Gale Poncho

It’s a poncho, it’s a wrap, it’s a sweater…it’s Gale. At the KW Knitter’s Fair Julie had me wear a garment called Gale by Alicia Plummer. You can get the pattern and see more information on Ravelry or click here.

I wore it most of the day and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was because, hey, it’s basically a poncho, yuk!…

Lynn, me, Wanietta

Lynn, me, Wanietta

Gale is knit like two big rectangles with some arm shaping and a loose neck. It really has a sweater feel and doesn’t flow out around the body. It’s closed at the side with a button. The first thing I noticed was that it was warm without being stifling. I also felt that I could still wear a coat with it on. My big beef about ponchos is that when it gets really cold out it’s awkward to wear a coat over top.

The actual pattern is done in Swan Island Natural Colors Merino Bulky but Julie has adapted the needle size so that you can use Charly by Filatura. It’s a nice superwash with a ton of lovely colours. I chose a nice dark blue. The one at the show was actually a purplish blue but it looks similar in these pics…

Close up!

Close up! You can get this yarn from http://www.needleemporium.com

Here’s help for the needle sizes..

Nice hand writing mom...

Nice hand writing mom…

The best thing about this sweater is that it’s SUPER fast to knit. I started it a few days ago and in a few nights it’s gone from this…

This is a shot after an hour or so maybe?...

This is a shot after an hour or so maybe?…

to this…very quickly!…

In this shot I'm just ready to do a few rows fro the arm shaping and then about 12 rows of decrease for the shoulder shaping. This is the front basically done though.

In this shot I’m just ready to do a few rows for the arm shaping and then about 12 rows of decrease for the shoulder shaping. This is the front basically done though.

I’m aiming to have this done to show off at the Woodstock Fleece Festival on October 17. I better ask Julie if she’s bringing the yarn! I think I’ll have it done in time eh!

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Knitting THIS Again…

Well…I didn’t lie about being inspired to knit after the KW Knitter’s Fair. On the Sunday after, I searched through one of my many baskets of projects and decided to whip out the Bayside Pullover from the first Coastal Knits book. The Ravelry page for this project is here. I started this project when we were in the UK, see that blog post here. Check out this picture of me from that post..

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This is the sweater at present day…

Almost at the right length. Then I just have to do the sleeves.

Almost at the right length. Then I just have to do the sleeves.

Gotta love my new notions bag too eh!

Gotta love my new notions bag too eh!

I love the shaping in this sweater…

You can the wide-skinny-wide at the waist.

You can see the wide-skinny-wide at the waist.

I’ve been knitting the last few nights but as it’s Madeline Tosh Light it’s slow going! I’ll keep at it though 🙂

Fall Inspiration

Well the KW Knitter’s Fair was on Saturday and it always makes me actually believe that autumn is a reality. I have a love hate relationship with fall because I think it’s one of the most beautiful seasons we have in Canada but it also signifies that winter is coming. Some people try to tell me that they love winter. Bull…!!! Seriously! Maybe you’d love winter if you lived in Whistler and could ski for free everyday but come on! It’s cold and dark and depressing, lol! The only thing I like about winter is having our fireplace on in the family room and those lovely sunny days we get where the snow is glistening, the sky is blue and all seems right with the world.

I digress…as usual I worked at Julie’s booth from the Needle Emporium at the fair. John was very cute on Saturday morning because I woke up and he was already dressed in a vest I knit him years ago. He wasn’t coming to the show but he was showing great solidarity, eh…

Noro Silk Garden

Noro Silk Garden

Here are some shots of the booth…

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The Technicolour Cowl Kits were particularly popular and we almost sold out! Here’s the one mom knit for me this summer…

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Don’t worry if you missed the show in Kitchener you can join us in Woodstock on October 17th at the fibre and fleece festival. Click here for more info. I haven’t been to this show in ages so am looking forward to seeing what’s what. More than anything these shows are good inspiration. I always come home and feel like knitting again.

Summer Come Back

Well…the summer is over and it’s time to get back to school. I’m so fortunate that I’m a teacher and get 2 months off in the summer. Crazy awesome! John laughs at me because I sure take full advantage and keep very busy. This summer there were some crafty bits happening but more travel than we could keep up with, that was NOT a complain! Here’s the quick run down!…

A couple days after school let out we were off to England for a lovely friend’s wedding (if you kept up with my blog while we were living in England you will know that we went to visit this friend a few times at his house in France.) He normally lives in Eastbourne and was married this summer there to his Aussie sweetheart…

She had a gorgeous dress made by a friend.

She had a gorgeous dress made by a friend.

At the Grand hotel in Eastbourne for the reception. Pimms and Lemonade anyone!

At the Grand hotel in Eastbourne for the reception. Pimms and Lemonade anyone!

After the wedding we jumped on the Eurostar to Paris for a few days of fun with Lady Fia and Lord Isaac’s family and our other good friends Anne and Neil. It was surreal to meet as we’d been planning the trip for ages…

First night happy hour!

First night happy hour!

Versailles gardens

Versailles gardens

Versailles for the day, scratch one off the Bucket List

Versailles for the day, scratch one off the Bucket List

Learning to make croissant and pain au chocolat in Paris, dreamy

Learning to make croissant and pain au chocolat in Paris, dreamy.

After Paris we took the train up to St. Malo to take the Ferry to Jersey in the Channel Islands for about a week. Lady Fia’s mum is from Jersey and they go back every summer. If you haven’t been to Jersey I highly recommend! It is a magical island with beautiful beaches and old world charm…IMG_7126 IMG_7130

Then back to England for more fun. Of course a trip to Cath Kidston, Liberty, Ottolenghi, the National Portrait Gallery restaurant for the view and a West End Show were in order . John knows how much I love Carol King so he got tickets to Beautiful for my birthday…7C26D1FB-248F-4175-8893-8ACF71EED26F 236D58C4-CDF5-4D99-9F28-445D8BCE983D 91E889A0-0FE2-4F57-957E-7F4B41EE4640 EA1FAE21-FBC3-4136-B4D9-9DC83AC8A28D 90D816EF-3B52-4F8D-B0F6-F83396AECC77

When we returned from England it felt like the summer was already over and school was about to start but luckily we had much to look forward to…

A trip to a friend's new cottage in Muskoka...

A trip to a friend’s new cottage in Muskoka…

Sewing new tops with jersey fabric...

Sewing new tops with jersey fabric…

A trip to see friends in South Hampton and Port Elgin. This is also where I really splurged and got a new SUPLove board. Soooo lucky me.

A trip to see friends in South Hampton and Port Elgin. This is also where I really splurged and got a new SUPLove board. Soooo lucky me.

Then last but not least Georgian Bay…Paradise…

Sunset SUP paddle!

Sunset SUP paddle!

Taking my yoga to the next level.

Taking my yoga to the next level.

Mom got up on the SUP too.

Mom got up on the SUP too.

Well, that’s me caught up so roll on the Fall. School’s back in session for another year and full time crafting should begin too. In fact, I’m planning some knitting catch up today!