Friday, October 29, 2010


The crazy boy, all dressed and ready to haunt at his first Halloween Party.  His daycare (it is called Small Fries...which I love) is having a little party today.  As you will see - he was PUMPED!

Ninja Dragon?

"Mom, I am sewiously I scary dwagon!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pattern Love

Just when you think that your Ravelry Queue is big enough, SweaterBabe sends out a newsletter!

The Sophisticated Boho Eternity Scarf is a great quick-ish knit for the cool weather that is approaching.  Worsted Weight yarn and a clever clear snaps closure at each end allow you to wear it as a scarf or mobius wrap/scarf.  Soooooo clever!

As a mobius

As a scarf

Monday, October 25, 2010

Some progress

Mondo Cable Cardi - 45%

So we are moved in to our new place, and I managed to knit a couple more inches on Mondo Cabled Cardi.  This is always the part of the pattern that takes forever for me, but it is moving along.

As for the Fiddlehead Mittens, they are tooooooo tight - getting frogged and starting again on some bigger needles :)

Pictures of the new place to come soon!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Project - Fiddlehead Mittens

Well the cool weather is on it's way, so amidst the piles of boxes in the living room and a moving truck coming on Saturday, I still found myself casting on a new project.

Fiddlehead Mittens

I love his pattern - but was having an issue wrapping my head around paying $50 for the kit.  So yesterday I headed to the LYS and found a great substitute.

Sirdar Baby Bamboo

Sirdar Baby Bamboo is a great substitution since I HATE scratchy wool on my hands.  I have knit and inch so far and love it.  The gauge is a little tight, but I am planning on gifting these to my sister and then making another pair for myself.  She has tiny little hands so they should be perfect.  For $35.00 I was able to get enough yarn to do 2 matching pairs.  Good shopping!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Life Right Now

Boxes, Bins and Bags

Packing, dusting, cleaning, re-dusting....

That is my world right now.  We are getting ready for our move on the weekend to a beautiful new place with vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, and the beach 4 blocks away.

Now only if my house could clean itself, we would be all set!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pattern Love

I don't know how we ever found so many great patterns before Ravelry.  This morning I was looking over some patterns that Ravelry friends had queued and found this beautiful sweater.

Collins by BabyCocktails

Fantastic finishing idea :)

How cool is the closure on this sweater.  I think that my Ravelry Queue is going to get a shake up this week - keep finding fantastic new patterns!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Benefits of Being the Boss

So I own and operate a marketing company, which I LOVE!  One of the fringe benefits is that I have a designer on staff - so I asked her to create a little something for my knitting patterns and blog.  Here is what she came up with.

Thought it would add a nice, more professional look to the patterns that I have for sale on Ravelry!

TGIF - off to watch Diego with the little guy and catch up on some knitting.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Back on the Rock

Well after a delayed ferry trip to Vancouver on Tuesday night and a long, slow ferry ride to Powell River yesterday, I am officially over the ferries :(

Busy work day today with a presentation at the Comox Valley Womens' Business Network tonight.  Already looking forward to the weekend and a little downtime!

On a happy note, I got a great deal on Ravelry for some Knitpicks Andean Silk, so I will be busy online searching for the perfect thing to knit with it.  No more knitting on Mondo Cabled Cardi - not enough time in the day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nice long weekend...

Mondo Cable Cardi - 25%

Thanksgiving was a nice and lazy holiday.

Got a bunch of knitting completed on the Mondo Cable Cardi and that is about it.  Was lucky to be invited to dinner at a friends place, so no turkey prep for me this holiday!  Will have to make sure that I return the favor around Christmas :)

Heading to pick up my little guy after 8 days away - can't wait to see him.  Knitting will get sidelined over the next week while I make up for lost play-time with my 2 year old.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Queue

One of the things that I love the most about Ravelry is the Queue. I am forever revising the Queue each time I am online. It is always funny to see patterns that I added 3 months ago, and wonder - "Why did I queue this - it is a fingering weight cardigan - there is no way I have the patience to knit that!"

