Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Happy Leap Day!

I know that technically it should be WIP Wednesday, but since it is the last day of February it's only appropriate that I show off and review for you my February Love Socks!

The pattern: This was my first time doing stripes and I loved it. i found that the colour changes made it more interesting to do the stocking leg and heel. I also enjoyed the combination intarsia/stranded colourwork on the heel and love the cute hearts. I have actually taken my shoes off multiple times to show relative strangers my heels. Awkward...

 I am glad that I ended up doing them the opposite colours for a pair of "fraternal" socks. All and all the pattern was very good, although I did have a bit of trouble with the heel, I think the numbers may have been slightly off in the pattern. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry and it is by Devon Clement.

The yarn: We all know that I love Tanis Fiber Arts and the Purple Label is extra yummy with the addition of cashmere (used the Sand colourway here). The red is leftover Fleece Artist 2/6 Merino that I had leftover from the guy's Valentine's heart. I loved this yarn also (it was my first time working with it) and the tones to the red are really beautiful.

The stack of books: Is still a stack of books. Actually, now that all of my students have finished choosing their books it has gotten a bit taller. Sigh...

And just because it is WIP Wednesday here is a sneak peak of my Mom's birthday present in progress.

Happy Leap Day!


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Back from a Hexi Hiatus

After taking a few weeks off, I'm back to hexipuffing this week. I used an assortment of mini skeins and scraps to create these 10 puffs.

I've been really drawn to these cheerful colours this week. I think its because I am dreaming of spring.

Yarns Used This Week:

Dream in Colour Smooshy
Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select
Regia World Ball Color
Kama Suutra Hand dyed Sock  


Monday, 27 February 2012

Weekly Photography Recap

Hello blogosphere friends,

This Monday I wanted to share with you a new project I am embarking on. Since I want to start getting back into photography, plus I am loving all these fun photo apps for the itouch I have decided to take part in a photo365 challenge. I will be following along with the prompts suggested by FatMomSlim to take one inspired photo each day. Below are the results from my first week's efforts. Enjoy! 

Sunday, February 19 - Something I Hate To Do
Lola got into something, and really needed a bath. This was only her second bath ever and she did not enjoy the experience.

Monday, February 20 - Handwriting

For Family Day, the guy and I went for a nice walk along Queen W. I snapped this shot of graffiti in one of the alleyways.

Tuesday February 21 - A Favourite Photo of Myself

This photo is from Chicago, but I edited it with ColourSplash.

Wednesday, February 22 - Where I Work

My MacBook.

Thursday, February 23 - My Shoes

My shoes and showing off my brand new February Socks, just off the needles!

Friday, February 24 - Inside my Bathroom Cabinet

My sparkly jewelry boxes collected from one of my favourite stores that used to be on Front St. Sadly, now closed.

Saturday, February 25 - Green

Beads from our Queen W. trip waiting to be turned into something for spring.


Friday, 17 February 2012

FO Friday - Belated Valentine's Love

This weeks FO's were Valentines!

I gave the guy my knitted heart...

This great pattern for a anatomical heart by Kristin Ledgett is available for free in the Winter 2008 issue of Knitty. I knit it out of a yummy Canadian yarn, Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in the Brick and Rudy Red colourways. The guy was super sweet and bought me a cute stuffed snowy owl for my collection of all things owlie and a gorgeous opalescent necklace. We spent part of last weekend in Niagara Falls with friends and had a lovely get-away. It was a nice break from the chaos that has been our lives lately. Also, free of work and responsibilities it led to some silliness - during which time I apparently thought I was Ms. Pacman.

