Friday, November 29, 2013

One Year

On Sunday, November 17th, my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary. Could someone please tell me where that year went? Whoa.

Flowers courtesy of Blush and Bloom|
Photography by Pear Studios

While we didn't do much in the way of celebrating aside from some burgers from Harvey's on the couch, I did feel the need to nod to one particular aspect of our wedding day.

If you will recall, there were some socks.


So it only seemed fit that for our first anniversary, there should be another pair of socks.

Yarn- Two Balls of Estelle "Sock It To Me"
Needles- 2.5 mm, 80 cm Addi Turbos
Is this a "thing" now, you ask? I'm not sure. Because while taking the leap to commit to this lovely man took not a second of hesitation... Agreeing to a plain pair of grey size 12 men's socks every year certainly does.

I assure you that it is no coincidence that this post is twelve days post anniversary... Big grey socks are just such a bore to knit. Even for the man you love.

However, he adores his hand knit socks. And he wears them a lot. Like... he wears them OUT. Those wedding socks of his are absolutely threadbare. Totally beyond repair. (Trust me! I tried!) And while the year certainly did seem to fly by on us, the state of those grey wedding socks would lead me to believe that a lot has happened in this first year of marriage.

It has been an exciting and productive year, even if it does feel like a blur.

I really cannot wait to see what exciting adventures continue to be in store for us...

And how many more pairs of hand knitted socks we wear through.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Some Cozy With Some Cashmere

My dad has a friend who used to host a morning TV show here in the Toronto area. This led to him having to get up at some ungodly hour each and every weekday so that he was bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to greet the city with a smile on his face when the show went live to air at 5:30 am. (All of a sudden... the time that your alarm clock is set at doesn't seem so gross now, does it?)

While he never complained about the hours he had to keep, he did comment on one occassion that November was always the most difficult month of all to drag himself out of bed.

Are you finding that these days?

Because despite our warmer than average November temperatures this year... I know that I certainly am.

Lucky for me... I just cast off these super-luxe fingerless gloves this week, and somehow, having these on my hands makes walking out the front door and into the frost covered universe just a little easier to bear.

Don't believe me?

If I told you that the yarn I used contained alpaca, camel, silk AND cashmere, then would you???

I thought so.

Polish- OPI "Cuckoo For This Color" from the Switzerland collection
Pretty AND cozy.

Like... cozy beyond your wildest dreams.

The ultimate in luxury.

You know... just pullin' some weeds in my cashmere gloves. NBD.

Imagine wearing these while sipping your first cup of coffee in the morning... Now that is what I call getting your engine revving in style!

Early Morning Info 

Yarn- The Fiber Company "Road to China Light" in the shade "Smoky Quartz", 2 skeins (BUT BARELY! Had I cut back on the arm length just a bit, I would have easily gotten the pair out of one skein)
Needles- 3.75mm double pointed
Pattern- Susie Roger's Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers- FREE on Ravelry

So for all of you who are looking to treat yourself a little in this otherwise rather dreary month... then get on it. Cast on and see what the fuss is all about.

Your boss will surely notice how brightly you are shining in the midst of a month where your co-workers are surely all asleep at their desk.

An oldie... but a goodie.
Whether or not you care to share the news with your co-workers that your knitting is the secret to your success... is entirely up to you.

Friday, November 01, 2013

So Fast, So Warm

Hallowe'en is behind us, the weather is getting chilly, and "quick knits' is something that I have been thinking about as of late as the countdown to Christmas is now in full effect (54 days- FYI).

I thought I would kick off this stretch of holiday knitting by churning through something super quick and easy. You know? Something that will help me convince myself that I CAN actually make it through the long list of gifts that I intend to conquer. (Pfft...)


So there you have it. Another chunky cowl that knits up faster than the speed of light. This baby was born in only a few short hours.

Not all that different from the ones I have churned through in the past... but different enough to keep it interesting.

Make one for you, make one for under the tree. 

Rather similar to how I was handing out candy last night, I must admit...


So, if you are also looking to update someone's winter wardrobe... here is what you need to know.

Pattern- Marshmallow Fluff by Sarah Kraly
Yarn- Cascade Magnum in shade 8236
Needles- 15mm (they're like broom handles!!!)
Mods- The pattern says to cast on 15 stitches, but I went for a whopping 25 and one skein was still enough. If you don't want your cowl as deep, then do what you're told and follow the pattern. (What a concept!)

It's Go-Time my friends.

Time to wrap yourself and your loved ones in all the wool you can find.

 Snow has already blanketed a large part of this fine country, so you had better be prepared!

You just might be next...