Monday, January 28, 2013

More ferryboat mitts

Ferryboat mittens in Misti Alpaca

Ferryboat mittens in Misti Alpaca

Yup, I said there would be more and here they are...

Needles: 4 mm
Yarn: Misti Alpaca worsted

Thursday, January 24, 2013

i heart ... crafty friends

Instead of linking around to amazing projects on the internet, I thought I would show some things my dear and crafty friends have made.

:: From seam to seam, a perfect perfect perfect table topper. 

:: Box-frame pouch - kit from Quilt a Bag. I feel like a sophisticated lady with this in my hands. (And then I remember I'm not a sophisticated lady.)

:: Zakka box from Zakka Style (sweetest box evah!).

:: Charming charm Square scarf (I like to wear this while sipping tea).

:: Oh so cheery Christmas urn - Also made me feel like a sophisticated lady. (And then, well, see above.)

:: Crisp and clean pillowcases embroidered with this pretty Queen Anne's Lace pattern.

:: Super delish Winter Jam (C - did you have a certain recipe you followed for this?)

:: Ceramic flowers cowl in Madelinetosh - The colour, the flowers, the yarn -- SWOON.

:: Crocheted cowl (give it your best shot winter weather - I will defeat you wearing this).

:: Cheery bunting pillowcases -- When the first thing you see in the morning is jolly bunting flags, it's hard not to be happy.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Queen St. mitts

Queen Street fingerless gloves in Hazel Knits

Queen Street fingerless gloves in Hazel Knits

This year I'm hoping to wrap up some projects that have been in mid-progress for some time. (I won't say it's a resolution because the process of making resolutions brings out the rebel in me. For example, after my last birthday I resolved to put some effort into doing my hair in the morning (can you imagine if I resolved to do something actually important?). Once resolved, the rebel emerged and so began a month of crazy, uncombed hair. At one point, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror at work and thought "Oh no. This is not good. I might just need to take a leave of absence".)

Anyhoo....I started these Queen St. fingerless gloves last summer and figured it was time to wrap this project. I love the cables and the bobbles the seed stitch. I made a few mistakes when making the first glove and put it aside, unsure if I should rip back or forge ahead. I opted for forge ahead. When I made the second glove, I made the very same mistakes. Hurrah for foolish consistency.

The gloves have cables across the palm and the outside of the hand, making for a nice snug fit.

The details: 
Pattern - Queen St. mitts
The needles - 2.5 mm double-pointed needles
The yarn - Hazel Knits (This yarn is soft but also good and sturdy. And the colour is a winning shade of pink.)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ferryboat mitts

Misti alpaca worsted

Misti Alpaca worsted

This is a terribly satisfying quick knit.

Misti Alpaca Worsted in the Frida colourway (so earthy and jolly)
Knit in the round on 4 mm needles

I love how the ribbing snugs this glove to the hand. Also a fan of the decreases at the top (which is so genius because otherwise they do get a bit flopsy) and the amazing thumb gusset branches (doesn't it look like a little tree?). More of these most definitely in my future.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Good Notes

Queen St. mitts in progress

Most of the time, I'm a bit bemused by my iPad. Don't get me wrong, I like it but I also get frustrated with the typing and the fingerprints on the screen and then I think, oh forget it, I'll just use my laptop. But this weekend I picked up a pair of long lingering fingerless gloves. I was out of ink in my printer so I couldn't print out the pattern. I downloaded it on my ipad and used an app called Good Notes to open the pdf. This isn't an ad for them but I did LOVE the highlighter and marker functions that allowed me to mark up the charts and then wipe them clean again when I was finished. 

So knitters, loop me in because I also get impatient in the itunes store, any crafty app recommendations? 

Also, I'm taking an online photography course (inspired by friend Heather). My fallback has been to shift to auto mode which gets the job done but it'll be good to stretch a bit more. I snapped this pic in manual and I love how true the colours are.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Love this... super crafty edition!

Love my new knit stitch Joe Fresh pajama bottoms!
Hi friends, back in December, I did a lot of crafty cruising for good patterns and tutorials. I thought I would make some of that stuff. I did not. In any case, here are the links - I'm excited to nibble away at this list:

:: Liberty ipad case or maybe this one

:: Three-leaf fingerless gloves pattern

:: A square deal of a pin cushion

:: Bunting make-up bag

:: Scraptastic tote

:: Cute little lunch bag

:: Quilted patchwork panels

:: Watercolour tags

:: Reversible bag

:: Needle book

:: Hemerocallis mitts pattern

Monday, January 7, 2013

Still a miracle, after all of these pairs

Every time I graft the second toe of a freshly knit pair of socks closed, I have to mutter to myself "Holy crappers!" 

From heel to to toe, even a plain old vanilla pair of socks is still so very pleasing.  

The details:
Yarn Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch - this yarn has a very subtle and pretty ombre effect.
Needles 2.5 mm
Pattern - Just your regular ole basic miracle sock 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January sky

:: I do love a stark January sky (I like a February sky even better).

:: This beautiful Paris snapshot

:: This is funny good (I have always felt a bit of sympathy for the Baroness)