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November 11, 2017 Episode 13

A podcast about knitting and books I have read.

Find me as Cherylcan on Instagram and Ravelry (Join my CAWcreations Group).

Check out Fleece and Harmony (www.fleeceandharmony.com) because they have amazing yarn and wonderful knit wear designers. One of them is me the other is Simone of Sand and Sky Creations.

Welcome to Episode 13. Today I am announcing my yearlong project for 2018:

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November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada. On PEI most businesses were closed. The Charlottetown Farmer’s Market was open but had a short service and a moment of silence. Remembering the sacrifice of those who didn’t come home, the service of those who did and honouring those who still serve.

FO

An 8×8″ blanket square for The Knit Together Project coordinated by Melissa of Knitting the Stash. I got the needles from Kate of Hawthorn Cottage Craft. I was so excited that I was the first one who contacted her on Ravelry. She was so quick to send me her package, even before she left for her adventure to Canada and the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. I showed my package before it was so sweet. Thank you Kate.

I made my square using reversible cables that Fiona Alice taught me at Knit East 2015. It was my first Knit East and my first classes in knitting that I remember. On a side note, it was also the year I took courses from: The Yarn Harlot and Fiona Ellis. I chose to use Fleece and Harmony yarn because their passions are:

  1. To raise animals the natural way, on the pasture.
  2. To hand-craft every detail, in every small batch of wool.
  3. To ensure our fibres come from a good place. Like our backyard.

They are a wonderful company and they have been so supportive of me in my design journey. Jennifer chose one of their new fall colors to feature “The Catch”. I love how the colours are reflected in our environment. The catch refers to our fishing heritage. I grew up in a farming a fishing community. My Granddad fished for as long as I remembered. I love being out on the water and catching fish to eat later that day. It is such a fun project. I am mailing my packages as soon I as block my square and it dries.

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I also have a half-finished object. It is the mitt I stated in Fiona Ellis’ class this year at Knit East. I love the Woodland Leaves Pattern she gave us in class. Her designs are so easy to follow and I love the charting. I am still working on just reading charts. Mostly before I took my first classes I just read the text or looked at a picture and made things.

My yarn was Fleece and Harmony Signature yarn. A 100% untreated wool in 3 ply worsted weight in a 60% Wool, 40% Corriedale mix. I used oyster and gale. I think they make such a beautiful mitten with oyster on the cuff and gale on the trim and hand parts.

Announcement

New ebook — CAWcreations 2018 Knitting Calendar eBook of Patterns

The electronic version of the 2018 Knitting Calendar featured patterns is now live on Ravelry at an early bird price of $25 CDN. I am getting a few printed copies of the desk calendar featuring 10 different patterns. I am still working out all the details of selling the desk calendar and the ebook. However, the Cheryl Ann edited penultimate draft is posted in .pdf. It will be updated on January 01, 2018 when my test knitters have finished editing. I sometime forget to add important aspects of the pattern. My test knitters are my final editors. Once the final edits are in the price of the calendar will go up to the regular price.

WIPs

Socks from a sock blank of Ravens Wood Fibre Company at Knit East 2017. I love the colours. It is so fun. I cannot wait to finish these.

My Fleece Artist Canada 150 colors and the story behind me choosing the Banff colourway.

Planned hat for my goddaughter. Or how to make a sparkle base out of a non-sparkle skein.

Books

Calculating God by Robert Sawyer. Love it but I am not getting much time to read.

Audiobooks have been a godsend as I can knit and listen. I do listen on 1.5 speed so I miss some things and I do not enjoy books as much as when I read them. Maybe I need to get a good bookstand.

KALs

Now until Christmas my Baby KAL is underway. You can use any of my baby patterns: Zig Zag Baby Cardigan, Baby Pants, and/or the Hap(py) Shawl. Let’s be real for a minute. I probably will not close the KAL on Christmas; it will be closer to the new year. Some of the Bayview Fiber Arts mini and progress keeper will be a prize, and a free pattern from CAWcreations will be the other one.

Upcoming KALs

2018 Knitting Calendar KAL and chatter will start in January.

I will also be, creating a Beach Day Cowl that will be used in classes next year. Anyone who takes the class will be eligible to enter, as long as they join the CAWcreations group on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting.

