The Chicken, the Bustle and Me

This is a throwback post published on May 31, 2011.

My local museum’s olde-timey dress up day is fast becoming an annual event for me!
Remember that dress I referenced back in this here posty?
The day for the gown has come and gone, and it was a fantastic one!

Here’s photographic evidence of the fun:
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First of all, chickens. Very friendly chickens, very chill too. I made friends with both of them. You’ll see in a pic below 🙂

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Here we have Tic Tac the mixed breed sheep. Born in February, this babe was sweet and very single-minded. It was all about grass (and somewhat about my knitting basket!)

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Here be me and Spot the chicken. She was so relaxed that, as you may be able to see, she fell asleep on my lap. I also had a bit of fun playing with the photo editor!

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And here’s the final product! What you can’t see are all the pins I have holding the jacket in (with my minimal sewing experience, I didn’t realize the pattern was about 2″ too big for me!), nor can you see the craptastic hemming job I did along the bottom edge of the skirt.
I am rather happy with the (21!!!) buttons on the jacket. As was Spot, incidentally. She had a great time pecking away at them.

Now that the major sewing project has been completed, I’m hoping to be able to share with you some of the loads of knitting I’ve been working on!

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The Chicken, the Bustle and Me

Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Blog Tour

This is a throwback post published on May 28, 2015.

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DO THE QUIZ

I’m going to take you back for a minute. Take you back in my magical DeLorean, zooming away with your kick ass 90s threads on. We’re travelling back to those days where your pants had stirrups, your Walkman always had charged batteries, and your heart went a-pitter-patter at the sight of the newest issue of Seventeen (or 16, or Teen Beat, etc…)

You’d flip through the mag, going from those confessional-like advice letters through the ads and the ads and the ads. You’d be dog-earring some of the coolest stuff, and when you hit that QUIZ the world stopped, you grabbed a pencil and paper, and went on a fantastical, fun journey of meaningful self discovery.

Incidentally, if you’re not jivving with this description, fear not. I may be speaking to my fellow GenY/Millenials and you younger GenXers, but I’m sure all of you can get down with the super fun idea of a knitting quiz.

Yes! I had the immense pleasure of writing up a quiz for the newest issue of Holla Knits. And the title? Oooo, you’re gonna love this one:

 
What’s Your Knitting Spirit Animal?

YES! Oh man, the funs I had writing this one.
This quiz is jam packed with thoughtful, delving questions such as

You’re knitting in public; a stranger asks you “why are you knitting? Knitting is for grandmas”. You…

and

Your knitting is frustrating you. How do you handle this situation?

There are nine questions, each designed to get at the heart of your knitting personality and bestow upon you the great knowledge of your knitting spirit animal.

I’m a RAVEN. What are you?

Want to take the quiz? Just grab the latest issue of Holla Knits!

Incidentally, it’s full of fanTAStic patterns to fill out your warm weather accessories wardrobe. So get it. It rules.

Follow the rest of the blog tour!

May 26: Doog Knits
May 28: Canary Knits
Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Blog Tour

Standing on a Stump

This is a throwback post published on August 27, 2008.

I’m not usually one for revealing stuffs about myself, but you’ll have to bear with me, as hours of scanning family photographs (both figuratively with mine eyes and literally with a scanner) have left me feeling a tad reflective.
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Here you see me, as an obnoxiously-wee one, standing on a stump in front of my grandfather’s farmhouse.
His farm was always a great place to explore (exploration, of course, being modus operandi for curious little ones).
He was quite an inventor, and made very many things himself.
My dad is the same way (see example here), and it appears that the trait has been passed through the genes to me (though I’d put my vote in for nurture, rather than nature). Not that I’m an inventor! I wouldn’t dare dream. But the “making” impulse is one of the connections that I never saw until I was far away from it.
My “making” has always been of a different sort than my patrilineal predecessors. I don’t believe they ever made anything that was wearable. Mostly stuck to the usable, drivable and function-able.
As I may have mentioned before, I learned to knit (almost) entirely from books. The one exception was the day I decided to learn, and asked my mom to teach me to cast on and knit. She learned from her aunt, who learned in school, as she was a professional knitter and seamstress back in the day in Portugal. (So, I knit Continental, not English).
So, that’s my knitting-lineage.
While I don’t imagine that I’d make a fantabulous teacher, I do hope that someday I can expand upon that little link there and give the happiness of a new craft and pastime to someone else.
I’ve never traced back my family tree, and have never really been too interested in doing so (mostly, I suppose, because I can’t. I’m a first-gen Canadian, and anything that came before me is likely lost to the proverbial mists of time on scant scraps of paper in some puny village on the Acores or under a grand pile of mouldy banker’s boxes on the mainland).
I think I’d rather place importance on a tree that was based on skill rather than birth.
A mertitocrical-tree! How very Napoleonic of me.
So there’s me, standing on a stump in my childhood happy place.
Blonde and everything (where the hell did that come from?!)

Standing on a Stump

Herringbone Slouch

This is a throwback post published on February 21, 2009.

