Getting up on the first Monday after the time change, even after sleeping in a bit, is pretty painful. Nothing lots of tea can’t fix!
Knitting a pair of Saartje’s Bootees (Rav link) because I needed a break from all of my long-term projects and these are a really quick knit. Finished pictures coming tomorrow or Wednesday!
I’m still deciding what I’m planting in my garden this year… it’s only 6′ by 5′, so there isn’t a whole lot of space. So far, perusing the seed catalogue, I’m thinking cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, peas, beans, cucumbers, butternut squash, zucchini, iceberg lettuce, and spinach. Spinach and zucchini would be new ones for this year. Any advice?
Knitting :: My Spring Boneyard Shawl. I loved this pattern the first time I made it, and this version is meant to be a lighter springtime version. I’m using Diamond Luxury Collection Pima Lino Lace, which is a lovely cotton and linen blend. The colourways are Nile and Light Denim. I’ve been following the pattern as written except I’m switching colours every 2.5″ or so. I love how this is turning out, I can’t wait to finish it and wear it! The rows are getting pretty long, though, so I imagine it’ll be awhile. (Rav link).
Reading :: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (yes, still!). It’s a great book but this isn’t my copy, so I’ve just been reading it at home rather than carrying it with me, so it’s taking awhile to get through. Dubliners by James Joyce. This is a book of short stories set in Dublin (as the title suggests!) in the early twentieth century. This collection gets referenced a lot in a Canadian literature course I’m taking, so I thought I might as well read it. It’s really interesting so far- the stories are all about typical working-class people going about their daily lives.
You can see more of what I’m knitting and reading throughout the week on Ravelry and Goodreads.
While I was visiting my parents for reading week, I used my mum’s sewing machine to make a project bag from Noodlehead’s tutorial. I love how it turned out and I definitely want to make more of these in different sizes for other projects and notions! The tutorial is really detailed and easy to follow, even though I haven’t sewn in awhile. This was my first time using a zipper foot but it was pretty simple.
What else would I store in my new project bag but my current WIP? I’m still working on my Maeva socks! I started these as a Ravellenics project but definitely did not finish them before the end of the Olympics (in fact, I’m not even halfway through the first sock!). That’s alright- I knew that finishing them while I was off from school and busy at home would be a challenge and I’m still working on finishing them before the end of March for my 12 socks in 2014 challenge. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock in Navy and the pattern is free from Knitty.
Let me know in the comments what you’ve been knitting and sewing lately! Have a wonderful day.
Knitting :: Maeva Socks in Cascade Heritage Sock (colourway Navy Blue) for my second Ravellenics 2014 project. I’m 14 rounds into the second chart on the first sock, so I’ve got awhile to go on these. (Rav link)
Spring Boneyard Shawl… I’ve made a Boneyard Shawl before, but I’m making a lighter springtime version with laceweight cotton/linen, Diamond Luxury Collection Pima Lino Lace. The colourways are Nile and Light Denim. I love how this is turning out so far but the longest rows are going to have a crazy number of stitches! (Rav link)
Reading :: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’m not very far into this but it’s good so far. I also finished An Abundance of Katherines this week, which was pretty good. Definitely John Green’s worst book, but the most of the characters aren’t bad, the plot just isn’t very compelling. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads but in reality it was more like a 3.5/5.
Watching :: Season 1 of Orphan Black (okay, so I started and finished this…). If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to stop reading this and go and watch it. Right now. It’s that good!
I also started Season 3 of New Girl… not loving this as much as season 1 or 2. The humour just seems slightly different somehow.
Let me know in the comments what you’re knitting, reading and watching… I love getting your recommendations for books and shows! I hope you are all having a lovely Wednesday!
I finished my Cabled Canuck last night… it feels good to have something off the needles for the 2014 Ravellenics! That’s why I picked the hat for my first project- I knew it would be a quick knit. My next project is going to be the Maeva Socks, which are going to take a bit longer.
I really love how this hat turned out! The yarn I used is Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Troll Falls Worsted in Bronzite, and the colour is perfect for this hat. I forgot to switch to the larger needles after the ribbing so the hat is a bit snug- it fits, but I’ll probably use 5mm needles for the body next time and I will also probably go down to a 4mm for a 4.5mm for the ribbing so get the edge to but a bit more snugly.
Thanks H for helping me out with the photos for this!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Let me know in the comments what you’re knitting for the Ravellenics!
I’ve successfully cast on my first Ravellenics 2014 project! I’m playing for Team Canada again this year. I was few hours late for the general cast-on… I slept in, and then spent most of the day working on a paper, but I managed to take a break this afternoon and put on season 2 of New Girl, wound my yarn, and started a hat!
The pattern is Cabled Canuck by Tanis Lavallee and the yarn is the discontinued Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Stag Ranch Aran in Bronzite. Rocky Mountain Dyeworks shut down last year but Hasmi is still dyeing with her new company Raventwist! She does beautiful work.
If you want to see how my Ravellenics projects are coming along, I’ll be updating my twitter and instagram with lots of in progress shots!
Let me know in the comments what you’re knitting for the Ravellenic Games!
I mentioned last week in my post about my Vanilla Latte Socks that I was working on another pair of Vanilla socks… and here they are! These are the Plain Vanilla Socks in Patons Kroy Sock. I really like how these turned out- the length of the leg is perfect and they fit well. The only tweak I made was to use 1×1 ribbing for the top cuff rather than 2×2- I find it doesn’t stretch out quite as much that way.
These socks are my second pair this year, so I’m on track with my goal of finishing 12 pairs this year! I’m going to start another pair this weekend, so I can get a head start on next month’s socks!
(And that book I’m reading in the background? The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Great so far!)
I also have a quick announcement today… a bunch of designers, myself included, are doing a little donation drive during the Olympics and Ravellenic games to voice our support for those whose human rights are being oppressed in Russia. From tomorrow (Feb 7) to Feb 9, I’ll be donating 50% of my total pattern sales to Egale and for the remainder of the games (Feb 10-23) I’ll be donating 25% of my total pattern sales. Any of my patterns are eligible. If you’d like to see the other designers participating, Bristol Ivy has compiled a list on her blog. Thanks for your support!