Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

I’m not quite finished my Christmas knitting for this year yet. I’m still finishing up the foot of the 2nd sock of the fair isle socks I’m making for my Mom. I had one sock finished by Christmas so I blocked it and then wrapped it up. The sock pattern is Lavender Basket by Ilga Leja and I’m knitting it up using 1 ball Zauberball (orange/red/purple) and 1 skein of Riverside Studio SW Merino Nylon Sock in Green. I also knit up a cozy sweater for my Mom. The pattern I used Top Down Swing Coat #603is the by Deb Gemmell using 2.5 skeins of Cascade Yarns Eco+ in 2445 Shire (a pretty green). We saw a knitted sample at my LYS which my Mom really liked so I offered to knit it for her for Christmas if she picked out a colour. The pattern has an interesting construction and is nearly seamless. In fact, I’m thinking of knitting one for myself. I also knit a shawl for my best friend and a shrug for each of her two daughters. For my best friend, I knit the Drift shawl by Tincan Knits using 2 skeins of Mineville Wool Project #3103 (DK weight) in a pretty teal colour that I bought at Gaspereau Valley Fibres on one of our yearly trips to Wolfville. I wanted to knit her a cozy shawl to use as a scarf. For each of her girls, I knit a Lady Cornwall shrug using a skein of my Merino/Silk DK in Ocean Mist and Robin’s Egg. I ran slightly short on the larger shrug so I used some of the leftover yarn from the smaller shrug on the armhole edges. I have created individual projects in Ravelry for these items and you can find more information and notes there. My Ravelry name is...

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Cormier Grille Shawl Kit

This shawl kit contains the Cormier Grille Shawl pattern by Natalie Servant, 2 skeins of Yvieknits Yarn Sock in the Pewter colourway, and 1 silver shawl pin from Fancy That – Creations by Francine. The Cormier Grille shawl is a reversible lace triangular shawl inspired by a metal grille that architect Ernest Cormier used in the hall of honour in the Pavilion Roger-Gaudry at the Université de Montréal. There is enough yardage in these 2 skeins of Sock yarn to knit the large version of this shawl. Sock is a 3-ply fingering weight yarn that contains 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. Each skein is approximately 100 g and 420 m (460 yards). The Pewter colourway is a mix of different shades of a silvery-grey. The filigreed circle shawl pin is made of Tibetan silver and is 2″ in diameter with an attached silver-plated stick pin. Natalie knit her large fingering weight sample of this shawl using 2 skeins of this sock yarn in the Pewter colourway. $28.00 Cdn  ...

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Create your own shawl kit

Create your own shawl kit

This option allows you to create your custom shawl kit by allowing you to select the shawl pattern, the yarn and colourway, and a coordinating shawl pin. Your shawl kit will be packaged in one of these boxes and it counts as one item for shipping. Step 1: Choose your shawl pattern from Natalie Servant Designs. You can find a list of Natalie’s patterns here. Step 2: Choose your yarn and colourway that you would like from the yarn currently available on this website. Contact me if you would like some suggestions on which of my yarns that I would recommend for your selected shawl pattern. Step 3: Choose a shawl pin from Fancy That – Creations by Francine to go with your selected colourway. Step 4: Send your pattern, yarn + colourway, and shawl pin selections for your shawl kit to me through my contact me page. I will email you back with a quote for your custom shawl kit along with a picture of your shawl kit assembled. If you are happy with the quote and picture and you would like to buy your custom kit, I will put up a reserved shawl kit listing for you and email you with a link to the...

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Recent Finished Objects (FOs)

Recent Finished Objects (FOs)

A couple of weeks ago, I finished knitting and mailed off the birthday presents for my friend, Barb and her eldest daughter. I made the Mountain Path Socks for Barb using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering yarn in the Marmalade colourway. I knit the first sock back in June when I was test knitting the pattern and then I put them aside while I moved on to more urgent projects. My friend, Barb, loves hand-knit socks so when I was deciding what to knit her for birthday, I decided to finished this pair of socks. The reasons I decided on these socks was 1) one sock was already knit and 2)it occurred to me that she was the perfect person to test out how this yarn wears for socks. I knit another Margaret Dashwood Shawl for her oldest daughter as she decided that she would like the same thing that I knit for her younger sister for her birthday earlier this year. This shawl was knit with a little more than 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. I ended up knitting the last half of this shawl twice as I had added some extra repeats and then I ran out of the yarn so I had to rip it back to take the extra repeats. I am now working on my Christmas knitting projects. The biggest project I have planned is to knit a Lavender Fields Shawl for my friend, Barb’s Mom, who I have know since I was 14. She loved my Mom’s Lavender Fields Shawl so I thought that I would knit her one for Christmas this year. I cast it on last week and I am currently almost finished the 3rd repeat of Chart B. I am using one skein of my BFL/Silk Select Lace in the Stormy colourway which is the same yarn that my Mom used to knit her shawl. The work-in-progress (WIP) picture was taken just after I was finished the first repeat of Chart...

