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Sweet

Sweet

Admittedly, this post is about a week late.  But what can you do?

Pattern: Sweetheart Socks by Chrissy Gardiner – Interweave Knits Holiday 2007

Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in Lover’s Leap – less than a skein

Needles: 2.o mm hiya hiya dpns

Sweetie

Sweetie

I skipped about four rows in the toe of the second sock because I thought I was going to run out of yarn but I had a metre or two leftover.  Fiddle dee dee.

To keep the love vibe alive, I present some things I love, or more aptly don’t hate, about living here:

  1. It’s sunny about 90% of the time even though it’s very cold
  2. When I go to the grocery store in town I often see people from work and one of the cashiers always says hello.
  3. It’s extremely quiet.  There are no drunkards shuffling past my bedroom window at two in the morning singing Sweet Caroline.
  4. We have a lot of space for very little rent.
  5. There’s no such thing as traffic.  A school bus stopping is a major highway inconvenience.
  6. There are some large fields surrounding our little enclave where I can walk Bowie and allow him to hop around off leash.

Hopefully I can add more to the list as I meet more people and the weather becomes more hospitable.

The party was great fun.  I fell deeply in love with the toasted coconut cookies I mentioned last time.

The old plates with the inverted glass trick

The old plates with the inverted glass trick

They really remind me of these sable biscuits that Chris and I used to buy at the 100¥ shop in Japan.  We would make a little sandwich with a piece of Morinaga and die of happiness.

Saturday morning we headed off to Winnipeg where I finally got a hair cut.

Howdy

This is my attempt to style it without any of the recommended product.  I picked out a style from this magazine, I think, about two seconds before I was called to the washing station.

Sometimes Bowie and I go walking in the fields around here and I end up up to my hips in snow.  I started thinking that legwarmers might be nice but I couldn’t imagine knitting a pair, remembering how their place in fashion was assaulted in the eighties.  Then Jessica came along with a brilliant solution.  I went to my big bag of sweater scraps from the giant stocking project, praying that I hadn’t cut into the sleeves of the grey cashmere sweater I used for my stocking.

Cozy shins

Cozy shins

I embroidered a blanket stitch edge and some gimpy flowers / snow flakes and voila!

I’ve been thinking for ages that I could get a pair of socks out of the STR lightweight in Lover’s Leap I had leftover from my Arctic Diamond Stole.  But when I finally pulled it out of it’s cubby I thought I better try some ankle socks instead. Being valentines’ day I knew which pattern I would choose.

Just darling

Just darling - and still impossible to photograph

But now I’m almost half way through my first Sweetheart Sock and I’m thinking I won’t have enough for anklettes either, thus sapping any motivation to work on them.  Any betting folk out there?  What do we think?

I’ve got dough for these settling in the fridge in wait for a very small housewarming party tonight.  I can’t wait to dip them in chocolate and gobble them up in all their toasted coconutty glory.

Ladies and gents I present to you perhaps my favourite sweater ever…………..

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio – Interweave Knits Summer 2008

Yarn: Rowan RYC Cashcotton 4 Ply in Jet from Ebay

Started: December 26th, 2008

Finished: February 8th, 2009

Modifications:  Knit the body in the round up to the armholes.  Added 1.5-2 inches in length to the body. Knit hood and neckband in smaller needle size (2.5 mm) because that’s what I had.

This wasn’t exactly my favourite sweater to knit.  I’m not crazy about knitting lace like I am about cables and colourwork.  It felt like it took forever, I think in part due to putting it aside to make Erin and Chris’s mittens.  All is forgiven, however, with how amazingly comfy this is to wear.  I’m tempted to knit everything out of this yarn, which is 35% cotton, 25% nylon, 18% angora, 13% rayon and 9% cashmere.  It’s not too warm, unlike most of my sweaters yet it’s still super cozy.

I made a larger size than usual because I fell in between sizes.  I kind of wish I had done a bit more waist shaping but with how cold it is here and how little I get out for exercise a little roominess in the mid section is probably best.

It’s completion is timed perfectly for a Manitoba heat wave – zero degrees! Snow is melting off the roof!  Bowie won’t come inside! I am dreaming Spring dreams!

Today is a big birthday for my dearest Erin.  Last year I embarrased us both with a photo from way back when but this year I thought I would just honour her with some handmade gifts.

I embroidered her a tea towel.

Tra la la

Tra la la

and I made her some squirrelly mittens.

Nutty!

Nutty!

The pattern is from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Basic Patterns and the yarn is Manos del Uruguay 100% wool, colour 114.

Happy Birthday Erin!!!  Next year when you guys move to Winnipeg we can celebrate together.

This is going to look a little familiar.

It’s another embroidered binder cover.

But it’s for my knitting patterns!

It’s about time I liberated them from the plastic folders they were living in because I rediscovered a lot of forgotten gems.

Once again I followed instructions from Stitched in Time and used embroidery designs from Cute Embroidery Designs Volume Two.

I had a mini meltdown at the end of last week but I’m feeling much better so, in celebration, some random things that make me happy: