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2018 Feb 16 episode 18 PJ Party & Repairs

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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.

Episode 18 of the CAWcreations Podcast on February 16, 2018

FOs (2:00) Fleece and Harmony Connections Hat in Bulky weight Signature yarn.

I am sure that Jennifer from Fleece and Harmony can take much better pictures of these. I am working on writing up the pattern. It involves reversible cables. Thank you to Fiona Alice for teaching them to me at Knit East 2015. I love these beanies.

WIPs (6:30)

Binsey Sweater by Fiona Alice in Fleece and Harmony’s Signature yarn in quartz. I love the pattern it is so pretty and so easy to follow.

Sock Yarn Blanket by by Shelly Kang. I have have modified it so that the blanket is in stocking stitch because I like how the I can really see the colours. I am using leftovers from other projects, except  the Little French Meadow January 2018 mini skeins club. I love all the new squares I added. It was a great project for when I was not feeling well.

KALs (16:35)

Stash or Shelf KAL for the entire year. I stated this KAL as a copycat to This Old Knits podcast Stash or Shelf KAL (I did ask her first before I tagged along). It was a great idea so I just had to join. I have lots of stuff in my stash that I have not used this is to help us use up what we have purchased. Anything that was bought before January 1, 2018 is considered stash (yarn) or shelf (patterns).

Worsted Socks KAL for the entire year. Knit a pair of worsted weight socks any size gets you an entry. I will give you a bonus if you use one of CAWcreations sock designs: either the Old Fashioned Socks or a pair of socks from the 2018 CAWcreations Knitting Calendar eBook of patterns Basic Worsted Sock or any of the others that come out later this year.

Beach Day KAL runs until May 31 2018. Knit a project using the Beach Day Shawl as a basis for your shawl, scarf, or cowl.

Knit Repairs (21:58)

I fixed a healing shawl I made using the arpeggio pattern. Picked up the stitches that had unraveled. Knit the rows onto the threads that were there, cast off and tied it off.

Daniel’s extra fine merino sweater… I need to buy some merino to match. Shopping time.

Vintage sweaters from a colleague. They just had small one stitch holes. I used the ends that were not woven in to fix the sweaters. I will now not sew in ends on the inside of sweaters (great excuse to be finished without sewing in ends).

Fire in the Blue sweater needs bigger arms (I wondered about that), and I need to add some more in the back so the yarn is not stretched too much. Pattern design changes.

Book

Sanctuary by Faye Kellerman. I love how she writes. This is number seven from the  Peter and Rina Decker series. I am familiar with the characters but I have not read all of the books in this series. The books can be stand alone but reading others in the series adds enjoyment. An entire family had disappeared and Peter Decker is assigned the case. Rina has an old friend call up out ot the blue to come for a visit with her children. These seemingly unrelated events intertwine to reveal a deeper mystery. It was a fast paced book that was exactly what I needed to read this week.

 

 

 

 

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2018 Feb 3 episode 17: KALs

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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.

Episode 17 of my CAWcreations Podcast on February 3, 2018

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FO

Slouch Hat by Heather Publicover from the 2018 CAWcreations Knitting Calendar ebook of pattern. Made using a 3.25 mm (US 3) needle for rib, a 3.5 mm (US 4) needle for rest of hat and Bayview Fiber Arts Providence Bay Sock in lavender blur. I am adding a pom pom from Elle Vintage.

WIPs

Knitter’s Mitts by H.Wulfraat designs. Made using 2.25 mm (US 1) dpns and UK Alpaca SuperFine 4-Ply.

Fingerless Mitts making up the pattern as I go using a combinations of the two projects above. I used a 3.25 mm (US 3) needle and Bayview Fiber Arts Providence Bay Sock in lavender blur. I love how these are turning out.

Fair Isle Mitts with a Thumb Gusset with Julia Farwell-Clay Knit East 2017. I am going to use Fleece and Harmony Signature yarn in Crow Wing and Moonlight. It will be cast on this week. Mom and I took the class together. Obviously Mom is way ahead of me knitting. I am hoping to play catch up this weekend.

