Saturday, October 30, 2010

October Oval

The "October Oval" is complete!

Pattern: My own craftiwork inspired by the September Circle cowl.
Yarn: Zauberball Crazy (#1564 I think)
Needles: 4.5 mm
Notes/Mods: As I found this yarn at a yard sale and it was only a 90g ball, I wanted to make the most of my yardage. As a result, I didn't work any garter rows or other such anti-curling stitchery at either end. It curls like a Canadian at the Olympics, but it doesn't bother me too much.

Somebody left this fuzzy guy at a loading dock
around the corner. Ah, Kensington market.

Still looks sharp with a pumpkin too.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baby Got Back

It's just about hat season, and this girl is ready:

Please excuse blurry photos!

A long awaited glorious finished knit!

Pattern: Brioche stitch hat from Patons Anti freeze
Yarn: Farmhouse yarns Andy's Merino (one skein)
Colour: Seabreeze
Needles: 5.5 mm
Notes/mods: My yarn is much finer that the yarn the pattern calls for, so I crunched some numbers and changed the gauge. The assembly is tricky. Tricky enough that you ask yourself "Am I doing this right?" the entire time. Trust the diagram.

Despite my successful assembly, the first time I took this hat out for a test run I found it constantly sliding down the back of my head. Blame the back-heavy style or my silky smooth hair (hah!) but it wasn't working for me. I ended up tightening the fit by sewing down some of the business in the back.

Yes, this hat has got some serious junk in the trunk. Me likey!

Has my nose always been a perfect triangle? What am I, a cartoon?

Yes I am.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ode to Sally

There is no arguing Mad Men has had a huge influence in fashion since it hit the airwaves. Where a decade ago we were deciding to be Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda or Carrie, now we're choosing between Betty, Peggy or Joan. I could never entirely decide which SATC character I identified with (I think I'm a Carrie/Miranda hybrid to be honest) so it's no wonder I'm looking beyond the leading ladies of Mad Men.

Don't cry, ballerina!

I think I'm a Sally. Okay, maybe I don't possess the personality of a little girl dealing with her parent's divorce, but damn! That little girl's got style!

Lil' plaid jumper? Don't mind if I do!

Mod print in bright fushia? Yes please!

I would totally wear that.

Gaawd! Don't you just wanna give her a hug?

Seriously, if my wardrobe looks anything like that of a Mad Men character, it's Sally's. Does that mean I dress like a prepubescent girl from the 60's?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thanksgiving Yarnucopia

Last weekend my bro and I packed up a rent-a-wreck and went back home for Thanksgiving for the first time in years. The Ottawa valley must have know we were comin' cuz she sure tarted herself up for the occasion.

Our ride was so full of ridiculously showy folliage we had to keep screaming "IT'S SO *$%#@ BEAUTIFUL!!!" It got to the point of ridiculousness when we saw the pumpkins for sale by the side of the road. Really? Really country side? A picturesque little farm selling pumpkins via the honour system from a little red wagon? You really are that quaint? Really? Are we on a movie set?

Naturally, we had to stop the car so I could snap pictures of knitting.

So just what is that bit of knitting kickin' it by the adorable olde tymey graveyard? Why it's a Crazy Zauberball of course! I've admired these colourful little balls of sock yarn from the first time I saw one, but being a self professed "not-a-sock" knitter I didn't see much point in picking one up. Then I found one... at a yard sale! (That was one helluva yard sale, but that's another story)

I looked up my groovy german friend on Ravelry to see what not-a-sock patterns people were making with these Zauberballs and fell pretty hard for this cowl:

Photo shamelessly stolen from MissVirginia on Ravelry.

It's the September Circle by Melissa LaBarre. I'm not really following the pattern so much as, well, let's be honest I'm ripping it off. I figured I didn't really need a pattern for such a thing. Let's call mine the "October oval".

I finally have more time for personal knitting and I'm itching to start a million projects. Hey, and with the universe handing me chance sock yarn and charming scenery to photograph I should be doing a lot more blogging too. Now that's something to be thankful for!