Advent Scarf Day 18

Another day down. I didn’t really “get” today’s pattern. I can’t seem to pick out the pattern. It looks like a bit of a jumbled mess to me. However, considering the number of patterns that I really love, having only one or two that I’m not crazy about is pretty good.

As always, if you’re interested in following along, the pattern is here.
A new pattern is uploaded every day.

Advent Scarf Day 17

I think we have a winner! Or at least a new favourite.

Today’s stitch is a version of an Estonian Star stitch. Once I understood the instructions for the stitch it was quite simple. It basically makes 5 stitches out of one, but instead of making those five out of just one stitch, you knit five stitches together to make that one. It sounds rather complicated, but I assure you once you have the knitting in your hand it’s not that bad.

Posting photos everyday has made it quite evident to me that I really don’t have any photography skills. The photos are never quite as crisp as I hope. I usually wait until I have some decent sunlight and take the photo by the window to avoid the flash. But even that is starting to do weird things with my knitting, as if it looks almost like plastic.

This photo was done with my usual point and shoot camera and I just wasn’t pleased with the result. The colours look more saturated and there is a weird sheen to it. So I took today’s “official” photo with a fancier camera that I forgot we had. I think it’s a bit better. The colour is at least more true.

Sadly, there is just not enough time for me to devote to another hobby. My mediocre photos will have to suffice for now!

As always, if you’re interested in following along, the pattern is here.
A new pattern is uploaded every day.

 

Advent Scarf Day 16

Yesterday was the perfect Christmas-time day. I spent the day helping with the Christmas  Baking, which really was an all-day affair.

Set against the backdrop of Christmas music and a tree by the fire we managed to make about 9 different Christmas treats including shortbread, Nanaimo bars, caramel slice and triple layer bars. The only thing that was missing was a light dusting of big fat snowflakes, instead we were “comforted” with the sound of howling winds and driving rain.

So while I was caught up in the mouth-watering adventures of the day I didn’t have time to work on my Advent Scarf. (Okay, I’ll admit I snuck away for a moment to check out the day’s pattern.) But being the planner that I was, I  packed all the necessary knitting notions to do my daily installment while I was away. (Yes, I too wish that nice fireplace and waterside view was from my own living room, but it’s not). I had my yarn, phone (for the pattern), crochet hook (for the beads) and a travel pack of my beads.

With the baking done (or at least having got the better of us for the day), I had some time to sit down with my knitting. (Yup, in front of the fire. It was awesome). Out came the beads, only for me to discover that the “mixed bag” of beads that I brought, (same colours, just a cheaper version than the ones I had at home), didn’t quite look as nice and round as the others. Nor were the holes a uniform size. In fact, despite being 6/0 size beads, I couldn’t get my crochet hook through them. It had worked with my beads at home of the same size, but of course since I’m away, the knitting gods just had to throw me a loop.

Had I been at home I simply would have walked into the bathroom and grabbed my “Superfloss” and been done with it. (I actually use that kind. I think it was a first for me actually having something required on hand). However, I wasn’t. At first I just thought I’d leave my knitting for the next day. No big deal. But I couldn’t still my restless hands. So being the industrious knitter that I am, I found some regular floss with the hopes that I could make something work.

With a dextrous combination of floss, crochet hook, a few choice words and a bit of patience I got all the beads on. I don’t recommend this approach, but I have to say today’s pattern turned out great!

I love reading the forums on Ravelry for this KAL. You just never know what people are thinking when they knit the patterns up. One knitter thought it looked a little like flowers, another thought owls, and hearts. Me? I think they’re clearly little fuzzy caterpillars!

As always, if you’re interested in following along, the pattern is here.
A new pattern is uploaded every day.

‘Tis the Season

Christmas Season is here! One trip to the mall will confirm that beyond a doubt, so it’s time to start infusing the Holidays into my knitting. (Aside of course from a few gifties that I’ve been working on, but sshhh). Enter, the Advent Calendar Scarf!

When I think of advent calendars I immediately think of this:

It’s a fabric advent calendar that used to hang in our house every Christmas. Each day a stuffed bear makes his way around the house looking for Christmas. I loved it! Even now I’m a little sad when another Christmas goes by without it adorning the walls at family Christmas *hint *hint..

However, since that era of adventing has passed, it’s time for something new. My very crafty mom introduced my to the Advent Calendar Knit-a-long (KAL) on Ravelry. Starting on the first of December, a pattern will be released each day for 24 days. At the end you’ll have an extremely huge scarf with 24 different patterns throughout.

At first I wasn’t all that excited, but now I can’t wait for December so I can get started! I’ve picked out my materials and I’m all set to go!

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace, 940m
Colourway: Azalea
Beads: 6/0 Glass Seed Beads
Colour: Pearl and Translucent Pearl

I’ll post updates periodically to show off the patterns and my progress. Only three more days!

For those of you not on Ravelry, you can check out the pattern here.

Christmas Time Wrap Up

It has been a busy and wonderful holiday this year. Despite being pretty under the weather with a nasty head cold coupled with allergies, I still had a great time visiting with friends and family. There was lots of travelling. The early part of Christmas was spent in Kingston, the unfinished cottage of Thanksgiving dinner was no more. It’s almost a finished home, a beautiful one at that. We had Christmas dinner chez my family, complete with Christmas crackers and paper crowns. Finally we headed off to the city for more Christmas at my grandmothers. An experience that is always sure to quench your thirst for all things Christmas. Despite the over-the-top approach, it’s always nice to see the family.

After all that my already weakened immune system needed a break from allergen laden animals, so I’m back in my apartment, surrounded by wonderful gifts, mountains of books, and YARN!! Currently have a pair of socks on the go.

Beginnings of the sock

Progress

Heel