pattern: Heartwarmer by Dani Sunshine
yarn: Spectrum from Madeline Tosh
There’s nothing wrong with summer knitting, especially when getting an earlier start on winter items. Here’s my daughter’s new cowl/scarf. It’s part of her new, mature look for Grade 1. The Heartwarmer Cowl is a cool “big girl” item that’s still fun.
Although I’ve been knitting for years (since ’09 or ’10) I had, until recently, yet to knit one traditional knitter’s project: a shawl. I made this one for my wife’s grandmother, and my lovely wife models it in the photos here. It seemed to knit up quickly considering the size; all the yarn-overs definitely helped.
It’s the Lark Rise Shawl by Sierra Morningstar. This one is made with Tosh Vintage in Flycatcher Blue. I’m not used to blocking large items like this, but I followed the pattern’s recommendations and proceeded carefully (as shown below). I think it turned out nicely.
You may notice I’ve shared other finished objects within the last week. I’ve been making up for many Fridays without posts. But now here’s a proper ‘Finished Object Friday’ post!
For these baby booties I slightly adapted pattern #1 from the Cascade 220 book, 60 Quick Baby Knits. That’s “Flower Stitch Booties” by Angela Juergens.
The yarn is the “Brocade” colour in Julie Asselin‘s “Nurtured” line. It’s 100% wool: Rambouillet, Targhee, and Merino. They’re a Canadian company, located in Coaticook, Quebec. So they’re local-ish for me here in Dundas, Ontario — Okay not local, but they are closer most of my other favourites. Full disclosure: I’m now a fan.
Here’s another knit toy. This blue bird was a present for my niece’s first birthday last fall. The pattern is Spring Robin (with different suggested colours, of course) by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.
Henry kid-tested this time to make sure it was good enough for his cousin. He approved 🙂
This hat was made for a coworker’s baby. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry. Here’s the link. It’s somewhat similar to another pattern that I’ve used before — This one in pink, green, and pink again — but less-fitted at the top, a bit stretchier there. This one was knit in Tosh Vintage, like many of my recent projects. It’s the same grey used for the octopus and also a new Turn A Square hat for myself.
These are a few small toys I knit last summer for two of my nieces and a nephew. The last photo shows my daughter kid-testing them in advance 🙂
Here are the pattern links:
These three projects helped use up some of my yarn odds and ends. Although I can say the octopus is two colours of Madeline Tosh Vintage. You may notice I tried something different from the pattern for the doll’s hair — more of a rag-doll look I thought. I also used ‘safety eyes’ purchased from the good people at 6060eyes.com, which I believe was recommended in the octopus pattern.
After a long gap in posting, I’m now catching up on sharing the things I’ve knit since my last post in early 2016. It’s been a busy year with a some big changes for me and my family. Basically, my wife and I have learned to simplify, to slow things down and to refocus on what matters: our family and our health. That has meant making changes to our fast-paced work lives, which with our previous schedules and two young kids now seem unsustainable looking back.
While I was not posting in the last ~16 months, I was still knitting! Finished object posts will be up soon, several over the next few days. As usual, I’ll share photos with a brief description of the project, including links to patterns and materials wherever possible.
You may notice I’ve also updated the site with a new name and a simplified look. Thanks as always for visiting!