I enjoy a good “fast-off-the-needles” project, and this was one of them.
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PatternHerringbone Slouch
Yarn: Mission Falls Superwash 136 (one ball each colour)
Needles: 3.25 mm dpns

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Mission Falls makes a lovely yarn. The colours are fantastic and the wool itself has a great soft and springy factor. I was going for a knit fabric that would be substantial enough to keep you warm, and the needle size coupled with the extra-layer provided by fair isle make this a cozy knit.

Though honestly, I was sort of hoping for a more “slouchy” effect than the one I got. I’ll just have to get my hands on some lighter-weighted yarn and give it a go.
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On an unrelated note: As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been messing around with my template and creating a new look for the blog. While it’s very fun, I must admit that I know very little about this stuff, and am sure that the page could appear rather, uh, messed up on other screens/browsers.

If you notice anything funky (and that’s the bad funky!) please drop me a line and tell me I’ve gone awry.

Herringbone Slouch

Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Leo

Once every month, I’ll be re-posting from the old blog all the Knitstrology posts

This one was originally posted on January 18, 2012.

Sketching a Personality; Or, How I Have fun with Knitting and Astrology

Leo: The Lion Photobucket
July 23 – August 22

Leo Leo Leo!!!

I’ve been looking forward to writing your profile? Know why? Cause you have such powerful traits. And I’m not going to sugarcoat them for you, since you’re so confident you can totally take anything lil’ ol’ me has to say.

People love it when you’re there at knit night. Encouraging, inspiring, energetic and exciting, you infuse the drive and desire in others to try some new knitting trick, or tackle a pattern that might be challenging.
And you love to be loved (though, who doesn’t, right?) The admiration you can see reflected in other’s eyes just makes your day.

You’re attracted to the finer things in life, and you work hard to get them. You’re the one who’s saved up pennies to afford the yarn for that indulgent baby alpaca and silk sweater. And you’d be able to pull it off, too. You’ve got that regal bearing! People notice when you enter a room.

Buuuut, my lion friends, if you, by some bizarre chance have your dramatic entrance go unnoticed, you might be put into a really rather foul mood. And when you’re foul, the melodrama comes out.
While you are a natural leader, and are really a rather clever person, don’t interfere where your two cents aren’t needed. Leos can be bossy, so try not to tell that knitter that she’s doing her yarn overs wrong. Just wrong! She’s doing them wrong! It’s ok. She’ll let you know if it’s a problem, because people know to turn to you for encouragement if she needs it. That is most definitely where you shine.

Leo rules the heart, so wrap yourself in a beautifully knit shawl or dramatic sweater.
Think fire, and you’ve got the lucky colours for Leo; orange, red, and yellow will make thost big cats purr with happiness.
While your confidence and ability to control situations are a great strong point, try starting projects on Sundays – they’re lucky for you!

Want to knit your own personalized astrological sign pillow? Check out my “What’s Your Sign?” design!

What’s Your Sign?

 

Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Leo

Estivate

This is a throwback post published on August 7, 2014.

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I’m excited to introduce Estivate!

Part of the Sock Yarn Scarves Collection, Estivate is a convertible scarf/bolero that’s airy enough to be your summer’s constant companion, whether after the sun goes down around the campfire, or as a pretty accessory added to your formal outfit for those summer weddings.

I had a lot of fun designing this pattern. It’s worked in one piece, and is a versatile shape. Great as a loose top, bolero, or even scarf, it has a simple and short repeat of lace that decorates its surface. It’s a comfortable and airy knit, something great for this time of year.

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Estivate

Sexy Vesty; Or, Black Diamonds

This is a throwback post published on September 20, 2008.

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Photography skillz strike again!
Pattern: Sexy Vesty
Yarn: about 3.5 skeins of Lang Merino Superwash

Time to complete: one bloomin’ week!

Sometimes you get addicted to a knit. That’s definitely what happened in this instance. The yarn was really co-operating with me, and the little lace pattern was very simple to memorize (well, truth be telt, I only memorized it for the last two diamond repeats….)

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I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to knit a vest. I don’t wear vests.

Like many garments, I would see cute little tops of this particular fashion in stores and think “cute on dummy – not so cute on me”. This is the same line of thinking that prevents me from purchasing very heavily cowled sweaters, tights, trapeze jackets, super minis and clothing items with expressively-large buttons.

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Fortunately, this one has left me feeling positive about knitting again (after the malaise I was under in the post-Tareja days of last week). And I’m rather pleased with how it looks atop a regular ol’ scoopneck tee.

This one may get some use out of it!

In new cast-on news:
I was supposed to have something to show for myself re: a particular sweater in a lovely Russet-y shade of Samira Silk from Handmaiden.
Sadly, I’ve naught.
Well, naught that would be interesting to photograph.
I have already discovered a misjudgement in my design plans, and instead of frogging the very few rows I’ve actually knit, I will be doing the good ol’ improvised-fix in the end.
Here’s to hoping I’ve enough yarn to make this one!
I shall return with something to show for myself.
Shortly.

***Pattern Notes posted on Rav here.***

Sexy Vesty; Or, Black Diamonds