A Finishing Kind of Mood

What a productive week, at least for knitting.  I can’t really comment about the rest of the week because my time was largely spent knitting.  Because of this, I now have two new shawls to add to my ever growing collection.  Earlier in the week, I finished my Bigger on the Inside shawl, pattern by Kate Atherley.  I posted months ago about dyeing the yarn for this shawl, my first foray into home-dyeing.  After working on this shawl for months, I’m rather happy to see it off the needles.


The other project I happily finished had only been on the needles for two weeks.  It was a very fast knit.  The pattern is called Tipsoo Cowl from Creative Knitting magazine.  I checked libraries in my city and surrounding towns, but no branch had this issue; my desire to make this pattern was strong enough that I caved and bought the digital edition of this magazine.  Totally worth it because I love this finished cowl.


The cowl was part of yet another challenge I joined (apparently I can’t help myself).  The Toronto Knitter’s Frolic is hosting a challenge, encouraging people to use yarns in your stash from previous frolics, and if you do so, you may have a chance to win prizes. I bought this beautiful yarn from Indigodragonfly from last year’s frolic.

AND, on top of all this, I’ve been dyeing again.  I’m a huge fan of the MCU and am very excited for when Infinity Wars hits the theatres. I’m so excited, that I’ve started knitting a Captain America shawl, because, why not at this point. I had enough blue yarn left from the Tardis shawl, and I thought it would be nice to have the shawl made entirely from yarn I’ve dyed.  Red was dyed on Saturday, and I had today, Monday, off, so the grey/silver was dyed this afternoon.  It was a tricky colour to get right, but all afternoon, I’ve been peaking at my slow cooker, getting increasingly happy with what I saw.


So, what have I been up to this week, you ask? Yarn.  All the yarn.

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FO Friday – Caffeinate!

Earlier this month, I finished my coffee press cozy, and simply put, I love it.

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Pattern: Caffeinate! Press Style Coffee Maker Cozy

Yarn: Cascade 220

Inspiration: Dalek

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Caffeinate and Insulate

Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m a coffee-a-holic.

I love coffee, and my love may have crept into the domain of slight addiction.  Rarely a day goes by without me enjoying at least one (okay, four) cups of coffee. A few weeks back, feeling extraordinarily stressed about an upcoming museum event, I didn’t have my morning coffee and told my coworkers this.  My lack of coffee was indicative to them of just how stressed I was.  Basically, coffee=stuff of life.

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I’m pretty sure Lorelai Gilmore is my Spirit Animal.

I love nothing better on a weekend morning than making a large pot of coffee in my coffee press and spending my morning leisurely drinking coffee and watching procedural cop shows. With the weather turning cool (oh, how I love fall), I noticed that I just couldn’t drink my coffee fast enough before it became cold.  Ever the problem solver, I turned to Ravelry.

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Caffeinate, Coffee Press Cozy – Photo ©Heathcote Road

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know I’m a Whovian. I love Doctor Who and all things iconic of it.  I’ve knit the Fourth Doctor Scarf, made wristwarmers based on the scarf, and I happily keep my e-reader in a TARDIS knit cozy.  A Dalek inspired coffee press cozy is a natural marrying of two of my loves, three if you count the fact that I am knitting it.

Here is my progress so far, after working on it on and off for an afternoon:


These bobbles may be the death of me, but my goodness, the wool will help keep my coffee warm, and the fact that it’s a Dalek makes me all sorts of happy. The Daleks, in case you’ve never encountered one before, naturally strike fear into those who hear their robotic voices shriek ‘EXTERMINATE,’ the enemy of the Doctor and a cold, careless creature who believe that the Daleks are superior over everything else. The metal exterior is protection for the Dalek who lives inside it, a tentacle covered merciless alien.

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I’m using Cascade 220 that was left over from making my Dad’s sweater. Nice and warm indeed.

Happy knitting!

 

(Almost) Instant Projects, and How Wonderful They Truly Are

A short post this week, as I don’t have much new to report. But isn’t it wonderful and completely satisfying by how fast some projects come together? Sunday night, needing a change from the socks and sockhead hat I’m working on, I grabbed yarn from my stash, cast on and in a few short hours finished a fingerless glove.

Is there anything better than the fast yet fabulous projects?

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The pattern is one I improvised, based on the Fourth Doctor’s scarf.

I Think I Found My Mojo!

Last week, when I posted, I was tapped for inspiration and barely knitting.  I’m not sure which invisible switch was flipped, but my needles have been hard at work this week!

I finished my first accent pillow, and the Whovian in me is simply delighted!  Knit with the colours of the Fourth Doctor’s iconic scarf, I finished seaming the pillow and adding the zipper on Monday.  I like making these knit pillow cases with zippers, so that if they need washing, it doesn’t become a huge production.  I can unzip, wash, then rezip.  Easy peasy.

Every house needs a touch of Doctor Who, doesn't it?
Every house needs a touch of Doctor Who, doesn’t it?

After completing this pillow, I grabbed a yarn that had been in my stash for a few years and started making a cowl.  I lost the ball band, but a friend helped me identify this yarn as Sirdar Donegal Tweed.  I’ve loved it since I first bought it.  It reminds me of crushed Smarties (for any Americans reading this, the Canadian Smarties are like M&Ms, candy coated chocolates), and really, who doesn’t want to wear something that reminds you of chocolate!

With the Sirdar, I cast on and completed a second ‘Cousin Cowl‘, a project I initially reversed engineered for my cousin, hence the name.  I was inspired by the Leaf Lace Bandana Cowl on Ravelry, and took the general structure of the cowl and made it my own with a completely different lacework pattern.  I liked the one I made for my cousin so much, that I made another.  A quick knit, I finished it in four days.

The colour difference with natural light and direct sunlight is amazing! The bottom picture shows the colour flecks of the tweed!
The colour difference with natural light and direct sunlight is amazing! The bottom picture shows the colour flecks of the tweed!

And finally, I needed to keep my hands busy on Saturday, so I made excellent progress on my Hermione Everyday Socks, finishing Sock #1 on Sunday, and casting on the second later that afternoon.

Hermione Sock #1 Loving the self patterning yarn, and the texture of the knit fabric is just lovely!
Hermione Sock #1
Loving the self patterning yarn, and the texture of the knit fabric is just lovely!

Seriously, what happened to the girl who was seeking inspiration?!

Many thanks to those who commented last week!  I now have new patterns in my ‘Favourites’ on Ravelry, and I was shown different features of this beloved site to check out when I need inspiration.  This blogging community rocks!