casting on

Since I wrote my last post, I've finished two projects and made good progress on two others. Because of this achievement I gave myself permission to start three new projects!

Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knits has a sale going on right now (but I don't know how long it's going to last) for 30% off her patterns with the code RAMBLEON. I've always wanted to knit one of her patterns so I purchased two lace yoked patterns, Whitehorse and Zweig. I bought the Rowan Cotton Cashmere just this morning for Whitehorse and for Zwieg I'll use the fingering weight yarn I bought in Quebec City for a one-color sweater. I'm also going to start a gift project; a dress called Summer Into Fall using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I'd like to have it done the week or two before Thanksgiving.

I love starting a new project: printing the pattern, paring the yarn, choosing the needles and putting it all in it's own project basket. It might include a swatch or two. Perhaps. Here's a link to my Ravelry project pages if you want to take a gander at my works-in-progress. I also have many finished knits that need to be photographed--soon. I hope you have a great weekend that includes a little bit of knitting time.

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beautiful fall knitting line up

Here's my beautiful fall knitting line up!

My grandson has outgrown all of last winters sweaters so I plan to make at least 4, maybe 5 for this year.
Knitting baby sweaters for Carter is one of the most fun things I do!
I've finished the Honey Bee Jacket and now I'm onto Beeare by Georgie Hallam

My next baby sweater will use this crazy colored yarn.
 It's so wild I can only envision it as the most plain of all garter sweaters:
French Macaroon by The Noble Thread.
I have never used yarn like this ever and I really don't know what to expect!

I'm so close to finishing these next sweaters; just the sleeves to go on all three!
I promised myself I wouldn't start a new project until these were done.
 For Circe by Isabell Kraemer I'm using Rowan Softyak DK and Kidsilk Haze knit double.
Lovely together.

Garter Yoke Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre in Tusken Knits Cabin DK in Pigwidgeon.
I hope to wear the buttons in the back. I usually try to complete all the finishing before I work on the sleeves.
This helps me to get a better idea of how long to make the sleeves.

Darne by Lisa Richardson in Rowan Valley Tweed. I love this yarn so much. It's a very fine and elegant tweed.
After I finish the shoulder I'll finish all the seaming then make the neckline ribbing.
Lastly I'll pick up stitches around the arm scythe and knit the sleeves using short rows to shape the top,
then I'll knit them in the round to the wrist.

 With this pretty Amelie from Illumani I'll be making a few sets of fingerless gloves for Christmas gifts.

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shopping for yarn

We just got back from a wonderful, beautiful, and relaxing trip to Maine and Eastern Canada. My husband planned the trip on his own and I really didn't know exactly where we were going until a few days before the trip. I knew we were sailing out of NYC and would arrive in Quebec City ten days later but that's about all I knew; I didn't even have the dates right! But the trip came at a time when I was so longing to get away and relax--I knew I would love anything he had planned.

Every single place we visited had at least several locally produced yarns for hand knitting. It would be a shame for the hand knitter not to visit at least a few shops and go a little wild. I do have a tiny tip for yarn shopping while on vacation. Your husband may be like mine--he prefers I don't make a big deal out of visiting shops, but if we walk by a yarn shop, he doesn't mind if I pop in. He just doesn't realize that I sometimes plan our walks knowing we'll be walking by a yarn shop. I act so surprised and if he has caught on, he hasn't yet let me know. But an excursion planned simply to visit a yarn shop is not appreciated. And bless him, he's very patient while I browse and actually encourages me to buy!

I was so excited to cruise by the Statue of Liberty and was something I had wanted to do for a long time.

A highlight was to visit Maud Lewis' tiny painted home that now resides in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. I had wanted to visit this museum ever since I saw Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. It was quiet while we were visiting and while there we met a man who was about my age who been in the house many times as a teenager. He told us lovely stories and it made the visit so much more meaningful. I would not miss this nor would I miss the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic also in Halifax. My husband didn't want to leave. Both museums are a short walk from the dock.

Yarn shopping, well, there was some. The pictures above and below show the softest mohair I have ever felt. It's from Le Chevrier du Nord out of Quebec. I also met the talented designer Annie Pilote.

