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 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 🙂

Knitter’s Frolic 2015

As we’ve been settling in to our new house I haven’t been doing any sewing at all but have been knitting up a storm. A couple months ago Julie at the Needle Emporium text me to ask if I wanted to knit a new sweater to wear at her Knitter’s Frolic booth. (Check out the Knitter’s Frolic here.) Of course, yes right! Julie often has Lynn and I do something new for inspiration at the booth and she said that Lynn had picked a beauty little short sleeved number from the Spring 2015 Interweave Knits magazine. I’ve often picked the pattern so it’s fun that Lynn choose a nice surprise this time…

One Way Tee by Debbie O'Neill

One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill

You can also check out the pattern and other’s knits on Ravelry, here. It’s knit in Madeline Tosh DK but I’ve knit a lot with this yarn and have been wanting to try out the newer Mrs. Crosby line. I chose a nice spring coral colour and got knitting right away. The lace arrow pattern is lovely and with the rest in stocking stitch it knits up super quick…

Colour: Hot Pimento

Colour: Hot Pimento

A quick start

A quick start

Follow your arrow...

Follow your arrow…

Back done!

Back done!

Cute saddle shoulder sleeves

Cute saddle shoulder sleeves

I just have a wee bit to do on the front and I’ll be ready to sew it together. I’m doing the 34 1/2″ size (2nd size) but I think I would have liked the 38″ finished size as well. I looks nice in the picture a bit looser fitting but mine will be more a tighter fitting Tee I think. It will need a good block out. I’m sure it will be fine, we’ll see. As always I measured the finished bust of a knit tee I already like to wear. I know it will be fine but it looks so curled at the edges that I unreasonably worry. I have enjoyed knitting with Mrs. Crosby, carpet bag. It’s very soft and the colour is coming up nicely. The Frolic is at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto on April 25 and 26. The booths are only open Saturday the 25th though. Come by and see the final product, it’s always a good show with lots of booths.

Finished Altair Cap

I’m sure there are many people out there who think that I would never finish another knitting project every again! Not true 🙂 I finished my Altair Cap, click here for the ravelry description…

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I love it! It’s very comfy and was fun to knit. I was worried that it wouldn’t fit because I find that Madeline Tosh yarn looks so tight and teeny when I’m knitting it but it stretches like mad. I’m still happy with the colours I chose but I still think it needed more of a contrast…

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(Note: It was meant to be a about 6″ from the cast-on before you start the crown shaping but I was knit happy and went almost 8″. I didn’t bother taking it out so it’s just slouchier than it should have been. Fine with me.)

I have enough sock yarn left to do another hat for sure…

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I’m going to use the pinky colour and some of mom’s darker purple to do another one I think. There will be a better contrast…

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I took all of these pictures on the way to finally getting my hair done. I was so sick last week I had to cancel. Now I don’t need to wear a hat because it’s presentable now! I missed such a good hairdresser. One thing I missed about Canada!…

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Knitting Again

First of all, if you are from Canada I know I’m whining but COME ON!…

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ANYWAYS…

Mom and I popped into see Julie at the store yesterday in Ancaster (The Needle Emporium). It was so nice to catch up and be inspired to knit again. I got some Madeline Tosh sock yarn (Fingering Weight) to make a cute slouchy hat by Jared Flood called The Altair Cap. It’s like a tam but fits like a slouchy hat. There is some pretty colour work at the top too that the picture doesn’t show…

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I got it rolled right away when we got home. There is something so nice and satisfying about setting yarn up to wind…

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So it’s all ready to go…I’m even going to do the tubular cast-on which I’ve never tried…

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I think there is enough yarn to do two hats actually!

Home Again

I can’t believe I’m home again, it’s like I never left! It’s nice to be back but I wish there wasn’t any snow at all.

I’ve decided to keep knitting on the Bayside Pullover from Coastal Knits. You can check out the pattern here. Funny enough I started this sweater just before we move to the UK. I’ve progressed slightly…

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I love the cables running down the sides…

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Unfortunately, it has the same problem as the Boardwalk Vest…someone didn’t pay attention to the tension and it’s a wee bit small! Oh ya, that was me. Fortunately, it is the same yarn as the vest so I know it blocks out well. That means I don’t have to tear it out and start again. I really didn’t want to have to do that!

I also got to spend this nice sunny day today with my Lady Fia…

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It’s Saved

For weeks now I’ve just had the mitred square neck to do on the Boardwalk vest. I leave for home next Tuesday so I really wanted to get it done. The neck was fun to do and really quick because you are decreasing 6 stitches every right side row…

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I also love how the neck and shoulder finishing is all done at the same time, such a time saver…

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As you remember from previous posts I have been very stressed that the vest would turn out too small. Here it is all done before blocking, looking quite tiny…

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I decided to wet block it as the instructions read and I think having it fully wet really helped me to block it out nice and stretched. I think blocking wires would help in future but I did my best…

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When it was dry this morning I unpinned and voila it fit perfectly, yeah!…

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I was so relieved that it held its stretched out shape and looked even better than before blocking actually. The bottom ridges look a lot more like the picture in the pattern when they are blocked out too. It has a lovely drape now and is really soft from the soak I used when I wet it. I can’t wait for Julie to see it and to wear it on April 27 at the Knitter’s Frolic in Toronto.

Ball Down

Almost one ball down on the Knitter’s Fair Boardwalk Vest…

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I’ve had a little bit of time to knit in last few days. The Tosh Light is a nice yarn to knit with and I like how the colour is coming out. It’s a nice bluey grey…

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It’s grown about 2 inches…

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It’s Growing

I’ve been trying to knit on my knitter’s fair project every night and it’s growing nicely. It’s done in the round so it is taking awhile to look like I’m making a dent and I’m not the slowest knitter! I’m past the waist shaping. I also did an extra inch and 1/2 before the shaping because I want to make it a bit longer. Now I just need to knit for 11 inches, not including the Welt bottom pattern…

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The boredom of straight knitting has been ok because I’m enjoying using my new yarn bowl that I got from Julie for Christmas. It makes the knitting a more pleasant experience…

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Thank you Julie!