FO: Tiller

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Pattern: Tiller by Julie Hoover
Yarn: Rowan Silky Tweed in Mardigras colourway

1 year after casting on this scarf I finally finished it. This is the third FO in my quest of finishing poor old and neglected WIPs (first were some vanilla socks and then the Rye mitts) and it feels good to have this done. Mainly because near the end I was bored out of my mind doing the same pattern repeat over and over every day. I guess this is also not so surprising if you know that this scarf ate 6,5 skeins (some 800+ meters). Cables for days, quite literally.

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This isn’t a colour I usually find myself knitting with, but I’m happy with it. This way I can pretty much combine it with anything and it goes with all of my coats, so good chances this will get worn all winter round (or at least as soon as it gets cold, it was 21 degrees celsius today, insane for November!). The yarn is a mix of wool and silk and feels just perfect for a comfy scarf like this. Even though it was tempting to make it a lot shorter, I’m happy with this length. I can quite literally mummify myself in cables and we all have these occasional moments in which the urge for cable mummification become overwhelming. Tiller2

Now even though I was hoping to finish up one more WIP in a row, the urge for new cast ons has just become too overwhelming. So I do plan to still finish my Northmann mittens before the end of the year, but for now they’ll be neglected just a tad bit longer. Everyday I spend more and more time wandering around my stash, squishing yarns, looking at patterns. There’s only so much strength one knitter can muster.

 

FO: Rye Mitts

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October is tempting for any knitter, so many new pattern releases, an abundance of inspiration and it’s nearly impossible to not catch a serious case of Startitis. I could feel it coming, my fingers were tingling with the urge to cast on. But the thought made me sad as well, because there were some really old WIPs awaiting my attention as well. So I decided that for at least one month, I wouldn’t cast on anything new, and finish my attention on finishing up old stuff. So now I find myself WIP-busting my way through October. Finishing the vanilla self striping socks that were over a year in the making already felt really good, and this is my second finish this month.

Pattern: Rye Mitts by Hanne Katajamäki
Yarn: Malabrigo sock in African Violet

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If this shade of purple seems familiar, it’s because this was knit up with leftover yarn from my Blossom cap I knit earlier this year. These mitts were cast on at the end of May and it’s such a quick little knit it’s a mystery why I waited so long to finish mitt number 2. Interestingly though, these couple of months made quite a big difference in my tension, making one mitt a little bigger than the other. No worries though, they fit just fine so I’m not sweating it.

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I knew I still had these super cute buttons stowed away especially for these mitts, it just took me an hour sifting through my house to find them. Note to self: find some sort of button organising system that is better than randomly throwing them somewhere.

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Bonus number 1 is that these are perfectly in time to keep my hands warm in the office that is getting colder by the day. Bonus number 2, they are cat approved.

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After finishing these I started focusing all my energy on the Tiller scarf I started in November last year, hoping to finish it before the WIP hits that 1-year mark. I need all the strength I can get to stick to my fantastic WIP-busting resolution, so keep me in your thoughts dear knitters!

FO: Pebble Beach #2 and Vanilla Socks

PebbleBeachNr2 I finished not one, but two (!!!) projects during my holiday and I finally got them washed and blocked. First up is my second Pebble Beach shawl. I made the shawlette version for myself a little while back, and when my aunt saw that one she loved it. So I decided to make one for her too as a gift.

Pattern: Pebble Beach Shawl
Yarn: Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in Blue Lagoon

I went for the medium size, as my aunt said she’d like a nice big version and I think the size worked out really nice. Here’s a pic of the shawlette version stacked on it for scale.

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Pretty nice size no? And with this yarn it’ll certainly drape around the shoulders nicely. Once again I’m really pleased with Fyberspates. I tried to find a nice, intense blue colour and this one certainly ticks all the boxes.

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It did get a little boring at some point, at least knitting the repetitive part up to the border. So there’ll be no Pebble Beach #3 anytime soon, nevertheless I can really recommend the pattern.

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As for the socks, these were over a year in the making. I cast them on as a project to knit on the train, but I guess I rarely ride the train though, hence the long in the making period (I’m full of brilliant plans). Surprisingly, this is my first vanilla pair of socks in my collection. After I learned to knit socks I got bored with vanilla socks after 1 sock, and I immediately moved on to more interesting patterns. But there’s nothing wrong with some simple self striping socks every once in a while. The yarn is Froehlich Wolle Maxi Ringel that I bought in Switzerland last year. Pretty happy they’re finished though, especially because I want to make October a month of finishing up some old WIPs.

