So Faded, So Not What I Thought

Have you ever started a crafty project and it takes a totally different direction than you initially imagined! When I got this Faded Kit from Tanis Fibre Arts. I was convinced on the colours I was going to use

I was NOT going to use the pinky, peach one. Well never say never because this happened… What a saga, lol! I’m not frustrated though. It’s more fascinating to me how it has turned out…Follow the progression…

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I absolutely love this dark turquoise colour but for some reason I was not happy with the stripes as I faded. I think I could have tried a different fade approach by staggering the rows more e.g. 1 row of each then 2 or 3 to make the switch over more area. Perhaps it’s because spring is coming but I started to have more of a light colour scheme in my head and it was just too dark. I also didn’t like how uniform the turquoise was compared to the speckled nature of the first 2 colours. So…

IMG_0254IMG_0259IMG_0256 I tried the darker ball because despite the pictures the colours they picked up were more similar than the turquoise. It was better and I almost kept going. I really do listen to my inner voice though and it was telling me it wasn’t quite right either. So…

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Third time is a charm I think! I brought back the pink colour! What I liked about the other 2 colours was the light base. I love how it truly fades into one another now.

PERSONAL PREFERENCE! I love all 5 skeins of yarn but I’ve learned that I don’t love the stripey fade. Boy, I learned the long way around lol! I’m excited to whip to the finish now.

Oooooooo, in that last pic you also got a sneak peak at my next project. Look at that gorgeous SpinCycle Yarn! I’m doing this new gem from Drea Renee Knits

 

Knitting Progress

I’m so excited to start my So Faded sweater by Drea Renee Knits. This pattern has been hugely popular lately. It’s a fingering weight which I love because it’s not too heavy. I’m also excited to finally try some beautiful Tanis Fibre Arts yarn. I got the 5 Skien Fade kit in the Cool palette. I was a bit disappointed that one of the colours had so much pink and peach but it’s ok because you can do the sweater in just 4 no problem (I’m doing the 34 size.) I was envisioning mostly greens and blues so these are the colours I landed on…

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They look different rolled up eh!

It’s a super simple top-down pattern but the fun comes in the colour changes. Last night I started the second colour! The thrill…

 

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Top-down view

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Front

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Gus and Gigi say Purrrrrrdy

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LOVE those specs of blue.

I think this will whip up fast because I’ll want to see the colours coming together. Also, love a bit of no-brainer knitting!

 

 

Lady Sunnyside

At the end of January I posted that I was finally going to finish my Lady Sunnyside sweater by Tanis Fibre Arts. (See that post here.) It’s a lovely top-down cardi. It’s a simple stockinette stitch but with a fancy boarder option. I chose the lace but there is also a simple cable twist version as well…

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Totally comfy to wear. I can see it being a staple already. On to the next WIP!!! Hint…my husband will finally get a sweater. Stay tuned lol!

 

WIP for years

If you knit a lot you probably have a basket or 2 (or 2 extra large, could fit a body in them, tubs) with projects that are waiting to be finished. I used to be A LOT better at starting a project and finishing it in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, the more I have knit the quicker I become bored with a pattern. Please don’t even ask about my husband’s sweater from 9 years ago that is ALMOST done. Thank goodness it’s a classic design so it will always look nice.

ANYWAYS…the project I finished last night has only been kicking around for about 2 years. It’s the Lady Sunnyside sweater from Tanis Fibre Arts. I love her patterns but this is the first of her sweater patterns that I have knit. Find the pattern on Ravelry here

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Cable detailed version with 3/4 sleeves.

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Lace detailed option with long sleeves.

I chose the option with long sleeves and the lace detail. This sweater is also a top-down knit and who doesn’t LOVE that! I especially love a top-down because I have oddly long arms so it’s fab to be able to try on a sweater as you go and get those sleeves just so. I think this would be a great beginner pattern too because it’s a pretty straight forward knit with the detail only at the edges. Her patterns are well-written and easy to follow, I think.

