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Ok, it’s not that cold here yet. But I’m ready. Last winter, ears cold, I had the shocking revelation that I only have one toque/beanie/winter hat. It’s a ratty old crocheted thing that I bought in the university SUB about, oh, five years ago. I’m almost embarrassed to write this. For all my knitting, I’ve never managed to produce a hat for myself. And then, in that way we tend to overcompensate, I had visions of dozens of hats to choose from, one for each winter outfit! That’s not going to happen, but at least now I have one.

I owe much of the inspiration to start knitting again a few years ago to Rowan (and to Felicia at Sweetgeorgia, but that’s a story for another time). The first pattern magazine I bought was a Rowan. It was in 2007, I don’t know where I got it, and I was totally shocked to find that people were writing fashionable knitting patterns. Really amazing patterns. Despite an early slip-up buying a gross railroad yarn (which I still inexplicably have in my bottom desk drawer, and which I find every few years and am still surprised that I would have spent any amount of money on), I was quickly hooked on Rowan Felted Tweed before I was much of a knitter at all. And then Kidsilk Haze, and Kid Classic, and etc. For all my support of artisans, tiny companies, slow movements, and locally made…big ol’ Rowan is my desert island yarn, the one I would choose if I could only have one.

So, I bought a ball of the new Rowan Drift about two minutes after it went on the yarn shop shelves. You saw the start of my Rapunzel hat here, and now it’s done. It’s a little large, but not at all unwearable. I hope we get four feet of snow this winter!

>>You should know that this pattern included long braids – not my thing, but go for it if your mom always cut your hair before it got past your shoulders, and you’ve always wondered what long princess braids are like.

Pattern: Free Rapunzel! by Tiny Owl Knits (Ravelry link here)
Yarn: Rowan Drift (100% merino wool) in 908 Shore

Also, I’m excited to go to Knit Social’s yarn swap next Thursday evening in Vancouver, and have been going through my stash ruthlessly. Hope to see you there. I have some railroad yarn to trade.

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I learned to crochet! Lindsay showed me how.

We made vase holders from an old Rowan magazine. This one’s one round too tall, but you get the idea – now I need a house with a porch so I can hang them for summer dinner parties.

I enjoyed some time off in the Okanagan this week – we went to the old car show ‘n’ shine, saw the baby hawk below the orchard, and went along the Kettle Valley trail to check out the old rock ovens that baked bread for the railway workers. That cute dog above was a friendly promotional ploy to get customers into a cafe. I don’t know what that dye is doing to his self-esteem or his skin, but he was being pretty good about it.

Plus, one bonus photos: different stuff shows up at the car show, including a few cars straight out of Austin Powers.

I haven’t been knitting at all, as I lay low after a dramatic start to the summer. So I know this is a bit of a cop-out, but I’d like to show you some designs that just might jump-start my knitting mojo.

The last time I bought a Rowan magazine, I was a bit disappointed in the bland styles, and so haven’t bought one in several years. But Rowan was a big part of what got me interested in knitting in the first place, so when I saw Rowan 48, I got really excited. The Russian doll inspired section is especially lovely.

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