Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WIP Wednesday #81 - A Lovely Puddle


Happy Wednesday everyone!

I spent the first week after my baby's birth knitting very small and simple things. (I haven't figured out what to call him on the blog yet!).
His birth did not go exactly as planned and after 15 hours of labour we ended up in a very rushed and urgent c-section. The only word I can really use to describe the whole thing is traumatic. I have spent the last 10 days feeling very sore.
The good news is that the baby came out pink and yelling and all the extra people that had rushed to the operating room to help had to go find something else to do : )

It's wasn't until Sunday that I started to feel my knitting mojo coming back. So, I have picked up my Traveling Woman shawl that I started making as a birthday gift for my husband's aunt. Her birthday is February 14 and I have 30 rows of ever growing stitches left. Also she lives in Nova Scotia. This will be a bit of a challenge ; )

I am knitting with the always dreamy Madelinetosh tosh merino light in the colourway Cove. In true lace style it currently looks like a puddle of stitches.

But what a lovely puddle it is.




Cheers, Nikki


As always, I'm linking up with the party over at Tami's Amis

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday #80 - A Wee Interuption

Happy Wednesday everyone!

There hasn't been a whole lot of knitting here this week...



With good reason : )

Cheers, Nikki

Click over to Tami's Amis for a peak at more actual knitting!

Friday, January 18, 2013

FO Friday #64 - Cowl Couplet

Happy Friday everyone!

This week has more about starting projects than finishing them (I think I've cast on 4 projects in the last 3 days - No I'm not feeling anxious and impatient. Why do you ask?) But fortunately, prior to the startitis, was a bout of finishitis, where I finished just about every WIP I had going. And I am way behind in showing them to you!

First up is a couple cowls.

This one was my Christmas gift for my Mum.




Pattern: Stockholm Scarf by Knitted Bliss - It's free!


I actually loved knitting this yarn (and got more for Christmas - yippee!). It is a gorgeous soft alpaca with just the right amount of sparkle. Enough to be interesting but not gaudy.

Next is a cowl that I reverse engineered from a big bulky cowl that my cousin bought at Ann Taylor Loft. While I was in Halifax in December my cousin, her mom and I all bought big needles and super bulky yarn and each whipped one of these puppies up - so fun!





There bound to be tons of crafty items to see today at Tami's Amis. But be sure to check back here next week as I have lots more finished items to show!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WIP Wednesday #79 - Something New



Happy Wednesday everyone.

No, the new thing in this post is not my much anticipated baby : (  I am still firmly in beached white whale mode.


Monkey, my four year old, told me that he doesn't think it's "fair" (everything is about fair right now) that the baby is choosing to stay with me instead of coming out to see him.
I totally agree.

In the last week, I have finished almost every WIP I have. Even a pair of socks that have taken me almost two years to complete!

So, it was time to start something new.

I have cast on for a Traveling Woman Shawl with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the soothing colourway Cove.
It has become the perfect way to pass the time as I wait, and wait and wait.

(Two of my favourite Christmas pressies are on display in this pic too, a yarn spinner made by a local artist and my first pair of gorgeous signature needles : )

Another great to spend the time this week will be checking out all the other projects in progress over at Tami's Amis.

Cheers, Nikki




Friday, January 11, 2013

FO Friday #63 - What you get instead



Happy Friday everyone.

Well, I still have no baby to show you, so instead you get a little show of a few Christmas gifts I made this year.

I was very happy with my Christmas knitting efforts and have a few favourites that I will save for separate posts. But, in amongst the major knits were a few quick winners...



Pattern: Waffle Hat by Gail Bable
Yarn Cascade Eco+




Pattern: Turn a Square by Jared Flood
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted
Noro Silk Garden








Pattern: Button Up your Cup by Julie Tarsha
Yarn: Cascade 220
Cascade Eco+

I plan on spending a quiet weekend on Baby-Watch 2013. The upside is that if I don't have a baby, I should have plenty of time to check out the awesome FO's over at Tami's Amis!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday #78 - Still "in Progress"



Happy Wednesday everyone.

OK, the tree is gone and the belly is even bigger, but you get the idea
I come to you as a very cranky, sore and tired blogger. Late pregnancy is kicking my butt. My daughter was actually born by this point so I kind of assumed (mistakenly, obviously) that this baby would be early too.

While my baby continues to be a Work-In-Progress, so does his little jumpsuit.



I'm starting to worry that he's refusing to come until his outfit is finished.

Today, I plan to go buy some buttons and work frantically to get it done... just in case ; )

Here's hoping I have two finished objects to show you soon!

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, January 4, 2013

FO Friday #62 - Generations



Happy Friday everyone!

One of the plus sides of not blogging for a while is that I have lots of thing to show you!