I have NOT blocked this yet or weaved in the ends (I’ll do that this weekend, I hope), but I wanted to give you a peak…

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This is my 3rd or 4th sweater out of Madeline Tosh Vintage. LOVE! If you can buy it somewhere please do. Colours are always gorgeous and lush to knit with.

Knitting Updates

I had to create a whole new shelf in the closet just for winter hats. They really are a quick and satisfying project. Recently I’ve completed 2 cuties. Both with the on-trend fur pom-pom addition (see The Needle Emporium to order).

First up is a free pattern from Ravelry called Pennyroyal (see pattern here) done in a worsted weight tweed…

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The next was another quick aran knit. I had some left over Arranmore from the sweater in the above pic. It’s merino wool with cashmere and silk so super soft and lovely! I used a Maria Socha pattern called Magnolia

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Yes, I splurged on the Arranmore but it is soooooooooo scrumptious! It was originally bought for the popular Veronkika Cardi by Very Shannon. Love it! Warm and cozy! I did the smallest size. Blocking is a MUST to get the size right. I wet blocked it and stretched it a bit longer because I wanted more tush coverage. Annoying to wear under a coat so bring it in the car with you if you live in cold Canada…

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Cowl Done!

Illusion cowl knit, ends in and wet blocked to make it longer done!

It’s chilly out today so whip out those lovely cowls. I did…

   
        
 
I’m in love with this cowl. Rowan Aran Tweed is a bit scratchy so that’s another good reason to wet block with some soak. It’perfect now! Ready for the cold now!

Cowl Weather is Coming!

Knitting cowls are my weakness! I could be in the middle of knitting something I really want to get done but if I see a cowl I want to do I often get side tracked. They feel like a quick little project that doesn’t take up much time. To me cowls (or snoods as they are often known in the UK) are much more desirable than a scarf. I hate that you have to wrap a scarf and then it unravels and then it drops on the floor… UGH! Anyways!

I came across 2 balls of Rowan Aran Tweed that mom and I got in a goody bag when we went to visit Rowan up in West Yorkshire. I looked up the yarn in Ravelry to get some ideas and came across this lovely cowl…

The Illusion Cowl

The Illusion Cowl

I loved that I could use both colours I had and it called for 2 balls of each. It was destiny! It’s even reversible!…

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I’m going to add a couple of more stripe repeats to use up more of the yarn but I’m still over half done. Now we just need some cool weather to use it! It got up to 24 degrees here in southern Ontario this week. Crazy right!

Woodstock Fleece Festival

I know this is a bit late but I wanted to share a few moments from the Woodstock Fleece and Fibre festival a few weekends ago. It’s a large show at the fair grounds with a ton of exhibits and animal demonstrations.

I was able to finish “Gale”. I think it turned out really well, even if I did misread the pattern and did the back the same as the front. If I hadn’t told you you wouldn’t even have known! Basically the purled rib pattern that goes half-way across the front was supposed to go all the way across for the back, whatever. I also made the neck shorter than the pattern said because I’m not always a fan of the turtle neck…

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Lynn looks lovely in the Remy Poncho.

Lynn looks lovely in the Remy Poncho. (See here for pattern on Ravelry.)

It’s fun at the show to try on other things you may like to knit. Of course I wanted to try Remy too…

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I like it! Not sure if I’ll do it yet though.

I also tried to pick some colours for the Lilli Pilli shawl. You can see the Ravelry page for it here. Mom did it in a nice light turquoise with white and grey stripes. I’m thinking more like…

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We’ll see!

It was a good day at the fair and if you haven’t been it’s worth going to. I even had a surprise visitor!…

My Grammie!

My Grammie!

Grammie and Pa came for a quick look around. They said the Farmer’s market beside the hall was also very good.

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!…

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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…

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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!

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..

20120615-140439.jpgHow short is my hair! The sweater needs to be longer too, ha ha ha.

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 🙂