Phentax Checkerboard Slippers in pink and purple. They will wear so well. I do not like how it feels to knit though.

KALs

Worsted Weight Socks KAL (bonus points if you use one of my two published worsted weight socks) all of 2018.

Beach Day KAL based on the Beach Day Shawl until May 31, 2018. I have modified to make a cowl and my friend Michelle Holland modified it to a scarf for me.

Stash or Shelf KAL tag along with Nina B’s This Old Knit Podcast all of 2018. Use stash yarn for an entry, and/or a pattern from your shelf (i.e. bought before January 1, 2018).

Book

House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi. I read for my bookclub. It is about a women who is found in her yard with her husband who has just been murdered. We follow her trial and incarceration. The female characters were recognizable and vibrant, but the male characters were rather one dimensional. It is a who done it with a few twists and turns some of which make more sense than others. It was an important read that covers some difficult topics.

Blather

My cookbook updated for me by my daughter this Christmas. I used it to make my husband’s birthday dinner — homemade lasagna.

Plan to see Amanda Jackson trio on February 18.

Next Friday, I am going to see Raised on TV a series of short plays. My husband is in one of them and my knitting friend Melissa is going with me.

Mom and I are making the same sweater. Jennifer at Fleece and Harmony says that she dyed Mom’s Blueberry Preserves this week. I chose Quartz Sweater.

Clean up my craft room so I can show my bookshelf that my Dad made for me. Maybe sometime this year.

Happy Knitting & Reading.

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Dec 31 CAWcreations Episode 15

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Episode 15 of my CAWcreations Podcast on Dec 31, 2017

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FOs

  1. Simple Santa Hat in Fleece and Harmony Signature worsted weight yarn in Lighthouse and Natural colourways. Gauge was 4 sets and 5 rows per inch of stocking stitch. Since I use smaller needle sizes than most people, telling everyone the size I used confuses them from now on I will try to remember to use gauge.
  2. Reversible Cable Hat in Fleece and Harmony Signature fingering weight yarn in Oyster and The Catch Colourways. Gauge was 6 sets and 6 rows per 2.5 cm (or one inch). Inspired by Fiona Alice teaching me reversible cables at Knit East three years ago.
  3. Box of Sock (FO fail only 6 pair of finished socks)

Show CAWcreations 2018 Mini Desktop Calendar
Reminder that the ebook of patterns 01 Basic Worsted Socks will be published tomorrow on January 1, 2018 and delivered directly to people who have purchased the ebook.

Announced winner of BABY KAL

WIPs

  1. Seb’s Ski Socks Seb’s Ski Socks in MyColourWheelhouse yarn. Knitting two at a time. Taking longer than they should. Plan to focus on these to get them finished this month.
  2. Erin’s Socks These are in cashmere. My first pair of socks in this fiber. I like them but am worried they are a bit big. We shall see.
  3. Cheryl’s Socks Basic Vanilla sock fingering weight. Used a Christmas gift card.
  4. Helix Sock Homage to the Stashbusting Helix Hat. Used the same technique to make socks in Fleece and Harmony Signature worsted weight yarn in Mayflower, Lupine, and Take the Ferry. Showed my error. Note: do not twist the yarn.
  5. Grey Sparkle Hat for Peggy in my drawstring Christmas bag by TheKnittingBagPEI on Etsy. Used Fleece and Harmony Oyster in fingering weight held with sparkle thread. Making a lovely fabric now that I have figured out the technique. Now I just need the patience to finish this slow project.
  6. Gavin’s Blanket Full size cotton throw in my XL knitting bag by TheKnittingBagPEI on Easy. Used Knit Picks Dishie yarn in clementine. Showed my Design Feature (mistake) I am NOT ripping back.
  7. Knitters Mitts by H Wulfraat Designs in Alpaca yarn UK.

Purchase
PomPom subscription to Magazine. Love it! Want to make a sweater and a hat from it.