A few years ago I was in Quebec City and bought some Charlevoix yarn to make Antler. As much as I love it, I have not finished it. Still, it did not stop me from purchasing more when I found myself in Quebec City again on this trip. Clarlevoix Pure Laine uses fleeces that would otherwise be put in landfill. They make beautiful clothing, hats and mittens, and a small selection of yarn for hand-knitters.

I bought this Maine produced yarn from a little shop in Bar Harbour. It's meant to be a Gansey style vest for Carter.

is a yarn I have heard about but had never seen so I was so happy to find it in several shops. Illimani is based out of Montreal and their fibers are sourced from Peru and Bolivia. This Amelie is to die for; so soft, luxurious, and simply gorgeous. I bought a ton of it: a sweater's worth, also enough to make fingerless mitts for my girls this Christmas, and maybe enough for a mosaic shawl. We'll see.

I had never heard of Mineville Wool Project, but it's a spinoff from Fleece Artist in Nova Scotia. My husband encouraged me to buy this crazy colored yarn for a sweater for Carter--totally out of my color comfort zone. The tipping point for me was that it is machine washable. I hope I can get to it before Christmas because I'm anxious to see what it will look like knitted up.

We both missed this darling little boy while we were gone. We were all smiles when we first saw each other after two long weeks apart. He loves to hold my yarn on car rides. 

The first cooking assignment was banana bread.

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I'll get cracking on the new yarn purchases soon and let you know what I will be making! 

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Honey Bee Jacket

This is another sweater for my 15 month old grandson who has outgrown the 12 month size sweaters for good. I knit this a little big, the 24 month size, but I'm hoping he will wear it this fall as the color and style is so perfect for October and November. The pattern is the Honey Bee Jacket from OGE Designs and I knit it in Rowan Softyak DK. When I first saw the pattern I knew I would use this pretty honey color called Savannah that I had in my stash. I loved making this little project and it was done in no time. The pattern is well written and the honey bee or honey comb stitch pattern that is on the front only, is fun and easy to make. I included a close-up of the pattern stitch and when I study it, sometimes I see honey bees and sometimes I see the honeycomb. Either way, it's pretty and I love the side placket and buttons. I plan this to always be worn closed of course so I made only the top two buttons functional. The pattern is knit in one piece from the top down and has zero seams to sew. When I get pictures of my little honey bee wearing his new sweaters, I'll make sure to post them.

Carter is often with me in the garden. He loves to be outside and has his own little trowel and a tiny wheelbarrow just for him. He digs and collects and is so busy! We have several neighbors who keep honeybees and with all our flowers and big veggie garden, we host a lot of bees. I've taught him to be respectful of them and not fear them. We watch them go about their business and quietly talk about them and how busy they are. I love how his bright little mind devours information. When I tell him things, he looks back at forth at me and the little critter or thing we're talking about and I know he understands exactly what I'm saying. He spots things and hears things before I do and since he is very chatty, he will let me know if he sees a honeybee, or the moon, or an airplane, or anything he thinks I need to know about. Sometimes he takes my hand and ushers me to his new find. What a darling. I can't tell you enough how fun this time of life is.

I've knit a few of her patterns before and I swoon over her designs!
Take a look at all her patterns here. You'll fall in love.
Rowan Softyak DK (is divine: uber soft and machine washable!)
My honey gold color is called Savannah

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toddler vest, free pattern

Hello! This darling vest was cast on in the Uber ride to the airport and finished on the second day of our trip. It's a good thing I brought multiple projects on my vacation! 

I have begun to see how practical vests are for little ones. If there's a little chill in the air you can pop a vest over the head to add a little warmth. Plus, little boys look so dapper in a vest. This pattern is free from Stitch Studio Design Team and is sized 6, 9, 12, and 24 months. This is the 24 month size. This pattern uses traditional techniques, but a few simple changes will update it and make it even easier to knit. I've noted these changes on my Ravelry project page.

Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK (now discontinued) benefits greatly with a good wet block. It will get much softer.

The vest is photographed against a gorgeous Goodnight Moon tote bag. My grandson loves that little book, as did his daddy. I guess all children all over the world love that book! Both the vest and the tote are going to be Christmas gifts.

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