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FO: Third Time’s a Charm?

Color Affection by kikilemarteau After unravelling this pattern twice already, I have finally completed my Color Affection. I really really liked my friend’s Colour Affection, where she paired similar value colours together. It made it look like it all went… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Keeping Heads and Toes Cosy

Recently I’ve knit a couple hats and an object that looks like a hat but isn’t. So here is a triple FO report! First, the Toque of Secrecy for Andrew. The pattern is the Bus Hat, a free pattern by… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Choose Your Own Adventure Shawl, take 2

The yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock yarn and it was a gift to me from Ruth (aka scrabblequeen) many moons ago. The colourway is “Chocolate & Caramel” and the skein had a whopping 560 yards. I can’t believe how… Continue Reading →

FO Project Report: Lingonberry Shawlette

I knit this in record speed—at least for me. I watched four seasons of Castle and just knitknitknit. I guess the mojo returned in earnest because I have been chugging away at projects. Here is one of my more impressive… Continue Reading →

Attack of the Knitting Mojo

Since the summer, I seem to have been (re)bitten by the knitting bug. Here is an account of my progress. After knitting most of the year on and off on this cowl with lovely silk yarn that Chelle gave me,… Continue Reading →

Toasty Footsies: FO Report

In the last couple months, I have knit two more pairs of the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs that my dad adores. Only this time, they weren’t for my dad (which he was disappointed about). The first pair was knit as… Continue Reading →

FictionKNITstas — The Story Behind the Finished Object

I’ve been participating in FictionKNITstas, the 2013 edition of Fictionistas. The project is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers who bring female authors together for meaningful book events, and the 2013 edition threw knitting into the mix. As I already… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s (Orthodox) Festivus

For the past four years, the Terminal City Yarn Wranglers on Ravelry have had a secret Santa-style gift exchange. We originally called it “Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama” and I’ve participated every year (2009, 2010, 2011). I wear my gifts with pride… Continue Reading →

Proud to be a FictionKNITsta

Earlier this autumn I heard about the FICTIONista project which is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers to bring together female authors for meaningful book events. With the recently launched CWILA (Canadian Women in Literary Arts) drawing more and more… Continue Reading →

Bite the Bullet and Block It

A couple weeks ago at knitting meetup (gosh, has it been that long?) Jenn chastized me for not fixing the dropped stitch in my Multnomah and blocking it, despite having cast off the sucker more than a month earlier. She… Continue Reading →

The Yarn That Chelle Gave

  Photo courtesy of Chelle Chelle is much too good to me. She can’t knit with animal fibres, and was knitting away with this lovely skein of Blue Moon Fibre Arts Luscious Silk. But she wasn’t feeling the love and… Continue Reading →

The Yarn Harlot Visits Vancouver

I managed to secure a ticket to a public lecture by The Yarn Harlot (aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) presented by KnitSocial. Wednesday night, after a particularly stress-induced day, with some much-needed frozen yogurt, I met up with some friends at the… Continue Reading →

Bye Bye Birkeland… Sort of

Birkeland Bros. is a 73-year-old family business in Vancouver, and earlier this year announced they would be closing due to the health of 4th generation owner, Cara. Brothers Olaf and Mike arrived from Norway in the 1930’s and set up… Continue Reading →

Multnomah Knitting Progress

I didn’t take any knitting project with me travelling, and I barely read any of my novels (I brought 2), so I’m quite surprised to be so far along this project (and in my TBR pile). I cast on in… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s Festivus (Belated Wrap-up)

Back in December we had our annual Knitter’s Holiday Swap. This is the third year our local knit group (via Ravelry) has celebrated the holidays with handknits. Louise (aka ladybugaloo) spoiled me rotten! She knit me the Broadstreet Mittens out… Continue Reading →

Quick Update on Real Life

I cannot believe it’s already the second week of July! It feels like time is flying by fast. I’ve been up to nothing much, but at the same time a lot. Do you ever get the feeling you’re accomplishing nothing,… Continue Reading →

Housekeeping… err Blogkeeping?

Updates on a variety of fronts! Books: I’ve finished Voyager by Diana Gabaldon and need to write up a review. Before that I read a few graphic novels that I need to post reviews for. Now I’m into the second… Continue Reading →

Insert Witty Title Here

Day to day, as I browse the web, I find awesome things I like to share. Sometimes I share them via Facebook or Twitter, and other times, they deserve a round-up post. Here are a couple great things I’d like… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Festivus Gnome finally complete & slouchy MelonHead hat

Well, you’ve all probably heard the Canadian election results… and the subsequent outrage. What’s done is done, but I can’t help feeling sick to my stomach. So, here is a little pick-me-up: FO reports! First up: Yuletide Gnome [rav link]… Continue Reading →

April: A Month of Books, Busyness and Blossoms

April is the crazy month at work, hence the silence on the blog. But, fear not, I have a huge update and lots of good things to share. So grab a cuppa something nice and sit back. First, let’s get… Continue Reading →

Visiting the Frog Pond

I bought this yarn from a local designer-friend, Melonhead Knitwear, at Circle Craft Christmas Market in November 2010. She was selling her handknits as well as hand-dyed and handspun yarn by the skein. When I tried on the hats she… Continue Reading →

FO: Fingerless Gloves

I finished my fingerless gloves a few weeks ago. I had a big issue with the sewn bind off because I thought it looked sloppy. I got really picky about the finishing techniques on the gloves since they’d be under… Continue Reading →

I’m in your tree, covering it in yarn

Literally. Today was the day — the official yarnbombing of Joy Kogawa’s cherry tree. I contributed about 100 blossoms and arrived this afternoon to help install the yarn blossoms (and bark!) on the tree. The executive director of the Historic… Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom Yarn Bombing Prep

A couple months ago I saw a tweet from Leanne Prain, one of the authors of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti. The tweet linked to the yarn bombing website and said they were organizing… Continue Reading →

Bulky Moebius Cowl FO

I picked up a gorgeous skein of Malabrigo Rasta from Three Bags Full’s January post-Boxing Day sale. It was 10% or 15% off so I saved a couple dollars after taxes. I’ve been lusting over the Rasta colours for a… Continue Reading →

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