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Produce Bags

10.5″ x 15″

These cloth bags were originally conceived to be used for produce when food shopping. The small loop hooks nicely over the hooks some grocery carts have (who knew that’s what they were for!). The larger handle is great for holding, and also fits through the small loop to close the bag. While each of these bags is unique, a loaf of bread fits nicely in this size bag, to give you an idea of size.

Please indicate which bag you are interested in in the comments!

Groovy - 10.5″ x 15″

Groovy – 10.5″ x 15″

 

Bloom - 9.5″ x 15″

Bloom – 9.5″ x 15″

 

Chirp - 10″ x 12″

Chirp – 10″ x 12″

 

Cherrylicious - 9.5″ x 13″

Cherrylicious – 9.5″ x 13″

 

Summer - 9.5″ x 13.5″

Summer – 9.5″ x 13.5″

 

Juicy - 9″ x 12″

Juicy – 9″ x 12″

 

Autumn Glory - 9″ x 13″

Autumn Glory – 9″ x 13″

Stitch Markers

Em has created some absolutely beautiful stitch markers to dress up your knitting. They’re all 1″ long with a ring diameter of roughly 1/3″. The markers are priced at $1 each.

Colourful

Doll’s Shrug

Purewol organic merino (because softness is for dolls too!).

7″ wide by 3″ tall. Fits a 12″-15″ doll.

Click the pictures below for a larger view.

14" doll

This shrug is a Tomboy Knits’ pattern – permission to sell finished objects has been granted :)

Pink Shell Shorties (small)

Small bloomer shorties – super cute for the hot weather! $25 + shipping outside Ottawa.

These shorties feature a soft light pink merino at the waist alternating with a darker pink wool in stripes with staggered transitions. The cuffs are edged in sweet crocheted shells.

Shell edging

Hip: 16″ unstretched
Rise: 15.5″
Inseam: 1.75″

Comes with a new coordinating 3mo tshirt (I think the shorts might last longer than 3mo because they’ll stretch).

Pink Shells 3

They have been washed in Eucalan, and I can lanolize these for you at no extra charge before shipping out!

Dream Big Ruffled Shorties Set (Large)

I dyed the yarn for these shorties in the winter with colour-fast Easter Egg dye. The colours didn’t come out at all like I’d planned, but I loved the muted tones that I ended up with. A mix of light blue, light orange, and some purple make these an airy summer colour combo. The base yarn is Briggs & Little Softspun – it’s turning out to be a great soaker base as it’s a thicker worsted, durable for toddlers, stretchy but springy, and seemingly not easily to felt.

The yarn has been sitting in my stash since, waiting for inspiration. When I found this t-shirt at Old Navy a couple of weeks ago, the inspiration struck! The colours go magnificently together. The waistband of the shorties is merino to continue the softness factor, and the legs have a seed-stitch cuff.

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I will add a hot air balloon feature on the the back of the shorties for no extra charge – just let me know what colours you’d like. The shorties have been washed in wool wash and I can lanolize for no extra charge before I mail them.

Hip: 20″ unstretched

Rise: approx 18″

T-shirt is Old Navy sized 18 months

Bloomers!

Most of the pieces I do are custom requests, but I also enjoy doing a few pieces as Ready To Ship. These bloomers are the latest.

Pink Shells

They’re knit with soft baby pink merino and a darker pink merino-blend. I tried a different striping technique on these with a staggered transition. The legs have a loose rib and a crochet shell edging.

I made the bloomers to match a cute little t-shirt (3 mos) I picked up at Carter’s on clearance (the tshirt is included). They’re a size small. The measurements are:

Hip: 16″ unstretched
Rise: 15.5″
Inseam: 1.75″

You can find these listed in the catalogue. Or on Etsy.

They have been washed in Eucalan, and I can lanolize these for you at no extra charge before shipping out!

Pink Shells 3

With t-shirt

Shell edging

The shell edging

Dye Job

I’ve been dyeing yarn in the crock pot for a couple of years now, on and off. I enjoy it, and I love the tie-dyed effect, but new skills are great, and I knew that hand-painting would give me a more predictable result in terms of colour placement. Also, it gives me the flexibility to dye more than one skein at a time, which is tricky in the crock pot.

Here’s my first attempt. There are plenty of tutorials out there; I used this one.

I used Easter Egg tablets – they’re typically on sale the day after Easter so I grabbed a box.

The Dye

The yarn was a single skein of natural Cascade 220 – a decent 100% wool. I soaked it in a vinegar/water solution for a while and then laid it in my pyrex dish.

Yarn Blank

I dissolved the tablets in vinegar per the dye instructions and then put them in squeezy bottles (I forgot to take a picture of this step). I picked up a set of three barbecue condiment bottles last year for that purpose. I squeezed the dye solution on three areas of the yarn and squished it in with gloved hands to make sure that it was saturated. Then I transferred the yarn to a smaller microwaveable dish with a lid and zapped it.

Ready for heating

Zap

After it was cool (it was REALLY hard to wait to take the lid off!) it looked really vibrant and I love that the colours are so defined.

