• Knitting

    Back to School Socks

    A mere three weeks into the new school year, I’m already sick. Sigh. You’d think that since we homeschool, we would cut down on a lot of the circulating germs, but between Cubs and Scouts and church and friends, I still seem to end up getting hit hard every September. Pretty much the only upside to feeling like I’m going to hack up a lung is that between coughing spasms, I’m relegated to the sofa where I sip tea and knit, resulting in a finished pair of socks! According to my loosely kept records, this is the sixth pair of Longjohn Socks I’ve knit — it’s one of my favourite patterns…

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    The First Hats of the Season

    “Hey, guys! You know what would be super fun to do this afternoon since it feels like 37º with the humidity? Take photos of you in your new hats!” Well, maybe not so much, but Adam and Leah were really good sports about it all — mostly because they were happy that I’m ahead of schedule on the annual winter woollies production. Leah even offered to wear a hoodie to keep with the cold weather theme and Adam quickly followed suit. This year I put my foot down about knitting with black yarn (my eyes just can’t handle it), so Adam opted for the darkest grey possible: Carbon. Teenagers. I picked…

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    A Cabled Poncho for Leah

    I’m not usually a fan of test knits these days — my knitting time is limited and I want to be reasonably sure that whatever pattern I choose is just going to work. However, when Sunni from Sweet Shop Patterns posted a testing call for a super cute poncho last month, I was immediately smitten. So was Leah — apparently her fall wardrobe had a poncho-shaped hole in it that needed to filled. Armed with three skeins of Victory DK from Knitted Wit (in Mighty Oak), I promptly cast on for the size 8 and began what felt like a never-ending piece of knitting. It didn’t help that I kept pausing…