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Simple is good – the Abate

I participated in a Knit-along with some online knitting friends this summer. I don’t do many because the projects always get hibernated when orders come in. This one seemed doable though – big needles, not complicated and eye appeal.

We had a choice between Ease/Abate or Glazed Pecan. I picked Abate because a sweater for a 9-year-old is faster than a sweater for a grown woman. Plus my daughter was a willing recipient. Abate is knit in worsted, but on US10 needles so the stitches are loose and drapey.

For yarn, I wanted a superwash, partly for ease of use but also they tend to be smoother. We had decided on Cascade 220 until Unraveled posted that they had some limited edition hand-painted Superwash from the Mineville Wool Project - a Fleece Artist venture. We took the trip to Merrickville to check it out – it turned out to be beautiful but a little prickly. The kid decided she wanted it anyway. $12.99 per 180m – SOLD!


The yarn traveled down with me to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia (fittingly since it’s *from* Nova Scotia) and I knit up the body and one sleeve during the two weeks we were down there. I tried it on her – it looked great. The half-finished sweater traveled back here, and sat around until the Knit-along-ers reminded me that it had to be finished by Sept 1. Eeek!

On the Bay

So… I’ve been knitting like mad this week and just finished it off – now it’s soaking in a lanolin bath to hopefully soften it up a little, but it has been pronounced wearable and loved. I swear the sleeves were longer a month ago – damn those summer growth spurts. I have some yarn left over that I’m going to store if I need to lengthen them before she outgrows it in other ways.


There’s this little trick they tell you about when you’re working with hand-painted yarn – you’re supposed to work with two skeins at once and alternate yarns. This, kids, is why. I was lazy, and didn’t do this. I managed to grab one skein that was dyed a little differently, so there are spiral stripes on the top of the body, and none further down, where I ran out of yarn and changed skeins. I seem to be the only one who cares, though, so I’m pretending I don’t notice.

Mission complete – I hit the deadline.  So now… do I bite the bullet and make a larger one for me? I can do it without the collar which is good for someone who prefers nothing at my throat!

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Teachers Gifts 2014

Somehow this year I got suckered into creating three teacher gifts. They were worth it though – three caring women helped make Grade 3 a success for my daughter.

For her homeroom teacher who has lovely blue eyes – a blue Tiger Lily Cowl knit in Berroco Vintage.

Tiger Lily Cowl

Tiger Lily Cowl

For her most awesome LST, a crocheted Mini Market Bag in reclaimed sari silk. I wish I could have captured the colours properly on this bag – it was so vibrant.








And finally for the great English teacher she’s had for two years, Tree of Life fingerless mitts in KnitPicks Swish DK. I’ll be making more of these for sure – they knit up very quickly and they look amazing.

Front and Back

Front and Back



Another year in the books. Now I have a great summer with both kiddos planned, and in the fall, Grade 4 and JK *sniff!*.

Sugaring Season

This post was originally published March 2013.

Just about the time even *I*, who loves winter, am getting kind of sick of bulky sweaters and snowsuits, my husband starts spending every single evening ramping up for this week – the week we start tapping. He buys more buckets every year – he’s up to 150 buckets this year. He put in the first spiles at the end of last week, and while it’s been slow to start (which is good because there was lots of preparation left to do), we’ve got full buckets ready to collect today.

The past few days have been busy tapping days – the last of the buckets went in this morning, with some help from our son. Some of the trees were dripping as soon as the spile went in.

Last year was a terrible syrup season, especially for low-volume producers who rely on the buckets rather than plastic tubing. This is year looks fantastic. Temperatures ideally need to stick within 5 degrees of freezing (celcius) for the sap to run well, and the next couple of weeks look ideal. We should get a bumper “crop” if things go well.

It’s an intense few weeks, but for a couple who grew up mostly in the suburbs, living out here is incredibly rewarding. My involvement in the process is mainly taking pictures, watching with amazement and pride, keeping suppers warm when he’s out there in the late evenings, and consuming the delicious end-product. Lucky me!

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