2017 Knitting Review
Box of Socks for me Fail only made 6 pair for me

20 Hats (2017 year of the hat)
Socks 8 adult pair, 2 kid pair, and 3 baby pair
1 Scarf
4 Shawls
1 Sweater
2 pair of kids mitts
Other little projects

CAWcreations Designs
5 Patterns for Fleece and Harmony

  1. The Beach Day Shawl
  2. Hap(py) Shawl
  3. Zig Zag Baby Cardigan
  4. Baby Pants/shorts
  5. Squall Scarf

1 ebook of 10 patterns from the CAWcreations 2018 Knitting Calendar

Read 60 books this year. This is a bit less than most years but considering

Review “The Book of Names” by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori

Blather… sick over holidays but feeling better now.

Slow TV… drive with me from Charlottetown to Fleece and Harmony in Belfast, PEI

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2017 Dec. 10 CAWcreations Episode 14: Fleece and Harmony Christmas

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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 14.

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1:14 Introduce Jennifer Taran and Kim Doherty-Smith from Fleece and Harmony. The shop is so festive I just had to record out there this weekend.

Find the image above on Facebook, share it, and be entered to win another gift certificate from Fleece and Harmony.

1:50  Stephen West’s Purl Ridge Scarf (or cowl) as Jen is wearing it. Kim used the project to learn continental knitting.

2:54 “Dance Into the Light” by the Amanda Jackson Band from their Fire in the Blue album starts playing as I go through the new fall colours from Fleece and Harmony.

You can order:

WIPs

8:12 Remake of Santa hat in Fleece and Harmony Signature worsted weight yarn. I chose “natural” and “lighthouse” as the colours and used a 4.5 mm (US7 needle).

8:58 Knit Picks dishie afghan or Gavin’s Blanket. It is in clementine using a 4.5 mm (US7) needle.

Book

9:38  Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean. Loved the shows. The stories brought back many great memories of family road trips.

Happy reading & knitting until next time.

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November 11, 2017 Episode 13

A podcast about knitting and books I have read.

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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.

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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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Episode 10 CAWcreations

Podcast about knitting and the books I have read.

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Tea by Honey Pie my friend Bay Woodyard and her husband Gavin North. Check out their site at www.honeypie.ca

FO (Finished Object)

Apple Blossom Socks in Lisa Sousa’s 2016 Rhinebeck color with Annie Purl’s I want your socks grey sparkle cuffs, heels, and toes. Using a 2.25 mm (US 1) circular needle.

Box of Socks progress not going well. I have three pair finished.

HOs (Half Finished Objects)

Basic worsted socks CAWcreations pattern (in press) using Fleece and Harmony Signature yarn in Lighthouse and Natural.

Knitter’s Mitts by H.Wulfraat designs using a UK Alpaca from my stash.

WIPs (Works In Progress)

Ironheart sweater by Tin Can Knits Heart on Your Sleeve in Knit Picks Gloss DK. It is the cranberry colour. Using my Addi Turbo 4 mm (US 6) needles for this project.

Don’t forget to participate in the “I like your sweater” KAL. The deadline is October 20th and there is only 1 FO so far.

Shawl for Shawl Swap at Knit East using Bayview Fiber Arts Cleopatra in the Snow, Pansy, and Rejoice. I will tell you more in 30 days.

Barista Socks in Diamond Select Footsie yarn. I used the ribbing from the Knitters Mitts. It looked amazing.

My project bags:

  • Jellyfish bag from Creations by Uli on Etsy.
  • Hiya Hiya bag broke but I think I can fix it.

Helix socks as a homage to the Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose. Used Fleece and Harmony Signature yarn in Take the Ferry, Lupine, and Lilac. I made a mistake on the first sock, but figured it out on the second sock. I show the difference which explains why you do not need to wrap yarn when using the Helix pattern.

Stitch Markers to go in Sock kits.

Book

Dark Matter by Crouch. A dark science fiction story. The characters are engaging pulling you into the story quickly. I love how the science is explained well without making the reader feel lectured to. The plot moves fast and the story is so good. Read it to see if you agree.