Grand-wha?

Yup, I’m a Grandma! Here is the little nipper:photo (7)

I don’t usually put anything in this blog more personal than my dog (who by the way is getting neutered as we speak, poor little guy) but I thought I’d make an exception in this case. It was a bit hard going for my daughter but everyone is fine and this little guy is starting to get the hang of being in this world. When I finish his pacman sweater, I will post it, he will be a retro-cool baby!

Now back to our usual broadcast – latest knitted project:

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Trace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. I used KnitPicks Palette instead of the called for Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I would love to try Loft but the $$ difference was too great. You just can’t beat the price of Palette. I really like the simplicity and modernity of this pattern. It is also a great first project for stranded knitting. It is easy to follow the pattern so you can concentrate on your knitting and floats. I did add an I-cord edge to the neckline. It looks neater and reduced the width a wee bit.

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Of course I started another project… This is Ursula Cardigan from Colours of Shetland. I am using stash yarn so mine will be mostly cinnamon and brown, I might throw in another colour over one pattern repeat to mix things up. I might also change the sleeves, either knit them in the brown contrast colour or knit them like the body, patterned. I haven’t decided yet. I don’t think I will have enough of the cinnamon to make it as in the original pattern.

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It is a very enjoyable knit, the pattern is easy to remember and you really feel like are progressing as you get through the rows. It will be a really neat looking retro cardi. Like grandma, like grandson?

In the dead of winter, a middle-aged woman’s fancy turns to thoughts of …. the spring knitting retreat!

It is snowing, it will be -20 something all week, but I’m just thinking about the first weekend in May, our little spring knitting retreat. We’ve already booked The Barn, and now is the time to start thinking about our classes. I’ll give you a hint:

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Yes! The basics of stranded knitting. I’m in love, in love with stranded knitting, and like anyone in love, you just have to share that warm fuzzy glow of knitterly love. So in our class, once you figure out how best to hold the yarns in your hand/hands (I knit double handed), we will focus on colour dominance with some exercises, and tension/floats. I am going to try to complete all my stranded projects so I will have lots of examples and I’ll knit up little samples too.

Kathryn will do her dyeing workshop and talk about colour theory, especially as it pertains to stranded knitting, what to think of when deciding on foreground and background colours.

Then on Sunday, I’ll give a class on yarn substitution. Things to consider when substituting yarn in a given pattern and you want the yarn to be similar to the original, and ideas for making substitutions that are completely different from the original (I knit a jacket at the original gauge with fingering mohair when the original called for worsted/aran weight wool). I’ll bring plenty of examples.

As it is a new year, I counted the number of projects I knit last year:

11 cardigans ; 3 pullovers ; 5 scarves/shawls ; 8 baby things ; 2 short sleeved tops ; 3 hats. Keep in mind it wasn’t all for me. Mostly, but not all. Especially the baby stuff.

Well, back to my knitting, so I will be prepared for May. I leave you with pictures of Frankie discovering the joys of eating ice:

mmm, what’s that?

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well maybe just a taste…

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Oh, yeah! fantastic! but could use a soupcon of cat poop…

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