9.10.2014

onward....

You guys. Seriously. I'm in love.


This is definitely one of my favourite custom knits to date. Mostly because I immediately feel like I need to cast on for another right away, for me.

So let's start with the yarn. Ohmygoodness the yarn. I used madelinetosh 80/10/10 worsted, in fog.
I had actually never knew that madtosh carried the 80/10/10 worsted, and it surely didn't disappoint. It's such a squishy, full yarn, with so much bounce! I loved knitting with it! And I think the colour was perfect for this pattern.


Ok now to chat about the pattern..
This is Onward, by Shannon Cook.
The pattern is part of the collection JOURNEY that Shannon and Jane Richmond created.
This is honestly one of those wrap-me-up cozy shawls that everybody has to own.  I love it! The pattern is really enjoyable and always keeps the interest there. I love that she provided stitch count checks (the chart on the following page) just to ensure you were on the right track and hadn't effed it up anywhere. It also helped to keep track very quickly where I was in the pattern when I had to set it down for the week.

It really was a very straightforward knit. I only worked on it on the weekends, and it was done in 2 of them. Oh and I used a 4.5mm needle.


I really had a hard time popping this one in the mail. In fact I know that I'll be ordering more yarn to knit up another one for me in the very very near future.

Tell me, have you knit from this collection yet? Have you knit the onward shawl yet? Do tell, what yarn did you use? In what colour? Oh I feel like I need another one asap!

9.08.2014

welcome fall. xo

It has certainly been quiet here on the blog. The main reason behind that is time. As many of you may be aware, our province, British Columbia is in the midst of a teacher's strike. The strike actually began last June, and as a result, the kids have been out of school for a while... This will be the second week now of the kids missing school, and I am doing my best to home-school.


So though the fall hasn't really started as we anticipated, we're making the best of it, and learning from home means a bit more "outdoor" learning too!
While home-schooling, I'm preparing for the very busy fall and winter ahead. I really do love this time of year (in fact, I'm pretty sure I need to have my first pumpkin spice latte of the season this week), it is probably my favourite. The crispness of the mornings, the smells of apples, and spice.... Bundling up with my favourite hand knits....

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Of course, this means that it's my busiest time of the year! What with work knitting, customs, knitting classes, and hopefully a winter market, it will be a wonder if I can knit for myself! But I probably will. Because who needs sleep anyway?

I have also registered for another half marathon. I enjoyed the experience of the seawheeze so much, that I thought I'd try it again! This time the race is over thanksgiving weekend (the Canadian one, so second week in october), and I really think I'll more enjoy running in this type of weather.

Usually by this time of the year I'm chatting away about Knit City. Although this year, I won't be attending. It's ok though, I have a fantastic reason... it's hubby's and my 10th wedding anniversary! There will be more knit city's, but this year I'm thinking we might be sneaking away for a couple of nights. :) --- I promise to let you know what we do. :)

So thank you for being patient with me, while I figure out this whole balance thing. I honestly wish I had 72hrs in my day. In the meantime though, I know that this space is waiting for me whenever I can come by.

How are you? Any fall knitterly plans? Are you preparing for the holiday season yet? Are you in the same situation here, with trying to balance home-school while the teacher's are on strike? Have YOU had a pumpkin spice latte yet? Come chat! I've missed you, and I think a good sit down, with knitting needles in hand, is due. xo

8.28.2014

a sweater for ME!

I do recall promising you pics of a new F.O. 
Remember this?? It's my summer sweater knit along project of this year!! I have so missed knitting garments! The last sweater I knit for myself was LAST YEAR PEOPLE. That's just too long ago. 


This was actually done on the first day of my vacation. Haha. It's funny that I even brought it with me to work on, as there was only about half an hour's worth left of work to do on it. But that's ok. It came in handy, because there were a few chilly evenings in Ontario while we were there.

I am really starting to look forward to the chill of a fall morning. Fall really is one of my favourite times of the year, and I know I'll be reaching for this sweater heaps!