Hank_Dry

Hank_Skeined1

Wound

I’ll definitely be doing this again with new colour combinations. I will try some food colouring next, and then I think I’ll take the plunge and buy some commercial dyes. This skein is enough for a skirtie, shorties, newborn longies, a hat…

Edited to add! Here’s the skirtie that I made with this yarn… it’s available now in the shop:

Pink Lemonade

The Woolly Wormhead Mystery Knit-a-Long

Originally posted on November 6, 2013

This year I’m participating in the Woolly Wormhead mystery knit-a-long for the first time. I’ve never done a KAL before – they’re generally projects I’m just not that interested in – but I’ve made several WW hats (my first hat was a WW design) and they always come out really well.

The deal is that you buy the pattern at a reduced price and it comes to you in instalments throughout the month. You are given hints about the design and yarn suggestions before you commit, but you don’t get to see the final design before you start. This is what makes it fun! There’s a discussion forum on Ravelry set up for support, you know, just in case…

I’m going to post my progress here as I move along. I’m doing 5 rows a day so I don’t interfere with customer work. This hat is for me – I don’t get a chance to knit for myself much!

So the first instalment has come out. It calls for Double Knitting (DK)-weight yarn and after going through my stash, I’ve decided on some vintage DK that I inherited from my Nana. I’m guessing they’re left-overs from a sweater – need to check with Mum. I’m pretty sure that there will be enough left over to make a pair of wrist-warmers too – bonus!

Yarn balls!

Yarn balls!

The yarn is a brown base with blue and orange mixed in – loving the colours. This poor yarn (no idea what it is, but it feels like pure wool) has been wound into tight balls for ages, so first step is to rewind on my ball-winder to let it relax.

Close-up

Ok, but of course I can’t WAIT. So I’ve started knitting with one of the tight balls. Gauge swatches are for the weak, so I’m crossing my fingers I’ll hit gauge – I always have with her patterns, so what could go wrong? ;)

There was a choice between doing a peaked brim or just a regular ribbed brim. I was tempted to do the peaked just to learn a new technique, but decided in the end the rib will suit me better. I’ve done a few rows over the past couple of days – nothing much to look at yet but it’s a start! Stitch marker was made by my lovely sister-in-law Em :)

So far... so good!

 

JUNE 2014 UPDATE: Yeah, well, it’s sitting in a bag… I think I’ll take it on vacation with me and see if I can finish it!!

Sweet Sweater

Originally posted on October 9, 2013

Waaay back, I posted a “find” that I’d discovered at my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) Wool-Tyme. In their warehouse sale, there was a bin with this pretty pink and grey-shaded yarn. The muted pastels caught me at once, but when I realized it was Fleece Artist BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) it had to be mine! Fleece Artist is a Canadian luxury yarn producer – usually the yarns are financially way out of reach for me – to find an older colourway at an affordable price was a score!

 

Fleece Artist BFL DK

Then the question was what to make with it. At a double-knitting weight, it’s thinner than I generally work with for longies, although it could work. When I posted it on my Facebook page though, my sister-in-law jumped on it and asked me to make something for my sweet little niece. After going back and forth on patterns, we decided on this attractive but not too saccharine hoodie from Sirdar.

The project has been slow going… it started with disaster when my ball-winder broke halfway through winding the first ball. That was a lot of yarn to wind by hand. I’ve missed changing needle sizes and had to pull back.. I read the wrong size and knit one front panel 2 inches too long… I had a last minute panic about the fact the back was shorter than the front panels (thankfully my Mum could talk me down and point out that the seams don’t hit at the top of the shoulder…).

I’ve been bringing parts of the sweater with me all summer trying to fit it in between other custom projects. It’s been to Nova Scotia, the local Science and Technology museum, on my front deck almost constantly… and now finally it’s done and on its way to the West Coast. It reminded me again why I stick generally with small items… I would dearly love to wear a sweater I’d knit myself but I just don’t have the patience!

Sweet Sweater

A Thank You to a Wonderful Teacher – Musica Mitts

Originally posted on June 23, 2013

My daughter has had a marvelous year this year in school. Her Grade 2 teacher has been so wonderful. She is so involved with the children, and relishes the chance to work with different personalities and learning styles for the challenge of it. I have seen my girl blossom this year both academically and socially. This teacher believes that reading and the occasional math game are the only homework that children need at this level, because children need to have fun, and have outside activities, and be, well, children. In addition to her classroom, she is at every extra-curricular night at the school and she volunteers with the Girl Guides as a leader. I have no idea where she finds the time!

Not only is this teacher wonderful overall, but she is also highly musical – with a fellow teacher she runs the primary choir, and has a song for every concept – singing in math and science classes – what a wonderful idea! It was a perfect fit for my daughter, who sings, well, constantly.

I wanted to do something special for this teacher – to do something that required a commitment on my part to show her how appreciated she is for going the extra mile for her kids. My daughter picked these stranded colourwork mitts with a music theme (pattern here). I have been doing a few rows here and there over the past few weeks. Hopefully they will come in handy for Mme. L on yard duty!

(Click on the pictures for a larger version.)

musica 001

musica 002 (Small)

musica 3
Thank you, Mme. L., for a wonderful year!