My other FO this week is a Rebecca Danger monster that I made for a swap on Ravelry. The theme of the swap was Valentines and St. Patrick's day so I made my swap partner this sweet Bea the Basement monster and outfitted her with some festive costumes. The guy made the adorable heart tiara and the necklace with his wire wrapping skills. Bea has made it to her new home and my swap partner seemed to be very pleased with her. This also marks the first time I have sewn a monster tutu! That's a weird sentence I never thought I would say :P

Hope you all had a great week,


Friday, 10 February 2012

FO Friday: Conquering Bliss

Well, I've done it. I've managed to complete my first Debbie Bliss pattern. Who knew that such a cute little cardigan could make a girl so confused? Excuse the bad picture but at one point it looked like this...

 How that turned into this I'm still not sure...

Despite my inability to understand the pattern and my dislike for seaming, its done and I love it. The guy thinks this colour looks like bubble gum, so this is now the Bubblegum Cardigan (it's actually Dream in Color Classy in the colourway Cool Fire). The button was a vintage mother-of-pearl shell that I found in the button collection. Today, Bubblegum going to a brand new, wee baby that was born last week. I hope it keeps her warm this winter.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Early Spring Puffs

Last week, Wiarton Willie, the groundhog, predicted an early spring. This is not hard to imagine given the lovely spring weather we have had the last few weeks. It just so happened that I recently bought a group of Springtime Blossoms mini-skeins from Exchanging Fire on etsy.

So this past week in anticipation of spring I turned this...

Into this!

8 lovely puffs. I love the colours this week!

Than just for fun i dumped out all of my puffs completed so far and laid them out together. It was great to see that all the colours look nice together, but at the same time they covered such a small piece of real estate. Oh well, I will just keep puffing away!

Yarns Used This Week:

      JL Salvia in Spring

Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Atmosphere
Koigu PM on Baby Pink
Lamington Lass Luxury Silk Sock in Victorian Vamp
Lovestick SW 75/25 in Sweet Tweet
The Knitting Nimrod Collective Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in Spring Beauty
Universal Pace in Fawn – sent to TOK Card Pals February Swappee
Plymouth Sockotta in 07 Florida
Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Merino Fingering (100% Merino) in Sage


Monday, 6 February 2012

Love is on the Heel

It's time to introduce you to the February Sock I have chosen for the self-imposed sock challenge this year! 

February Self-Imposed Sock and Book(?) Challenge 

The Socks:  In honour of Valentines Day I am making LoveSocks by Devon Clement, free pattern on Ravelry. These socks have a simple stripe pattern with a combination fair isle and intarsia heart on the heel!
Photo from Ravelry page, see link above.

The Yarn (the stringy variety, not the story): I will be using leftovers of two great yarns. Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label in Sand and Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Ruby Red. 

I love Tanis's yarns and the purple label is extra special with cashmere. Seen here in the Sand colourway. I had a bunch leftover from a pair of fingerless mitts I made for a friend for Christmas. It is amazing how far a skein of this will go!
This is leftover from a secret Valentines Project that I will reveal next week,  Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Ruby Red. Available for purchase from the amazing online yarn shop The Loopy Ewe
The Books: Despite my success with my January socks, the reading didn't go so well. I'm still trying to find time to read Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - good book, but so little free time in which I am not knitting! On top of this I assigned a book review for the class I am teaching about aging and disability so I have this lovely stack of novels to get through in the next few months. I also need to find my copy of Tuesday's With Morrie as several students have chosen this book. So the reading for pure pleasure part of the challenge is on hiatus, but I'm sure to enjoy some or all of the books in this looming stack. 

My Progress: As you can see in the previous photo I have already managed to make one sock. This is a really easy pattern (very much appreciated after last month's cables), so I have been able to zip through it quickly. I love the yarn combination and heart on the heel is so sweet. My colourwork skills are nothing to write home about, but I want to get more practice so this was a neat way to combine fair isle and intarsia on the heel flap. 

Close-up of the inside of the heel showing intarsia technique at the top of the heart and the switch to intarsia for the body of the heart. 
All that I have left to decide is if I want to do my second sock in the alternate colour pattern (like in the pattern above) or if I want them to match. I kind of like the idea of matching them. What do you think?