That being said - here is the current Top 3 in my Ravelry Queue:

The Effortless Cardigan

Fitted Cabled Shawl Collared Sweater

Bayshore Cardigan

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Weekend

Another busy work week has come and gone. Looking forward to the celebration of Turkey Day.

My family is all in Ontario, so being a bit of a refugee we have been invited to a friend's place for a menu of deep fried turkey and a legendary (I have been told) stuffing that contains oatmeal and a few other interesting ingredients.  My son will be with his Dad this weekend, so I am without a charge - translation - this is a wine holiday.  I am responsible for bringing a salad - considering the spread we have been invited to I insisted that the addition of apple cider and rum would amp up my contribution.  So there is my Sunday.

The rest of the weekend is already planned as well - cuddle into the couch and watch movies/food network and knit.  That's all folks.

Hope to have a big chunky WIP to show you all this weekend :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Project - Mondo Cable Cardi

So after messing around with my pile of patterns to knit - I got frustrated when I found a bunch of little errors - since I wrote them 2 years ago, by cold ridden brain could not figure out where the error was.

So - I did what any good knitter would do - give up and start something else :)

The start of Mondo Cable Cardi

I have always been a big fan of Bonnie Marie Burns and Chicknits.  Her blog was actually the first blog I started reading years ago before the knitting blog-o-sphere exploded into what it is today.  Her patterns are always super clear and easy to follow - she clearly has a great ability to write a pattern that is simple enough for new knitters, but that has interesting finishing options for more advanced knitters - I also like that many of her patterns have different lengths for sleeves, the choice to make it a vest vs. cardigan, etc...

Here is the details on my new project:

Yarn:  Berroco Vintage in Teal
Needles:  US 8
Started:  October 6, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cast Ons and Designs

I have be lucky to sell quite a few patterns since the launch of Ravelry.  The most popular was a pattern that I designed or ages 3 months to 3 years - The Essential Baby Cardigan.  I wrote it in a simple top down cardigan pattern that you could knit in 3 different weights of yarn - worsted, DK and fingering or sock.

The Essential Baby Cardigan

So getting back into the blog makes me think about all of the designs that I have written up.  I have 2 kids patterns and 2 adult patterns written up to be test knit.  Now which one to cast on.....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Halloween Boy - Sneak Peak

Carson - Feared Dragon/Preschooler

Ahh, toddlers - wait he isn't called a toddler any more - ahh, preschoolers.  Carson is 2 1/2 and loves his Halloween costume.  I was clever and purchased it while I was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago at Old Navy - this super warm and fuzzy costume was $22.50 - which if you shop here in Canada, you will know is crazy cheap.

I hung it in the back of his closet, but couldn't help myself and let him try it on.  Rawr!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Back to the Blog

Well, back to the Blog...

I blogger for a couple of years under this URL and really enjoyed it. Then I had a baby and blogging (as well as any other spare time activity) went by the wayside.  I used to blog about all sort of things from cooking to knitting, and enjoy the recording of things to look back at.

Now that my plate is slightly less full, I am going to take another crack at it. Cross your fingers people. This is a bit of a long shot.

I have knit since I was a little girl and have having been away from it - I really miss it. So over the last couple of months I started back slow knitting a couple of easy pieces - like Christmas Gift Scarves, etc. Now I feel like I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

I have a couple of projects currently on the go.

Cloud Chaser
#1 - This is a great pattern from Amy Swenson called Cloud Chaser - she is a great designer that I have followed for ages. Her patterns are always very clear to understand, but also fit really well on normal shaped women.  Thanks Amy!

#2 - The other is an older pattern from Knitty called Rockstar.  I bought this yarn 3 years ago to make up a scarf, but never started.  This is destined to be a gift for my younger sister Megan for Christmas this year.  Just started last night - so I will upload a picture when it looks like a bit more.

Well, first post out of the way - let's see if we can keep it up :)