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The Canadian Adventure part 2

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This gathering of lazy female sea lions (surely the correct term for this should be sea lionesses, but shockingly it isn’t) welcome you into the second part of my Canadadian adventure post. Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying back to the Netherlands again, and as expected I’ve taken another gazzilion pictures which first need sorting, but this one kind of stood out for me so I wanted to share. First of all because a lazy sea lioness might be my spirit animal, I felt a strong bond observing them and their undisturbable sleep. Secondly, because this observation was made from a boat during a whale watching excursion. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? Well apparently my lack of knowledge about anything boat came to bite me in the ass, because when I booked this trip on the ‘small zodiac boat’ I had no clue what I was getting into (honestly, I thought the name of the boat was zodiac). If you ever find yourself in a boat trip booking sort of situation, a zodiac might look like a cute rubber boat, but is actually a floating death trap, literally launching itself across a wild and ice cold pacific ocean at a million miles an hour. I probably should’ve known when we had to hoist ourselves into a lifeSUIT, rather than just a lifevest. In any case fun was had, a whale was observed and tears were shed (mostly because of the high speed on rough sea situation).

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In much warmer and much less wet news, I had a fantastic day in Victoria yesterday and managed to pop into my last yarn store of the journey. If you ever find yourself in Victoria, really do stop by at Beehive wool shop, it is a fantastic store. I stuck to my rules of buying only yarns that are hard to get by at home, and green sock yarn was out of the question. Luckily no rules were made about green anything else yarn so 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn are coming home with me. I’m already dreaming about making either 2 cabled hats or a nice cabled cowl.

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My second purchase was a skein of true Canadian yarn, Super Sweet sock in the Spanish Coin colourway by Sweet Fiber. The gold is so stunning, I’m really really pleased with this one. Very certain I’ll make a pair of socks with these and it’ll be a great addition to the sock drawer.

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So where does that leave me at the end of these 3 weeks.. Well, I finished two projects, the Pebble Beach shawl and a pair of vanilla self striping socks, both will get a bath and a block once I’m back home. And before you get all impressed by my swift sock knitting, these were cast on over a year ago! I visited 3 yarn stores (Maiwa in Vancouver, Art of Yarn in Kelowna and Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria) and purchased 5 skeins (Ancient Arts, Sweet Georgia Tough Sock Love, Sweet Fiber Super Sweet Sock and Brooklyn Tweed Shelter). Not bad, eh? (I apologise to all my Canadian readers for that bad joke.. Actually I apologise to all my readers for that joke.)

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The Canadian Adventure part 1

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Phew, halfway the Canadian adventure and I thought it was time for a little update. First I figured I’d make a little picture post, then I realised I took 15GB worth of pictures in that short amount of time, so I’ll probably have to sort through the best shots once I get home. But at least here’s a pic of lake Maligne taken yesterday evening at sunset. Canada has proven to be a truly magical place so far.

So we’ve been driving, starting off in Vancouver, going to the Okanagan valley, Revelstoke, Banff national park, Jasper national park and starting tomorrow we’ll be slowly making our way back to Vancouver island, where we’ll spend the last week. Days have been filled with driving, hiking and wildlife spotting, so I haven’t gotten that much knitting done. I started on my second Pebble Beach shawl with the beautiful blue Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply yarn I bought in the nick of time before leaving. This is going to be a gift for my aunt and it’ll be one size bigger than the shawlette version I made previously.

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Holiday reading right now is The Bees by Laline Paull, a book described as “The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games”, but with bees. So far a very enjoyable read I must say, certainly interesting reading a book from a bee POV!

Now if you think I haven’t visited any Canadian yarn stores yet you are certainly mistaken! In my defence I set up some very clear rules to follow. Rule #1 is that I cannot buy any yarn that I could easily get my hands on back in Europe and rule #2; if I’m going to buy sock yarn (like I ever buy sock yarn!) it should be in a colour that is not yet properly represented in my hand knit sock drawer. The latter rule is mainly to prevent me ending up with only green socks, oh I have such a weak spot for green sock yarn! Also can I just point out that with the current standing of the Canadian dollar I’d be insane not to purchase some yarns.

AncientYarns First stop was when I happened to stumble into Maiwa Handprints on Granville Island, Vancouver. Really a sweet little shop, also featuring undyed yarns and lots of natural dyes, which I considered but seemed a bit adventurous to me. So I ended up purchasing a new to me brand called Ancient Arts Yarns, which is a hand dyed Canadian yarn brand (score!) in a beautiful bordeaux red colour not yet present in my sock drawer (score!).

Now I know this was an excellent purchase because shortly after taking the yarn pics this bird hopped onto the bench right next to me ready to steal my yarnie goodness. Canadian pigeons sure look funny though (just kidding, I obviously know this is a great.. western.. canadian.. arctic.. blackish birdhawksparrow. Ok no clue what kind of bird this is).

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Next yarn-stop was Art of Yarn in Kelowna (thanks for the recommendation Rebecca!). This shop was a huge temptation to all my rules because there was Madelinetosh EVERYWHERE. Sooo much yarn goodness it was hard to be strict with myself. But Madelinetosh can be bought at home, and I managed to walk out only buying one amazing skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Sock Love (colourway Rogue). Isn’t it a beauty?

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And that’s already it for now! I still have my eye on one particular yarn shop I hope to stop by in Victoria, other than that I’ve shown great self restraint. Ok maybe I’ll share just one more holiday pic then!

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