Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ice












The temperature has been dipping down to -20c overnights and "warming" up to -13c. A hoar frost is covering all the trees and gives the illusion of more snow. The lake began freezing this week, and some choppy waves have created some amazing patterns in the ice. Frozen waves give the illusion of a blanket, pushed back towards shore. In other spots, the swirling water froze into circle patterns. The waves have also created oval shards of ice stacked up on the shore. So much to see and enjoy, but you have to dress warm enough! This cold always feels so much colder in November, when I'm not acclimatized to it yet.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ontario















 We're back! We went for a visit back East a few weeks ago. Besides visiting family, we did a few touristy things too, like see the aquarium in Toronto. Kesten also got to sit on a bunch of tractors, which made him super happy. It was a whirlwind trip and we were sick, which made things little tiring, but it was great to see family and it was a great trip over-all.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Knitting: The Aspen Sweater

 My little boy (age 3) requested to be an Aspen tree for Hallowe'en, which made this mama super happy! I've been waiting to do some sort of Aspen pattern for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity to design a sweater for him. The sweater is knit from thick roving, so it takes very little time to whip up. It is knit flat and seamed to give it shape. A shawl collar finishes it off. Stay tuned for the matching toque pattern, which I'll post just as soon as I can do a little photo shoot.






The Aspen Pullover

Yarn: Briggs and Little Country Roving in Natural White (2 skeins) and Dark Grey (1 skein)
Needles: 6mm and 5mm for ribbing
Gauge: 9st x 15rows = 4”
Abbreviations:
k-knit
k2tog-knit two together
p-purl
p2tog-purl two together
RS-right side
ssk-slip, slip, knit
ssp-slip, slip, purl
st-stitches
St st- Stockinette stitch
WS-wrong side
Size: 3t
Measurements:
Sleeves= 16”
Length= 16”
Girth= 29”
Front
On 5mm needles with Natural White, cast on 34st and work 1.5” in 1x1 ribbing.
Switch to 6mm needles and work in St st until front measures 8.5” from the bottom. End after working a WS row. Throughout the sweater, add in bars of Dark Grey randomly to create the effect of Aspen bark. Use the graph as a guide if needed for different shapes/spacing.
Bind off 1 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows. (32st)
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (30st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (28st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (26st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (24st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (22st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (20st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (18st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (16st)
WS: p
Neck and Left Front
RS: k8, turn
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to end (7st)
WS: Bind off 1 st, p to end (6st)
RS: k to end
WS: Bind off 1 st, p to end (5st)
RS: k1, ssk, k to end (4st)
WS: Bind off 1 st, p to end (3st)
Work until front measures 16” from the bottom. End after a WS row. Bind off.
Neck and Right Front
Return to the remaining st.
RS: k
WS: p
RS: Bind off 1 st, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (6st)
WS: p
RS: Bind off 1 st, k to end (5st)
WS: p
RS: Bind off 1 st, k2tog, k1(3st)
Work in St st until sweater front measures 16” from the bottom. End after working a WS row. On the next RS row, bind off remaining st for shoulder.

Back
On 5mm needles with Natural White, cast on 34st and work 1.5” in 1x1 ribbing.
Switch to 6mm needles and work in St st until front measures 8.5” from the bottom. End after working a WS row. Throughout the sweater, add in bars of Dark Grey randomly to create the effect of Aspen bark. Use the graph as a guide if needed for different shapes/spacing.
Bind off 1 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows. (32st)
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (30st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (28st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (26st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (24st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (22st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (20st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (18st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k to 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (16st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
Right Back Shoulder
RS: k5, turn
WS: p
RS: k2, k2tog, k1 (4st)
WS: p
RS: k1, k2tog, k1 (3st)
WS: p
Work in St st until sweater measures 16”, bind off.
Centre Back Neck
Reattach yarn and bind off 6 st
Left Back Shoulder
RS: k (5st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k1 (4st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk (3st)
WS: p
Work in St st until sweater measures 16”, bind off.

Sleeves
On 5mm needles with Natural White, cast on 16st. Work 1.5” in 1x1 ribbing. Switch to 6mm needles and work in St st. Throughout the sleeve, add in bars of Dark Grey randomly to create the effect of Aspen bark. Use the graph as a guide if needed for different shapes/spacing. Work the sleeve as follows:
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (18st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (20st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (22st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (24st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (26st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (28st)
WS: p
RS: k
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (30st)
WS: p
RS: k1, m1, k to 1 from end, m1, k1 (32st)
WS: p
Bind off 1 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows. (30st)
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (28st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (26st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (24st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (22st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (20st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (18st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (16st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (14st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (12st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (10st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (8st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k until 3 from end, k2tog, k1 (6st)
WS: p
RS: k1, ssk, k2tog, k1 (4st)
WS: ssp, p2tog (2st)
Bind off.

Get really comfy, because there are a lot of ends to weave in! Weave them in and block. Sew up seams and then work the shawl collar as follows:

Shawl Collar
With 6mm needles in Natural White, pick up and knit 36st around collar, starting at centre front.
Knit 0.75” in Garter st.
Next row: k until 3 from end, place marker, and turn.
Next row: k until 3 from end, place marker, and turn.
Next row: k until 1 from marker, place marker, and turn.
Next row: k until 1 from marker, place marker, and turn.
Next row: k until 1 from marker, place marker, and turn.
Next row: k until 1 from marker, place marker, and turn.
Slip all the stitches until you reach the beginning. Knit one row and bind off.

Weave in ends and you're done!

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