Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mitts for Papa

pattern: #15 mittens. Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Needles: 4.5 mm
Yarn: Gjestal Naturgarn in natural (discontinued)

My Dad was 49 when I was born (!) The fact that I still have him is beyond being blessed. When I asked my Dad what would he like to have for his birthday, he answered 'a good pair of mitts made with white wool like the stuff your mother used to spin'...
I love a man that appreciates wool and knitting. What is more fun than getting to knit a present for your Papa?
I have really enjoyed making these for him. I know they will keep him warm when he is outside this Fall. I will make a second pair to rotate between washings so he won't need to part with his mitts in between our visits.

Now back to knitting my commissioned cardi...

P.s. The shop had a lovely surprise yesterday...Elizabeth from the comments popped in! So happy to meet her. We talked about ...wool! and more wool! Thanks Elizabeth for taking the time to visit the shop.

Wool be with you!
A. xx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


My latest pinwheel made with sour cherry #5134 Vintage Berroco (yum) with long sleeves.
So happy I managed a second chance at taking a picture of this knit. It left the shop before I had a chance to snap a photo a couple of weeks ago. So sad when that happens. It came back for a visit today and ta-da! I captured it!

I finally bought a copy of EZ's pink book. Merci Lynda!! xx I have them all now (I think). I am totally thrilled with it. Even better than I expected. I am already half way through my first knit from it. A pair of beautiful heavy wool mitts for my Dad's birthday. I am using Naturgarn Gjestal natural wool and it is very beautiful pure yarn like I imagine sheepsdown would be. My goal is to knit a hockey jersey for my husband using EZ's Brook sweater instructions and adding the neck shaping and minus the team crest (just the colours).

I am also clicking away at Sirdar 8957 asymetrical cardi. I am using 100% Merino dk with 4 mm needles...tick tick tick! I have so many projects lined up for the shop...Finding new patterns to add everyday...ahhh!

Rumour has it that Kaffe Fassett sock yarn has been ordered...squwee! I feel a sock yarn sale coming on to make room for the new and beautiful Regia...Having sooo much fun! Yarn shop owner rocks. I am so happy I don't care if the H1N1 gets me. cough.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Noro & Tempo

Look see, some knitting!  Another commissioned piece.  This time a hat and scarf set made of 2 balls of Noro Kureyon 221 with 1 ball Diamond Tempo 146.  I used a free earflap pattern found on Ravelry (the pattern is for the whole family) by Marisa Gibler - The Needle Nook.  The scarf was knit by my friend Julie L. to dimensions specified by the customer.  The little flower pattern I found in Katia No. 35.  I am crossing my fingers that the hat is not way too big for the toddler it was made bloomed after its bath! I will suggest a mild felting session should it be too big.  We knit and learn!