• Fun with Kids,  Knitting

    Winter Woolies

    Winter has finally settled in Toronto and Leah seems to be the only person in our house happy about it. Three of us are wearing extra layers and grumbling about the cold while Leah looks for every opportunity to get outdoors. I admire her — she is able to generate her own fun and get some fresh air in the process. It helps that she dresses appropriately for the weather since it’s been brutally cold for the last couple days: she’s got an extra hoodie on under her coat, a hat pulled low over her head, and a cowl pulled up over her mouth. (She actually tried to have the…

  • Knitting

    January Socks

    If nothing else, serving as the hostess for Knitted Wit‘s 2019 HerStory knitalong pretty much guarantees that I knit a pair of socks each month. Only two weeks into the new year, I’ve already got a pair off my needles and on my feet! This year’s HerStory collection features women in the arts, and January’s colourway is named Goddess, after Beyoncé (the colourway draws its inspiration from Beyoncé’s pregnancy photoshoot and I’m in love with the saturated goldenrod and speckled floral segments in the yarn). Sometimes it’s hard to know how these skeins will look once they’re knit up — I was afraid an intricate pattern would just detract from the…

  • Cross Stitching,  Knitting

    The-Best Laid Plans

    Only four days into the new year, I’m already revising my Make Nine 2019 plans. Sigh. Two mini skeins into my Harry Potter log cabin blanket, I realized it just wasn’t going to work as I had envisioned. The first couple skeins (based on the first book) are super saturated and knit up in stripes — paired with the Prussian Blue, it all started to look a little overwhelming. So I cruised Ravelry looking for another option that didn’t involve seaming together 63 individual squares. Eventually I landed on the Bits and Bobs blanket and I’ve swapped out the blue for undyed yarn to carry along through the entire project.…