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Knit fast and stay warm….

Hello and welcome… I have to say that I love that saying… no I didn’t make it up lol.. but I love using it…. and that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately and I’m still knitting.. as well as a couple other forms of stitchery , which I wish was witchery..lol say that three times fast lol 🙂   Maybe I have too many needles in the pin cushion… or getting myself tied up in a knot over all the needlework I have on the go ?…ok ok  a stitch too far, I know. I think I’m “starting ” to get giddy or tired? lol  But I’m not complaining because I love to knit and I’m often guilty of picking up a new project before I’ve finished the first one… why do we do that ??  My first “finish” was a basic hat embellished with a large button and cable fingerless gloves in a beautiful Natural Heather by Patons Yarns in their Classic Wool. A soft yarn and very nice to work with. ( I apologize for the pics one seems to be darker than the other, but the hat is more of the true colour of the yarn )

Both patterns are free at  Yarnspirations.com  -:Effortless Beanie”, I shortened up the ribbing at special request. And  “Fingerless Gloves”

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Next up is a cable hat for myself.. I thought it was time 🙂   in Briggs & Little , Regal 2 ply, 100 % pure wool in the colour Plum, and made in New Brunswick . I’ve had this pattern book for a long time and I enjoy knitting this pattern. I love cables and this one knits up quickly. I will be knitting the mitts in this book to match and the scarf as well but I will be mixing in a lovely Lilac colour.

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Sorry that one pic is brighter than the other, as of posting time I have this much done…But of course I have stopped to start a pair of wool mitts that the smallest grandson is in need of… cold weather has set in….

 

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This is another Wool yarn from Briggs & Little, Heritage in Royal Blue. This pattern for mitts and hats is also free at Yarnspirations.com  ( striped basic hat and mittens)  There’s a local shop that carries plenty of this yarn so I am a very happy knitter 🙂  I love the idea of using local resources and since New Brunswick is our neighbouring province…well ..how great is that??  As soon as I finish posting I’m back to knitting on the mitts.. can I get them finished before the night is out??

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And apparently I speak quite often about my love of knitting and how much I am enjoying knitting with Briggs & Little yarns because for my birthday last month… yes I have been that obsessed with knitting I haven’t posted about my wonderful birthday present my Hubby gave me… a big beautiful bouquet of………. yes ..yarn  … 10 skeins in all   lol  and every one a different colour!!  I couldn’t wait to get them all wound and neatly stacked 🙂  I added in 5 others that I already had including the Plum and Lilac. Some will be hats and some mitts and I haven’t decided on all of them but aren’t they just a lovely sight !!  This winter should be a quieter winter, ( except for the quiet clicking of knitting needles) while we are pretty well settled in here on the beautiful coast of Nova Scotia , I will be able to think more on knitting and needlework instead of packing and moving. As much as I love sewing and other forms of needlework, knitting has to be my favourite,  its soothing and the idea of creating a garment of warmth….just makes me all fuzzy inside 🙂

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Thank you for dropping in I hope you are enjoying your week doing what you love…

Izz

 

 

 

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December 7, 2015 · 6:38 PM

Toasty Tootsies

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been keeping warm and dry these past few days. We’ve had some wild weather here in Alberta. And its a icey but quiet morning after a full day of wind storms across the province. While the house shook and yes it shook with 100kmh winds I knitted away. My plan for yesterday was to get a few hoopings on the embroidery machine done, but with the nasty weather outside I didn’t want to chance the power going out and a stitching being ruined. So between working on the SAL project and knitting I kept myself quite busy. Knitting socks and slippers always reminds me of when we were children, we would come in from playing in the snow, kick off our boots and snow gear and put our feet up on the open oven door of the old Kemac wood stove. Now that felt good. There is nothing like the fire burning in a  wood stove to warm you on a winters day. 🙂 Ah memories !

That’s when you know its time to dig into the stash, and I have quite the stash of yarn, mostly sock yarn of various kinds. Yes its a lot 🙂 I seem to gather a couple when ever I go out shopping…an illness? I do not believe so ! Ha who am I kidding. Its something I love to do. My Mom taught me to knit when I was 11 and after a couple of scrappy scarves as learning tools and wanted to try knitting mittens. Mom made it look so easy… knitting so many mittens to outfit 4 children for winter and the scarves and hats..in those days we didn’t have thermal mitts. We wore several pair of mittens and it kept our hands pretty warm,  after the top pair was sufficiently caked with snow. Well after getting past the part where you feel like you are wrestling with a porcupine it wasn’t too bad. My knitting was tight at first, I think I was worried my stitches would fall off the needles. After a few attempts Mom gave me a new ball of yarn and that was to be my official pair of mittens. I was proud.

