March in Review

It still appears we’re in the midst of winter here. We still have below zero weather most nights and some days, rain falls but so does snow. We had rain, freezing rain,hail and snow within an hour last Thursday! It snowed Tuesday night this week. I awoke to fresh blanket of snow covering the ground. But every rainfall melts some of our snow. I can see grass through the snow here and there. I can’t wait for the crocuses to pop through.
March brought my family two birthdays. My youngest niece is now fifteen! My sister-in-law had her champagne birthday this past week.
   

 

I’ve finally started receiving my Employment Insurance Sick Leave payments. It’s so nice to have a regular income again.
My oncology follow-up appointment went great! My oncologist says to stop worrying about my lymph nodes and let him do the worrying! My cancer has not returned! I have another follow-up appointment booked in six months but don’t need another ultrasound for a year.
Then things fell apart with the unexpected death of my eldest niece’s boyfriend, the father of her two year old son on March 25. It made for an emotional, busy month end.
On the business side of things:
I’ve just barely started the Craft Your Marketing course by Tara Swiger. As I go through the course you will see changes on the website, and my activity on the social media accounts.
I’m backed up on my release of the February chapter and progress of the March chapter. I’m almost caught back up. I’ve started writing the April chapter and started working on the designs to keep them on track time-wise.
For the future:
April brings spring cleaning of mind, body, soul, home and business. Keep an eye on the blog, Facebook page, Instagram, Ravelry group, and Twitter for my progress as I declutter, reorganize, clean and breathe new life into old ideas.
And don’t forget – all my pattern designs and C’ést Ma Vie ebooks are available for purchase in the Market.

A Monday Magazine Review – Knitscene Winter 2014

Knitscene Winter 2014
Knitscene Winter 2014

25 knits are in this issue.

The Daring  to Design column features Emma Welford. She has four designs, Haubergeon Sweater, Cuirassier’s Cardigan, Ornate Greaves and Gothic Gloves in this issue. I like the Haubergeon Sweater; at first glance its a simple sweater. Then you see the sleeve detail. The Ornate Greaves are interesting looking leg warmers! I wonder if I could modify the Gothic Gloves into mittens. It should be a simple mod. I like the look and the colour work but it’s the fingers again! Emma is transitioning from full-time employment to full-time designer. If these four designs are any indication of her talent she should have no difficulty!

The Purbeck Pullover by Beatrice Perron Dahlen has a purl detail I really like. And its seamless construction is a plus.

Zsuzsa Kiss‘s Carrara Shawl is gorgeous but the yardage!!! Maybe if I substitute out the double-strand of lace weight for another.

I like Annie Watts‘s Siena Mittens. I like how she created the striping pattern. It’s a great use of leftovers or mini skeins.

Paros Hat by Robin Allen is interesting. I think I might knit this one but not in grey and lime!

Kristen Orme‘s Kolmården Jacket is another which uses double stranding of two colours to create a marled look. This may join my queue too.

The Scene features Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington owned by Anna and Greg. I wish I lived much closer to the west coast. It sounds like an amazing store. And she’s opening an online store soon! They have a store-brand Tolt yarn spun from their own sheep! And are working on another. This new one will be a Clun Forest/BFL cross and was due to be ready for their first anniversary on Nov. 9th.

Ooh, I really like the colour work and cable combination in Ravenna Cowl by Katya Frankel! It’s definitely queue material!

Ann McDonald Kelly took the beginning mosaic knitter in mind when designing the Neon Mosaic Scarf! The colour work is only on the ends with a solid middle. Ann has written an article on mosaic knitting using this scarf as an example for the magazine as well.

Thyri Pullover by Hilary Smith Callis is classic with the twist of long cuffs and thumb holes. This one may be on the needles soon.

Wendy Bernard‘s Lise Hat and Armwarmers are also designed for beginning colourworkers.

Blogspotting features Norwegian blogger Matilde Skår. Matilde has been blogging since 2005. She can be found at www.xn--matildeskr-95a.no and there’s an English translation option for those of us that don’t read Norwegian. She blogs the process of making things, small dyi projects, knitting, jam making and everyday life.

This was another successful magazine purchase. There are several patterns I’m interested in knitting.

A Monday Magazine Review – Knit Simple Holiday 2014

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The cover claims 38 Fun Knits; and the best gifts ever! Let’s see what’s inside…

The Knits + That column has some great gift ideas for your gift list:
The Tess Della Q bag at 14″ tall can hold a good size project.
Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers will make blocking straight edges a breeze.
Lo-Lo Lov sampler set of Lo-Lo Bars by Bar Maids contains five minis of your choice of scents.
Winter Knitter notecards and Yarn Ball with Needles gift tags by Knitterella look adorable.

This issue profiles Meredith Crawford of the One Sheepish Girl blog www.onesheepishgirl.com. I really want the tassels in the photograph of her desk! The profile tells of her journey from starting to knit and crochet in her junior year of university to starting her blog in 2010 to recently releasing her first book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl.

The Knit Simple Team has put a lot of thought into the holiday theme! The pattern descriptions include gift ideas to accompany the knit! What a great idea!

#5-Seed-Stitch Bag by Annabelle Speer is a tote I think I will be making soon. For me, I think. It’ll be my first time lining knits with fabric. It makes the tote much more usable.

#6-Notions Bag by Matthew Schrank is described as a notions or pencil case. I’m thinking it would make a nice makeup bag for a teenager’s purse. Maybe for one of my nieces…

I like #13-Sleeveless Shell by Mari Lynn Patrick. I’ve never seen the Eros II by Plymouth Yarns though. I wonder what could be used  a substitute…

#14-Ruffled Shawl by Lori Steinberg is gorgeous! I want!

