Friday, November 22, 2013

New Yarn For Me!!

I am quite proud of myself for having most of my Christmas shopping finished and it isn't even December yet!  Along the way I have picked up a few things for me too and one of them was a skein of sock yarn.

While tweeting with BevKnits, she posted a picture of the sock she was knitting and I loved the yarn. When I asked about the yarn she said she had ordered it from a dyer here in Ontario through her Etsy shop DyeNamic Yarn.  So in a span of about 5 mins or less I had looked her up on Twitter, clicked on her Etsy link, scrolled through the skeins in her shop, added one to my shopping cart, clicked on paypal and presto I was the proud owner of this skein of sock yarn. Aren't the colours great?

I think I am going to knit it into a pair of mitts for me.  Thanks DyeNamic Yarn!!

Edited:  DyeNamic Yarns has added a discount coupon for her Esty shop for all my blog readers until Dec 8.  The code is in the comments.  Thanks!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Another Fun Paton's Pattern!!

Here it is.....the Crazy For Color hat! Isn't it great?!

Yarn - Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash using pumpkin, mallard teal, apple green, aran and eggplant
Needles - 4mm and 4.5mm 
Way back in January when I decided I was going to knit my way through all the patterns in The Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting pattern book my initial excitement was because of the patterns themselves; but once I sat down and really read through the pattern book I discovered how wonderfully it was laid out.  Not only do the patterns start out very simple and progress in difficulty as you follow the book you learn how to knit fair isle on circular needles, straight needles and double pointed needles.  All my previous fair isle knitting had always been done in the round on a circular needle so this was an exciting chance to expand my knitting horizons and try something different. 
You can see my first attempt at knitting fair isle on straight needles here.

One of the "rules" that I set for myself when knitting these projects was to knit using the method the pattern called for. In this case it was in the round with double pointed needles.  As you can see in the picture below I cast on and started the pattern using the called for dpn's but that was about as far as I got.
Not long after this picture was taken I realized that this was also the first hat I had ever knit completely on dpn's and you know what.......I really was not having any fun knitting with the dpn's and I have no idea why.  I love knitting socks on dpn's and I know that some hat Knitters (yes, Rose I am thinking of you!) only do hats on dpn's. But, for me, hat knitting and dpn's just didn't click.  So, after thinking about it for a while I decided that I had given dpn's a try, had followed the instructions and had gotten the hang of how to carry the yarns where the old and new needles meet and that I wanted to enjoy knitting the rest of the hat.  So I switched to a 16" circular needle and I was immediately a happy Knitter!  My advice to you is to be open to trying a new technique but in the end choose what you enjoy the most. 
Once I was happily knitting along on my circular needle the hat was finished in no time.  The chart was easy to follow,  most rows were easily memorized and the colours changed often enough that you didn't have to worry about carrying the non working yarn across your work. This really was a quick fun knit (once I got my needles sorted out!)  and then it was time to deal with the unavoidable tail ends that result from multi colour knitting. 

 It looks like a lot of ends to deal with and it is but it really doesn't take that long to weave them all in
and the finished hat is well worth the time and effort.

If you have been reading this blog for anytime at all I am sure that it didn't take you long to figure out that I am the biggest Patons Classic Wool fan :)  This hat was knit in the DK superwash version of Classic Wool and it was wonderful to knit with.  If you haven't tried it yet and have been thinking about it the Patons website is offering free shipping on orders over $40 right is very tempting!!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You know you are a Knitter when....

On the weekend I attended a fundraiser for Autism Ontario and won this raffle prize from Thirty One.

A tablet cover and a flat iron holder.  Since I don't own either a tablet or flat iron I had to find other uses for them.

The tablet cover holds my sock pattern book perfectly and the flat iron case holds 14" straight needles :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

It's A Sock Knitting Month!

Thursday nights at the East Lions Artisans Center we are knitting socks for the month of November.  Heather and I are having a friendly sock knitting competition :)
She is knitting her socks two at a time and is knitting them toe up.

After a rip out and a restart to get the stripes to match she was on her way.

I, on the other hand am knitting my socks one at a time and working them cuff down.

The one thing that we do agree on is the sock yarn.  We are both knitting with Patons Kroy sock yarn.  If you are looking for sock yarn, check out the Patons website, their yarn is on sale right now!!

So, Thursday night we will be able to see who has gotten the most knitting time in this week.  No pressure Heather but I have turned the heel ;)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Meet Marilyn :)

Our Monday night knitting group has certainly changed over the six years since it began with me teaching knitting classes at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting shop in Aylmer.  When Carrie closed her shop we moved the knitting to my house and our Monday nights continued on.  Last year, I ended up moving and again knitting was relocated.  This time to Terrace Lodge in Aylmer and it has proven to have been a great move.  Not only do we have a much larger room with excellent lighting we get to share our knitting time with the ladies who live at Terrace Lodge.

Meet Marilyn, she is the only Knitter I know of so far this year to have all of her Christmas knitting finished! Last Monday night we did a little photo shoot with Marilyn and most of the dishcloths she has knit.  Not only has she finished knitting in record time, some have already been sent off so they can be included in loved one's Christmas gifts.  In total, Marilyn has knit 50 dishcloths in less than a year. That is more that one a week! 

I remember months ago Marilyn saying that she had a bag with 50 balls of dishcloth cotton and was going to work away at knitting them up for her family.  Well, here they are all finished!!

She has already cast on for her next project - a scarf.  I don't think there will be another dishcloth on her needles for a while!

Please feel free to leave your comments for Marilyn and I will pass them on to her Monday night.