Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Honey Cowl

It's so nice to knit for myself sometimes.

It's even cooler to get to have a hand in the entire process, like dyeing the yarn!

The yarn pictured above is undyed Ecological Wool, from Cascade. I got to take a natural dye class at the Knit Cafe a few weeks back, and we dyed our yarn using Turmeric (bright yellow), red cabbage (blue/grey), and red onion skins (greeny yellow).

I knew I had enough yarn to make something lovely, I just wasn't sure yet. I checked out Ravelry, and they appear to be completely in love with the Honey Cowl. Why not?


I actually really enjoyed knitting this. The pattern was straight forward, the yarn was lovely, and I just had to be a little creative with my colour changes to make it all work together. I love how natural dye colours never seem to really clash with each other!


I couldn't be happier. Just in time for the cold weather too!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Modeling in High Park

It's been a beautiful summer here in Toronto. A bit colder then normal, but I guess I just like that weather because I can wear my knits.

I recently got to wear some other knits by another artist though! Stitch Noir on Etsy has some really fantastic (and macabre!) crocheted pieces that are really just amazing.

She invited myself and a couple others to model her works recently, and it was a fantastic evening of laughter and great friends.

Check her out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Natural Dyeing

It's been a busy, busy couple of weeks and I have a number of projects on the go at the moment.

I've been quite sidetracked by Natural Dyeing though.

I recently took a natural dyeing class at the Knit Cafe (I'll post about that soon!), but before the class started I had the bug. Bad.

I also had some really nice, single ply alpaca yarn my mother gave me.

I decided to mordant this yarn with alum and cream of tarter. Unfortunatly, I listened to the advice I found online and only did a 7% solution with the alum (I should have aimed for 15 - 20%). I simmered the yarn in the mordant solution for about half an hour, and let it cool overnight.

Then I rinsed the yarn out (mistake 2, next time I won't rinse)

Then, I poured my soaking water from a ton of black beans over it, and put it aside for a few days.

Initially, I wasn't impressed.

It looks like worms!

Eventually though, it started to turn blue! After 48 hours, I pulled out the yarn and rinsed it out. Mistake 3: I should have left it longer.


But hey, it did turn blue. So I guess it wasn't a lost cause!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kilt Hose

Guys! Guys!

GUYS!!!

I knit my own kilt hose!! I even made up the pattern!! (kinda)

I knit these for my husband to wear on our wedding day! He's got sexy legs.




The entrelac cuffs turned out amazingly!

Unfortunatly, I don't have a great detail picture of the back of the leg. I do, however, have a picture of the back of the leg while I was knitting it:


I'm so happy with them!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sock Update!

I have lacy feets:


Only forever to go!

These US0 needles are murder, I tell you. I knit these every single morning, but I only get a few rows done before work starts. Oh well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Honeymoon Knitting

It's been a wickedly crazy month!

On June 30th, I got married.


We were so blessed that we have great friends and family, it was drama free and I had a great time!

Then, we stayed at our cottage for a week. I spent it knitting.


And knitting.


I'm still working on it! I just started the third ball, and it looks like this!


Clearly, it's a bigger triangle.

This is taking forever. I've never done a shawl that was constructed this way before.

Oh yes, pattern is Jared Flood's, over at Brooklyn Tweed. He's got some really lovely patterns, check him out!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Again, Again!

I've decided to knit a sock.

Another sock.

A PURPLE sock.




I've decided to wing it. Again. This delightful little toe cap is being knitted on US 0 needles, and has a gauge of 9.5 stitches to the inch. 

According to Knit Pick's Two at Once, Toe-Up, Magic Loop Pattern, I'm supposed to knit this little thing until it's as wide as my toes and just barely touches the top of my pinky toe. As my pinky toe is ugly and my toes are weird, I've decided I'm going to keep knitting this one just a little longer.

I cast on 30 stitches, and I have about 62 now. Onward!