The trio of cushions, #15-Cabled Pillows by Annabelle Speer, use the same cable to make three distinct cushions that go well together without being too matchy matchy.

This month’s KS Workshop is Learning the Ropes of Loom Knitting. I don’t own any knitting looms so I kinda skimmed past this bit.

A baby layette makes up #20-22. Veronica Manno designed the textured blanket; Rosemary Drysdale, the Baby Hat and The Baby Cardi.All three are adorable. I can see making these in the future. The Cardi goes to three years which would fit my great-nephew. I may try to size up the hat for me!

There are lots of hats in this issue. And pompoms! There’s pompom patterns and tutorials. They’ve inspired me to take another look at those bits and bobs of leftovers. I think I could make some cute pompom projects!

The magazine ends with a goodbye essay by the departing Art Director, Emily Jones.

A Monday Magazine Review – Make it! Knits

image This is a new special edition magazine from the Editors of Interweave Knits. The cover states it contains 33 quick, easy, cool knits! It’s a re-compilation of patterns and articles from Interweave Knits and Knitscene geared towards newer knitters. Most of the patterns use worsted to bulky yarns.

Interspersed throughout are articles on reading patterns, working from charts, knitting in the round, and determining yardage requirements.

Lodi Cardigan by Tanis Gray is a classic top-down worsted-weight raglan cardigan. It’s mostly stockinette with some garter elements. I may add this one to the queue.

The Brazel Beret by Katya Frankel, has cables, bobbles and lace in worsted-weight yarn.

Kirsten Kapur’s Oana Shawl is a fringed lace shawl worked in worsted-weight wool. I’m not sure about the fringe but otherwise I like it.

Erica Jackofsky’s Knuckle Down Mitts are simple and unisex. They may be too brief and short for my northern climate except for late spring and early fall. But I will be making these.

The Wavy Lace Capelet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is perfect for work on those days the temperature control just can’t keep up. In super bulky wool it should knit up quickly!

This one is definitely going on my needles soon, Annie Watts’ Leadville Cowl. Half ribbing and half lattice cable in bulky baby alpaca/merino/silk-it looks so warm and scrumptious.

Maria Leigh‘s Flamboyant Shawl is a queue contender. Knit side to side then picking up stitches for the border means it could easily be knit with coordinating or contrasting colours rather than in one single colour.

The Overdyed Ragg Scarf by Nancy Shroyer must be worn by a very tall model! At 97 1/2″ it’s half again my height!!! It’s knit with three colours/375 yards of Aran weight. I like the look of the colour blocking and the lace but I need to seriously shorten it or use a smaller weight yarn.

The Amstel Hat by Courtney Kelley has an unusual cast on I’ve not heard of. Nonetheless I am interested in the look of the hat. Have you heard of the Emily Ocker cast on method? Thankfully it’s in the glossary in the back. It doesn’t look difficult.

When I read these were previously published patterns I was afraid I may have wasted $10.99 CAD. But apparently I’m further behind in purchasing or maybe reading Interweave magazines. Most of these are patterns I’ve seen only on Ravelry. I’m glad I purchased this one and may get a second copy for my neice’s stocking this Christmas. She’s learning to knit and I can see her being interested in some of these patterns.

A Monday Magazine Review – Knit Today Oct. 2014

Knit Today - October 2014
Knit Today – October 2014

This magazine is published in the UK. The cover states there are 89+ patterns, tips and ideas within!

The Voortrekker Monument story is inspiring! 657 blankets made of thousands of squares covered the Monument steps to promote yarn locally processed and produced in South Africa. It must have been an amazing sight!

I can’t wait to see what new design house Conway and Bliss (Teresa Conway & Nell Bliss) come up with. I’ve just followed them on Instagram and Twitter. http://Instagram.com/conwayandblissknits https://Twitter.com/conwayandbliss

I like Pure and Simple Stripey Top by DMC LINK. It’s made in cotton but I’m seeing it in a wool blend. With six colours it could go with everything in a capsule wardrobe. And it’s an easy beginner knit!

The Bright Ideas Striped Socks LINK by Rhian Drinkwater are adorable. Am I the only one that wonders at the practicality of purls on top of feet? Wouldn’t it be an irritant?

The Bird Garland by Angela Turner LINK is wonderful. I can see these as a mobile and tree ornaments as well!

I like the Vines and Stripes Fingerless Gloves LINK by Kyoko Nagayoshi. But the thought of knitting fingers gives me goosebumps. Even short ones like these. Maybe I could mod them into fingerless mitts instead? They’d be great colourwork practice.

I love the Shamrock Striped Cardigan LINK by Ruth Maddock! With elbow-length sleeves it’s perfect for this too hot for long sleeves but too cold for short sleeves autumn days.

The tutorial this month is Setting In Sleeves Made Simple. It still looks complicated to me but my only sweater is a bottom up Raglan.

Waterloo Sunset Lace Sweater is breathtaking! LINK by Louisa Harding. I love this colourway! Especially in this sweater!

I want to make the 3 Quick Knits set by Julie Ferguson LINK. The pencil case would make a fabulous notions pouch.

I need to go back and complete the crossword puzzle. I knew quite a few of the answers in my skim through.

The Autumn Afternoon Cropped Cardigan would be near perfect if not for being cropped. It’s by Sarah Hatton LINK and should be easily lengthened for those of us that won’t wear cropped this time around.

Overall I liked this issue and would purchase it again. If it weren’t for the perfect extras I’d have bought the digital version and saved some money though. But I really like that knitting gauge!

Knit Today extras
Knit Today extras