Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Impromptu Rollercoaster Triangle Scarf KAL

Last Wednesday at the Knitting Goddesses Guild meeting, one of our members was wearing a wonderful scarf knit out of a Noro wool called the Rollercoaster Triangle.  Quite a few of us loved the pattern so she was kind enough to email the pattern (free on Ravelry) to us. 
Fast forward 5 days to last night at our Monday night knitting group when much to our surprise, 5 of us pulled out the same project - the Rollercoaster Triangle scarf! (and I know 2 more knitters who have their wool ready to cast on!)
It looks like we have an unplanned KAL in progress, lol!  If you are interested in knitting along with us,  you can find the pattern here Rollercoaster Triangle, and I have reposted it on Wildflower Wool's facebook page as well.
5 scarves in progress
I found it easier to write out the 12 row repeat showing the increases and decreases,  It isn't anything fancy but this is what I am carrying around in  my knitting bag to keep track of my rows.
It's a fun pattern to knit.  If you have a ball of sock yarn in your stash just waiting to be knit into a fun scarf, cast on and join us!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Swap Yarn Has Arrived!

Yarn swaps are always a lot of fun, who doesn't like going to the mail box and finding a package with yarn waiting for you?!

Evelyn, over at Project Stash hosted this yarn swap where we were to picked a skein of yarn for our partner and hide a little surpise inside the ball while we were winding it so that they will find it as they knit.  Isn't that a great idea?

My swap partner was Deb from the UK and she sent me the most perfect yarn. A skein of Noro Kureyon sock yarn in my favourite colours and these wonderful other suprises.

As an extra treat she send along a knitting magazine from the UK.  What a wonderful surprise!  I have already picked out some projects to knit but first I am going to knit a scarf from the Noro sock yarn.

It is already on the needles :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Frozen Waves

What did you do on this beautiful, sunny, cold winter weekend?  I decided to go to the beach.

Just the water close to the beach was frozen, past the ice you could see and hear the moving water.

It was quiet, calming and relaxing and also super cold. 

I love the water but also have a healthy respect for it so I didn't walk out to the frozen waves, I just took pictures from the beach.

But I did "just happen" to have two new cowls with me to take pictures of.  This is an easy lace pattern using 3 strands of worsted weight wool that isn't blocked.  I used Patons Classic Wool for these cowls.  It is a great stash busting project that can be knit easily in an evening. 

I really like how the colours of this first cowl match the sand bank, ice and water.  The colours are what really make this a fun pattern to knit.  Mix and match your leftovers for fun colour combinations!

The Frozen Waves Cowl is going to be a free pattern that will be available in the next couple of days; just as soon as I get it wrote up!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Guest Blogger for Patons Yarn

I received the best surprise on Valentine's Day when I checked my Twitter feed and saw this!

I was the guest blogger on Paton's blog!  I knew it was in the works but didn't know when it would be happening.  This was a much better Valentine present than chocolate or flowers :)
You can check it out here at Paton's blog, this is the beginning of a series of guest blog posts that I will be doing over the rest of the year. I can't tell you how excited I am to have been asked to do this.  For all of you Knitters who know me, you know my obsession with Patons Classic Wool and Kroy yarns so blogging for Patons is absolutely amazing!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Casting On

The wool for my next sweater project has been ordered from Patons (woohoo!!) and I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.  While I am waiting, I've cast on a super, super fast knit for my daughter's birthday. 

This is the second one I have knit and I know that it will only take 3 hours so this will be finished tonight while watching tv.

Here is a sneak peek.  Size 12mm needles and three strands of Classic Wool held together.

Thanks for all the comments on my doily delema from yesterday's post.  It looks like everyone is leaning towards repairing.  Guess I had better dust off my crochet hooks.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Repair or Redo?

While sorting through some more of my Grandma's things we found more doilies. This one was always on a table in her living room. My Great Grandma crocheted this and I love the butterflies around the edge.

I brought it home with me but as you can see, it has seen better days. I'm not sure how old it is but it has been on that table for as long as I can remember.  What does everyone think; try to repair it, try to recrochet it or just use it and enjoy it the way it is?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Day = A Knitting Day!

Today was a snow day.  I had fun staying home and knitting until I needed to give my hands a rest then we ventured out for a walk in all the new snow.  Even with the snow coming down fairly hard and the wind being super cold we stayed warm all bundled up in various hand knit hats, scarves, mitts and socks. 

 Everything always looks so beautiful covered in snow.
Re-energized from our walk I sewed in the ends of pullover I was knitting for our Monday night knitting groups KAL and voila, a finished sweater!
Wool - 4 balls, Patons Classic Wool, Wheat Heather
Needle - 5mm circular
Mods - decided to make the body and the sleeves fitted.  Added some waist shaping and then knit the body straight.  Added decreased to the sleeves.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Super Bowl/Knitting Sunday

Nothing is better than spending Sunday knitting and watching football and when it is the Super Bowl it makes it even more exciting.

Friends came over and we had our own Super Bowl party with lots of laughs and yummy food.  I cast off the body of my pullover kal sweater while watching the game and have started knitting the sleeves.

Hope you all had a great weekend; whether you watched the game or not :)