Monthly Archives: October 2011

FO: Boundless

I’ll try my hand at FO (Finished Object) Friday now that I’ve got one to show off. Finally, the Boundless Cape is finished!

Pattern: Boundless by Christa Giles, from Twist Collective
Wool: Cascade Eco (1.5 skeins)

Hood up!

Back view!

Hood down!

I really need to start doing my hair more nicely when taking photos of myself to post online. Anyway, I love this cape. It was really fun to knit up, although the cabling was definitely complicated so I wouldn’t recommend it as a beginner pattern. There are cables to be done on both sides of the work so I couldn’t just purl happily away on the back side. The cables made it a really interesting and engaging knit, though.

I am very happy with this, but I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it out. It’s getting cold here in Ottawa, too cold for wearing a cape to go run errands. Still, it’s gorgeous. Maybe it’ll be more of a springtime piece for me.

Happy weekend! I’m going to have a great weekend because Corey and I are going to pick up a new member of our household tomorrow. Hint: she has four legs and likes to play catch!

Find more FOs on Tami’s Amis.

WIP: Cruiser & Honey Cowl

I’m still not finished my Cruiser mitts, but they are on their way to becoming real mitts. Apologies for the poorly-lit photography.

Knitting thumbs is pretty important for winter mitts, you know.

I was browsing through some cowl patterns last night, admiring the Honey Cowl and pondering which yarn I could use for that from my stash. It hit me: last year I received a gorgeous skein of pink/brown/white wool that had been part of SweetGeorgia Yarns‘ fibre club. I had it stashed for over a year because I couldn’t figure out the right pattern to show off the colours without looking too busy and overwhelming because the colourways are quite short.

I love those colours. Although I don’t believe in gender specific colours, I have to confess I love pink. I don’t love it because it’s a girly colour; I just think the hue of a dark pink is beautiful. It’s not a colour you often see in nature except in flora or certain vegetables. A vivid dark pink makes me very happy. Paired with the greyish browns and balanced by the white in this skein, I’m looking forward to seeing how the finished project turns out.

Find more WIPs today on Tami’s Amis.

Butternut squash soup.

It’s a very rainy day and we’ve had a busy time with visitors lately, so I’m home today with the potential to get a lot of knitting done.

Unfortunately that potential probably won’t be fulfilled because I burned my pinkie while making some butternut squash soup and knitting is a bit painful at the moment, as is typing. (Recipe from Real Girl’s Kitchen.)

So although it was delicious, I didn’t really get to enjoy it as much as I would have without a pinkie on fire.

WIP: Cruiser.

I thought I’d try something new on this blog: WIP Wednesdays. If you’re not a knitterly type, “WIP” stands for Work In Progress, and WIP Wednesdays was developed over at Tami’s Amis blog.

I’m working on the Cruiser Mitts to be gifted. After I finish the mitts I’ll knit a lining for them. They’re made out of Cascade Eco Wool, which I love. (Actually, this wool is left over from my Owls sweater.)

This is an incredibly easy pattern with a simple and easy to memorize cable pattern. Actually, it’d be a great beginner’s cabling project. Plus, with the eco wool, it’s knitting up fast.

I still need to sew a button and clasp onto my Boundless cape, but I hope to have it posted soon!

Find more WIPs today on Tami’s Amis.

Busy bee binds off Boundless.

After having a bit of a slow summer, my life has exploded this month. My good friend Adam came to visit us for one week. The three of us went to Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill hosted by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company and got to try some of their new beers. We did all the usual touristy things in Ottawa, like go to a museum (we chose the incredible War Museum), visit Parliament and go up the Peace Tower, visit the National Gallery, walk around the canal, and took a stroll in the Gatineaus.

Now my mum is here for a quick visit from Thailand before she flies out to meet my dad in Vancouver for a bead show in B.C. After she leaves tomorrow morning, I promise to start posting crafty things again. I’ve finished knitting the Boundless cape (save for the button). Here’s a sneak peak as it’s blocking:

And soon I’ll unveil my Colette Fall Palette Challenge clothes. I’ve got a skirt, a dress, and a shirt to show off at the moment. Maybe I’ll be able to add to that once my life calms down a bit!