knitting

Knits, I’ve made a few…

I have been making more of an effort to get photos of knits I’ve completed and posting them, rather, scheduling them to my fb page. Thus far I’ve been good. A picture/item a day, which I try to also simultaneously share on Instagram, and I’m a few weeks scheduled in advance, with more knits on the way, both creation wise and photo wide. I’ve also reshot (finally!) some items that were in the shop (those bloody reds!!). So it’s only fitting that I start getting back to posting knits here, too. I believe it’s been several years since I’ve posted knits here so let me catch the blog up to speed on the ones already posted. 

First up is a baby hat in a thick and soft dusty rose yarn. I used the lace ending pattern for a baby sweater (posted later) and just went with that for an alternating pattern. I was winging it but it turned out pretty well, I think. 

Next is a scarf made with a hand dyed tencel yarn from Yarntopia Treasures from New Mexico. Her yarns are to die for! This scarf has a pivot edging on both sides and the colours are gorgeous. Oranges, greens, and yellows. 

Just a standard grey scarf but I love how thick and cuddly it feels on the neck. And it goes with everything. Grey is so classic. 

Another hand dyed yarn from Yarntopia Treasures. These colours are just stunning. Greens, blues, and purples. I believe this is bamboo tencel mix. 

A newborn unisex baby sweater with one wooden button with a fern leaf burned onto it. The button comes from Brickbubble and her buttons are so adorable. 

This yarn was sent to me from my friend Kare at Intellexual Design Custom Footwear & Accessories. It’s a black cotton yarn but there’s this amazing metallic thread woven into the yarn and it changes colour. 

The colour of the metallic strand is actually reminiscent of the rainbow in a soap bubble. Green/pink/purple. 

Here’s that baby sweater I was telling you about. So this can be a matching set with the baby hat but that wasn’t my intention when I knit them. This sweater has more Bruckbubble buttons…

Bruckbubble buttons with little baby chicks burned onto them. Aren’t they adorable??

My friend Aimee at The Little Bird Designs needed some yoga socks in hot pink! I was happy to oblige. I knit them in a ribbed stitch because a little birdie (heh) told me she has thin feet. Rubbed stitch is better at hugging you so if you need to make it a better fit, go with the rubbed. 

These mittens were part of an idea that didn’t work out but I’m not done trying to the idea. The pattern is actually just a repeat pattern used in a baby sweater but I thought it was pretty for these Snow White mittens. This is the Downton Abbey Lady Mary yarn. It’s got a strand of metallic silver woven through it but it’s extremely hard to capture that in a photo. 

Here’s that same patter but in a purple hat. This yarn is so soft that it would be perfect as a chemo cap. 

I had just finished knitting a hat with this vibrant yarn but only had the one skein. I hate to waste yarn so I turned the remainder into a coffee cozy. I used to make these all the time (I once made 35 for a group of friends in Europe) and love using a yarn that changes colour. 

This scarf was already in the shop but had to be reshot. Red is the most difficult colour to shoot. I love these scarves and am going through my UFO (unfinished objects) bags and found quite a few of them. Apparently I didn’t feel like weaving in the ends of a number of scarves. (Insert eye roll)


I knit this rainbow baby blanket for a lady who is having a rainbow baby. I’d never heard the term until a few years ago. A rainbow baby is a baby born after the loss of a baby. Very sweet and I’m honoured she’s asked me to make it for her. 

More hand dyed bamboo yarn. This baby sweater, also with wooden Brickbubble buttons, also using that repeat pattern we saw in the mittens and hat, is for a dear friends daughter. I’m reading a pair of arm warmers and a sweater for a custom made leather belt. Check out @leoninestudios on Instagram or http://www.leoninestudios.com – she just came back from working at the Invictus Games!

I was asked by a customer if non-slip slippers for tots was possible so I made my standard newborn to 3 months booties, and then a pair of booties for a 6-18 month old. So sweet!

I took a barre Pilates class and these were for the instructor. Her favourite colour is orange (and her class is hella hard! Pilates by Bernadette in Pickering). 

This past winter I made so many Star Wars hats it was pretty crazy. The best part was customizing the saying. 


Here are the arm warmers I made for my friend in exchange for the leather belt. 


And today these were scheduled. This blue is just gorgeous! Tardis blue fingerless gloves for all the whovians. 

Latest Knitties (image heavy)

newborn baby hat with a pink flower adorning the side. for my neighbour, whose son is having a baby girl, due any day now.

newborn baby hat with a pink flower adorning the side. for my neighbour, whose son is having a baby girl, due any day now.

