Saturday, December 20, 2014

Persephone Handpaints Cowl

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I’ve been wanting to work with this yarn (King Cole Bamboozle) for a while, since getting it into the shop. I saw a cowl on Ravelry that used a similar yarn by another company and it was perfect for this cowl. The pattern is Persephone Handpaints Cowl by Michael del Vecchio. The pattern calls for 6 mm needles, which this yarn also calls for, so it was perfect. I used only 65g of the skein.

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The pattern says when “you come upon a wool section of yarn, then double wrap all st as follows: Insert ndl in to next st, wrap yarn around ndl twice, pull loops out of st and sl st off LH ndl 3 times, knit to next wool section.”

With my yarn, the Bamboozle by King Cole my wool (roving) sections are a tad longer than the Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints that is used in the original pattern, so I did about 4-5 stitches with the double wraps on my cowl. Effect is really cool.

Another idea for a quick Christmas gift!

You can see this cowl on display at the shop.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Melanie’s Bow Hat

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I got an email in the fall, from a mom of a girl in my son Mackenzie’s grade 1 class. It was a picture of her daughter’s hello kitty pink jacket. I emailed her back asking her if she sent it to me by mistake. Her reply was “I emailed it to you because Mackenzie told Melanie that you would knit her a hat to match her jacket”.

Oh, that funny 6 year old of mine!

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So, what’s a mom to do?

So, as promised, I knit her the hat.

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I knit up the Ribbons and Bows Beanie by Lillebarn by April Lowe. Here is my ravelry project. I used Berroco Vintage in a pink shade that is now discontinued (51106) along with white (5100) on 4.5mm needles. Hat weighs 56g total.

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Melanie absolutely LOVES her hat & wanted to go to sleep that night she got it, in it…

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red Rasta Cowl

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We got in some yummy Punta Fuego yarn (which is a very bulky hand painted yarn – it’s delicious!) As a store sample I knitted up the Red Rasta Cowl on 10mm needles. This was a super quick one evening project. This makes a great last minute Christmas gift. The yarn & pattern are a fave in my books! You can see this cowl on display at the shop.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My First Regia Socks

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For a future store window display (details to come in 2015) I knitted up these adorable baby socks in My First Regia yarn. The pattern is Pieces of Eight Baby Socks by Susan Lawrence. This pair of socks used up 13g of yarn and I used 2.75mm knitting needles. Thankfully my tubes are tied… these socks make me want another baby!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Xmas Window 2014

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A few weeks ago I got up the Xmas window display at work. The shop owners are having a contest (deadline to vote was yesterday, we’ll see who wins soon). From all the other windows in the mall, I honestly feel that our window is nice, but we’ll see what the other shop owners decide to vote for.

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In my window I have some knit stockings by the fireplace. The pattern is free on the internet. I used Uptown Worsted held double to knit these adorable stockings on a 7mm needle. They’re knit flat and are super easy & super quick. Each sock weighs 51g. You can see the other 2 stockings here & here.

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Also in the window are some crochet candy canes. The cane weighs 16g and I used leftover Uptown Worsted from the stockings with a 5mm crochet hook. The pattern is from here. This was a fast project as well. 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Quentin’s 1st time skating

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This evening we took the kids skating. It was Quentin’s first time ever on the ice. At first he hated it. He told me “I hate skating, I want to go home”.

But then he gave it a try. And was doing pretty good.

And by the end of the evening, I have no idea where that kid who started off the evening by hating skating went, and he was skating without the bar! I was beyond impressed. Hockey in 2015, here we come!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Four!

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Over the weekend, Quentin turned 4. FOUR! I cannot believe it. I feel like it was yesterday that I brought home my tiny little preemie. He’s turned into quite the little character. We love you so much Quentin, Happy 4th Birthday buddy!