We had an awesome time on our trip and we’re back home now.  I packed a knitting project with me, nothing big just a hat, thinking that I’ll have time to finish it.  Um… didn’t quite get around to pulling my knitting out of my suitcase!  However, between the loads of laundry that I had to tackle yesterday, I managed to cast on for my Renfrew hat and I’m pleased to say that I’m close to the crown decreases.  Yeah!!… Read more »

I have one more finished object to share with you before we say goodbye to 2012.  I knit a pair of fingerless mitts from Jane Richmond’s new book Island. This pattern is named Rathtrevor after the breathtaking Rathtrevor Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.  As I knit this project I was reminded of our family trip to Van Isle lastyear and I was so grateful that I was able to capture this tender moment between my kids on Rathtrevor Beach… Knit… Read more »

Windschief seems to be my go-to hat pattern for the guys in my life.  The first one I knit was for the Mister using Dream in Color Classy in a classic grey.  He’s worn that hat a TON and it still looks like it was knit yesterday.  Top marks for this yarn! After knitting the Ranger sweater for Prithvi, I had a bit of yarn leftover.  Although, he will never be caught wearing the matching sweater-hat combination, I knit him… Read more »

A quick drive-by post to point you in the direction of a lovely pattern that was recently published by my dear friend, Kelly. Test knitting is always fun!  It’s great to work alongside the designer as their pattern is tweaked and fine-tuned before making it ready for publishing.  When Kelly asked me to test knit her hat pattern, Stormont, I jumped at the opportunity. Stormont was a great pattern to knit. This pattern allowed me to indulge in the cable… Read more »

The second Club Kit from Dubai Knits arrived at my door earlier this month. This month’s club had a bunch of goodies.  Heart shaped stitch markers from Fripperies & Bibelots, a much needed cute little measuring tape from The Sexy Knitter, aka, Sarah Wilson and the most adorable hand crafted polymer clay buttons from Tessa Ann.  How cute are these 🙂 The star of this package was the yarn!  Beautiful blue “Squishy” yarn dyed by Jocelyn, the owner of Dubai Knits. She named this colorway,… Read more »

Seen on our walk yesterday… and this sweet girl and this little guy soon, all those leaves will fall But look at that snow line! Granted we don’t get much snow in Vancouver but this city is nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range and those mountains get covered in white fluff every winter.  My hands are always the first to freeze when it gets cold outside (or with over-zealous air conditioning, or at the movies!)  But not today.  Today, they were TOASTY thanks… Read more »

Fall is my favorite season.  This time of year is so fleeting yet so beautiful with the rich autumnal shades that surround us.  As temperatures dip, a cozy hat is perfect to keep the chilly winds at bay. Courtenay is a textured beret with a leaf motif that is perfect for fall.  I used a skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns for this pattern in the “Ginger” colorway and the color couldn’t be more perfectly autumnal!  This hat uses less than 150… Read more »

Remember this shawl that I test knit recently? This pattern is called, Find a penny and was designed by a dear friend and a fellow Amira, Lindsay.  I love all of her knitting and the yarns she uses.  She’s been steadily cranking out new patterns too, bravo!!  The first time I met Lindsay, it was at one of our knitting meetups in Dubai.  The Amiras meetups were always a blast.  We were the loud, excited bunch of ladies at a local coffee shop with piles of… Read more »

It has been a while since I knit anything for my son, Prithvi and when he mentioned this fact to me last week, I felt a humungoid pang of guilt!!  Determined to remedy this sad truth I cast on for a hat using some 100% alpaca yarn from Aslan Trends.  If you’re looking for a soft yarn, this is definitely cloud-soft!! I knew that garter stitch would be ideal and so I went on a Ravelry hat hunt.  I came across a pattern… Read more »

I finished a test knit for a friend this week and it was just the perfect amount of knitting instant gratification.  More details about the pattern coming once it is published including my slap-forehead moment when I ran out of yarn.  I took advantage of the fact that my “recruit” was ready to strike-a-pose today 🙂 Additional pictures and yarn/pattern deets soon.