21 May 2019

Would You Wear It?

I have to say that I am still uncomfortable with labeling the 80's vintage. I suppose everyone feels that way about their youth? Even if we laugh a little at the things we wore, we still don't consider them to be in any way "vintage" or, heaven forbid, "antique".


That being said, I still love these sweaters from this 1985 Scheepjes magazine I found at a sale. Would I wear this bobbly, dropped shoulder, extra wide cardigan? Definitely yes! Well...probably not in golden yellow but otherwise, yes. I still have such fondness for the shapes of the era. So bold yet cozy. Dramatic but comfy.
And check out the lovely jacket below. On a crisp fall day? With boots and a scarf? Gorgeous. 
I'd probably forego accessorizing with that guy on my arm. I would however, steal his scarf.



05 May 2019

Socken


I knit a sock. Knit from Regia, a good reliable yarn. Knit on transit, mostly. Knit from yarn that was on sale and then sat and sat.
The black portion was so much longer than I had imagined it would be. And it was right at the top of the leg. All anyone would see, as if many might be looking, was black above a boot. How dull.

So I added lazy daisies. Arts and crafts and poorly rendered - they break up all that objectionable black. They were also a delight to embroider. Process

The photo was an accident. I pointed the camera at my legs and captured the legs of another. Aren't they beautifully framed in the curve of my socks?


29 April 2019

Yarn. Pretty.

Mineville Wool Project, Merino Nylon. Colour 3106
All Dyed Up Fibres, Hand Dyed Fingering w/ Stellina
Saturday was the annual DKC Knitter's Frolic. I missed the last one because of work so I was determined to get there this year. As I've mentioned before, Spring makes me feel like knitting and what better way to get inspired than to spend an afternoon wondering several rooms full of yarn. The event is a great opportunity to catch up with other knitters one runs into. How to describe the delight of having a good old chat with someone you've not seen in years while standing between overflowing vendor booths.

My budget wasn't large so I bought just some sock yarn and one shawl kit from Wellington Fibres. However, since Saturday, I've wound a bunch of skeins, finished a stalled shawl project, and am now almost done a sweater that's been languishing for years. Yes, You could say that I've caught inspiration. Thank goodness.

15 April 2019

Subway Knitting

Here we have a basic vanilla sock using the ever reliable Regia.

I believe I already mentioned that I got a new part time job last fall. It involves a commute of just under an hour on the subway. My shifts are at odd times, so I'm never travelling at rush hour and I always get a seat. I've actually been enjoying this time immensely. I pop in a podcast and knit away.  After a solid 45 minutes of knitting and listening to favourites like  The Guilty Feminist, The Poetry Magazine Podcast or Stuff You Missed in History Class, I arrive at work quite calm and refreshed. These days, one takes "Me Time" where one can.

Spring is finally here. I know most knitters get the cast-on bug in winter but the light and air of spring inspires me. Knitting outside, blocking on the balcony, taking natural light photos - the prospect of all these things make me hopeful. Regarding photos, I do intend to try to get back to blogging more regularly. It's been a hard winter here and my creativity, other than some personal writing (a sample of which is in my last post), has been at a low. I miss the chatter of the blog and taking pretty pictures of pretty things. Even if no one reads it, I remember enjoying it and am going to keep at it for my own sake if for no one else's. If you are reading this, Hello!

09 April 2019

Room




Room

Describe a room using nothing but your hands.
Choose the paint colours with metaphor.
Construct the windows from permission.
Then write a novel entirely on the softness of one cushion.
There is a photo on the wall. It is of you
      in this room, as it will be.
Cradle that memory softly in your arms.
Now the chronology problem is overcome.
Lay the cloth, then the tea set.
The tea tastes like shelter.

15 January 2019

Re: Gift


About ten days before Christmas I realized I had not knit a gift for my daughter. December was hard and long this year. Creativity was little to none.
"Oh well", I thought "She just won't get a knitted gift this year".

Now I have knitted the kid something for Christmas every year for the past ten seasons. This simply would not do. So I trotted off to Yarns Untangled and bought the same yarn as last year (Lichen and Lace Superwash Worsted) in a different colour and quickly knitted the same hat I made her in 2017. She opened it on Christmas Eve and was delighted - especially as it was wrapped around the sweater shaver she had requested. Whew.

Sometimes it's the little things.