Sunday, May 31, 2020

My Fading Point

I joined my Fading Point and can't put it down. I am decreasing four stitches every other row so the rows are getting shorter quickly.

I had some help from my little friend.

Susan sent pretty pictures of a Fading Point that she knit. Her colours are gorgeous.

Now I want to make a summer version. It will be in Singles. Why? That will make a lighter looking shawl. Also, Singles have a shine to them - almost a silky look.

It's knitting time. I could finish the first triangle tonight.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pretty in Pink

Mary sent an email this morning showing her beautiful new sweater knit in Rowan Felted Tweed.
The pattern is called Alabaster Jumper and is only available in the book 4 Projects Felted Tweed book from Rowan.
This sweater has been a labour of love - love cables but labour intensive. I started it on March 30 and finished it this morning, Knit on it every day (except for a one week break).  It fits perfectly, even the sleeve length is good.
Thanks for sharing Mary. 
The Cowl begins at the top and is 24” - but gradually expands until it is 34” at the base, making it nice and casual but never too tight. You will enjoy the constantly changing stitches and colors. If you can do slipped stitches and a little bit of simple lace, you will be fine.
This is the Criterion Cowl from Casapinka. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.
Three colors of fingering weight yarn, 200 yards/50g each. These are half skeins and if you have 3 full size skeins you can make 2 cowls and change the color order around!

We had a beautiful rainbow last night. It went right over the house.

Beth was weeding the garden this morning so she put Boscoe on his leash. He loves to run in the garden. She flipped the pool over to drain it and this happened. He looks like an angel - looks can be deceiving!

I was at work when Beth texted me the photo and I wrote my post. When I got home I heard the real story. He flipped the pool over. He was upset to be on the leash. 😈

Friday, May 29, 2020


Photos @ Stephen West
Meet Lava Lake from Stephen West (pattern purchased on Ravelry).
Choose five colors and fade them together for this large triangular shawl. This simple design is knit sideways in garter stitch from wingtip to wingtip. Lace columns accentuate the angles with smooth I-cord edges framing the entire piece. The colors fade to the middle of the shawl and then fade back to the originating color. This elegant design would also look smashing in a solid color!

I received an email from Tina (Freia Fine Handpaints) this morning and she is working hard on making Minikins. We might see them in June. There will be a new Minikin Palette Pack.
 Tina used this new colourway, Baby's Breath, to knit the Passeggiata Wrap.

Wannietta is working away on the Wrap for me. She is using Jewels.
Here is Tina's first wrap in Earthy.

Take a look at this project on Ravelry - the knitter is using the Sun Kissed kit. I thought it would be way too bright but it is gorgeous.
Send me an email if you want to reserve a kit.

I have 7 more rows on Fading Point before joining. We're going to watch Top Chef from last night and I should get a few rows knit. The problem with watching Top Chef (or any cooking show) is that you have to watch to see what is happening.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Visitor

I had a surprise when I got to work this morning.
I walked to the back of the parking lot to look at the gardens and there was a visitor. What a shock. I didn't get close - I used the close up on my phone. I didn't want to scare the little guy. I didn't know if he was okay so I called Animal Control and talked with a very nice lady. She said that the mothers leave the fawns somewhere safe for the day and will come back for them later. She had me look to see if he looked dehydrated (which he didn't) so she said not to worry. I kept checking and he/she had turned around. Their colouring is beautiful.
I went and checked before coming home and they were gone so mom must have come. I guess the fence isn't going to stop the deer from coming into the garden 😋.
Photos © Andrea Mowry
Andrea Mowry has a new hat pattern. This is Minted (pattern purchased on Ravelry).
This design was born of a serendipitous moment of these two lovely yarns snuggling up next to each other in my yarn basket. Day after day I would glance their way and I just knew they needed to be knit up together into a soft, warm hat! Minted is surprisingly quick to knit, and even more delightful to wear!
The hat is knit holding two strands together - a strand of sport weight and a strand of lace weight mohair. Tosh Sport and Rowan Kidsilk Haze would make a great combination.

We will have new Addi Click sets coming in August.

The addiClick interchangeable needle set is the only complete system which provides a patented click-in tip that will never come unscrewed while knitting. No tools are required to make a quick tip change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. Thanks to the Click’s revolutionary locking mechanism, the tips will remain secure until you choose to change them. 

One connection does it all! All addiClick system parts are fully interchageable. The complete system offers you seven tip choices (Original Turbo®, Bamboo, Olive Wood, Rocket Standard, Rocket Short, Rocket2 Standard, and Rocket2 Short) in sizes ranging from a US 4 to a US 19, 8 cord lengths, a multi-purpose connector, and even crochet hooks - providing you the opportunity to create just the right tool as you need it.

The addiClick Rocket2 SHORT set includes: 
  • 8 sizes of addiClick Rocket2 SHORT tips (approx. US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)
  • 1 each 16", 20", 24", 32", and 40" pliable, blue nylon cords with lifeline eyelets
  • 1 Click Connector, which helps to either store stitches or combine cords
  • 1 addiGrip to make changing tips even easier
  • 1 addi® Needle Gauge

The addiClick Rocket2 STANDARD set includes: 
  • 8 sizes of addiClick Rocket2 STANDARD tips (approx. US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)
  • 1 each 16", 20", 24", 32", and 40" pliable, blue nylon cords with lifeline eyelets
  • 1 Click Connector, which helps to either store stitches or combine cords
  • 1 addiGrip to make changing tips even easier
  • 1 addi® Needle Gauge
I have knit with the Rocket Squared and liked them. I didn't find them as slippery (so not as fast) as regular Addis.

We will also have individual Rocket Squared tips. If you already have an Addi set you can try out one set of tips to see if you like them.

Pretend Trip Day 4
(What I would have done in Vegas if I was there)

I was up early and got my suitcase packed. I forgot to mention that I bought 3 new pairs of shoes. Getting them into the suitcase was fun but I made it. I had a great time but the trip wasn't near long enough. Sometimes I have a hard time when I get home because of the time change but I have a feeling I'll feel just fine tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

On This Day

Linda showed us a beautiful Fading Point yesterday. This is another that she did in 2018. I am in LUST. I put together kits today. I have 4 of the colours that Linda used and had to improvise on one.

Then I continued with more kits because why stop at one?

After the pictures uploaded from my phone to the computer my computer showed pictures 'on this day'. These are from May 27, 2018.
My first Fading Point. I thought it was funny that I am working on the same pattern on the same day, two years apart.

Here is Lucy and dad on May 27, 2017.

Pretend Trip Day 3
(What I would have done in Vegas if I was there)

The hockey game last night was a lot of fun. Of course Vegas won.

My little car and I went on an adventure today. 
The first stop was The Mirage for breakfast.

After breakfast a bit of shopping at Nectar. They have great bath bombs and bubble bath.

We stopped at Aria.
The lobby tree was decorated with purple lights.
More purple lights at the Cosmopolitan. The chandelier is amazing!
I had an early dinner at Eataly. What a terrific place. 
Inspired by the open markets of Italy, here you can watch our chefs, mongers, butchers, bakers, and pasta makers practice their craft as they prepare your food behind the counter. Once you order, find a seat nearby – we’ll let you know once it's ready!
Choosing what to eat is hard - everything looks so good!
Prime Rib won out. 

Tonight I'm going to see Terry Fator. Then I need to start packing. I'm heading home tomorrow.