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Happy 150th Canada!!

As part of the EtsyCA150+ campaign, celebrating Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, I am happy to present my latest pattern, the Busy Birthday Beaver!!

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The pattern includes 3 sizes ranging in height from 7cm to 11cm and each beaver is hugging their favourite log!

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Time to Start Planning for Winter!

I know, it sounds ridiculous and numerous individuals are probably going to want to smack me for saying it, but when you are talking about something like knitting, you really do need to start early!

Whether you are creating additions for your own wardrobe, making gifts for family and friends, or preparing for holiday craft shows, time is not on your side when you produce goods that are quite time consuming to complete. That’s why I am in the process of finalizing a number of patterns for winter accessories!

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I just added the pattern for my Two-Tone Textured Wrist Warmers yesterday.Ā  I loved designing this pattern and was so impressed with the Lion Brand Landscapes yarn used for the warmers pictured above. I used a Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the ones below, making it a very inexpensive but equally attractive option!

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Now that I have discovered a liking for working on double pointed needles, after 40 years of avoiding them, I have a multitude of new pattern ideas milling about in my head!

I posted my newest cowl pattern earlier this month, pictured above, and have just started another new pattern today for a hat and wrist warmer set which I plan to publish next week, so if you are looking for winter projects to add to your knitting wish list, please stop by for a visit!

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“K” is for Kite (& also for Kangaroo)!

I am on a roll! I finished “I”, “J” & “K” in just 4 days, please don’t expect this level of speed to continue!

As part of my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge, I chose to knit a kite for K but I wasn’t sure what type of critter to use for my kite flyer, and then I received a commission from a friend to design a kangaroo! Perfect timing!!

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Just for fun, here are some other knitted critters enjoying the kite!

I enjoyed designing and knitting the kangaroo so much that I have decided to make it available in my stores as one of my patterns for sale. I will be posting the pattern in the next couple of weeks!

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Next up, “L” is for Love Nest!!

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“F” is for Frost Flower

I have finally finished the next entry for my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge!

The Frost Flower lace pattern is one I have wanted to try for many years but was rather intimidated by the idea of a 24 row pattern in which every single row includes pattern stitches, no nice easy purl rows in between to provide a break!Ā  But, here it is at last, my “F” is for Frost Flower scarf!

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As an added bonus, completing this project also allows me to cross off another of my 2017 goals, #8 – Tackle a more complex lace pattern that I have never tried before. I do however, plan on adding a part B to this goal as I have decided to give myself the challenge of trying to design my own original lace pattern!!

I added a beaded edge to each end of my scarf to provide a little extra glitter and the yarn I chose has a lovely metallic thread throughout.

For this project, I used Lion Brands “Shawl in a Ball”, Metallic Moonstone which I purchased from YarnCanada.ca (love this online store!)

This is a yarn I would definitely recommend. I have used yarns before which include a metallic thread running through them, and I have previously found that they split, gather or tear. This yarn did none of these and was lovely to work with. I was very happy with the progression of colours throughout the ball and yardage is amazing, 518 yards per ball!! I completed my looong scarf and still have at least 1/3 of the ball left over for another awesome project!

I will be making my Frost Flower Scarf pattern available for sale in the next few days.

Now it’s time to start planning for “H” is for Hat. For those of you who missed it, I went a little out of order and have already completed “G” is for Granny. I have chosen two shades of Lion Brand’s Landscapes yarn, a solid colour and a self striping, for my hat and will be designing a mosaic motif!Ā  Can’t wait to get started šŸ™‚

 

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ā€œAā€ to ā€œZā€ Knitting Challenge ā€“ G is for Granny!

For anyone keeping track of my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge, you may have noticed that “F” is for Frost Flower is missing!Ā  No, I have not forgotten about the letter F and the Frost Flower pattern is underway, however, as it is a longer term project, I decided that it would not be breaking the rules of the challenge to move onto the next letter ahead of time! After all, I made up the rules šŸ™‚

I am happy to introduce “G” is for Granny!

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I have made a few dolls using versions of this pattern but wanted to spend some time perfecting the shaping and the finishing techniques.Ā  I will be making another couple of samples to test my pattern over the next week or so and once complete, I will be adding the pattern to my Ravelry and Etsy stores.

Now, just to prove that F is not forgotten, here is my WIP for “F” is for Frost Flower.

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I really love this lace pattern and am very happy with the yarn I chose, Moonstone Metallic Shawl in a Ball by Lion Brand, purchased from Yarn Canada.

I hope to finish this project in the next two or three weeks and will also be starting on “H” is for hat!