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Lavender Fields Shawl Kit

This shawl kit contains the Lavender Fields shawl pattern by Natalie Servant, 1 skein of Yvieknits Yarn BFL/Silk Select Lace in the Persian Violet colourway, and 1 silver shawl pin from Fancy That – Creations by Francine. The Lavender Fields shawl is a wavy-edged triangular shawl inspired by lavender fields and flowers. There is enough yardage in this skein of BFL/Silk Select Lace yarn to knit the large version of this shawl. BFL/Silk Select Lace is a 2-ply slightly thicker laceweight yarn that contains 80% superwash BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester wool) and 20% silk. Each skein is approximately 100 g and 800 m (874 yards). The Persian Violets colourway is a mix of different shades of purples ranging from a grape purple to a lighter pinky-purple. The filigreed circle shawl pin is made of Tibetan silver and is 2″ in diameter with an attached silver-plated stick pin. There is one example of Lavender Fields shawl on my gallery page near the top knit using the same yarn.   $56.00 Cdn  ...

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Natalie’s 4th Annual Tour de France KAL

My friend Natalie’s 4th annual Tour de France KAL (Knit Along) started today. It is run out of her ravelry group Natalie Servant Designs. This year’s shawl pattern is the Père Lachaise Shawl and she talks about her inspiration for this pattern in this blog post. Natalie posted pictures of the different versions she knit of this shawl in this blog post. Natalie knit the small fingering weight version using one skein of my Cash Sock yarn in the Blackberry colourway and it is the shown in the second and third pictures of the blog post. A picture of the shawl knit using my Cash Sock yarn is also displayed as the header for the TDF KAL signup thread in Natalie’s raverly group. There are prizes for this KAL and they are detailed in this blog post of Natalie’s. It’s not too late to join the KAL. I’m not taking part in the KAL this year due to other commitments but I do plan to knit this shawl sometime this year. I think that it will make a perfect Christmas perfect for my friend’s Mom as she loved my Mom’s Lavender Fields...

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Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

The challenge this year at the Ottawa Knitting Guild was for shawls. There were five categories: shawlette from a pattern, shawl from a pattern, shawlette adapted from a pattern, shawl adapted from a pattern and design your own shawl. I entered a shawlette and a shawl into the challenge and I was surprised and pleased to win second prize in the shawlette from a pattern category (red shawlette pictured below). For the shawl I made Madli’s Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush using 1 skein of my Angel Select Lace in the Moss colourway. The only change I made from the pattern was to knit 33 repeats instead of 31 repeats of the center pattern. I only recently took pictures of this wrap in a friend’s garden while she modeled it for me and I promised to keep her out of the pictures as much as possible. For the shawlette I made the Chandelier Shawl from Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering in the Red Roses colourway. I knit the pattern with no changes. There were 40 entries into the shawl challenge and there is a photo album on the Ottawa Knitting Guild’s facebook page of each shawlette/shawl with the pattern and yarn used listed. I recommend looking at the photo album as there were a lot of beautifuls shawls entered into this...

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My New WIP (work-in-progress)

My New WIP (work-in-progress)

After recently finishing knitting a large wrap in laceweight in a pattern that included lots of nupps, I was in the mood to knit some simple garter stitch lace. I remembered seeing a shawl that would fit the bill in one of my Jane Austen Knits magazines. I found the Margaret Dashwood Shawl in the Summer 2012 issue and I decided it was exactly what I was looking for. I went looking in my stash and I found some skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn (Col No. S84) that I thought that would work well with this pattern. So far I am really happy with this project. I think that it will be a birthday present for my best friend’s youngest daughter. I love the Jane Austen Knits magazines because they have lots of interesting articles and projects. My favorite issue so far is the Summer 2012 issue and this is my third project from this issue. I knit the Modified Modcap using 1 skein of Madelinetosh tosh vintage in Jade and I wore it all winter. I also knit the Jane Bennett socks using my Merino Fingering yarn in Blue Haze as a Christmas present. I have my eye on a couple of other patterns in this...

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