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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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Yes, we have socks! Dad’s birthday socks are ready to be wrapped.

Those pink threads are life lines in case the socks need a little lengthening or shortening. Doesn’t Sweetgeorgia dye the best dark blue around? In some lights it looks a bit blue-grey, in others blue-green, but it always looks complex and beautiful. In a manly way.

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks by Vintage Vogue (ravelry link here)
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon) in Riptide

A moth fluttered through the house a few days ago. Not the pretty butterfly kind, but the fibre-eating kind. I had already been methodically bagging and freezing my yarns, then stuffing them in storage bins, but this sped me right up. I’m almost done now, and rediscovered a skein of sweetgeorgia sock yarn in the process.

So that’s how my knitting hiatus ended, with a sock in a kind of waffle stitch pattern that’s easy to remember, so I can sit on the balcony sipping iced tea while I knit. It’s been a strange & wonderful & stressful two months, so it’s nice to get back to the inner calm of handcrafts.

Yesterday, my friend Lisa and I went to the sweetgeorgia open house. I am amazed at what Felicia has done in only two months – the studio was filled with bright, beautiful yarns, roving, and weaving. Of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed:

sweetgeorgia goodies

bfl roving and a little silk sample

I realize that there’s a lot of pink in this blog…I guess this is my pink phase. I’m usually not attracted to pink but when it’s this saturated and juicy looking, I can’t resist.

And my own handspun? I knit it up, as promised, into a little lace baby hat. It’s not really baby-soft, but I haven’t spun any merino or silk yet.

baby hat

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