SSKAL - what I'll be knitting.

You know what tomorrow is, right? It's the beginning of the summer sweater knit along with very shannon! wahoo! This is by far the most popular knit along she has, and it's so fun! I really had wanted to participate in the tops, tanks & tees kal, but sadly my knitting schedule couldn't accommodate...
But I can do a sweater... right?
no. I will.

see, I'm being realistic here, I've chosen a sweater that takes bulky yarn... and I"ve already knit this sweater 3 times already... so yah, it will be easy, peasy...

Want to know what I'll be knitting?
pattern: Jane Richmond's Oatmeal Pullover.
yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in "crush".

I'm pretty excited about this one. Because well who doesn't need a hot pink sweater? Also, my previous oatmeal has been worn out... I loved it that much...

Want to join in? The KAL runs from July 30 - Sept 24.. and there are always some pretty amazing prizes! It's really fun, and the group of knitters you get to know are fantastic!!
Find all of the details and sign up form here. And be sure to join in on the ravelry group for inspiration, knitterly chats, and generally seeing what everyone else is knitting! xo

Are you joining in on the summer sweater KAL? tell me, what will you be casting on? xo


feeling ready.

This past week has gone by in a flash! And though it's been quiet here, I've had a pretty productive week! I am officially re-organizing the office and beginning my prep for the winter market! I know. It's only July, but I really feel I have to keep ahead on this, or I'll freak out just before the market. Well no, I probably will still freak out a little bit, but it's always better to be prepared, right? This fall also looks to be a busy one for me on the business front. So exciting! Soon I hope to share some news with you! xo

Also, sometimes a re-organized office just gets you on the right path... and gets you feeling inspired. That's the way I feel, anyway.

Oh, and do you see a hint of a blanket draping the chair? It's another F.O! more pics to come soon! Promises. xo
I love my new-found space. And I feel ready for my upcoming busy season.

 How about you? Do you need to see some sort of order before you feel productive? Are you gearing up for fall knitting? Where is your happy & productive space? 


summer hopefuls!

This weekend marks our first camping trip of the year. And of course the majority of Vancouver Island is under a fire ban. Luckily, we'll be camping at a private camp-ground, and as of right now there are no fire bans there. We'll see by the weekend though. At any rate, we'll still have a good time.

this is from last year, but we're going to the same spot!
The reason for my absence here is actually just the normal busy life of balancing work and summer life with a kiddo. You know, you'd think that summer is a slower season for us knitters, but this year I am keeping very busy! I am also needing to plan and knit for the one winter market that I like to sell at. So then I am left to wonder when I'll do some selfish knitting?

Though I may need to be patient as to when these items can be on my needles, I thought I'd share a few of what's at the top of my queue. Just because it's summer, and hot as all get out around here, it never means it's too hot to knit (not for me, anyway) ;) 

so here is what's hopefully up soon for me. (in no particular order)

1.    boxy. by joji locatelli. - this one has been in my queue for ever. I even had the yarn all picked out and set aside for this last year... so far I haven't changed my mind on the pairing. It's a daring one!! wollmeise Pure 100% merino superwash in wasabi.  

2.    oatmeal pullover. by jane richmond. - though I have already knit this one several times, I'm putting it up here because I know it will be on the needles soon. As soon as the sskal starts up, I'll be casting on for this in knit picks wool of the andes bulky in crush. Because who doesn't need a hot pink sweater?!

3.    something by martina behm. ha. ok so I've actually never knit any of her patterns yet, and she's always been on my radar... along with several of her patterns being in my queue. I have several options that I already have yarn for.... naiada, brickless, viajante, nuvem, lintilla, & hitchhiker just to name a few. HA!
This woman is so incredibly talented, and I am frankly surprised I haven't knit anything yet. Time to change that for sure. :)

My queue is pages and pages long, seriously. There are so many items I wish I could just cast on. Though it seems I actually need to feed my family, keep on top of the household duties, care for my child, and you know.... be a grown up. So in the meantime, I consider myself very lucky to be able to do what I love. And hopefully one day soon, we'll see more selfish knits popping up in the blogger feed. yes?

Tell me, what are your summer hopeful knits? I'd love to hear about them! Have you gone camping this year yet? What are your fave knits to bring? xo


hello weekend!

Is it Friday already???

