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Now that Christmas has come and gone, I can finally share some of the secret knitting I’ve been doing over the past few months! First up are these simple mittens for my brother, striped using yarn leftover from a few other projects. The brown is Patons Decor (leftover from Ease and Graham), the Grey is Craftsmart Solids (leftover from Wurm and Honey Cowl), and the mottled beige is Patons Shetland Ragg KW, which has been in my stash for forever.
As long-time readers might remember, every year for Christmas, I make my grandmother a set of dishcloths. I realized last week that I hadn’t made this year’s set yet, so after a quick trip to the store, I sat down yesterday afternoon to get started. Christmas movies, PJs, tea, and the Christmas tree made 4 dishcloths quick work. Now I just need to wrap them and that’s one more thing checked off the list! Still lots of other knitting happening here, but lots I can’t share just yet.
I’ve finally finished my exams and final papers, so I can start sharing some of my Christmas knitting! First up is this hat I made for my friend L. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I shortened the ribbing by 1″ but added an extra inch of the broken rib pattern to make up the length. It feels a bit early for Christmas gifts but since L is going away with his family for the holidays, I wanted to make sure he got his gift before he left.
Have you finished your Christmas knitting yet? Or are you like me, frantically knitting until Christmas eve?
The weather around here has been pretty grey lately… lots of rain. I actually quite like fall weather but it does get a bit tiresome after a few weeks. At least I’ve got knitting that matches the weather! I’ve just finished the first few rows of the baby cardigan I mentioned yesterday. I’m making it for my cousin’s baby who was born at the end of September. I’m making the 3-6 month size, because I won’t be seeing her until Christmas, so hopefully it’ll fit then. The yarn is Begere de France Caline in a really pretty grey, and it’s so soft! Like I said in yesterday’s post- since the yarn is so plain, I want some nice buttons to make the cardigan really special- do you have any suggestions?
I’m still working my way through Lord of the Flies (by William Golding) and The Beggar’s Garden (by Michael Christie). I’m enjoying both of these… hopefully I’ll be able to read a bit more of the short story collection this week. Most of my reading time right now is being eaten up by academic readings.
What have you been knitting and reading this week?
I finally finished the sweater, just in time for a baby to make her appearance! I packed it up and sent it to the US at Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, the tiny, cute sweater is even cuter on a baby. (And, by some miracle, it fits.)
Now I’ve got to get started on another cardigan for another baby who made her appearance a few weeks ago! I’m going to make a little grey cardi with a decorative yoke in a soft grey yarn. (Rav link). Since the cardigan will be so simple, I think it will need some special buttons… any suggestions?
As promised, these are my September socks for Liesl’s sock challenge! I actually knit the part first sock during our camping trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park at the end of August, thinking that I would start the challenge then, but moving got in the way so I’m counting these as my September pair.
The pattern is my favourite basic sock pattern and the yarn is Lana Grossa Meillenweit. The colourway was perfect for our camping trip… it reminded me of the colours of the fossil beach at the park. I still have some photos from that trip that I could hare but they’re very summery… would you still like to see camping photos or are you through with summer?
In the (hopefully triumphant?) return of the weekly knitting posts, this week, I’ve been…
Knitting :: My October socks for Liesl’s sock challenge! I finished my September socks last month and I’ll be sharing photos of them later this week. The October socks are another pair of my favourite plain sock pattern and the yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit. I love this colourway… it might be my favourite self-striping colourway ever.
Reading :: The Birth House by Ami McKay. This is a historical fiction novel based in Nova Scotia about a young midwife, and I’m loving it so far! I’m reading it on my kindle when I have a moment between classes or waiting in line somewhere, so it’s going a bit slowly, but I can’t wait to finish it!
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This is one of the classics that I somehow missed out on reading in high school. I’ve just begun, but I keep hearing such strong reactions to this book that I’m excited to see what I think of it.
Knitting :: A simple pair of socks for Liesl’s Monthly Sock Challenge. I was going to try to do a pair for the challenge in August, but it ended up being a really busy month, so I’m starting the challenge in September instead. The pattern is my current favourite plain sock pattern, Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan.
Reading :: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve heard that both this book and the film adaptation are fascinating and well written, so I’m giving it a try even though the premise isn’t the happiest. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s quite captivating so far, and the narrative voice is really interesting.
Enjoying :: Having a backyard at my apartment this year… such pretty light for pictures and so nice to have some outside space!
What have you been knitting and reading this week?
Knitting :: A tiny baby cardigan for H’s brother’s baby (nicknamed the blueberry). The pattern is Linnie (thanks for all of your input about patterns last week!) and the yarn is Viking Baby Ull in colourways 368 and 369. I realised after I had chosen the yarn that the colours are rather reminiscent of blueberries… so it’s a blueberry cardigan for a blueberry baby!
Reading :: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve been really enjoying non-fiction books about food and gardening/ farming/ preserving lately, and this one seems to be highly recommended. I’ve just started it but I’m enjoying the writing style so far.
Drinking :: A surprising amount of tea, considering current temperatures! Favourites recently include plain English Breakfast and Just Peachy and Saigon Chai from Davids Tea (Just Peachy is sold out online, but some stores still have it if you want to try it!).
Watching :: Season 1 of Flashpoint. Most of you know by now that I’m a sucker for crime shows, and this one is fairly well done and filmed in Toronto! I don’t know if I’ll watch all 6 seasons (the show ended a few years ago), but I’m enjoying working my way through season 1 at least. I also picked up Lark Rise to Candleford at the library awhile ago- I’ve heard great things about it and I can’t wait to start watching it.
What have you been knitting, reading, drinking, and watching lately?
I’m still working on my hitofude cardigan… I’ve got one more lace pattern repeat for this section (which is, if I’m reading the pattern correctly, the sleeves). The construction of this cardi is so interesting that it’s like a surprise each time I read and knit the next part of the pattern. The whole garment is knit in one piece, no seams, without breaking the yarn once. Such a creative design.
I also need to cast on a new project soon… I know two people who are having babies in September, so I picked up this fingering weight yarn in two shades of purple at Romni Wools when I was in Toronto last week. Do you have a favourite baby sweater pattern (preferably that would work in 2 colours)? I was thinking maybe this one or this one.
I haven’t been reading a ton of non-academic stuff recently, but I have been cooking a lot and trying out recipes from a bunch of different cookbooks. I love that I can take cookbooks out of the library and try a few recipes before deciding whether or not to buy the book! Here are a few of my recent favourites: