On Accidentally Deleting a Post, and other news…

Sighhh… It’s a beautiful afternoon. In fact, the weather in southern Ontario has been very summery for the last three or four days. My back deck has become a new solace and escape for me, so much so that I thought I would take my iPad outside and write a post for this week while sitting under the shade of my patio umbrella. Take advantage of this weather while we have it, right?

My iPad is old. It serves me well with many and most purposes, and I don’t need the newest and shiniest, but being older (I mean, running on iOS 9-point-something older), the wordpress app sometimes is laggy. Laggy in that last week’s post looked like it was still in draft format . Long story short, I deleted what I thought was a draft; like, perma deleted. What I wrote last week seems to be gone. Ugh.

The gist of last week’s post was that I finished my Mount Pleasant (by Megan Nodecker) crop top. there you are. Last week’s post in a nutshell.

Within that post, I might have lamented having to alternate skeins, which took time in making what should have been a quicker knit; and speaking of quick knits, I shared a picture of my latest sweater, V-Neck Magpie.

Well, didn’t this project just fly off the needles! It was finicky and fussy in places, but all in all, a super quick project.

I’ve been less enthusiastic about knitting my usual socks and shawls (gasp, I know), and I came to a realization while texting a friend about it: I have a lot of socks and shawls. I have socks in all colours, and shawls of all shapes, sizes, and constructions. My knitting wardrobe feels fairly complete at the moment with those accessories, and yet I’m looking at a stash of largely single skeins of sock yarn. Mount Pleasant and the Magpie series used a small(ish) amount of sock yarn and adds a garment to my wardrobe that’s different and (seemingly) filling a need.

If I was to make Magpie again (which I’m tempted to do), I already know I would try a few techniques a little differently. It may work, or it may have been written the way it was for a reason (trust the designer, Lisa…).

And now that my latest sweater is off the needles, I’m stuck with the never-ending dilemma of what to cast on next. I may have splurged supported a LYS by buying enough yarn to make a Hogwarts cardigan from Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book, but the LAST thing I want to do is knit on a hot back deck with heavy worsted weight wool.

It might be back to the shawls, until the fall at least…

When yarn is better used…

I don’t love frogging. I’m a product knitter, so for me, the end goal is the finished object, the thing. Ripping back something you made, something you put months of work into, just feels so very wrong.

However, sometimes you need to look at one of those finished objects and wonder if it could have a better life.

I did just that with my Pendant Purls shawl.  Don’t get me wrong, the pattern was lovely and made a beautiful shawl, but I think I’m coming to the realization that I don’t love crescent shaped shawls. I rarely wear them; sometimes they’re too short to wrap around my neck, and I hardly ever wear them draped over my shoulders. This shawl has never really been worn and sits in my closet untouched, and so thinking that the yarn could be better used in another project, with Avengers Endgame playing in the background, I snipped.


And then I ripped.


I ripped, cried a little, and ripped some more.


And now I have about 100g of beautiful yarn that is ready to be used for something that I’ll actually wear.

But frogging still hurts my heart.

Sock Stories – May 2020

Let’s be honest, my sock round up had been pretty sad in March & April, but this month, I actually have stories to tell because I’ve actually been knitting socks!

First, I got a simple vanilla pair finished!


The yarn is Timber Yarns in Platform 9 3/4 – if you notice, the stripes are all the colours of the Hogwarts Houses. I bought this vibrant yarn last year at the Prince Edward County Fibre Festival

*excuse me for a minute while I reflect back on an amazing Saturday with friends and grieving the fact that there have been no in-person fibre festivals*

Okay, I’m back. Yes, socks. Bright, fun, self-striping socks.

I’ve also (finally) made some headway on a pair using the pattern Cozy Autumn Socks by This Handmade Life. No idea why getting going on this was a slog, but, I think I’m coming to a realization. I love lace and cables, I really do, but getting used to a pattern and what is expected takes time to get used to, so I drag my feet when making these patterns.  The Half Blood Prince Socks felt the same way.

Finally, I started a pair of socks this weekend for my sister. I got through about 25 rounds of an eyelet pattern before realizing how much I disliked how it was shaping up. A quick visit to the frog pond, a new pattern, and two webinars later, and the socks are just over 20 rounds finished, so basically back to where I was. This pattern is Let It Shine Socks by Sarah Youde, and it’s living up to the name. The yarn really does shine with this pattern, and the lace panel adds the right amount of interest.

Happy sock knitting!

Knitspiration has returned

Over the last week, I’be been keeping busy by alternating between knitting, cross stitch, and reading when the weather is nice enough to enjoy my back yard. 

One of the projects I’ve been working on is a Mount Pleasant crop top. I LOVE this pattern and the simple lace detail it features along the bottom, but I’ve chosen to make it with two skeins of hand dyed yarn. The yarn is a local dyer called Lake Knit Yarns. Because my yarn is hand dyed, it means alternating the skeins, and knitting this project has become a bit of a slog. Nevertheless, I’ve already separated the front from the back, and it’s now a lot of stockinette until it’s finished.

I’ve also started a pair of socks for my sister – I’m glad she liked this yarn, another skein from Lake Knit, the colour way aptly named After the Storm. 

While this pandemic is helping me with my 2020 goal to knit down my stash, I took advantage of a promotion one of my LYSs is offering called ‘Quarenskein.’ You pick a price ($45, $65, or $95), and the shop picks out a package of yarn and notions for you. It was a lot of fun picking it up and being very happily surprised with two skies of Sweetgeorgia, two stitch markers, and a project bag from the shop. I THINK they yarn will be destined for a Waiting for Rain shawl, but I very well might change my mind by the time I’m ready to cast on.

As for cross stitch, my Fourth Doctor Scarf is coming along nicely, as is a small project I’ve started for my mum – more attention has been devoted to that pattern so to have it finished in tie for Mother’s Day. If I meet my goal, I’ll share a picture next week.

Stay well!

When your escape starts to feel like a chore

It happened last week. I was knitting, and it felt more like a chore than an escape. With little else to do other than read, watch tv, clean and knit, the knitting felt more methodical than enjoyable. It was a strange thing, when ‘your thing’ feels cumbersome.

So what did I do? I dug through my basement and found my cross stitch.  I first started cross stitching in high school and have picked up this craft every now and again. There are some things I’ve made that I’m quite pleased about, like the Supernatural piece I made for my sister, or the in depth dog piece I made for my mum, but cross stitching involves more attention than the muscle memory actions of knitting, and knitting feels faster in many regards, so impatience  usually wins out and knitting is my go to.

I bought two Doctor Who related patterns from etsy: one will be a silly gift for my mum, and one is inspired by the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. I started that patern this weekend and LOVE how it’s progressing so far! It seemed like a good gateway between knitting and cross stitch!  More importantly, it’s giving me another creative outlet, other than knitting (which I do not want to get bored of) or cooking (because, really, I did NOT need to make four dozen chocolate chip cookie which I will inevitably eat all by myself…)

Stay well!