Guess Who’s Back?

I thought this was an appropriate title since I could easily win an award for “Most Inconsistent Blogger” (in addition to “Worst Running Partner”). Things have been a bit chaotic since our little family is in the midst of slowly relocating to NS. My best guy is there now; Thing 2 and I are in PEI until the end of June so she can finish the school year. I have to knit to stay sane during this process!

Since we are selling our house, I have to pack up just about everything I have to put in storage since our place in NS is not ready until July. Yes, we did a great job planning this … if the plan was to make it as hectic as possible. In this process, I packed ALL my yarn and ALL my knitting needles except for three sets. and put it in our storage locker. The only reason these three very diverse sets made the cut is because they were in my knitting bag already. I did not realize at the time how bad of an idea this really was. Thankfully my wonderful mother saved the day by taking me to Michael’s so I could load up on cheap Handicrafter yarn and I did get a ball of sock yarn. So now I am keeping myself entertained by knitting dishcloths for the new place. Using some different patterns so that’s kinda fun.

I guess the Azul pullover will become a fall project.

I’m hoping to get to meet with the library group a few more times before I hit the road. I miss seeing them. Looking forward to meeting folks in the NS knitting community this summer though!

I hope to write again soon, but if not, at least you know why!

Happy knitting!

Krista

 

 

Sock it to me!

I have no real idea what that phrase means or where it’s appropriate to use it but socks have been a prominent theme for my last few posts. Despite saying that I was taking a break from making socks, I’ve been working on the yoga socks. This pattern might make it onto my “more trouble than it’s worth” list. I hope to have the second one done this weekend. Unfortunately, I have not had a lot of time this week to knit, and that is such a drag.

Next week is the closing ceremony for City Centre Community School since the weather prevented us from having it on the originally scheduled date. I usually knit something to donate as a door prize, I’m not sure how this happened, but I completely forgot to make something (insert facepalm here). How fast can I whip up a snazzy headband? Or even better … convince my mom to donate something that she made! Regardless, it’s going to be a fantastic evening celebrating with our learner community. I’ll try to get a photo of the table proudly displaying our creations from the winter semester (and put in in a post).

Despite really really wanting to get started on the Azul pullover for myself (still have not bought that yarn), I also would like to do some major stashbusting. I seem to have rather a lot of odds and ends so it’s time to put that One Skein Wonder book to good use.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

But my goodness, I am terrible at adding photos to my blog. Despite the witty repartee and helpful knitting tips, I’m certain some of you would like to see some pictures of what I work on. Spoiler alert – it isn’t going to be in this post though 😦

This Tuesday is the last night for the City Centre Community School Winter 2017 Semester. I had a fantastic time teaching these learners, and hope they got as much out of the experience as I did! I’ve encouraged them to display their projects that evening, and I hope some of them choose to because they have all done an amazing job. I finally finished the second sock to the pair I was working on for these 10 weeks and will display them along with some that my mom made. The weather might not cooperate with us though; fingers crossed that the winter storm passes us by so we can party with our fellow learners, instructors, and volunteers.

I needed a quick project to work on so I am making the Paton’s yoga socks for my mom. I’m using the Deborah Norville Serenity sock yarn, and lovely birch needles made in a Nova Scotia farm. I just started these today but expect them to knit up pretty quickly.

Well knitters, I hope you have a fantastic week and find lots of time for knitting. Let’s talk again soon!

kristaknits

 

 

 

 

Success!

This is one of the rare times that I am having trouble coming up with a fun title. Thankfully though no problems coming up with good stuff for this post though!

Chris’s beanie hat is done! And I did not have to unravel the other hat previously made from the lovely Plymouth Yarns Coffee Beenz (phew). I would have liked to make the hat a teensy bit larger but it does still work for him. I have learned some valuable lessons from this exercise.

I have the cuff and part of the heel flap done for the second sock of the pair I created during the Community School semester so I’m feeling pretty darn good about that as well. This Tuesday is the last full teaching night of the semester, and I still cannot believe how quickly the last nine weeks have gone by. It’s been a great experience, and one I hope to get to repeat in Fall 2017 or Winter 2018. Some students are even on their second pair of socks!

