Out With the Old, In With the New

It’s over. Done. Finally finished! After three long months my Aidez cardigan is all seamed up. It’s even been out and about! Overall I’m quite pleased with it. I only wish that it had pockets!
Aidez Front

Aidez Back

Since I’ve finished up two of the three projects I had on the go I figured it was high time to start something new. I had some variegated green sock yarn that I wanted to use and I also wanted to try a pattern from Cookie A’s Knit.Sock.Love. As a result
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The pattern is Pointelle and so far I love it. It definitely demands your attention, but it’s so addicting to knit. Seems to be knitting up quite quickly as well. Stay tuned for updates.

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A Cozy Pair for a Rainy Day

It’s been a while (two weeks I’ve been informed) since I’ve shared any knitting adventures. Part of the absence was due to my hectic schedule. I’m happy to say, that I’m officially finished my Master’s degree. Just waiting on marks to confirm that I am indeed a Master of Information! (Not that I have any worries, but it seems in poor taste to be flaunting around a title that hasn’t quite been confirmed yet).

In the mean time it seems as though I’m busier than ever with short term job that I’m doing. No complaints, but that, coupled with the beautiful biking weather, has meant that knitting has taken a hit. However, I did manage to finish my ZigZag socks.

So cozy
Despite the fact they are definitely a winter sock (stranded with alpaca = warm and cozy), I LOVE them. I wish I had more. I wish I had a pair in every colour I can think. That’s how much I love them. They were a treat to knit. I never got the dreaded “are these never going to end” feeling. In truth I’m a little sad that I’m finished knitting them they were that fun!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Alpaca Sox yarn. It split very easily, and my affinity for very pointy needles wasn’t a very good combination. Other than that I couldn’t be happier!

In other knitting news, I’ve finally cast on the second sleeve of my Aidez sweater. It’s been neglected for far too long, but I’m committed to finishing it up. The 3″ ribbed cuff was really holding me back, but now that I’ve finished it, should be smooth sailing from here on out!

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Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

I know this topic is from a few days back, but I’m a little bit behind. Nevertheless, I’m going to post about it anyway. At first I couldn’t really think of any projects that I’d have made a big impact, or held a really special place in my heart, mostly because all of the projects that I really love I haven’t finished yet or had that much time away from them to come back and talk about them already. However, digging a little deeper one project does come to mind. My Pogies. I wrote about them a while back in the fall and haven’t really seen much of them since, but they had quite the journey. Worthy enough to bring attention to them now.

For those of you who aren’t up on rowing lingo (as I assume most of you probably aren’t) Pogies are a special mitt that goes around the outside of the oar handle, allowing the rower to keep their bare hands on the oar while protecting them from the bitter morning cold.

Luckily this fall was relatively mild and I didn’t feel the need to cover up my hands until well into the season. Had it been any colder my idea to knit these pogies would have been altogether too late.

Outside Hand

These little guys went to Welland for the Ontario University Athletics Championship. They weren’t done of course. I’m sure I was the only rower there knitting between races. I managed to finish them up before November, which was a good thing because that last week on the water was COLD. So cold that the hull of our boat and our oars were coated with ICE when we got off the water. It was chilly; And rowing isn’t really a sport conducive to bundling up. The clothing of choice is spandex, and lots of it in this case!

To top it all off these knitted wonders made the trip out to Victoria for the Canadian University Championships as well. Luckily it was much warmer out there, so I didn’t really use them that much. But I was happy to have them there just in case!

As I was rooting through luggage bags today (for something entirely unrelated) I came across my Purple Pogies. They brought back some great memories of the season, and a hint of sadness about their fate. It’s unlikely I’ll be rowing again anytime soon, and hopefully not in the chilly season either, which means these mitts just might have passed their prime. But who knows, that’s what I thought last time I stopped rowing.

Although this post has had relatively little to do with knitting, it’s been nice to look back at some good memories. All thanks to some knitting.