I sticking my sweaty feet back in them!

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The fish lips kiss heel was just perfect, nicely hugging but not confining my foot.

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I did a much rounder toe than in previous socks! which I like. I’m a toe wiggler, there’s nothing I dislike more than squished toes! Throwback to my pointe shoe days probably, haha!

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Details:
2.25 mm addi sock rocket needles
Sweet Georgia tough love sock yarn in lake shore drive.
Pattern is a modified ‘Rye’ by tin can knits

Everything else is on my ravelry project page!

Happy knitting! The knitting gods were looking down on me as one of my friends bought three balls of the cream wool I need to finish the teacher’s haruni!