Baby it’s cold outside…

Winter is definitely here and it’s shaping up to be another cold white Christmas in the north. Just last week it was -30 C before the wind chill! Needless to say the furnace was working on overtime. A few years ago I created a pattern and knit a draft blocker for the front door, which works alright but now that my abilities have improved I think it’s time to try again. This time it will be bigger to really block that cold air from getting in and I’m adding a great basket weave pattern to dress it up a bit. It’s not much to look at yet and I’m still working on the pattern but I will be posting it when it’s finished so you can make one of your own! It will be the first pattern I’ve ever published and I’m pretty excited. So stay tuned for more. 

On a side note, with Christmas coming I went looking for old family recipes that have become traditions in our house and this year I got an extra knitting related suprised. While looking at an old cookbook my Grand had brought over from Scotland and had used her entire life I found a handwritten pattern for a dish cloth tucked away between the yellowing pages. I miss her terribly and I feel like this was her way of letting me know she still looks in on me now and again. She had tried to teach me to knit as a child and I wish I had paid more attention, but I think she would be proud of me for picking up the hobby and how far I’ve progressed. So I pose a question to you, if you are a knitter/crocheter who taught or inspired you to love yarn crafting?

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Keeping it Cosy

Here I am sitting in the waiting area of a garage waiting for my truck to get an oil change, still working away on the last owl hat for a paying customer. I’ve still got to finish the set I’m working on for my daughter but when it’s more for fun knitting I tend to rotate projects as I get bored/frustrated with one and need to take a break from it. Here is what I’ve been working on now and again.

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I am a huge tea lover and always have a pot going. I should show you the cupboard full of all my selections I have! In oder to keep my little pot warm I found a great knitting pattern for the cover and found a bunch of other patterns for knit leaves and crochet flowers. More on this to come!

Déja Vu…

Once again sleep eludes me but gives me extra knitting time (although I’d prefer the sleep) to finish off my orders for the owl hats. With an upcoming treatment change, here’s hoping that sleepless nights due to pain will be a thing of the past. Chronic pain is a beast to live with and I don’t wish it on anyone. I started knitting as a distraction from a difficult divorce but continued because of its relaxing benefits. Something about the rhythmic clicking of the needles is just so soothing even on the really painful days. Enough about me, on to the knitting. I finished knitting the white owl hat earlier in the week and added the button eyes to complete it. 

With that finished, on to the next one. This client chose a royal blue for her hat. The yarn I used for both is Brava Worsted by Knit Picks. The first colour was called White and the one below is called Celestrial. I’m knitting on Knit Picks Caspian 5.0mm DPN’s. As you might have already guessed, I LOVE Knit Picks products. No I don’t get commission for pushing their products, I’m just a huge fan. I have never been dissatisfied with any of the products, the prices are great and they have tons of great free and paid patterns. I’m concurrently working on a great poncho kit from Knit Picks, but that’s for another time. Paid work always comes first. To be honest I have a few projects on the go but what serious knitter doesn’t? So here’s a look at the beginning of the second hat. Until next time, keep calm and knit on!

Night Owl…

Another night spent awake in pain. Thankfully my hands are OK so I’m working on one of my orders for an owl themed hat. I made one for a friend and now I have orders for two more! I don’t  do a lot of commission work but I enjoy knitting so much and who doesn’t want to be paid for doing something they love? I used to create and sell jewelry (which I still do on occasion) but since discovering knitting it has been a less frequent activity. So here I am on the couch, watching Netflix knitting away while drinking a delicious new holiday tea I dicovered. Seems fitting for a cold snowy December night. All is quiet and peaceful save for my dog, Gizmo, snoring away. She’s my constant companion during the day and on sleepless nights like tonight. Well this hat isn’t going to knit itself…

A few more hours of work and the owl motif is now visible. For anyone interested you can find the pattern here. It’s a well written pattern that also has a crochet version. For the true owl lovers there are also patterns for fingerless mittens and a scarf.

And so it begins…

My name is Katie and I’m from Northwestern Ontario. I am a quirky housewife and I suffer from Lupus and Fibromyalgia which can interfere with my crafting (and life in general) but I try not to let it get me down. I am an avid and accomplished knitter and general craftoholic for fun and somtimes for pay. This is my first blog, but I’m ready to dive in and talk about my knitting projects with tips, hints, self created patterns and reviews of tools of the trade along with other craft projects I’m working on and a little about me along the way.  I’m always on the hunt for a great new pattern to try/create or fabulous new yarn to add to my stash as you can never have enough yarn! I’m not sure whether I’ll have readers or not but I’d love feedback as I start this new endeavour.

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