Project finished: owl sweater for Miss K

Today I finished my holiday knitting project. I used to bring socks on vacation, they being portable and always in demand. Lately, though, I’ve found sweaters to be more satisfying. I can knock one off in a few weeks easily, around other things, and somehow they seem momentous enough for a summer project. This was…

A traveller

Yesterday, a box appeared in our mail. It was from Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). It was very lightweight. It said, “Open Me!” When a package squeaks, I find it best to oblige. So we slit the seems on the top, laid it on the grass and watched. A small, red and gold dragon emerged slowly….

Joy comes in all sizes

In our house, new socks signify joy, especially new socks made from hand-dyed and hand-spun wool. When you make clothing for your child, you become acutely aware of how they grow. Socks are a particularly good barometer for growth because foot size changes so gradually (by comparison with height, for instance). You can knit along…

Dude will never get cold feet

Strangely enough, I had a rather good day. You wouldn’t think it, what with injury and (to add insult) a head-cold, but it was a quiet, pleasant sort of day in which I did nothing but sleep, relax, read, knit and watch episodes of Foyle’s War (again). I finished off John’s socks (hand-dyed and hand-spun…

Socks with a friend

I knit up a pair of socks over the weekend, using wool that I dyed and spun in a previous post. They’re a straight-forward pattern that I have knit before to fit my own feet perfectly. I needed a new pair of Birkenstock socks since I insist on wearing sandals after March 21st and it…

On mumbling and monkeys: a challenge

There are friends that you happen upon in this marvellous Journey of Life whose initial impact belies their long-term significance. Friends who slip in through an open door, stay for tea, drift out again and then return from time to time, for another visit, to chat or simply to check in with a “hi, how…

Olympic mittens

Two years ago, Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and I designed a mitten pattern. I designed it because the Olympic mittens that were all the rage (red, with white rings on the back) and made by The Bay were almost impossible to get and silly-expensive. So I made up this pattern: And people liked it….

Warm woolies

Yesterday I finished turning this: Into these:   The mittens are loosely based on the basic mitten pattern in Operation Homespun, with modifications to fit a smaller woman’s hand (but a hand not small enough to be a child’s hand – it’s a fine balance). I’m not thrilled with the pattern. I think I’ll have…

Snow day

Today was a snow day here in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We got about 25cm (that’s a little shy of a foot, for those among you who are of the Imperial Forces) in the span of around 12 hours, with high winds and treacherous driving conditions. Sane people stayed home, baked bread, made chili and did…

Give the girl a hand….

Have you ever had days where you though, “Oh, if only I had an extra hand?” I have them all the time. I just never expected that anyone would call my bluff, give me an extra hand and thereby completely negate one of my fall-back lines for not accomplishing as much on a given day…

Chugging along

Life is proceeding pretty much apace here.  Thanks to some help from Mom & Dad over the Thanksgiving Weekend, the shed now has rafters and some sheathing: I finished off a hat and sweater set for my sister’s baby: And Rowan and I got out for a wee hike yesterday, during which we found an…

Vancouver-ho! and Flutterby Progress

I did a lot of getting all the titchy, tiny, little pieces ready yesterday and so actually only assembled one butterfly. But the rest are now ready to go and it should be a fairly streamlined process. I also finished up a wee sweater (in this pattern). While I love the result, I have to…