A bunch of stuff I’ve knit lately. Some have Etsy listings, others do not.

bath pouf that I was inspired to make at the insistence of my friend Keri. turned out pretty well. I have yet to list it to etsy

bath pouf that I was inspired to make at the insistence of my friend Keri. turned out pretty well. I have yet to list it to etsy

peppermint green top knot newborn baby hat. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

peppermint green top knot newborn baby hat. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

his and hers facecloth. a bulk order of facecloths for another local business. she's putting together a bunch of gift baskets and is including these. honoured to be able to make these for her. the colour in this is supposed to be bone white but my cell phone made it a yellow instead.

his and hers facecloth. a bulk order of facecloths for another local business. she’s putting together a bunch of gift baskets and is including these. honoured to be able to make these for her. the colour in this is supposed to be bone white but my cell phone made it a yellow instead.

dalek mittens. this wasn't my pattern. i made these for a friend's great niece.

dalek mittens. this wasn’t my pattern. i made these for a friend’s great niece.

newborn baby pumpkin hat, because pumpkin everything. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

newborn baby pumpkin hat, because pumpkin everything. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

cotton tank back view. I think if i ever make this again, the straps will be thinner.

cotton tank back view. I think if i ever make this again, the straps will be thinner.

a beautiful dandelion coloured fisherman knit cowl. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

a beautiful dandelion coloured fisherman knit cowl. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

unisex newborn baby sweater. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

unisex newborn baby sweater. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

cotton tank top front view. pretty cute, and quite comfy

cotton tank top front view. pretty cute, and quite comfy

variegated cotton dishcloth, knit for shits and giggles, and no etsy listing yet.

variegated cotton dishcloth, knit for shits and giggles, and no etsy listing yet.

cotton kitchen scrubbies. these are so good and again, not ever listed to etsy. isn't made with tulle.

cotton kitchen scrubbies. these are so good and again, not ever listed to etsy. isn’t made with tulle.

this is an attempt to knit sibylline sisterhood mittens. it's ok, I guess. I'm not too fond of it. will have to tweak the pattern.

this is an attempt to knit sibylline sisterhood mittens. it’s ok, I guess. I’m not too fond of it. will have to tweak the pattern.

this was a test knit, again, not my pattern, but will sell it for the cost of the yarn only (and shipping, if applicable).

this was a test knit, again, not my pattern, but will sell it for the cost of the yarn only (and shipping, if applicable).

variegated cotton hanging dishtowel. I knit this just for shits and giggles. a hanging towel. again, not yet listed to etsy.

variegated cotton hanging dishtowel. I knit this just for shits and giggles. a hanging towel. again, not yet listed to etsy.

love the slouch hats. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

love the slouch hats. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

I was just testing out this stitch one day and it was a neat texture so I thought it would make an interesting (to look at) cowl. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

I was just testing out this stitch one day and it was a neat texture so I thought it would make an interesting (to look at) cowl. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

I knit this for my coworker who had her first baby (girl). so sweet.

I knit this for my coworker who had her first baby (girl). so sweet.

knit this for my mum's coworker, who is having a baby. or it's the wife of the coworker. regardless. a blanket knit in the fishermen stitch style. love it! it makes it squishy.

knit this for my mum’s coworker, who is having a baby. or it’s the wife of the coworker. regardless. a blanket knit in the fishermen stitch style. love it! it makes it squishy.

seed stitch hat, that's super comfy. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

seed stitch hat, that’s super comfy. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

mug cozy. i just love these. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

mug cozy. i just love these. click the picture for the link to the etsy listing.

cabled hat. shawl pin not included. click the picture for the etsy listing.

cabled hat. shawl pin not included. click the picture for the etsy listing.

sleep mask for all the shift workers. click the photo for the etsy listing

sleep mask for all the shift workers. click the photo for the etsy listing

Vacation pictures, for those that care – IMAGE HEAVY

“bocce ball with father in law and hubby. hubby and I won a game each.”

“ultimate smoring happening – it’s where you put the chocolate INSIDE the marshmallow and THEN roast the marshmallow”

“facebomb your friends? just a little weird?”

“I have made fire!! now where’s wilson!?”

“I kissed a toad and I didn’t like it”

“too cold to beach so instead I start a baby sweater. Not for me, for the record”

“luscious bakery cheese bread. so delish”

“hole in one at putterama – the 19th hole is hard. if you get it in the hole (one chance) then you win this token, which I’ve been trying to win for 8.5 years”

“the land is money and I disagree with charging people to walk on land that you used to believe belongs to mother nature.”