 

 

 

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CAWcreations Episode 12 — Knit East

A podcast about knitting and books.

You can find me on:

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CAWcreations Episode 12: Welcome from the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews NB!

Cricket Cove hosted another wonderful event this year. I even managed to get the Beach Day Shawl and the Hap(py) Shawl in the fashion show on Saturday night. Paula from Bayview Fiber Arts was at the market so I finally got to meet her. I took two amazing classes and did my first Shawl Swap.

FOs

Basic Worsted Socks by CAWcreations in Fleece and Harmony Signature yarn: Lighthouse and Natural.

Ironheart Sweater by Tin Can Knits from their Heart On My Sleeve Collection. Knit using Knit Picks Gloss DK in Cranberry.

Don’t forget the BABY KAL from October 1 to Christmas. Check it out on the CAWcreations Group on Ravelry.

I just finished reading The Last Neandrethral by Clair Cameron. I enjoyed it but was disappointed in the ending.

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2017 July 28 CAWcreations Episode 8: Shameless PEI Promotion

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Podcast about knitting and the books I am reading (no books finished in the last few days).

You can find me on:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/Cherylcan
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/cawcrea
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherylcan/?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwartman

& new this week….

0:24 My patterns have been posted on Fleece and Harmony’s site: https://fleeceandharmony.com/collecti…

2:00 Hap(py) Shawl in Baby Boo Collection and Beach Blanket FO (now you can get Beach Blanket only in Signature yarn). Pattern available through their website or on Revelry for $8 CDN.

WIP in fingering weight using Strawberry fields in centre and Rhubarb on lace edge.

3:47 Amazing tone variation in yarn. Love it!!

4:27 Squall Scarf also in Beach Blanket. It was a “Value KAL” project. It costs $1 on the Fleece and Harmony website. They are working on getting it up for sale on Ravelry but you will have to wait for that. Molly is modeling the scarf for me.

4:58 Zig Zag Baby Cardigan in Fleece and Harmony Baby Boo Collection. Knit top down They are working on getting it up for sale on Ravelry but you can get it now for $8 CDN on Fleece and Harmony’s site.

6:25 Grain Deep tags with my logo on them. They are from Canada (not PEI). Such a great company to work with.

6:37 Zig Zag Cardigan kit sourced from PEI artisans and companies: Harris Leatherworks, Joyce’s knitting bags, and Fleece and Harmony.

10:20 Large bag for afghan by Michelle. It fits all of the yarn and Gavin’s Afghan by CAWcreations in 4 mm (US 6) Knit Picks Dishie.

12:19 What has been happing with me.

13:50 KALs

“I like your sweater” hosted by CAWcreations,
but also knitting for
“Sock Box” KAL hosted by Yarngasm podcast.

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June 7, 2017 CAWcreations E5: Cheryl’s Song

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Podcast about knitting and the books I am reading.

You can find me on:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/Cherylcan
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/cawcrea…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherylcan/?…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwartman

0:32 Fleece & Harmony mentioned me in their recent blog post,

WIPs
2:00 Opal vanilla sock using 3mm double pointed needles not sure of color,
3:23 Vicky’s Lionheart Quick Knit Afghan for graduation using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in Frosty Swirl,Ice pop, Grape Swirl, and Raspberry Swirl  and a 15mm circular needles,
5:05 Ironheart by Tin Can Knits from Heart on My Sleeve Collection using Knit Picks Gloss DK and 3.5 mm circular needles,
6:40 Gingerbread by Libby Jonson using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Coal seam and Bayview Fiber Arts Swing Bridge DK in Barn board, and 4 mm circular needles,
7:30 Gavin’s Blanket (Throw) by CAWcreations using Knit Picks Dishie Solids in Clementine and 4.5 mm circular needles.

8:35 Book: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a spooky read. It focuses on a town, Black Spring, that is haunted by a witch. The curse means that residents cannot take prolonged vacations and are tied to the town. They also have high tech surviellance tracking the witch. I really enjoyed the contrast of how the adults versus the high school children felt about their restrictions. As with any great book, the focus is on the characters reactions to their environment which push the plot forward. It is a great book so far but I will add full review on this site when I finish the book.