It wasn’t until I had children of my own when I wanted to try knitting socks. Mom was not a sock knitter. She confessed she was a bit intimidated by the heel turning. My grandmother was the sock knitter. That idea got put on the back shelf until I came across this great little booklet in 1994. I taught myself to knit socks from this book and there’re not so far removed from mittens as I found out. Once you get through the heel its all a piece of cake, which took a couple of unravelling until I got to the cake! ha ha.  I’m not a fan of unraveling my work, but when there isn’t a chance of improvising or letting a flaw goes as “character” I will unravel 😦

Cool Weather

Cool Weather

Since I’m posting about knitting I thought I should gather the photos I took of earlier work as well. Like these cute camo slippers I made for my grandson, C for Christmas. I used a free pattern online. At Lion Brand Yarns Its a very easy pattern, I would recommend it for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to make  slippers for a toddler. I increased my needle size and used chunky yarn for the Camo slippers.

camo slippers

camo slippers

Then came the blue socks, a friend of mine ask me to knit for her, fair trade for a big bag of fabric she was cleaning out of her craft room. The orange and black yarn you see on top of the basket is the next pair for her. I used a basic sock pattern from a knitting magazine, which is great for the striped or self pattern yarn. I have an few books for the more decorative patterned socks.  Oh yes and the Phentex slipper at special request by N. These slippers are from Patons “Next Step Four” booklet of socks and slippers.  My models live so far away that I don’t have them to try on things like slippers as I go. I hope everyone took actuate measurements lol. Which brings us to the ballet slippers for N. They are knit with a Marl chunky yarn and the pattern is called Sasha Slippers, free at Berroco. They look a little odd shape in the photo because I have stuffed small bits of yarn in them.

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blue socks

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phentex

Ballet slippers

Ballet slippers

vintage booklet

vintage booklet

Thinking back to first knitting projects, I recalled I have an old booklet of my mother’s, I had knit my daughter a sweater when she was 5 or 6.(photos of sweaters are from the booklet)  While paging through the booklet what do you suppose I found? Yes, the mitten pattern I had used to knit my first pair. The paper feels quite fragile and there are tears where it was folded. A quick pic and back in safe keeping it goes. I wish Patons had put a date on their booklets back then. It would be nice to know the date for nostalgic reasons.

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cardigans

First mittens

First mittens

Not only are my feet a lot warmer today but so is my heart. I like the word serendipity !

As Ive been writing this post and thinking Its taking me quite a while to write , Ive also been running back and forth to my knitting basket of books so I can give you accurate info. I am so happy that I did or who knows how much longer before I would come across these little treasures.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “yarn” as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Always make time to knit and another thought.. take time to swatch. its has saved me a lot of unravelling.

Thank you for dropping by, and have a toasty warm day …..Izz

 

 

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grey socks

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January 16, 2014 · 1:34 PM

January 2012

Welcome 2012 . I’m few days late as usual LOL . I had a project that just couldn’t wait. In my excitment to get those designs to their recipient I forgot to take pics ( oh no). I was so happy to receieve the replacement for the XL 400, that came in sooner then expected. 🙂 That was good news.The first one I had was having issues and errors, to make a long story short I had it sent back and Singer was wonderful about replacing it. Now I am ready for another year of stitching and with so many ideas, it looks like I won’t be lost for things to do. In between stiching and sewing I have been knitting socks, it’s an addictive way to keep everyones feet warm 🙂 The beautiful yarns and colour combinations are just too much to resist. LOL Stipe, Jacquards, Fleck and Stretch yarns. I will post the pics as I finish them.I will also be posting the Christmas gifts I stitched in ” From The Sewing Room” so make sure you check that out 😉 Here’s looking forward to a wonderful year.    Thanks for Visiting     Have a Great Day

Winter is for The Birds, work in progress

Here is a sneak peek at my latest project. It will be a quilted wall hanging. This gives me some great ideas for futture projects. !  Check out “The Thread” for the finished project.

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