Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday #72 - Denial Denied



Happy Hallowe'en everybody!

Today is a very exciting day in the lives of my children. We've got costume dress-up for school, dinner and trick-or-treating at a friend's house and various other holiday chaos going on. I expect to have two very hyped up, over tired children by the end of the day... again. Oh, well I guess that's what being a kid is all about : )

On the other hand, as a knitter, the end of October means something else to me... I can no longer deny that Christmas is bearing quickly down upon us. This year, I have especially tried to ignore the coming end of the year, because just a a few weeks into the new year I am due to have a baby. Yikes!

But despite my efforts, the days keep ticking by. I was inspired by a friend to create a spreadsheet of my Christmas knitting goals but I am kidding myself if I think I can possibly be that organized. I have at least managed to add some deadlines to my queued projects on Ravelry. And so, today's WIP is a planned Christmas gift for my Aunt.




With this ingenious little pattern, 25 rows of Cascade 220 held double gets you a whole slipper ready to felt. At this rate, I should have a pair of slippers ready to give away by the weekend.

If they work out. Fingers crossed!

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, October 26, 2012

FO Friday #56 - Hope for a Small Head


Happy Friday everyone.

This is a quick drive-by post as today is crazy busy with two big events on. We are going to see The Wiggles on their farewell tour, followed by a Hallowe'en party at my son's school. I expect two over-tired, over-stimulated children by the end of the day!

But, today I am here to talk about child #3. I have finally knit my first item for my unborn babe due in just 12 week - yikes!

So, I found the pattern that I thought would make a very cute first hat to wear home from the hospital. The question last week was: should it be blue or pink?

We didn't find out what we were having with our first two children. I have a friend with four kids who told me that in the end, the only reason she ever pushed any of them out was to find out what they were. I figured a little added motivation could hurt. This time felt different though. My husband wanted to get ready in advance and I felt that it might help with the acceptance and understanding of the older two kids if they knew if they were getting a baby brother or sister. So we found out. And I have to say, so far I haven't regretted it (although maybe I'll reserve judgement until I'm trying to garner the will power for those last few pushes ; ).

So this hat will be....

BLUE for a baby boy!



Do you think it will fit??



Click here for the project notes.

Cheers, Nikki

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Seriously?

Did I go to bed last night and wake up in December?

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If you need me, this is where you will find me, my knitting and Doodlebug for the rest of the day.

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Hope your Tuesday is looking sunnier than mine!

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, October 19, 2012

FO Friday #55 - The Audrey Hat


Happy Friday everyone!

I am pretty excited to show you today's finished project. Mostly because I love the way  it turned out... but partly because it's a good excuse (again) to show off one of my kids : )

I realized a couple weeks ago that Doodlebug was going to need a new winter hat pretty quick. I could tell this from the way last year's hat kept popping off the top of her head during our first chilly snap of the season - I know, I'm perceptive that way. So, I made it a priority to make her a new hat during my Craftaway Weekend last week.

I really loved the slight variegation to the skein of Maribrigo Rios that I had picked up for this project and I really wanted to used a slip stitch pattern to show off the yarn. I hurriedly measured Doodlebug's head before I left last Friday and then took a stab at modifying the Amanda Hat pattern to fit her. I think it turned out pretty well but I'll let you decide for yourself.

The Audrey Hat

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Pattern: The Amanda Hat by Gina House
A great free pattern, that clearly, I am not the first to discover.

Yarn: Malibrigo Rios in Purpura
Knitting with this yarn is the baking equivalent of making cake using pure vanilla, full fat cream and real butter. It is fabulous and worth every penny. The superwash factor makes it ideal for kid knits. In fact, I've already bought another skein in a different colour to make my Monkey a new hat too. I'm hoping I have enough left from Doodlebug's hat to make her a pair of matching mittens.

