It's a long weekend here in Toronto and while half of the city's population has packed up and headed north to ready their cottages for summer, I'm reveling in the peace and quiet. As much as the rain is putting a damper on things, at least it will force me to stay indoors and get some work done instead of doing this:
After such a long and snow-heavy winter, every time the sun comes out all I want to do is sit on my patio with a cocktail and do a little knitting. This little number is the Ms.Marigold vest from Zephr style. The yarn is a thrift score from last summer I originally intended to over-dye but I may just keep it as is. Neutral works best for layering, n'est pas?
After last week's washcloth turned out too nice for washing dishes, I came up with a new dish-cloth agenda. I will try out new patterns and techniques with the cotton yarn I have in my stash and use the resulting swatches as dish cloths. Win-win!
This is the Pin Box slip stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (pg.68). I've been trying work on my colour knitting skills and this taught me a whole new technique: colour slip-stitch knitting. I was under the impression all colour-work was either of the stranded/fair isle variety or intarsia. Turns out these techniques have a lesser known sibling; kind of like the Stephen Baldwin of knitting. Um, except with a more appealing body of work.
Once I got the hang of it this slip-stitch thing was pretty easy and fun. Unfortunately, the nature of the technique results in a less than smooth fabric, but I suspect the cotton I knit with exaggerated the problem.
Despite it's imperfections, it sure beats a dollar-store sponge for washing dishes!
And while we're on a pink-kick, allow me to introduce you to my snazzy new water receptacle:
This little peach is one of the many schmancy designs from Sigg (purchased at Curbside Cycle here in Toronto). I can't say I've totally bought into the whole panic about bisphenol A, however I did need to replace my 3-year old, sorry-looking Nalgene bottle. These puppies are such hot sellers I had to settle for my third choice of design. Third choice, yes, but I still love it! If you're gonna avoid "hormone disruptors", this sure is a cute way to do it:
Enjoy your May two-four!