Adventing KAL

I really did mean to write this after the first day of the Advent Calendar Scarf but I just got caught up in the fun of it that it slipped my mind.

Here’s a quick recap. Every day, starting on the 1st of December a pattern is posted (and for free!) here. So every day at around 5pm I check the website for the days pattern. Then I frantically start knitting on my scarf so that I don’t fall behind and can be ready for the next day’s installment.

That’s my Day 1

Days 2-4

As you can see, each day has a distinctly different pattern, each separated by a row of beads. The end result is a very long scarf with 24 different stitch patterns.

Ideally, to showcase the details of this scarf you’d use a solid colour yarn, but I was trying to use up some yarn I already had. And this yarn is like holding a cloud in your hand. I just couldn’t pass it up.



‘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.

Pumpkin and a Little Spice

I’m working on another sock from Knit. Sock. Love.  and it finally strikes me why I really enjoy knitting patterns by Cookie A. The last two pairs of socks that I knit were not of her design. Those socks and I developed a bit of a love hate relationship and as I sit knitting this new pair in a festive pumpkin colour, it strikes me why.

Most socks that I knit have some sort of pattern running across them. I can’t bear the thought of knitting a plain sock these days. Herein lies the problem. Having a patterned fabric, typically, means repetition and I get bored to death doing the same thing over and over. (Rather ironic that I’m so drawn to knitting since it requires doing exactly that, but I digress). The last two socks I knit, while I’m quite pleased with the final product, were really a test of my will. Repeat after same repeat. It took me almost four months to finish one pair because I kept losing interest!

Enter Cookie A. Her patterns keep me hooked right from the beginning. (Well at least after I’ve finished the cuff. It’s pretty difficult to spice that up.) As I’m reading through the third chart for the left sock, (third of eight different charts used for this pair), it becomes crystal clear. Almost every line is different. Not so different that it’s difficult; once you get going its possible to read the rows below to anticipate what you should be doing. But different enough that I don’t want to toss them aside in search of something new. In fact I have a hard time putting them down because I “just want to do one more row” to see how the pattern comes alive in the yarn. That of course leads to several more inches of sock before I finally put them down.

That’s been my knitting eureka moment of the day. Not sure why it’s taken so long for me to figure it out, but at least now I know.

I’m looking for sock patterns with a little bit of spice.

Any suggestions?

Hipster at Heart? Highly unlikely!

My first slouchy hat is complete. It turned out pretty well, and if my head wasn’t abnormally small I’d say it was perfect. However, I do have a tiny noggin and it’s a bit large.

While making it there was a point where I stopped and thought “this would be a good spot to start the crown decreases.” I should have listened to my gut. Instead I rationalized that all the other adjustments I take the liberty of doing, I usually end up wishing I had just followed the pattern as is. So that’s what I did.

If I make it again I would do the rib with even smaller needles (about 2mm) and start the crown at 14 repeats ( or whichever one I was thinking, I really should have written that down). Other than that I’m pretty happy.