“glass in motion glass pendant. almost every year we go I pick out a piece and hubby buys it for me. this year he’s making fun of my black heart. whatever. it’s sparkly night. they have another shop in grand bend. i like this piece, though, because it looks like an owl face”

“spf60 wasn’t helping. bought a new bottle in case my other was expired. helped somewhat but I’m just tanned now. no wicked burns”

“padawan”

“padawan 2”

“goodnight, Sauble. Such beautiful sunsets. I sat on the beach by myself and watched the sun set. So amazing and serene.”

“i picked a bunch o wildflowers (and weeds) on a walk with hubby and father in law. we walked to where the sauble river meets lake huron”

“Skimmer Girl. we found this skimming board abandoned and gave it to a couple of kids”

“Foggy Beach Day. this crazy day was crazy weather”

“gull. I was chasing them around while my husband considered committing me to the looney bin”

Ok, this one is difficult to see but it says, “This monument was erected in memory of all those who fought in the time war.” For the record, I wrote along the side: #Gallifrey

“about to ultimate smore, folks. not sure we can handle the excitement”

“best vacation ever!! movies, 3 tubs of candy? how can it get any better!”

“cheesebread – almost all gone in less than 24 hours”

“reminds me of coeur de l’hiver’s soap bottles”

“discount books SCORE!!”

“fingers only”

“fluffy ice cream clouds”

“i have made fire!! AGAIN!”

“kissy faces”

“momma and chicken”

“oh so hopeful – not a clue what for, though”

“pip and pop the parrots”

“read that first paragraph and tell me what you think”

“sleepy girl on the way to Sauble”

“smore face – bit dark”

“this actually happened – my fashion sense went out the window when I started shivering”

“ukulele man serenading his wifey”

“wonky face”

“woolies because it was cold”

“worst vacation ever!!”

“Inglis Falls”

“Christy at the Falls”

“Climbing the walls”

“So bored”

“Ta-da!”

“high fives”

“beautiful”

“lindsay and her chicken”

“tree growing out of a rock”

“come on, michael. time to go find your parents”

“moss covered rolling stone something something”

“pretty water”

“proof that sometimes, camera phones cannot take an accurately coloured photo. I swear to god that my chest never looked like it was covered in lava. …well, not this year, anyway”

“yep. didn’t look like that.”

Cabled Coffee Mug Cozy {image heavy}

My friend Keri from The Quilted Valkyrie ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedValkyrie ) sent me a pin of a photo of a cabled coffee mug cozy. I have been considering making something like that for a few years but I’m just not sure if it’s something people would be interested in. Generally I don’t make things unless people suggest them to me, because then at least I know what people want or what’s trending.

…I can’t believe I just said that. Trending.

Anyhow. I whipped this up the other night at work and took photos yesterday. Here’s my first foray into mug cozies, or, as I prefer to call them, Mug Huggers (oh come on. mug huggers is a cute name!!). I used Bernat Mosaics “Into The Woods” yarn, which is gorgeous, and the colours in this are khaki and ash grey. I’m pretty pleased with it and stuck two gorgeous wooden buttons on it.

I’ve photographed the cozy on two different styles of pottery mug, both from The Village Pottery in PEI, Canada, just to show that the cozy will fit most standard sizes of mug.

Also, the wooden spoon in the background was made for me by ARicher Designs: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARicherDesigns
And the logo for my shop (and the writing that is on the spoon) was designed by Thunderpeep Designs:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thunderpeep
http://thunderpeep.blogspot.ca/

Click on the first picture and it should take you to the Etsy listing.

Knitty Little Secret

Knitty Little Secret

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St Valentine’s Day part deux

Bonjour!
Ha. Funny, unrelated story. I took hubby to PEI in 2008 and, because it’s very much a tourist destination they cater to both English and French tourists (though there’s a large number of Japanese tourists – so much so that our grade 4 teacher taught us to say hello and goodbye in Japanese) (I never used either until 3 years ago) so, as a result, all the hotel and tourist workers fluently speak French/English.
Every time we met someone who would say “Hello, Bonjour!” to us, I’d always reply in French. “Bonjour! Comment ca va?” And then they would reply in French. Hubby doesn’t speak French so I would tell the person, Merci pour la conversation en francais mais now you have to translate to English. I’m sure they all hated me. Because I did it all. the. time.

I’m not sure why I have jerky tendencies.

And now, back to the show! More Valentine’s goodies for your valentine! Don’t forget, if you’re going to purchase an item, check the store’s turnaround.

First up, ME! Another set that is reminiscent of Downton Abbey wear.

