Day One

 

Day One

I always had a thing for bags.

Well, amongst other things like makeup, shoes, flowers, and of course, yarn. When I first started knitting, I was using old makeup bags to house my projects on the go.

I have a hard time finding a project bag that matches my aesthetic. A bag, after all, is an extension of your personality. I like simplicity. Not overly patterned. I prefer zippered compartments over pockets, and the bigger, the better.

My love for knitting and my love for bags had me dreaming of creating the perfect bag. Perhaps, even start an online store. In the past year, I’ve been busy making prototypes of different sizes and materials. Lots of trial and error, for sure. As a stay at home mama, it is difficult to find the time to sit in my studio, and just create. There were lots of late nights sewing, troubleshooting, and planning.

It was always in the back of my mind to pursue this further once my youngest began school. Even though his first day was technically this past Tuesday, he was only there for a couple of hours. Today, my lil’ man, my baby, who I was with every day for 4 years, is away for the whole day.

I want to cry but I’m also excited.  I want him home a little longer but I also want my freedom. This September, our kids reached a milestone. The eldest started University. The second started grade one. And now, our youngest is in JK.

It’s time.

I have to set aside fears and doubts.

Today is day one.

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Pure

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Finished in two weeks (sooner if I was monogamous), my Pure shawl by Cabinfour has become a new staple in my wardrobe. The simple texture knit in worsted weight is a match made in heaven.

I visited Rosehaven yarn store in the beginning of summer during a trip to Sandbanks. I believe they are the only store in Ontario that carries Quince and Co. and I couldn’t wait to see all the colors they had available. Pure was at the top of my queue for some time now and I’ve been wanting to try something new. A shawl in worsted weight fit the bill.

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I fell in love with the colorway Canvas. A subdued light pink.

The first section of the shawl knit up in no time and that’s when I realized the finished dimensions (56″ wide x 20″ deep) are a bit smaller than what I’m used to. I ripped back and modified as follows:

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  • Added 3 repeats of Stockinette section for a total of 12.
  • Added 3 repeats of Textured section for a total of 10.
  • Planned to add 3 repeats for the Garter section as well but it quickly became apparent I wouldn’t have enough yarn. I stopped after 5 repeats and played a game of yarn chicken.

I almost won… 26 stitches left to bind off:

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At this point, I had two choices 1) rip back 1 row and bind off on the wrong side of the work or 2) look for the ties that secured the skeins and spit-splice a million ends hoping I’ll have enough to finish off.

I went with #2. Thank goodness, I was a little too excited and left bits and pieces of the ties on my desk. A few had to be rescued from my garbage bin (it’s ok, there was nothing else in there)

Spit splicing

After spit-splicing, I gained an additional 50″ of yarn and had 10″ left after binding off the rest of the stitches. Isn’t that amazing?

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Note to self for future projects – save those ties!

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I finished the shawl in the car during our drive to a cottage at Prince Edward County. It was approximately 20 min north west of Sandbanks.

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I’m so pleased with the way this turned out. The final dimensions after lightly blocking are 64″ wide x 22.5″ deep. I love it! So cozy and warm! I’ve got a new thing for worsted weight shawls 🙂

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The lake was just 15 steps away from our backyard. We went canoeing, kayaking, built a campfire for s’mores, consumed copious amounts of sangria and sat under the stars at night. The views were breathtaking especially at sunset:

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The whole time we were there, my husband and I kept saying it’s like we’re in the Ozark’s. Has anyone else watched it on Netflix? We can’t hardly wait for season 2.

Current Obsession // Hot summer freebie

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[ image via – schneidernmeistern]

I have been searching for the perfect silhouette for my first attempt at dress making and I’ve found it!

The best part? This is a FREE pattern but only for the month of August!

This dress is so me! I adore simple, modern designs. Just take a look at the details:

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Casual and elegant. It’s the perfect summer outfit!

I’m crushing on the designer, Monika Schmidt-Mader. She is a stay at home mama who lives in Bremen with her family.  Her style is my jam. I can see myself wearing Else as well. Another simple, ingenious modular dress. I’m definitely going for the hooded version.

I love her CRAZYLAZYWEAR mantra. It reminded me of COZYSQUISHYWOOL

Modern, reduced … casual, cozy – with the possibility to be synonymous times “schickimicki”. Inspired by the harsh climate of northern Germany. Reinterpreted favorite pieces in casual style. Just add jeans.”  

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She recommends lightweight woven fabrics with drape. I have a few yards of a linen + rayon blend in my stash that I can use. I’m patiently waiting for the kids to get back to school (who else is counting down the days???) so I can give this a try. I’ve made several dresses for my daughter ages ago (toddler size) that I’d love to share with you – that is – if I can find them!

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Happy sewing!

How to add contrasting color to FLK heel

Every so often, I receive questions about knitting – socks in particular – and I am always happy to help as much as I can. It brings me so much joy to hear that I’ve inspired you to try something new!

In this video, I show how I add contrasting color for the fish lips kiss heel, as requested.

Yarns used:
Main color: Lang Jawoll colorway 902.0084
Contrasting color: Cascade Heritage Solids colorway 5704

Please don’t mind the awkward talking at certain parts haha!

Enjoy 🙂