What’s Happening:
9:26 Lucy the Duck moves her duckings story
10:20 Cheryl’s Song by Tim Wartman or check it out at: https://youtu.be/DmrpCvObsNc

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2017 April 23 CAWcreations Episode 3

It is snowing on PEI this morning April 23, 2017, so I recorded CAWcreations Episode 3. This week along with knitting, I talk about:

  • My First KAL (Knit Along) including my “I like your sweater” fan girl moment,
  • Fleece & Harmony yarn,
  • PEI Burger Love,
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
  • Jonah Days / Projects, and
  • PEI Burger Love.

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I had to start and end the video with clips of Molly, my dog, and I out in the snow on Sunday morning. It did warm up later so the snow did not last.

2:25 FOs (Finished Objects)

  • Perfect socks
    • Ian’s socks to go with his overalls using My Colour Wheelhouse in their walking after midnight colour. It is a merino/silk blend so soft and the colours are perfect. I used 2.0 mm (US 0) needles to knit the socks with 44 sts in a K2 P2 rib and a heel flap heel. After completion, I used 3D fabric paint to put his name on the sole so that he would not slide around on his floors.
  • My Jonah Project:
    • Unfortunately, Ian’s overalls do not fit. The pants are perfect but the top not so much. I am going to have to get back the project and convert them to pants. I think that will work well.
    • In honour of  my reread of Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, I am calling this my “Jonah Project”. A “Jonah day” is a reference to the prophet Jonah from the Old Testament of the Bible and is used by Anne to describe a day where everything has gone wrong. Jonah, in incurring the wrath of God for not carrying out his mission, was thrown overboard at sea and swallowed by a whale.

4:22 WIPS (Works in Progress):

7:55 Projects to Cast on:

14:17 Sweater KAL: I Like Your Sweater

  • To qualify you must :
    • Knit an adult sized sweater (must have sleeves and be made in an adult size other than that I am very fluid in my definition of a sweater)
    • Finish it between April 20th, and October 20th, 2017
    • Must be a member of the CAWcreations Ravelry group to be eligible for prizes (Prizes will be announced at a later date).
  • Discussed my “I like your sweater.” fan girl moment with the Yarn Harlot.

16:04 CAWcreations Pattern: Gavin’s Blanket Progress

16:15 Books: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

18:22 PEI Burger Love: PEI Brewing Company Red Eye Burger

Have a wonderful couple of weeks, and remember as Anne says:

"Every morn is a fresh beginning,
Every morn is the world made new,"

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CAWcreations Podcast Episode 1

Welcome to CAWcreations Podcast Episode 1!

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Cherylcan on Instagram and Ravelry, and

CAWcreations for published patterns.

FO (Finished Object starts at 1:15 of video)

WIPs (Works In Progress starts at 2:18 of video)

Atlantic Canadian Yarn Company – Turtlepurl (starts at 10:44 of video)

  • Amazing colours of self-striping yarns. Colours are hand painted.
  • Comes in two skeins for those of you who do two at a time socks. It makes a perfectly matched pair.
  • The wool comes in a hank of 4 ply 75% superwash merino 25% nylon sock yarn. It knits up quite soft but is durable for everyday wear.
  • I love this yarn and have multiple colours in my stash at all times.

CAWcreations PatternGavin’s Blanket (starts at 14:44 of video)

  • Baby blanket is linked above. The full size I need to correct a bit.
  • Made with Knit Picks Dishie yarn. It is a great durable cotton.

Books I have read (starts at 17:36 of video)

  • 2084 by Boualem Sansal
    • Opens with the main character in a sanatorium up in the mountains. Even in this secluded spot the reader becomes aware of how grim the world is.
    • I do not want to give too much of the plot away, but with all the hype from the French edition of the book, I expected much more. I was disappointed and found that 2084 did not add as much to the genre of distopian novels as I expected it would. I really wanted to love this book.
  • Next podcast I will be looking at Quantum Night by Robert Sawyer. One of my favourite authors. I am really excited about this book.

Blather (starts at 19:20 of video)