Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Next BIG Thing

A few days ago winter tried to make a return in this neck of the woods (or perhaps I should say, this shore of the lake). All in all, it's been a remarkably mild winter and I see that Environment Canada is predicting a high of 8C this weekend. Spring-like. Nonetheless, I have a hankering for a knitted coat. A big knitted coat. Something voluminous, something to wear indoors on chilly days, or outdoors in spring or fall. I want a big shape, with big collar, big wool, and (probably) big buttons. I took a quick tour of Ravelry, looking for elements I liked in coats. There's the Pickles Fall Coat.

I love the neutral colour and the drape at the back of this. I don't love the fact that it doesn't have any buttons, although I notice that a bunch of Ravelers have added I-cord trim and buttonholes to it.

Then there's Regina Moessmer's Polar Coat, shown here as knitted by dreamsbythesea.

What do I love about this? The length and the pockets. Quite apart from their usefulness, pockets allow a coat to be worn with a certain casual slouchiness.

Final example: Drops Designs' Silver Haze.

This is actually more a jacket than a coat, but I really like the collar. It's reminiscent of my own Petrova. A big coat needs a big collar.

So, where does all of this take me? Here.

I've knitted about a third of the coat so far. It's blocking in the winter sunshine. If I like what emerges, expect to see the finished product fairly soon. Big needles + big wool = quick project.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


At long last here's "Fusion", the cardigan. Hope you have as much fun knitting this as I've had. And remember, if you don't fancy the colourways illustrated here, there are sooo many Chickadee colours that the options are almost limitless.

 The Ravelry link is here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Love Affair Continues...

My fling with purple continues. The day before I went for my hysterectomy, I cast on for a pair of socks in some Opal I had hanging around in my stash. I did a few rounds of ribbing, then packed the work up with my things to go to the hospital, thinking I'd probably need some knitting to fight the inevitable boredom that would follow the surgery. (I also packed a pair of favourite striped socks to wear before, during, and after surgery, and it turned out that having warm feet really can make a difference in how you feel.) After the surgery, I alternated between reading a mystery novel and knitting until just before noon the next day, when I was permitted to return home. Once home, I continued to work on the socks. I felt pretty much back to normal, but knew I wasn't quite there until my interest in knitting plain vanilla socks (while watching David Attenborough documentaries on Netflix) waned a couple of days later. Yes, sock knitting turned out to be a good measure of my physical and mental state. At least now I have a new pair of socks.

Tops, toes, and heels are all beautifully matching. Hot tip: when knitting with self-striping wool, don't count rounds when working the second one; simply follow the stripes. That is, if you care about the socks matching. I do.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sweet Anticipation

Discovered that BT yarns are now available at Rosehaven Yarns in nearby Picton, ON. These wools are difficult to come by in Canada, and with the exchange rate, not inexpensive. But--so exciting to see an entire wall of Shelter and Loft.

Both are lightly spun. I used Shelter for the first time when I knitted the Buttonbox Waistcoat for the Fall, 2013 issue of Knitty. The only negative: I'm concerned that the lack of twist could have a negative effect on the life of a garment with sleeves. It seems that the elbows on our sweaters are always the first bits to go. My solution is to use sturdier wools for anything with sleeves, and save my BT wools for vests, hats, etc.

"Hayloft", "Soot", and "Snowbound".
Anticipation is so sweet!
P.S. I was hoping to pick up some "Old World", but another knitter got to it before me.