• Knitting

    January Socks

    Longjohn Socks

    I’ve been so caught up in knitting all the shawls (and starting a long-term crochet project) that I only managed to knit two pairs of socks this month. First up is a pair of Longjohn Socks — I love the texture of the pattern and the four-row repeat is super engaging so I was finished the pair almost before I knew it. The colourway is Lava, January’s HerStory skein from Knitted Wit, and while it’s inspired by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and the lava fields of Iceland, Leah has renamed it Mint Chip and is hoping to get a matching pair of socks for herself. Pattern: Longjohn Socks by Anne HansonYarn: Lava on Sock from Knitted WitView Project Details on Ravelry I also cranked out this pair of striped socks that makes my heart sing whenever I wear them — there’s nothing like bright stripes to lift your spirits during grey, overcast days. This skein had been…

  • Knitting

    Puget Sound Shawl: A Study in Meditative Lace

    Puget Sound Shawl

    My love for relatively mindless projects knows no bounds these days, as evidenced by the number of simple shawls, hats, blankets, and socks currently in progress. (Also in evidence: my ability to focus on a single project is practically nil as I bounce from shawl to socks and back again.) Still working with Single Fingering from Knitted Wit, this time I opted to double up the yarn and knit this amazing shawl designed by Shannon Squire: Puget Sound. I’d checked out this pattern ages ago but didn’t give it much thought because I didn’t want to bother with weighing my yarn to determine when to start decreasing (which would form a symmetrical triangle shape). I did love the lace pattern, though, so I checked with Shannon about just continuing the increases to create an asymmetrical triangle — and she was super enthusiastic about my knitting plans. (So enthusiastic, in fact,…

  • Knitting

    Grotine: Somewhere Between a Scarf and a Shawl

    Grotine Shawl

    I’m a sucker for mindless knitting projects. Don’t get me wrong: I love patterns that are complex and use all of my brain cells, but right now I’m drawn towards things that I can knit while multitasking. Enter Grotine, a one-skein shawl (well, really more like a scarf, I think) that makes the most of a single skein of variegated yarn. Linen stitch is one of my favourite stitch patterns, and the ever-increasing stitch count limits the possibility of unfortunate colour pooling. Lorajean (of Knitted Wit) sent me a few skeins of Single Fingering earlier this month to turn into fabulous projects that would really highlight the yarn base (and the colourways that will be available this spring). I was immediately enamoured with the green and teal in Metallic Sweat Bee and since Grotine had been on my must-knit list for eons, I was keeping my fingers crossed that would…

  • Crocheting,  Cross Stitching,  Knitting,  Quilting

    Making Nine in 2021

    Mug of Coffee, Blanket Squares, Knitting in Progress

    Happy New Year! If this past year has taught me anything it’s that any plans that are made need to be super flexible and that I shouldn’t get too attached to things going a particular way. So my crafting plans for this year are being devised in a similar spirit, as I sit here with a much-loved mug filled with coffee and a pile of blanket squares. I love the annual Make Nine Challenge, even if I never manage to make everything on my list. The inspiration is what matters most. Some years I come closer to completing my challenge than others, but even when I take serious detours, I’m generally able to look back on a year of making with a huge sense of accomplishment. This year’s list feels pretty good (and mostly achievable). So here is my #makenine for 2021 (all knitting and crocheting projects are Ravelry links):…