Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pattern Release: Special Little Snowflakes

Back in August, KathyB organized a dishcloth swap. I couldn't find any dishcloth patterns that were striking my fancy at the time, so you know me.. I just designed some!
... and now the pattern is available so you can make them too. The pattern includes all three versions, as well as a blank  chart, so you can design your own special little snowflake!

Like Corvin, and Dorothy, the Snowflakes are on sale for just $1 until Christmas!


Andi Satterland has just announced that she'll be holding another Selfish Sweater KAL after Christmas. I love Andi's patterns, and I had so much fun making my modded Mary Mead during last year's KAL..
...that despite the fact that I will probably still have the lace cardigan AND the lace tunic still on the needles, I'm going to join in.

Andi's patterns are generally knit in aran, worsted or DK, and most of her cardigans are a cute little cropped style, so it should be a quick knit. I knit Mary in a month!

Now, I just have to decide which one.

There's Miette...
Which I've had my eye on for a long time.

And Hetty...
You know how I love all over lace.

And Blaster...
 This is one of her newest ones... I love the stylish simplicity.

But there's also Salal

Of course, I never wear my cardigans buttoned up, and I'm not sure this one would look as nice unbuttoned.

Then there's Vianne
Which also has a beautiful lacy back panel.

But I think I'm leaning toward Agatha
That lovely lace runs up the front and the back, and the colder weather has me wanting longer sleeves.

I've got a cone of Debbi Bliss Merino Aran that mom gave me earlier this year
... in a nice sage green that will place nicely with the pattern... and of course, go well with several of my dresses.

Only 18 days to cast on!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pattern release: Dorothy

Here's another pattern that's long overdue for its release
My sweet little Dorothy socks! The perfect, girly ankle sock.
The cuff is knit flat, blocked, then grafted together. From there, the rest of the sock stitches are picked up and it's knit from the top down.
I used natural, undyed Alley Cat for a simple, classic look ... but I'd love to see how these look in another colour. Maybe pink... or a soft, baby blue!

Like Corvin, the pattern is on sale for just $1 until Christmas! Don't miss out!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Felines

The last few weeks have seen a big change in a certain little ginger boy.
All of a sudden, he seems a lot more comfortable here. He's starting to act like he owns the place... or as I said to Dave the other day, he's turning into a "real cat."

He still has his things that freak him out... company visiting, sneezes, the running water in the bathtub, and walking near him when he's sitting at the top of the stairs - but otherwise, he doesn't seem to have a care in the world.
I think he's finally decided we're keeping him, and he's can have a pretty good life here.

To my great joy, he's also become a lap cat. And not just when I pick him up and put him there. Frequently I'll be working away on my laptop, and he'll come and sit at my feet and cry, asking me to make room for him. If I don't... he just comes up anyway and pushes his way into my lap
He's even getting better at joining us for bed time. Though I still have to bring him up, he's happy to settle down for most of the night (he usually leaves around 6am). The other night, Dave woke me up and complained that I was hogging the bed. After grumping at me. He immediately fell back to sleep. I sat up, and looked down... I was still well within the boundaries of my side. Then I looked over at Dave's legs.... where Rupert was stretched out, from Dave's ankle to his knee, sound asleep and pushing Dave toward the edge of the bed.

Yup... I'd say he's right at home.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pattern release: Corvin

I know I've been promising this one for a while, but with all the car drama I just couldn't find the time to finish it up. And then every time I did have the time, Dave was hogging the computer!

But.. I finally found a few moments when Dave wasn't around, and so I give you the pattern for Corvin!
It's a cute, classic little cardi in three sizes (three to 18 months). Knit in Stray Cat, it's light, but warm.
It's cabled on the fronts, backs, sleeves, and even the side seams.
It's knit seamlessly from the top down, even the front bands are knit as you go, so the only finishing you need to do is sewing in the ends.
Great for girls or boys, it's got a timeless class look... I love it so much, I'm tempted to design an adult version.
The pattern is on Ravelry now, and since my birthday is just around the corner, I thought I'd give a little gift to all of you  - so from now until Christmas, you can get the pattern for just $1!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like...

I took some time on the weekend to pull out the few Christmas decorations I have, and get this place looking a little more festive.

We've had no snow, and it hasn't even been that cold (I'm not complaining now that I'm transit commuting), so it hasn't really felt Christmassy around here.

But my little polar bears are greeting visitors with a little holiday cheer.

My pretty silver reindeer is the centre piece on Grandma's table. (Though I'll let you in on a little secret. I like it so much, it stays out all year round)

This year, a quick trip to the dollar store added something new to the decor - some twinkle lights, evergreen garland and a few crystal snowflakes now grace the division between the living room and the dining room.  I'd like to do this for the hall/living room and kitchen/dining room too, but that will have to wait until next year.

And of course, the Christmas tree and skiiing sock monkey are back

I had a small moment of panic when I realized our old tree spot (and old tube tv that broke last year) was no longer viable. The tree wasn't going to work on the flat panel. But, then I had a brainwave, moved my paperwork from the elevated part of the computer desk, and volia... Christmas can come now! I'm ready!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three point five

I'm still working out the kinks of my homeward bound commute. I've discovered it's better to take one of the earlier shuttles, and that I can actually take the train all the way into Hamilton if I do. But the whole thing is still taking me about three hours. Next time I'm going to try the earliest shuttle and see if that can get me under the three hours point.

One thing I do know for sure....
This is how much sock I can knit in about 2.5 hours (the lost half hour is in transfers, bathrooms trips, and platform waiting, where it's too cold to knit right now). That's about 3.5 inches!

So... while It may take a while to get home, I'm super productive while I'm getting there!