I’ve decided to take a break from making socks for a bit and work on a project I have been wanting to work on for awhile – the Azul pullover (for me). I didn’t see the yarn at Michael’s the last time I was in (FYI that’s the Bernat Softee Chunky), but my awesome mom found it at two locations in Montague with a wide selection of colours to boot and very good prices since I need 6 balls! She is strongly hinting that I should make it in burgundy, but I’m not 100% sure yet. Possibly a brown or natural colour is what I’ll go with. Stay tuned for updates on this project. I’m so excited to make this.

Thing 2 was snowboarding in Nova Scotia this weekend, and we stayed in Halifax. I took this time to go to a great knitting store in the city – The Loop. Despite taking a break from knitting socks, something about that self-striping, oh-so-colourful sock yarn just reels me right in. There was so much selection and it was also 20% off. And yes, I walked out of there with a ball of Opal sock yarn and some new slightly curved darning needles in a nifty hard plastic case that can withstand me lugging my knitting everywhere (hey, I might get a few minutes to squeeze in some knitting in between things!). The sales clerk insists that these curved needles will make the Kitchener graft that much more bearable. And I will have a sock ready soon enough to test this theory out.

While in the city and since it was just around the corner, I stopped at Deserres since they have a small but pretty decent yarn section. Nothing really caught my attention there this time around, but I did pick up a free pattern for a scarf from Bergere de France that I plan to make for Thing 1. Thing 1 is not quite as into winter as the rest of us, and would probably appreciate a cozy scarf while navigating the streets of Montreal.

Local crafters, save the date, reschedule your brunches, go for that run later in the day because the annual G’Ma Group Fabric and Yarn Sale is happening on March 11th at Park Royal United Church at 9 am. Many, many good deals to be had. I’ve gone the past few years and have always found some gems. Get there early; there is usually a line that goes outside of the building.

Well folks, time to wrap this up for now. Back soon with more tales of my knitting adventures.

Happy knitting!

KGM

 

 

 

 

 

Decisions, decisions

Hello readers! I just got back from a walk around the boardwalk with my best guy to shake off some of the stress from the day. Looking forward to working on Chris’s hat, but I am perilously close to running out of the yarn I am using. And guess what? I can’t buy it locally! So, do I take a chance and hope that I have enough yarn to make this super cute beanie or do I unravel the smaller hat I previously made with this yarn? Ugh, I just can’t decide. Tune in for future updates.

Last week’s knitting class gave me a great topic to research. None of my students were really excited about doing the Kitchener stitch for the toes – despite me telling them that it really isn’t that bad. One student was curious about using the three needle bind off to do the toes instead. Knowing that this technique is usually used for doing shoulder seams for a sweater, I wasn’t entirely sold … but I was curious too. The three needle bind off usually requires the “wrong side” of the pieces of work to be facing outwards – that could be tricky with a sock. As well, this technique creates a visible seam whereas the Kitchener stitch does not. Despite its knacky nature, I’m probably going to stick with the Kitchener stitch for my socks.

Well, it looks like more episodes of Seinfeld, sitting on the couch with a sleepy cat, and working on the beanie for the rest of the evening.

Happy Monday Knitters!

K.

 

Oh, bother!

So last week, I was making a lovely beanie hat for my best guy with Plymouth Yarns Coffee Beanz. And as you likely guessed from the title of this post, the finished hat is too small every which way for his noggin. Now I’m starting over, increasing the pattern both in stitches and in length (puh-leeze let this math work out!) and hoping that I have enough yarn in that ball to pull it off. This small but supercute hat will be donated to a charity that my mom knits for.

At Community School tonight,  I saw the first pair of socks from one of my learners. And they are great!  Much better than my first pair!  We also did a demo of the Kitchener graft (or stitch). This leads me to my goals for the next couple of weeks. 

  1. Learning to do the Kitchener graft without an “ear”
  2. Learning the three needle bind off

Stay tuned for updates on the beanie. Wish me luck.

Happy knitting! 

Krista

So many projects, so little time

Like most knitters, I have yarn stashed all over my house. And no shortage of knitting patterns either. Now just to find more time in a week to get all these projects made. I am very grateful to be able to schedule knitting on Tuesday nights with City Centre Community School. I have a sock almost finished, ready to show the learners how to do the Kitchener graft on the toe.

