Saturday, 3 September 2016

FO: October Leaves

A second cowl finished just before the Busy Season (aka: school) begins.
The pattern is Twin Leaf Loop by Alana Dakos from the book Botanical Knits.  It's a fabulous pattern, with an easy pattern repeat and bulky alpaca yarn.  It's soft, squishy, and easy to wear.  My shiny decorative mannequin models it nicely!

 Next up:  a poncho/topper for a friend's birthday that must be done by the end of September.  I'm hoping that the hectic pace and stress of school/work won't hijack my plans to have it done.  Last spring I was drowning in the deep end, trying to keep it all afloat (work, home, kids, other commitments).  This fall I am determined to start with plans to take on less, spend less, simplify, and look after the things that matter most and let the rest go.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

finally finished what I started

My Mai Tai cowl is complete.  I knit most of it while watching the Olympics, and can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it (the only good thing about the end of summer:  wearing all my knitted things!).

I'm almost done my Twin Leaf Loop - a quick project from Botanical Knits.  Love this pattern and project and yarn.

I'm moving along slowly on my other WIPs, and am casting on a project for a friend's birthday.  Feels good to be productive again.

Friday, 5 August 2016

not a standstill, still a snail's pace

It's August.  How did that happen?  June and July blurred by in some ways, while at the same time seeming to stall.  I respond to stress by working hard when and where I must, but becoming almost distracted, unfocused and unable to finish things outside of those arenas.  Knitting became the casualty of this, and I feel like I'm just coming out of that foggy state now.

Projects have been started... but not finished.  Underway and still not done:  long vest, short "Anna" vest, summer tee with one half almost done (first photo below), poncho with colourwork (just started, colours selected in second photo below), and a recently cast-on Mai Tai cowl that I took on a plane to Mexico (final photo).

The cowl is another BabyCocktails (Thea Colman) pattern - can't go wrong with her patterns as they are all well written.  Hoping to finish this one, then go back and finish all of the unfinished things.  August looks to be less stressful, a little pocket of breathing room before the work begins the week before Labour Day (Back To School).  

Plan to finish this while I watch the Olympics.  I love the Olympics...  always reminds me of how hopeful we can be.   We will watch as much as possible, with a focus on soccer/football.  The Canadian women's team is a force to be reckoned with!  

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The finish line?

I ran a marathon once.  The finish line was at the parliament buildings in Toronto, and to finish runners had to run about 3 km up a slight steady incline.  Not a huge hill, but it certainly felt rather long and steep after running the first 40 km of the race.  More frustrating was the fact that the finish line was around the corner behind Queen's Park (the parliament building) so it couldn't be seen until runners were less than a km away.  Onlookers were shouting "almost there!", and runners who had finished were walking back along the route with warming blankets and food in hands.

But I couldn't see the finish.  Even though I knew it was there, and people were cheering me on, it might as well have been another 40 km away in my mind because it wasn't in sight.  I felt like I'd never get there.

I feel that way now.  About work - school finishes on the last day of June which feels close enough but still so far away.  It can't be seen on my calendar yet as I open it to May.  Other things seem on their way to a finish but the end is not yet close enough to be tangible.  My knitting projects are on their way and more than half done in most cases, but not close enough that I could sit and finish any one of them in a long sitting.

I feel like I did those many years ago, running at near exhaustion with an end that's "almost there" but not in my line of sight...  And so I plod along at a steady pace and hope that the end is indeed just around the corner.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

FO - Blue Devil Beanie

I finished my Blue Devil Hat - pattern by Thea Coleman of Babycocktails.  I made it more fitted like a beanie than the slouch that the pattern called for.  I like fitted hats, and was ready to shape and cast off after one full repeat of the chart.   Love the yarn - Madeline Tosh DK - and the hat is perfect for the cold mornings of spring (or fall, but who's thinking that far ahead!).

Saturday, 16 April 2016

On the Needles this spring

I'm finishing up some projects, starting some new ones.  I don't like knitting spring/summer things, as the season is so short here.  That said, I have a few things planned for when these are done:

A Blue Devil hat - pattern by Thea Coleman (Babycocktails) and yarn is Madeline Tosh DK.  Love the colour and the yarn is so smooth!

A Spiral Spun Waistcoat - my version of the Anna Vest, since I can't afford the book the pattern is in.  This one is a free pattern posted through the Victoria Albert Museum.  I'm knitting along with Karen at Fringe Association.

Still working on my Long Vest - it's been on the back burner as I finish other projects.  May plan to finish by fall...

A Lowlands hat by TinCanKnits to keep the 'gift box' filled.

I have two spring projects queued up - more on those soon!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Last FO of the winter!

Today is the first day of Spring.  This winter has been long, although not too arduous.  No ice storms, only a handful of really snowy days, but still a lot of gray skies.  I do love the warmth of winter garments - thick wool sweaters, cozy scarves and wraps.  I finished my Paloma yesterday after going to Soper Creek Yarn to get buttons.  The buttons are old-fashioned, remind me of 'dad' or 'grandpa' sweaters, and I love the way they look on this thick, textured cardigan.  The pockets are lovely too, with a bit of extra detail on them.  They're deep so they might actually be useful!
ETA - modeled photos:

A few more WIPs to finish and then I can cast on a new project.  I have many queued, with the yarn to go with many of them but I'm resisting the temptation to start something new until the lingering things are done:  "Finish what you start" is my current mantra.