Modifications:
I cast on 77 with size 4.5mm needles. I knit the body as written but was worried that it might be a little short. So, I extended the decrease rounds by starting with k9,k2tog and went down from there (with a plain knit round between every decrease round).

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Doodlebug has hit a bit of an awkward photo stage (this was not helped by the fact that I took these shots while she was eating a snack). So, I thought I would show you the hat in action. You know, so you can get a better look at the hat, not just see more of my cute kids. No really! Ok, not really, but here you go anyways.


We have plans for a busy weekend going to the local ski swap and the kids first Halloween party of the season. Hope you have some fun plans for your too!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WIP Wednesday #71 - The Magic of the Mountains


Happy Wednesday everybody!

I had an absolutely fabulous weekend away. Just four knitting friends and a whole lot of yarn. We ate lovely food, watched some great movies and shows, wandered a mountain town and knit, knit knit.

It was a therapy I would prescribe to anyone (especially any stay-at-home-moms who see with trepidation the long winter months looming ahead).
The view from our condo
It is amazing how much knitting you can get done when you have two days with no children (well, not born ones anyways) and almost no responsibilities (except to sleep and eat which I did do a fair amount of as well).

I made great progress on my Elvira despite my ability to screw up a basic 4 row lace pattern repeat in more ways than you can imagine. I'm hoping to have it finished this week.

Here is a seriously unflattering picture of me doing some significant lace surgery
to fix yet another mistake. At least I was doing it in the setting of a fantastic coffee and bagel spot.

I also knit a whole hat for Doodlebug (I modified the Amanda Hat pattern and it is super cute - check back Friday to see!)

My friends and I managed to do some serious damage at a beautiful yarn store in Canmore called Knit and Caboodle.

And I picked my first pattern that I'm going to knit for my unborn babe!
The question is... will it be pink or will it be blue?

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Hopefully, I will continue to get my knit on and will have the answer for you next week!

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, October 12, 2012

FO Friday #54 - C is for Cowl



Happy Friday everyone!

Wow, I am soooo far behind on posting my FO's.

This cowl was knit for my LYS's AlphaKal for the letter 'C'... in August.

The photos were taken on the beach in Vancouver in 25 degree weather.
The day these pics were taken, we were out for a nice dinner at a beachfront restaurant
It was only after I got home I realized I had my shirt on inside out.
I blame baby brain, and my children, and heatstroke from wearing a cowl in the August heat.

Now, it is October and snowing in Calgary.


Sniff. Where does the time go? Oh well, at least now I can wear it without melting!

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Pattern: Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh
Size: large
Yarn: Araucania Atacama (discontinued)
100% Alpaca - DK weight
3 full skeins used


Best wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all.

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WIP Wednesday #70 - All Work and No Blog...



Happy Wednesday everyone.

It's pretty late in the day, so it probably isn't even Wednesday anymore for so of you. But I figure, a late blog is better than no blog at all.

Although there has been little blogging, there continues to be lots of knitting around my house these days. 

I am very excited to have started knitting with my "Craftie Young Peoples Priceless yarn" which was hand dyed for me by the women in our sis craft group in Melbourne Australia. When my friend came to visit this summer, she surprised us with yarn that had been dyed for each of us to do a KAL with.


Colourway "Nikki" - Nice eh?
Mine is 720m of superwash wool in a fingering weight. I have used it to start knitting Elvira for Doodlebug. (I also have grand schemes of knitting a mini on for her dolly but I'm not getting carried away yet.


Despite a rough start which involved ripping back dozens of rows TWICE (and quite a few bad words), The project is going gangbusters now. I have high hopes of finishing by the end of October for my LYS's AlphaKAL - this month is 'E'.

However, today is very cloudy and cool and what I really want to be doing is sitting by the fire, knitting my half-finished Clapotis


Man, that noro is calling my name today!



This weekend my knit night girls and I are going away for our annual "Craftaway Weekend." You can bet both these projects will be coming along for the trip : )

Cheers, Nikki