Knitting-a-long with Tanis and Glenna

Another fun thing I missed out on sharing this fall, was a KAL (Knit-a-long) using Glenna C patterns and Tanis Fiber Arts yarns.  I forget what started it but in the Tanis Ravelry group we started chatting about using Glenna's patterns (specifically The Urban Collection Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) for Tanis' yarn and before we knew it we were all in for a KAL. 


For my part I managed to finish two projects for the deadline.  The first was the Armour Road Socks using TFA Yellow Label in Paprika (a OOAK color from an Etsy update in the summer) and the Charlotte Street Mitts in TFA Purple Label in Autumn Sun (a Year in Colour Club offering from September 2011).

I did finish the second sock, later that week.

I did finish the second sock, later that week.

They were fun knits and I LOVE making DK weight socks, I see many more pairs in my future (especially with KnitPicks Felici Sport discontinued) as they are a fun quick knit and so very warm. I knit the mitts a bit too larger (after many years of too tight gauge this was a bit of a surprise) but I don't care.  They are really soft and so comfortable so I carry on. Also, I still have a half-skein of the Purple Label so I will probably make another pair of fingerless mitts (a different pattern) because this yarn is just so darn nice.

I'm grateful for the KAL because it encouraged me to knit up patterns that had been lingering pretty far down in my queue and yarns that have been marinating in the stash for a while (well one of them ...)

There is another TFA KAL going on right now, however I don't have any projects entered.  I have too many non-TFA knitting commitments right now (including three Christmas stockings and a pair of socks for my mom, all of which are in various stages of completion) but I am really enjoying seeing the WIPs and FOs in the TFA Ravelry group. I hope my queue is cleared up so I can participate in the next KAL because they are a bunch of fun.



How to be the second most popular person at a baby shower

Show up with these guys ...


My coworker went off on Maternity leave yesterday so on Friday, her last day, we had a little get together at the office in her honor. So as with most knitters and crocheters I can't pass up the opportunity to make cute things for babies (and their big sisters) and show off my skills in front of an audience.


Ultimately I decided on a two-part gift.  One part for Kristen/the baby and the other for their 2-year-old daughter, T. For Kristen/the baby I made a blanket.  The pattern is an improvised/single Granny Square blanket.  I had four skeins of KnitPicks Biggo in my stash and they worked perfectly together for the blanket.  It's binky/lovey/carseat sized and with its super wash merino and nylon it should have a nice long lifespan and it is incredibly soft.  I've ordered more at the big Knit Picks sale going on this week.  Because of the sale colors I'm not going to be making crocheted blankets but test out a knit pattern I've been working on in Billow (also by Knit Picks).

For T I made the two amigurumi owls. As an older sister myself, it was important for me to give something to this future big sister. Kristen has mentioned that T loves owls so I picked the Stacey Trock Nelson the Owl patterns (full sized and mini). I love the chance to make two sizes of the same critter, because it doubled (or tripled) the cuteness factor. 

So, these gifts have made their way to their new home and I hope they are as loved by their recipients as there were by me as I was making them.

The big takeaway for me is that amigurumi make a great gifts and will get you lots of custom order inquiries (so if that's your thing it's a great way to get interested buyers, I myself am not interested in doing commission knitting or crocheting).

Project Details

Projects: Big Sister and New Baby Owls
Patterns: Amigurumi Nelson the Owl and Nel the Tiny Owl - both by Stacey Trock of FreshStitches
Yarn: KnitPicks Brava Worsted in Cobblestone Heather, Dove Heather, Caution, Peacock and Fairy Tale

Projects: Not So Grannie Baby Blanket
Pattern: Improvised - I'm planning on writing it up in the next couple of months
Yarn: KnitPicks Biggo in Dove Heather, Calypso Heather, Golden Heather and Cobblestone Heather.

Rigid Heddle for the First Time!

Yesterday I had the great honour of introducing five great women to the joys of Rigid Heddle weaving at the Muskoka Yarn Connection in Bracebridge.  They were a great group to teach. Everyone was engaged in learning and they were all game to participate in warping a loom.

The goal of the class was to get everyone up to speed on terminology used in weaving, and getting the store loom warped up so that everyone who comes in can fall in love with the simple joy of rigid heddle weaving.

Everyone took turns doing every part of the warping process, and while it took a little longer than planned we got a great plain-weave project on the loom. 

I'm hoping to get the group back together after Christmas to spend more time talking about the in and outs (or ups and downs) of weaving as we just made it to weaving the first inch before we were a full half-hour over schedule.

I designed a weaving draft to go along with the class and I need to put it through some more fine tuning and then I can hopefully release it, for anyone who wants to make their first woven scarf.

Based on the response to this class, I'm hoping to run it again in the spring. I know there are lots of fiber fans out there with rigid heddle looms stashed away i n their basements that would love to learn how to made good use of them.

The class project, I hope to get the pattern together so that I can release it soon.

The class project, I hope to get the pattern together so that I can release it soon.