July Update

This past week has been extremely busy. What, with the FIFA World Cup (with games I absolutely had to watch), a wedding, a church BBQ, and work, it’s been hard to keep up!

First of all, who else is sad that the Netherlands didn’t make it to the final? Absolutely heartbroken. At least they made a great comeback from the Euro Cup…

Congratulations to Germany on their win, though. They played a great tournament!

David and I also went to a wedding on July 5th and it was AMAZING. You may know the couple from this video.

He proposed to her at a Maroon 5 concert and Adam Levine, after being informed by a band member, had everyone sing “She Will Be Loved” to them.

Without a doubt, the best wedding I have ever attended. The couple is so laid-back, energetic and fun and I think their wedding and reception reflected that. The bride and groom even took a selfie at the altar!

Not to mention, they had an absolutely beautiful venue for the reception! The reception was held at Cambium Farms. If you live in the GTA, check them out! It was breathtaking.

We arrived at the reception and they had valet parking. I’ve never experienced this before, so I was a little nervous, especially because we drive a manual transmission. But, all went smoothly.

While the wedding party took pictures, we were offered drinks and hors d’oeuvres. It was a nice time of relaxation and mingling before the reception. I was also very pleasantly surprised that the couple, in thinking about the many women wearing high heels to the wedding, had boxes of flip flops in several different sizes! What a neat idea! Before long I was walking around in my size 5 flip flops (the last size 5 left, phew!) with my heels shoved a little clumsily into my purse.

Onto the reception – it was held in a 100 year old barn (seriously!) and it was stunning. The food was awesome (5-course meal, anyone?), open bar, candy bar (why hello there, gummy bears), and a picture booth.

 

David and Me with the bride and groom in the top left corner :).

David and I tried to do a romantic shot in the bottom left. Clearly it was not meant to be. My sign said “I came for the open bar!” in the top two pictures.

The pictures don’t make us look this shiny in print, but when I scanned them I looked pasty and gross. Oh well. You get the picture (ha ha ha…).

Overall it was a great wedding celebrating two people who are clearly in love!

And now an update on where I am with my knitting…

A long while ago one of my favourite local yarn shops closed :(. But not before I managed to snag an amazing deal on some amazing yarn!

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Aren’t they beauteous?

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I had a shawl almost completed and decided I didn’t like the colour, so I frogged it and started over with a new yarn. I’m using the deep red from the pictures above (which are closer to the actual colour than what you see below). I’m almost finished my second go-around of the pattern!

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Obviously it’s not finished yet, nor is it blocked, so it will look a little (maybe a lot) more even once I’m through with it :).

That’s about it, for now. Keep an eye out for an exciting post next week! David and I are headed to Montreal this weekend to visit some friends, it’s going to be GREAT!

 

 

Primis Infans – My First Crochet Pattern!

I love crafting. Usually I knit things, but crocheted blankets are so appealing. I don’t like to crochet wearable items (like shirts) but the stitches lend themselves so well to blankets and afghans. So, I decided to try my hand at designing a crocheted baby blanket!

I’ve been working on a crochet baby blanket for a friend for a few weeks now. I finished it about a week ago and have been writing up the pattern since then. Today I finally published it on Ravelry!

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I used Berroco Weekend yarn, which is 75% acrylic and 25% Peruvian cotton worsted weight yarn. It’s soft, squishy and great for baby blankets! And it comes in at 205 yards/skein, making it a sturdy and economical yarn. It’s also machine-washable and dryable, making it perfect for easy-care items.

I used a size 4.25mm hook and choose two sets of two complimentary colours – light and dark blue; light and dark purple – and a neutral colour.

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I used a basic stitch pattern for blankets, but complicated matters by the frequent colour changes and a v-stitch border. I used the technique I found on YouTube by Crochet Guru to weave in the tails as I went along, and to change from one colour to the next.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out, though I must admit it’s less gender neutral than I intended it to be with my colour choices… but all the same, I can’t wait to gift it!

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I’ve been knitting a vest for my husband. It’s grey, and almost entirely stockinette. Though, I did add a cable to the front. It’s a v-neck vest and I hope to finish it, you know, by the time he gets his PhD. Anyway, I needed a break from it, so decided to start a small knitting project.

Last year I knit a vest (based on Tanis Lavallee’s “Honeytree Vest” but with my own twist) and had some yarn leftover. I used Cascade Yarns 220 Colourway 2420 (Heather).

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I knew I wanted to knit some sort of hood because my winter coat doesn’t have one. I was browsing the knitting section at the library and found a copy of Knitting Everyday Finery by Mel Clark. There’s lots of great patterns in this book, including a hood!

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It was perfect. Colourful and simple, and I could use my leftover yarn!

One snag, though – I needed a nice harmonious colour to go with it. And no, there was nothing in my stash that would work (as every knitter will say). Then I heard about a Cascade Yarns sale at Mary’s Yarns around the New Year, and I knew I had to head over and pick me up a skein, or a few…

For this project I chose Cascade 220 Colourway 9453 (Orchid Heather) to accompany the yarn leftover from my vest. So, with my yarn in hand, I began my Family Hood!

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I love it! It fits really well, I love the colours and I love the yarn! Cascade Yarns is quickly becoming my favourite yarn company. Great stitch definition, even for plain stockinette. Also, Mel Clark’s pattern is simple and clear (no errors, yay!) and easy to modify. One could easily make this in one colour and add lace or cables, or you could use more than two colours. The possibilities are endless. It’s a great pattern for those who want to try their hand at designing, because you take the basic pattern and add your own flare! There were several other patterns in the book that I liked, but this one is my favourite.

I want to make a matching blue one for the husband, but I need to finish his vest first! I guess I should get back to that…