First up this week is my first ever completed pair of knit socks. These were a gift for my father-in-law for Christmas



Pattern: D-Man Socks
As I have not knit many socks, I do not have much experience with socks patterns. I love this stitch pattern for a man's sock. It was easy, interesting enough to make me follow through with knitting it twice and appropriately masculine. However, there were a few oddities with the pattern, such as, that the decreases for the toe are written such as you might decrease for a hat - completely round. I changed the toe and a few simple technical details.

I had enough yarn left over that in the last couple days I have whipped up a pair of the worlds smallest booties for my soon-to-be-born boy.



Pattern: Hodge
This pattern had a lot of of fiddily details for such a tiny project. That being said, I enjoyed trying the different techniques and love the finished product. My one criticism would be that, in an attempt to be very clear, the designer specifies some details that are not quite correct. For example she states that 's1' means to slip purl-wise with the yarn in the back. But, in fact, you need to slip purl-wise with the yarn in the front on wrong side rows. 
Still, I'm already planning to make more of these... just maybe with thicker yarn and bigger needles ; )

80% merino and 20% nylon
unnamed colourway
I loved knitting this yarn and while it is soft enough for socks and booties, it has a high twist and  I think it will wear quite well. The colourway was awesome. Manly enough for man socks but beautiful and interesting enough for me to knit. I bought it during our summer vacation in Nova Scotia and I already wish I had more.


I love knowing that Grandpa and my baby boy are both going to be wearing handmade socks from the the same yarn (even if the baby's booties are only going to fit for about 30 seconds). I also love that the  yarn came from a part of the world that is so special to my family. I hope I have just enough yarn left to make a hexipuff and one day add it to a blanket as a part of the story of my family.

I'm looking forward to checking out some post holiday FO post on Tami's Amis today and hope you will get a chance to look at a few too!

Cheers, Nikki


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Nesting

Be it because of the impending baby arrival, or wanting a fresh start for the new year or just the desire to tidy after the holidays, there seems to be no shortage of reasons why I want to purge and sort around here.

First stop was the baby's room (which was still occupied by it's previous tenant, my two year old girl). It is now ready and waiting for the new arrival.

Next stop was my disastrous craft room. Stash, fabric and card making material had taken over every available space and rather than being a workable space it had really just become a disorganized storage area.

As I went through it all and sorted and catalogued my stash, I was struck by two revelations:
1. I have some beautiful yarn
2. I have A LOT of yarn

Around this same time, I read Stitched Together's blog post and about challenging herself to knit her stash and I was inspired.

So, I have a taken many of my fabulous yarns and packaged them together into potential projects. Some I have pattern ideas for and some I don't but I have put them together with a plan of grabbing something random from my stash when I'm looking for something new to knit.




This is my no means my entire stash. There probably wasn't enough plastic bags in the whole house for that ; )

At the same time, I am keeping my commitment to take it easy on myself. I am not vowing not to buy new yarn or not take on projects outside the stash (especially since two of my lovely Christmas gifts were a membership in Tanis Fiber Arts Colour Club and a gift certificate to my LYS - yippee!). I'm just planning to "shop the stash" first and have a have a little fun with it along the way!


This is how my crafty area looked when I was finished. Ahh bliss : )


Now time for a cup of tea!



Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WIP Wednesday #77 - Forward



Happy Wednesday everyone!

Wow, I seriously went AWOL there for a while. It's funny, I constantly have ideas to post but somehow they never quite make it onto the blog. Ok, it's not really funny... more frustrating.

But, it is the start of a new year and I am trying to leave the past in the past and focus on looking forward.
(originally that autocorrected to leaving the past in the pasta, which I'm pretty sure would be something else entirely ; )

If I did look back, I would have to admit what a failure 2012's resolutions were... and who wants to do that?

This year I'm resolving not to make any resolutions. My third baby is due in less than 3 weeks and really I suspect that this year is going to be more about survival that growth ; )
I'm actually loving the Yarnista's anti-resolutions -  maybe next year I'll try that!

I do have a few tiny wee goals though.

I received a lovely drop spindle for Christmas and am hoping to figure out a little bit of what to do with it.

The owner of my LYS and a good friend have both kindly offered to teach me. I figure I should have lots of time for learning new tricks right? Ha.

I've also been inspired to challenge myself with regards to knitting my stash. I will talk about that more in an upcoming post.

But this is supposed to be Work-in-Progress Wednesday. So what's on the needles now?

Well, appropriately, I am starting the year knitting a couple wee baby things.

First up is a teeny tiny pair of Hodge booties which I am also knitting as a part of my LYS' ongoing monthly alphakal. (We're at 'H'!)


I'm also knitting a Drops baby jumpsuit. As my second bub came 2 weeks early, I think it will be a race to see which is done first - the knitting or the baby ; )


Mostly I wanted to post today to take the chance to wish you all a very very Happy New Year.

From my family to yours, I hope 2013 is a wonderful, fulfilling and enjoyable year.
I know mine will be a busy one but I'm really hoping (but not resolving...) to be around here a little more to share it with you.



Cheers, Nikki