The best of LPOAS 2012 (Part 1: January- April)

I’m totally stealing this idea from the lovely Karen over at Chookoolonks! I’m going to post four months worth of favourites from this year each day over the next 3 days. Each photo is linked below it to the post in which it first appeared. It’s been so much fun to sort through all of the great moments from this year- I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! This is part 1- January to April.

January

Midnight socks

Midnight Socks (first FO on the blog!)

February

Cozies

Corrugated Coffee Cozies

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New Pattern- Crayon Mittens! (Free)

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Blueberry Booties and Hat

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First non-knitting photo on the blog!

March

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Robot Hat for M

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Blocking Saroyan

April

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Saroyan finally finished!

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Easter egg dyeing

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First attempt at spinning

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Trip to Montreal with H

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(Almost) FO- Que sera Cardigan

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New pattern- Bisous (Buy it now)

Blocking

I finished knitting my Saroyan today (on Ravelry here)! I’m so excited to be able to wear it soon. I finished it while watching the really exciting finals of the Greater Toronto West robotics competition.

It’s all blocked out on my bedroom floor. Since I don’t have a blocking board or t-pins, blocking is always sort of an adventure. I usually use either a mattress, or if it’s for something smaller, a towel folded in half, and sewing pins.

I’ve sprayed it with water and now I just have to wait for it to dry… patience!

FO pictures to come soon. Happy Weekend!

May the odds…

I just got back from a robotics trip and even though I’ve had a bit of time to recover, I still feel like I could sleep for days. Really.

It hasn’t helped that over the past few days, I finally gave in and read The Hunger Games… and it was as addictive as everyone said it would be. I thought I was safe and could just read the one, but it turns out my brother bought the whole set. Needless to say, I’m reading Catching Fire now.

I’ve also been working on some ideas for a new design… just one more thing to figure out and then I can start swatching. I’m really excited about this one.

Before I do that, I promised myself I’d finish my Saroyan- I can’t wait to wear it. Only 3 more decrease sections to go!

(On Ravelry here)

I’ll be Yarn-Alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow. Have a great week!

Traveling… sort of.

I feel like I haven’t been at home at all lately… even though I haven’t really been far. I have been in Toronto and Ottawa, and today is the second day that I’ve actually been home.

I was in Toronto (well, Oshawa, really) for a robotics competition with my FIRST robotics team. We had so much fun! We’re at another competition next weekend and we won an award that qualifies us for the World Championships, so we’ll be in St-Louis in about a month for that.

I did a bit more baking before I left. This garlic bread is basically a pizza crust with garlicky butter and a ton of cheese… yum! The recipe is from here. The pizza dough was really easy to make.

I have gotten some time to work on my Saroyan. I thought I was going to have to readjust the pattern for the amount of yarn that I have, but it’s looking like it will be okay.

So far I’ve worked 6 increase sections and 6 body sections. I love how this yarn is knitting up.

I’d better hurry up and finish it, since it seems to be spring! The weather was cold until this week, and the last fews days have been beautiful: sunny and warm. I even (okay, perhaps a bit prematurely) wore flip-flops this afternoon! (On Ravelry here)

We have family coming over for dinner tonight so there is a giant pot of chill simmering on the stove and it smells fantastic. The recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

I’ll be yarn-alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow!

Have you seen my new pattern yet? It’s called Crayon Striped Mittens and is available as a free Ravelry download (Download now).

In Progress: Saroyan

I’ve just got a quick post for today, and then I’ll probably disappear until the weekend. I’m working on some other things, and I’ll be out for town for the day on Thursday (more about that when I get back!).

When I finished my baby knits, rather than finish up one of the projects I’ve already started, I cast on for a new one. Typical…

It’s Saroyan by Liz Abinante. The leaves along the edge of this are just gorgeous. One of my Dad’s colleagues was wearing this recently and it was so pretty, I had to make one of my own.

It’s made with Stag Ranch Aran in Heliotrope, by Rocky Mountain Dyeworks. The yarn was a Christmas gift and it is lovely. I like that it’s from an independent Canadian company.

Since I only have 340 yards of yarn, I’ll have to do a bit of math to make it work, but the pattern is written so that making changes is really easy.

The two skeins that I have are a slightly different colour, even though they are the same colourway. I know that this happens with hand dyed yarn, so I’m not worried about it, but I’ve been alternating the skeins every two rows to make the entire scarf look more uniform. I’m actually really liking the variegated effect it’s creating!

(My Saroyan is on Ravelry here.)

I’ll be yarn-alonging with Ginny at Small Things tomorrow.

Have a great week!