Knitty Little Secret

Knitty Little Secret

This husband and wife team are fantastic and are the epitome of what a home based business can be. They work hard but their hard work pays off. With almost 6000 sales, they set the bar for hard work and amazing promotion. And they’re just the cutest things ever.

Forgotten Cotton

Forgotten Cotton

This next business is a woman after my own heart. She makes the most amazing gadget gear bags and absolutely gorgeous quilts! But that’s not all! She makes padded camera straps. Bags. Lens pouches. Oh my goodness, there’s so much that she makes and picking just one is nearly impossible. However, this one has just been listed and is so sweet.

The Quilted Valkyrie

The Quilted Valkyrie

Next up is Chrysalis Jewelry, another semi husband-wife team. The jewelry is gorgeous but I thought I’d offer up this leather purse, which is quite stunning!

Chrysalis Jewelry

Chrysalis Jewelry

My friend Tammy, who is the most creatively talented woman I know (no seriously. She’s got the midas touch), is also the strongest woman I know. Perhaps, from this listing, you’ll figure out why.

MetalLuscious

MetalLuscious

I don’t know this store at all but I love pottery and really, what more do you need? This is for your sweetie, who loves to cook!

DragonflyArts

DragonflyArts

And, another store that I don’t know but I saw their rings and fell. in. love! These rings are made with recycled bottle glass, which is cut and tumbled for a smooth finish. I just LOVE the colours and the size. I’m very picky about the size of a ring and these are perfect. This is such an amazing gift for a valentine, and they have different colours.

reVetro

reVetro

St Valentine’s Day

I love love. There’s nothing more beautiful than the honesty in love. Seeing two people who are brave enough to have completely given themselves over to each other is beautiful to me. That being said, Valentine’s Day has become this commercial day that makes us feel like we can never live up to the hype.
You shouldn’t be relegated to celebrating your love on JUST. ONE. DAY. Celebrate it every day.

However, that’s not the point of this post, is it?

Here are some amazing Etsy finds to celebrate the love in your life. Click on the photos and they will take you to their page where you can, if you’re lucky, purchase them. However, please be sure to check the turnover time of each item/shop.

Thunderpeep makes some amazingly funny cards and she’s so very creative, not to mention the creator of my logo. Plus. Her trolls are the handsomest in the land. I sort of wish they wore tight pants…

Thunderpeep Designs

Thunderpeep Designs

If you’re ever been on reddit or you’ve seen the toys you shouldn’t buy for kids feed on buzz feed, then you’ll know this store. If not, then you should know this store. Mrs McG makes some incredibly hilarious toys that are not meant for kids.

Mrs McGettrick's Fuggler Emporium

Mrs McGettrick’s Fuggler Emporium

I’ve been a fan of Kiva Ford’s forever. If you’ve never heard of this artist then you’re missing out. His glass is so beautiful and I totally coveted his Christmas ornaments.

Kiva Ford

Kiva Ford

How cute is this necklace? Candiware is an artisan whose jewellery smells as delicious as it looks! Yes, that’s right, this necklace smells but you’ll have to click on the link to find out.

Candiware

Candiware

I love Minouette’s art but this is especially cute and very unique! How about art that changes colours when your valentine puts their hand on it? This would be a great gift for your valentine who is far away.

things from secret minouette places

things from secret minouette places

This next shop owner is insanely talented as well as a friend of mine. I once asked her to make a necklace using only a photo of my friend’s tattoo and she did it within a couple of hours and it was beautiful. Her work is difficult to define into one genre (classic tattoos?) (glam diva?) but she makes jewellery and it’s beautiful.

Faster Than You - artallnight

Faster Than You – artallnight

And really, you can’t have Valentine’s Day without some conversation hearts. Nail Kandy, a local polish and nail designer, makes beautiful nails! I own a pair. Not to mention? Her Mardi Gras nail polish was featured in People Style Mag!!! SOOOO excited for her, and super proud, too.

Nail Kandy

Nail Kandy

And, of course, you can’t have a blog without a little shameless self promotion. But at least I’ve promoted the others before meā€¦

Knitty Little Secret

Knitty Little Secret

check em out

if you click on this link it’ll take you to my friend’s blog, Thunderpeep Designs. She makes amazing greeting cards and other paper paraphernalia (I love her trolls!). But you’ll also see, in the three photos, a pair of my leg warmers in action. Snow action!

Because who doesn’t love snow, right??

…right?

….hello?

Okay, okay, I get that you’re sick of snow. That’s fine. Clicky on the linky and go see the leg warmers.

http://thunderpeep.blogspot.ca/2014/02/weekends-in-february-rock.html