Man! It's been a busy week here. I knit 18 items for work knitting, and I've made excellent progress on gift knitting. Of course, with only weeks away from our family reunion in Ontario, I'm discovering some of the cutest stuffie patterns, and I'm wanting to knit all of my nieces and nephews one. Ha. That's crazypants. I wonder if I can do it?

But let me tell you of my weekend plans. We'll keep ourselves occupied getting the tent trailer ready for camping, mostly. Oh, and with this heat wave we're experiencing out here, I've promised Owen a beach day.

I mostly hope we find the time to relax this weekend. I feel like our family badly needs it. I know I do! I like to maintain a very busy schedule... we usually have a few things going on every day. But lately I feel fairly unmotivated. Namely in my training schedule. Oh, didn't I tell you? I'm training for a half marathon! My first! But for some reason this week, I'm really struggling with lacing up. I have a 13k run that needs to be done by the end of this weekend, and I'm determined to do it, however I wish it wasn't such a mental battle for me this week.

photo cred: Susanne Sagmeister Photography.

So I think what our family really needs is a bit of a rest. At least as much as we can grab throughout the weekend. We'll still prep the trailer, because it's exciting, and we'll head to the beach...
I plan on packing a picnic and my knitting!

I'd love to hear what your weekend plans are! Is it extremely warm where you are? How are you staying cool? What's on your needles? xo


casting on!

Remember when I told you I had nothing on the needles just for me? Well I've fixed that :) I just knew that this particularly bright skein would not stay in the stash for long... I just had to cast on!!!
I have to say I'm really excited about this because I rarely grab something "new" from the stash to knit with. yippee!!

Regia Fluormania Color 07184

And really, socks make the most portable knitting! I went to a beautiful wedding this weekend. There were 2 tables of us knitters, and  you can sure bet that I brought out these lovlies! It was neat to have all of us knitters there in our fancy dresses, and cocktails in hand... knitting away. haha! Then the next day our little family decided to take an impromptu road trip to Port Renfrew. Love road trips! (every knitter does, I think). We even saw a bear!

I'm really excited to see how these socks knit up. My hubby suggests that I keep them short, but I really haven't decided..

What do you think? Long socks (as long as the yardage will allow) or short, ankle socks? Do you prefer a certain length, or do you let the sock decide for you?


eye candy!

oooohhh kaaayyy
so there might be a bit of stash enhancing going on over the past few days. ha...

here's a sneak peek...

for those of you wondering what the yarns are in order from left to right:
- sweet georgia tough love sock in summer dusk
- miss babs tarte in berlin
- dream in color smooshy in raspberry blaze
- regia fluormania in color 07184

they are all fingering weight yarns... and oooohhh soo pretty! i can't stop staring at the miss babs!
of course, there might be more, but let's just focus on these for now, hey?

what new lovelies have you added to your stash recently? xo


Imagine that... another F.O!

Today is a holiday for us Canadians... it's Canada Day!!! And as a bonus I have another F.O to show you! huzzah! Do you remember this yarn?

from Neighborhood Fiber Co. site.

I had snagged it while at vogue knitting live back in march. Actually a group of us decided that we would do a mini knit along! The sample that was knitted with this yarn at the neighborhood fiber co.'s booth was actually Joji Locatelli's Imagine When Shawl. As soon as I had tried it on, I knew I wanted this shawl, in this yarn.

Our knit along was very simple. We just needed to cast on at the same time, and there were no deadlines. This was something I knew I could commit to! I really do love the result of my new shawl! And the colour! gah! It's really just so stunning!

And so back in March, I cast on and just plugged away at this shawl whenever I had the chance. I truly enjoyed knitting it.

Here are my deets:
pattern: Imagine When Shawl by Joji Locatelli
yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Capital Luxury Lace. Color: Georgetown.  seriously luxe yarn!
needle: signatures 3.5mm / US 4

My version is a bit smaller, though I made no changes to the pattern, other than use a smaller needle. Looking back, I think a larger needle would have been good... but what can you do. :)

This yarn blocks out beautifully, and the shawl has incredible drape. I really am in love with it! 

This now officially means that I have nothing on the needles for me. what the what?! Besides my work knitting, I have a couple of gift knitting projects on the needles that I can soon share with you! I have been a busy little knitting bee... and loving it!

Wishing you a happy first day of July! What are your plans for the day? Are you celebrating the holiday too? What's on your needles today? xo
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