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…

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….

What I didn’t know about chickens…

We visited a friend’s homestead over the weekend, during our adventures in Conception Bay North. Knitting guru Laurie LeGrow has a lovely little house in the woods where she keeps chickens, gardens, a formidable home winery, three dogs, a cat named Spider, and a fellow named Sam. Sam, in turn, keeps lovebirds, of which I…