In a little under two months, I have knit a sweater. Not quite the same pace as sewing, but it feels so nice to wrap yourself in wool for the winter. I ordered my wool online from Quince and Co, it was quick to ship and the charges to Canada were relatively reasonable. The colour was not quite as I expected, but it definitely grew on me as the yarn passed through my fingers. The fantastic pattern is Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaeir.
Hopefully my silk Zinnia will be completed shortly, I’ve been scared of starting my button holes in the beautiful fabric.
I was running out of buttons in my etsy shop, so tonight I took the time to photograph and list a few more. I am a little astonished at how many I have accumulated over the years. I tend to make my buttons with bits of leftover clay at the end of each session in the studio.
I regularly use my buttons in my own sewing and knitting projects and I thought I’d host a little giveaway if anyone is interested in a random assortment of handmade ceramic buttons. Just leave a comment on this post by Friday October 11th if you are interested and I’ll pick someone at random. I’m happy to post my buttons anywhere around the globe.
Now, to see if anyone other than my big brother reads my blog!
Completed! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to knit up a pair of socks. One of my guilty pleasures is sneaking into MEC and buying myself a ridiculously expensive pair of merino SmartWool socks. I found the idea of knitting socks a little intimidating; the yarn is so thin, there are toes and heals to think about, and they were definitely not going to be knit up in an afternoon.
When I came across the book “Socks from the Toe Up” at the local library, I knew it was time to give them a try. I chose the basic, short row toe and heal pattern. The first sock was completed relatively quickly, but I was a little put off by having to knit the exact same thing again. So, the completed sock sat alone for a couple months.
Then, finally, I finished the second sock while sitting in the mist watching for whales on the Johnstone Strait. I seem to knit a lot more when I’m out camping. The sewing maching doesn’t quite pack as well as a set of needles and a ball of wool. Here’s the finished product, my first pair of socks. There are a few gaps in my short row heals, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong. But, they fit and feel fantastic.