So.. the deets:

yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in colour Crush. - I used just under 4 skeins. 
needle: 6.5mm/US 10.5 
            8.00mm/US 11
size knit: 36


As with all the other times I've knit this pullover, it knit up like a breeze. Honestly, it practically flew off the needles!
I think that the wool of the andes bulky is an excellent substitute yarn. It worked up great, and I love the stitch definition! I'll most definitely use it again. The only mods I made to the pattern is that I knit a full round in between the raglan increase rounds. 


Of course with this being the end of August, this sweater will sure be a fave of mine in my fall wardrobe. How have you been doing with your sweater knitting? I can't wait to cast on another sweater!! 

Tell me, what's on your needles? Are you reaching for the bulky yarns yet? xo

8.26.2014

My first half-marathon!


So this past weekend I crossed something off my bucket list.. I ran my first half marathon! I took the ferry over to Vancouver and got ready for the most fun weekend!


 As far as firsts go, this one was amazing! I ran the seawheeze. It's an event hosted by Lululemon, and they really pull out all the stops! This event included heaps of awesome swag, and lots of yoga as well as a great concert by Capital Cities to boot!


It was such a beautiful route! Over 11kms of the run was waterfront. Stunning! And part of the race took me right past my old apartment. So it really was a trip down memory lane for me. It was so amazing to be a part of something so big, and with so much encouragement! Quite a few of us from the Island went together, and it was so awesome to share this experience with friends. xo I stayed in beautiful English Bay, which was perfect as it was walking distance to the race... and it just so happened to be across the water from my old digs. Oh nostalgia!


All of those tents that you see is for Bard On the Beach. And the tall building you see peeking out of the trees to the left is my old place! It's the only tri-pod looking building in Kits. The route took us down this street in front of where I'm snapping the pic too..  Oh so fun!

I'm pretty proud of myself, and I really had the best time! Registration will be opening for next year's seawheeze on Sept. 10th! This one sells out fast, so if you want to run it register first thing! I promise, you'll love this event! xo



In fact, I had so much fun with it that I'm registering for another half that's taking place here in Victoria in October! I'm so looking forward to having my hubby and little man there to cheer me on this time.

Now to try to find that routine we're all lacking ;) Tell me, how was your weekend? xo

8.19.2014

Summer Fun

I'm baaaack!!! We just got back from our lovely holiday in Ontario. Goodness how I miss the cottage. Though I absolutely adore living out on the west coast, there is something about eastern Ontario. The rocky landscape, the trees, the lakes... bliss...



It was incredibly nice to see family again too! It's been a year since I've last seen my immediate family... 5 years since I've seen my brother in law, and 12 years since our last small reunion.. .. definitely too long. This reunion was a big one though, some 65 people attended as we had both the Philpott and Crawley clans together again. And as I predicted, the visit went by too quickly. One day we'll see each other more often, I'm sure of it. But for now, I'll take what I can get, and this past visit was so very nice.


Being out at the cottage was such a special part of the visit for me. Oh how I love this space. Over the years the cottages have been undergoing many renovations, but it's still keeping with the traditional feel and look. This place will always have a special space in my heart. xo


Those are my boys out swimming in the early evening. I can't tell you how happy it made me to finally share this piece of paradise with them. There are so many memories here...my heart just bursts with joy in being able to share it with them. There were heaps of photos taken, and you may see some here and there pop up in nook's facebook page...

And now it seems we are preparing for a very busy fall. First thing's first though... I went to fibrations last weekend to help out my dear friend Melissa, of misocraftyknits.  I was able to go for a quick shop before the end of the event, and check out my little haul!


Guys, I believe I showed some serious restraint here. There was so much that wanted to come home with me! The yarns are from JOMA yarn, Caterpillargreen yarns, and RainCityKnits. The bags are of course by misocrafty!

These babies had to go straight to the yarn shelf to hang with their friends... as it's all work knitting and preparing for a winter market for the next little while.

Tell me, how has your summer been? Are you in fall mode now? Or hanging on to every last bit of summer? I've missed you! Coffee's on, come chat! xo

7.29.2014

SSKAL - what I'll be knitting.

Guys!
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

7.25.2014

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? 
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