Everyone has a favorite month and mine happens to be February. ¬†No, not because of Valentine’s Day but because February is my birthday month ūüôā ¬†Yeah, I get me some good spoiling every February. ¬†Even though my birthday isn’t until later this month, I’ve already been treated to breakfast in bed, sparkly trinkets, cards tucked in my purse from the kids and maybe a love note or two from my guy ‚ô• ¬†I also think that there’s¬†a secret getaway being… 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 don’t know about you, but the longer I have yarn languishing in my stash, the less likely I am to be excited to knit with it!¬† I recently¬†found a pattern for a little girl’s sweater on Ravelry which I thought would be the perfect layering piece for Kiki.¬† The pattern I’m talking about is Cinnamon¬†from the uber talented knitwear designer, Elena Nodel. I loved the chic-ness of it and thought about how gorgeous it would look knit it in… Read more »

This is fun, posting snippets of our vacation meanderings.¬† Here are some of my faves from today… Be still my beating heart! Come, sit a while… My favorite of all the maples – the Japanese Maple.¬† Ahh, sun dappled shade the best cure for the scorcher that was today. And there has to be yarn (thank you kindly, KnitMap, hehe!)¬† I’ve actually misplaced my 4.5 mm¬†“sleeve circs” (you know, short circulars that are perfect for sleeve knitting in the round… Read more »

Looks like a ghost marina.¬† No wait, today is Tuesday.¬† These folks must be hard at work somewhere and probably wishing they were out here playing instead!¬† Also,¬†the fun you can have with the Photosynth app.¬† Click here to see. My flower power gal ūüėČ Thanks to KnitMap,¬†you can find a yarn store anywhere you wander and look what I found… this cute little yarn¬†store¬†in downtown Courtenay!¬† I picked out two skeins of Mirasol¬†Qina¬†in a lovely heathered purple.¬† Baby Alpaca… Read more »

My dear friend, Jocelyn, dyed me some special fingering weight yarn¬†last year.¬† Her Etsy Shop, Dubai Knits, is always stocked with fantastic yarns in¬†such pretty colorways.¬† I’ve been saving that yarn for something special and when Cecily published her adorable Breezy Blues pattern collection, I was all over it.¬† I cast on immediately for Drifting using my special Dubai Knits yarn.¬† This yarn is super lovely, with excellent stitch definition and just the right amount of loft.¬† It blocks out… Read more »

I cannot believe I forgot to blog about Metro!¬† (My Ravelry page says that this cardigan was finished on March 1!!!)¬† Better late than never, right?¬† When this pattern was published in the 2010 Fall issue of Twist Collective, I thought it was “nice” but never¬†really got that I-Must-Knit-This-NOW type feeling. Then, I got this yarn as part of¬†my Madelinetosh¬†Sweater Club shipment and it was am-A-zing!¬† Meet Squishy! ¬†Actualy, it’s tosh 80-10-10 Worsted MCN, but I prefer Squishy, the perfect… Read more »

When I bought this yarn from my LYS a few weeks ago, I knew that I wanted to knit something girly with it. What better than a little spring cardigan for my 3-year-old daughter, Kirtana.¬† So, I dug out my Barbara Walker Stitch Dictionary, picked out a stitch pattern I liked and began knitting.¬† Every time I would pick up this sweater to knit a few rows, Kiki would ask me, “Mama, are you all done?”¬† That alone was sheer… Read more »

This is what we saw on one of our bike rides last week…. What a perfect day to ride horses (or bikes)!¬† Time to bring out the spring knitting, don’t you think?¬† I was contemplating what yarn to use, when I looked at these beauties from my recently frogged Dark and Stormy Cardi and thought… Plan B! Same yarn, different pattern! I’ve been wanting to knit the Garter Yoke Cardi¬†for a while now and so as always, I went trolling… Read more »

Stash!¬† Every knitter has a bit of yarn or boat loads of it.¬† Some knitters cram this stash into the deepest recess of their closets while others prefer to proudly display their piles-o-yarn for inspiration or…decor!¬† My stash is what I call, um…moderate ūüėČ and I try to keep it stuffed into the two large-ish bins in my closet.¬† Any overflow and I go into a state of panic.¬† You know the feeling… “Oh no, I spent all my money… Read more »