Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sun and Summer

Wow, months have gone by since my last post, my apologies! During the summer months I work in a mining camp in Northern BC, this has taken time away from knitting and of course blogging. The summer is coming and going at an insanely quick place and i'm loving every minute of it. My work has provided me with once in a lifetime opportunities that will never be forgotten.
Crevasse Training - Don`t look down!
 Work has taken away from my knitting - true.. But that doesn't mean i've stopped! Over the summer i've been continuing to work on improving my skills and learn new ones. I've branched into colorwork, lace and more detailed patterns. My proudest accomplishment is completing the Big Lebowski socks. They involved 3 different types of colorwork.. Stranded, fair-isle and intrasia. I will say that intrasia was NOT my favourite but i'm a big fan of fair-isle and intrasia. Stay tuned for more projects soon!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Cables and Colour

When i'm not working, i'm knitting. This summer my goal was to learn to cable and i've done it! I made a sock! This sock marks a number of learning curves for me, those of you familiar with knitting terms, I learned the following on this sock: Cables! Magic Loop technique and short rows. Unfortunately the sock is too big for me (had the wrong needle size, have to work with what you've got when your on the side of a mountain!) but they'll fit the hubby. I've learned that I love cables, they are so much fun to make and (I think) look fantastic. Cowl and Company will likely have a number of lovely cabled cowls this winter, so keep your eyes peeled!

I also love colour, so I made a SUPER long (long enough to wrap 3 times!) cowl from a yarn colour set by Sunshine Yarns. I just kept knitting stripes until I ran out of yarn. I looks Christmasy but I love it, it is squishy, soft, merino wool goodness! May be a cowl I have to keep for myself!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Off to Work I go!

Tomorrow morning i'm off to work, for those of you who don't know I work in a remote mining camp in Northern BC. My experience there last season is the reason I taught myself to crochet. We often have the evenings off and there was little to do other then board games. So I began to crochet, this exploded into an obsession with crochet (and yarn!) which has branched into learning how to knit. I wonder what new skill i'll come home with after this season? My goal is to learn how to cable knit; i've always loved the looks of cabled sweaters and it would be really neat to be able to make my own.

This year I have a different position at camp so I don't know how much free time i'll have, we'll have to see.. I'll try to keep my blog updated, the views up there are spectacular and everyone should really have the opportunity to at least look through pictures! No new knitting updates today, i've been busy packing away.. For now, a picture of camp last season. Enjoy!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

New name, new projects!

As I have been learning to knit, i've realized that my (old) blog name was no longer fitting, so i've changed it to 'Stitch In Time'. What do you think? I'm open to suggestions for a good, catchy name relating to my favourite crafts.

My most recent adventure has been learning to fair-isle knit. I have always been fascinated by some of the amazing colour-work that can be done in knitting. I hope to one day get there, for now it's baby steps! So here it is, my first try at fair-isle knitting and I am pretty proud of how it turned out. Yes, another tea-cozy, you can never have enough right?

I would also like to share a bigger project I have been working on. It is a crochet top (with knitted ribbing for the sleeves, bottom and collar) and I have been slowly working away at it for about 1.5 months. I am loving the results so far, can't wait to get it done! I am currently working on the ribbing around the neck, it is a lace weight and because of that it is taking FOREVER but it really is looking fabulous.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Spring is in the Air!

The weather has been so perfect lately in Vancouver, 15 degrees and sunny! Couldn't ask for a better way to spend the long weekend. I took my knitting and crocheting outside for the first time this year, sat in the garden with a lovely cup of tea. In doing so I was inspired to finish a tea cozy that I had been slowly plugging away at. I turned the tea cozy into a rose garden using crocheted roses and a green, knitted cozy body. I'm officially bi-craftual! Combining both knitting and crocheting, who would have thought! My inspiration led to the completion of this lovely tea cozy.

The pattern is based off of the Seed Stitch Cozy pattern by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas. The roses are based of a tutorial that was completed by Annies Attic

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Tea Anyone??

I decided to try making a knitted tea cozy the other day, i'm a very new knitter (as in.. a month) but I was feeling ambitious! So I looked up a pattern and fell in love with one by Churcmouse Yarns and Teas. It is a lovely seed stitch pattern with a cute little I-cord top. I purchased the pattern and realized I didn't have the right needles for the project, I needed a set of DPNs (Double Pointed Needles). This started to make me nervous, I had never used DPNs before and if you aren't familiar with them they are pretty intimidating... But I was determined to make this pattern so I walked up to my local yarn store, Three Bags Full, and picked out gorgeous hand-dyed yarn and the appropriate needles. I'm happy to say that my mission was a success and I was able to produce the cutest tea cozy I have ever seen. I couldn't be more excited, I think it kind of looks like a delicious blueberry. What do you think??

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Hairband Phase!

So I've been on a real hairband kick lately. They work up so quickly and feel so 'springy'. I saw a pattern designed by Yuliya Tkacheva and I fell in love. Her designs are so beautiful, but many of them a slip-stitch crochet, something I haven't yet ventured into... Seeing her designs has inspired me though and I may just have to give it a spin.

Anyways, on to the patterns! So far i've made 2 of the 4 Easy Headbands and they have turned out really cute. I've been using a 2.75mm hook and some light weight cotton, crocheting really tightly then lightly pinning/blocking the finished product. Used elastic cord to close the headband and voila! The perfect spring time headbands. How cute are these??