Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Knit Hat

I found a great pattern for a quick knit hat on the Yarn Harlot's blog. However after the first one was knitted I found it just a little too short as it did not cover my ears and it was a little too tight for my head so I adjusted the pattern a little. I tried to keep track of my adjustments and here is the new pattern:

- 3 strands of worseted weight held together or two strands of chunky
- 12 mm straight needles

- 7 stitches to 10 cm

- Cast on 40 stitches
- Knit 5 rows
- RS - Knit one row increasing two stitches equally spaced (42 sts)
- WS - K1, purl to last stitch, K1
- RS - Knit
- Repeat last two rows until 14 rows have been worked ending with a RS

Begin Decreases:
- K3, *K2tog, K2, repeat from * until end
- K1, P2, *P2tog, P1, repeat from * until end
- Knit across
- K1, purl across, K1
- K1, *K2tog, K1, repeat to end
- K1, *P2tog, P1, Repeat to end
- P2tog across until 4 stitches remain

Cut yarn leaving enought to thread through remaining stitches and sew up the seam. Make sure to line up the garter stitch rows.

I made mine using two strands of Bernat Alpaca, one green and one purple.

It was not off the needles for 10 seconds and my mother claimed it as her own!

-- A

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Update on the Cowl Situation

Here are pictures of the Cullin Cowl by Quince & Co that I made for my sister in law for her birthday.

I am now in the process of making one in white in a very soft yarn, Hopefully it will be done by tomorrow as it is a Christmas gift! It needs to get done :Z

-- A

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Busy busy busy

So life has been extremely busy since the last time I wrote. With work, driving to Toronto and work again I have had very little time to sit here and remark on my knitting. This is also because I have not really accomplished much in regards to my knitting.

In my last post I mentioned this wonderful new yarn I received from Quince & Co. I started and finished a cowl using the Puffin yarn in Snap Pea and it was absolutely gorgeous however I do not have a picture to share yet. It was a birthday present for my sister in law who celebrated her 30th birthday over the weekend. She is suppose to send me a pic of her modeling it. Fingers crossed.

I am sill working on the beautiful wrap sweater for the soon to be born (less then 10 days) little baby Sloper as well as the matching booties to go with the already completed hat. I have also started another cowl in a fluffy white yarn from Charisma for my boss at work who loved the one I completed for my sister in law. Also, lol, I am still finishing the Christmas present for my friend Denise, halfway there.

So as you can see I have a lot of knitting to get finished and very little time to do it. So I am going to post this and get back to work.

Wish me luck,
-- A

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Qunice & Co!!

I am so excited to share with you my new found favorite yarn supplier!

Today I received my order from Quince & Co. I have purchased two different weights of yarn:

1) Lark (lichen and pea coat)

2) Puffin (Snap Pea)

I cannot wait to get these all rolled up and on to some needles!

-- A

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A few missing days!

Okay so I have not abandoned this blog so early in it's life. This holiday season is so busy! Here is a recap of the goings on.

So after much struggle and many pokes in the eye my sock is finally started. There has to be some trick to working with dpns that I have not yet figured out because every time I pickup this sock I am forever poking myself in the eye with the not in use needles. So needless to say the progress of theses socks is rather slow.

The Christmas tree is up and decorated finally after much disaster regarding the tree stand. All I have to say is Finding out that there is a hole in your tree stand after you have already watered the tree is not fun. Mini lake in my living room, thank god I do not have carpet and it was easily cleaned up

As of lately I have throwing myself into knitting cute little baby things for a friends soon to born little girl. The first thing that I knit for her was some cute little booties in pink but I have now decided that they need to be white to match this hat that I made her.

I have also started a wrap sweater in this lovely blue color from Debbie Bliss, the cashmerino aran is so soft and cuddly.

I will definitely post pictures of the finished product as I am sure that is going to be absolutely adorable.

So I believe that that is all that I have been up to as of late other then tacking a very bust walmart on the weekend where I had to stand in line for a cart!

-- A

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Socks or no socks?

It is officially December and I could not be happier. The holiday season is finally here!

So on Monday I returned home from my yarn shop and decided to roll my new yarn into a nice new ball.

Of course I do not have a machine for this as of yet but I normally do not encounter problems. All I have to say is HUGE MESS! It took me probably 3 hours to untangle my beautiful new yarn but it is done as of last night while I watched New York city light the Rockefeller Tree. So Beautiful!

As for working with dpns for the first time it did not go as smoothly as I thought. I did all my research: read a how to book, watched a you tube video, and read some patterns. I did three rows before realizing that I was not working in a circle! I did not know how to join my needles together. I have now figured this out and I am ready to start my first sock. I will be using this nice little pattern I found online. I will keep you posted on the progress!

-- A

p.s. I will be getting my Christmas tree tonight, will post pictures when it is decorated :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

A blog is born

Monday - The inevitable start to the week

So today started with the usual drive in to downtown to drop my fiance off at work and then I headed to my local coffee place for a much needed coffee and muffin. It was here that I decided to finally leave a comment on the Yarn Harlot's blog. I had recently stumbled upon her blog one evening when looking for more information on the world of knitting. You see I am new to this lovely hobby and I am just soaking up all the information I can on patterns, yarns, and all the other little things that go with it. This is what I wrote:

I have just recently stumbled upon your blog and love it. I have enjoyed catching up on all your yarn adventures and find myself checking in every morning to see what you are up to. I love how your posts literally make me laugh out loud. I am very sorry to hear about the death of your coffee maker. I hope you are able to move on soon.

I am new to the knitting world and have taught myself with the aid of some good books and you tube as my teacher. My fiancé is still getting used to seeing me carrying my bag of needles and yarn all over the house and out and about on my daily errands. My friends are getting into my new hobby and have already started asking for hats and mittens to help deal with the approaching winter here in Ottawa.

Today I am on my way to my favorite yarn store, Wool n Things, in Orleans to pick up the makings of a pair of beautiful soon to be my favorite pair of socks. I will let you know hostile turns out as it will be my first attempt with dpns and the making of socks.

Your new fan,


I have just returned from home from my favorite little yarn shop, Wool n Things, with some dpns and some wonderful new wool from Indigo Moon.

I will write again soon to show you the progress I have made
- A