I’m going to try a new hat pattern for Chris. I’m using the Plymouth Yarn in Coffee Beenz and a pattern from 101 One Skein Wonders. Will keep you all posted on how it goes! I’ve made the last two slightly too big for him so fingers crossed this one fits nice and snug.

What are you knitting?

 

Welcome to 2017

Hello readers!

This is my first post of 2017, and I am looking forward to sharing another year of knitting adventures – albeit on a more frequent basis 🙂

I’ve started off the year visiting some new knitting stores – Nancy’s in North Conway NH and Trailside Yarn Shoppe in Kensington PE. Both were excellent establishments with great variety. Especially sock yarns!

I’m back teaching at City Centre School this winter, and I am proud to say that I have met a personal goal of mine by doing so. I’m teaching my students how to make a basic cuff down sock with a heel. I decided at the very last minute to offer this class, and I am so glad that I did. My students are progressing so well with their projects. I look forward to seeing them every week. I’m also very excited because my mom, who is an AMAZING knitter, is helping Fme out with the class. I’m knitting along with the group using Lane Cervinia ‘Forever’ sock yarn from Italy that I bought from Nancy’s.

I just finished making the Briggs and Little Heavy Socks pattern for my husband using beautiful wool from MacAusland’s Woolen Mill (right here on PEI). I went with a 9 inch cuff instead of the 11 inch, and the socks took 3 skeins. Great for our many winter adventures.

I’m planning on taking a break from socks once I have finished the ones I am working on with my class. I think I’m going to treat myself and make the Azul pullover for me!

Well friends, I’m going to try my best for 2017 to post more often and include pictures of my projects. Let’s keep the adventures going – share with me what you’re working on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons Learned

So anyone who has been taught knitting by yours truly or has even just been knitting with me knows that I love using wood/bamboo needles. My dear friend and knitting enthusiast Blair mentioned in January that she didn’t enjoy these as much because she had some snap during a project. I had not encountered this before, and I was quite surprised to learn that this was even a possibility. And of course, just like a papercut never hurts until you look at it, I had a bamboo 2.75 mm dpn snap on me last month when making a pair of socks for my fella. Thankfully it was a set of 5 and I was only using 4 at a time so I had an extra.

The lesson learned out of this was to use steel dpns for the heavier weight yarn I was working with and to save the bamboo dpns for knitting socks using super fine / 1 weight yarns.

This week’s project is a medium sized mason jar cozy for Thing 1. She loves using these for her tea or smoothies, and a cozy is nice to have. I’m using Patons Canadiana in Green Tea so we’ll see how that works out.

My super enthusiastic learners want to keep on keeping on so we’re going to try to meet every second Tuesday at the library. Hope we get lots of former students and their friends!

Well I’m gonna get back to knitting a jar cozy and listening to Disc 1 of the third Beatles Anthology (which incidentally has a reggae type version of one of my favourite songs Ob-La-Di). Happy knitting, friends!

 

 

Onwards and Upwards

This week marks the last of my teaching engagement with City Centre Community School. I got some great feedback from my learners on the curriculum (newly designed this year), and I will be implementing a lot of this for next January’s session. I am so fortunate to have had such a wonderful group of dedicated, enthusiastic learners. I am so proud of their hard work, and I hope they continue on their own knitting journeys.

This past Saturday was a huge event for the crafting community – the G’ma Circle’s annual fabric and yarn sale. I always enjoy attending this event – donating $10 for a great cause and getting great knitting supplies and yarn – this is a win/win situation! I got some chunky bright pink yarn as well as some spare needles to share with learners for next year’s classes. It was a well attended event, and it seemed to be enjoyed by all!

Nothing new or exciting for projects for me. I’ve been battling a cold the last little while so I haven’t been knitting much. Trying to find a fun pattern for medium sized Mason jar cozies for Thing 1, and trying to motivate myself to pick up the pug pattern again.

A huge thank you to the wonderful knitter who made the socks that I purchased at Lisa’s Cafe in Windsor, NS last weekend. My husband and my dad are now the proud owners of this talented lady’s handiwork.

That’s all folks! Let’s chat again soon.

Happy crafting,

Krista