Travels Through Space, Time, and Along the I90

How far have you travelled to see a concert? A few weeks back, my best friend and I, who love seeing live shows, travelled from the east end of the GTA to Cleveland, Ohio to see the ’90s band Crash Test Dummies. It may not be the ’90s anymore, but CTD are still playing and put on a great show! When the show was announced, it was being opened by another Canadian band, an alt-indy group from the East Coast called Port Cities, but due to some shifts in the band, they had to cancel (another East Coast musician opened and was amazing). Despite half of our reason for the travels not being there, we still had our four days in Cleveland and had a blast.

BFF did the driving, and as I sat in the passenger seat, helping the Maps app with navigating, I kept my hands busy with knitting.  My 4th Doctor Sock Yarn had been sitting in my stash since this year’s frolic, and I wanted something simple to work on while road tripping.

After over 10 hours in the car and extra time at home afterwards, my lovely cowl was finished just last week.

Can you tell I really love these bandanna cowls?

The pattern I used was kind of ‘by the seat of my pants.’  One of my favourite ‘back to basics’ knitting books is Knitting Rules by the Yarn Harlot, because she has a number of ‘recipes’ contained within, the basic steps needed to create a thing.  I followed her Triangular Shawl Recipe #2: Increasing Triangular Shawl until the cowl was 20″ across the top, joined in the round, and continued the increase at the centre spine but ceased the side/now back increases. It was a wonderful plain stockinette project until the bottom rounds, where I switched to the contrasting skein (intended as heel/toe contrasts) and used the brown to work 10 rows of garter.

Before we left Cleveland, BFF and I did some shopping, and naturally, I asked to stop at a yarn shop.  We ended up at Around the Table Yarns, a fairly new shop in Shaker Heights.  My budget was basically blown by this point, so I was good and only bought a skein of worsted for my travel afghan, but I couldn’t resist this branded stitch marker.

How simply MARVELous!

In anticipation of last year’s Avengers Infinity War being released, I took to my needles and made my Captain America Shawl:

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The pattern for this lovely piece is A Little Old Fashioned by Lalíe Roque.

I’ve been waiting (not so) patiently for the release of Endgame, but before that happened, I fell in love with a new Marvel hero: Captain Marvel. She kicks ass.  She is what the MCU has been waiting for. There have been strong female representation (I’m looking at you, Black Widow), but by FAR, we’ve seen men taking the lead while women are (typically) in need of rescue. Not with Captain Marvel. During the big fight scene at the end, I couldn’t help but get more excited about Endgame, because I’m just waiting to see this strong woman face against Thanos, and I don’t think he’s gonna stand a chance.  

I saw Endgame last night with my usual MCU movie watching gang, and once again, I wanted to wear something knitted. As amazing is Cap is, there’s a new Captain in town. So I took to my needles.

I made this:

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I didn’t use a pattern to create this shawl; I used four.

I was HEAVILY inspired and influenced by Taking Flight by Katherine Belisle. Her shawl is a masterpiece. It’s made with worsted yarn, complete with lovely lace panels and pattern repeats. Simply stunning.  Unfortunately, I was under a time deadline with fingering weight readily available. So, I improvised.

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My shawl follows the semi-circular recipe from 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It was a very simple, easy to remember garter pattern, and I followed the colour structure outlined in Taking Flight. Towards the end of the shawl, I wanted the bottom border to be different, so I pondered for a few days trying to figure out how to finish it off. Many years ago, I made the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz, featuring a very simple but effective ‘elongated’ garter stitch, providing me the perfect way to finish off this shawl.  Finally, I was struggling for the 8 point star before I found the Star Afghan by Bernat Design Studio, which provided the stitch structure needed to create said star.  It all came together into my wonderfully marvelous shawl for Captain Marvel.

I am utterly thrilled with this shawl. Thrilled. What’s wonderful about it also is that it is more subtle than the Captain shield, so this piece could be more versatile than the shield, meaning I could incorporate this into my every day wardrobe, and only those in the know would really appreciate how nerdy it is.

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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.