Friends, I still haven’t knit anything. What kind of knitting blogger am I?? It’s embarrassing. Meanwhile, Cassy from Knit The Hell Out has knit three sweaters, two shawls and a pair of socks. I’m jealous of that kind of productivity.
Part of the reason I may take longer than the average knitter is my knitting style. I am a “thrower” (Like Taiga Hillard on Instragram!) but all those knitters who can “pick” or employ the “continental” style must be able to knit circles around me. I find trying to learn a new knitting style much like trying to type differently. It’s so hard to change a learned behavior. My other excuse is that I do not currently have living room furniture – but that is a whole other story. I just don’t have a place to sit besides the dining room table. I guess I didn’t realize how much I liked the noise of the television or radio to keep me company while I knit. I have borrowed a more comfortable chair for the dining table recently and I think I could attempt sitting there with a good podcast on.
Lately I have been inspired by knit collections of a sort. Like the #minmemademay tag on Instagram, this vintage knitting needle collection, this snap of floral hand knits, and Ella Gordon’s documented knitwear collection (so cool!).
Anyways, here are some snaps of what I have been doing instead of knitting.
A road trip to Hope BC (and I will go back to check out the Othello Tunnels next time):
Fixing up our basement suite:
There was more, but I didn’t take pictures of it. 😀
We ferried over to Salt Spring to visit a friend this last weekend. The island is small with a couple windy roads that take you through the moss covered forests to the bays and inlet villages. The island is cultivated in a way that reminds me of the British countryside with the same idyllic farm life and prolific lichen but with an intense creative side. The island is full of artists of all kinds and it appears that whatever a Salt Springer chooses to do, they do with beauty in mind.
Ultimately it is an ideal mini-holiday for someone with my interests: Good food, inspiring art, a killer back massage, and the best damn coffee I have ever had. There is no sacrificing for the country life on Salt Spring – expect perhaps the bright lights and hussle and bussle of the city. To take it to the next level I bought a Joni Mitchell CD for the car. Awww yissss.
To top it off my friend has a wood burning fireplace to knit by, complete with two extremely fluffy Persian cats. Knit in paradise much? While shopping in Ganges I stopped at Elderberry Yarns and picked up all the things I had been looking for and didn’t find anywhere else. It’s like they were all waiting for me in an adorable sea side knitting shop. I found tiny and cheap wooden buttons and even some cape clasps. The luck continued when my friend volunteered to model some of my finished projects.
I’ve knitted two Claire’s Capelets by Shelly Wescott so far but they are so fun to make I know there will be a third. Especially now that I have cape clasps. If you love Outlander you may have noticed this capelet on Claire as she runs around the Scottish countryside. Knitters watching the show certainly did and I am surprised there are only 27 projects currently listed on Ravelry for Shelly’s pattern as it is a perfect dupe for the TV version. My next Shelly Westcott pattern will be the Moto Vest.
I recently cleared all the pictures off my camera. The odds and ends that never made the cut previously or legacy photos that I couldn’t organize. Modern data storage problems. I thought I’d share some of the knitting and adventure pictures from the last year that I liked from this data purge.
These were taken in New Orleans, the Rockies + Alberta, the Okanagan, and of course, home.
I’ve been thinking of my blog for weeks. As I walked to work in the dark hours of the morning, and make my way home in the dark hours of the evening I often let my mind imagine I was already home with a knitting project.
I was able to accomplish about 2% of the knitting I wanted to do. I like to knit gifts for Christmas if I can. My utopian Christmas is a home made gift exchange. In my Christmas fantasy I knit stylish cozy knits people really wear, and I receive canned preserves and baked cookies (I have a friend who is becoming a cobbler, so I am adding home made shoes to my dream list as well). Part of this fantasy is that I do feel more love goes into the things I make so I get more excited to “do” for those I love than “buy.” Still, I had about zero minutes left in the day for all that doing, and instead I went to the mall- on Christmas Eve no less. It was so unlike me.
If I wasn’t knitting, I was also not blogging. But I’m back. I can show you 2 of the 4 finished pieces I managed in the last month. Previous to December I made a gaggle of apple protectors in assorted colours which was fun for me, but along with a tweed green beret and a slouchy natural Pasha, they were never photographed. Below you’ll find a picture of a Pasha hat in black alpaca, and a lacey head wrap ear warmer in the natural alpaca I used for a second Pasha.
I visited Micheal’s, Wool is Not Enough, and Dressew where I found some great yarns for hats and purchased some knitting accessories at excitingly cheap prices. If you are a beginner, and live in Vancouver, visit Dressew to buy all the accoutrement that knitting requires. I found stitch markers I have wanted for years for 99 cents, along with the most gigantic needles ever (great for rugs and such) for the same price. They also have great yarn for beginner projects.
So, although I didn’t do the amount of knitting I wanted to, I did a respectable amount of knitting for someone who started a new job, and is still searching for a permanent home.
Here are some pictures I have taken from what I call our “second downtown-temporary-stay-condo.” The views here are mostly of Burrard street. It’s been fun watching the holiday bustle on the streets.
We walked about our neighbourhood for about 3 hours yesterday. Without any particular destination, we found ourselves in a park we love, and then stumbled upon a street fair, and managed to loop back in a circle to arrive home.
Here is some of what we saw, in the order we saw it.
Rogue knitting, a beautiful fountain, street sales, cute squirrels, amazing street art, and some gorgeous scenery. Montreal is a very beautiful city.