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  • My Lost Knit Mojo

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on February 21 2018

    My Lost Knit Mojo

    Hey guys, I know it’s been awhile so I’m definitely do for a blog post but I have a huge problem. I’ve lost my knit mojo.  I don’t know how it happened and I don’t know when it happened but it’s true.  I started the year with moderate knit goals – hats and mitts all year long.  It seemed like an achievable goal because I`ve been craving mindless knitting and the pleasure of a goal quickly achieved but even that has slipped away from me. 

    Ashley has been very sympathetic, tempting me with beautiful patterns on Instagram and pictures of beautiful yarn that she`s at home dyeing. She even hand delivered, not one, but three beautiful skeins of yarn two weekends ago and I`ll admit I was tempted.  I thought I could feel my mojo returning.  I pick them up and give them a squish, cuddle them for a few minutes, think of the possibilities and then set them back down.  I think the problem is every time I feel like knitting I immediately feel like I ought to be doing something else or finishing a project that I`ve already started and by the time I finish the negotiating process I give up and go and find something else to do.

    A few projects definitely did catch my eye though. Have you guys seen Joji Locatelli`s, The Easy One pullover? It looks amazing and promises right there in Ravelry no shaping and no crazy shortrows.  I’m thinking very seriously that this sweater will be the project I take on my long trek to India next month.  Also, regardless of my lost mojo, I just bought the Counterbalance Mitts pattern by Stephanie Lotven which is on sale until February 28th.  I am totally going to use the Sport that Ashley just brought me for this. 

  • A Rainbow Hat for Paige

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on February 15 2018

    A Rainbow Hat for Paige

    Okay so things have been crazy around here and Chantal and I are really not quite sure why. Well maybe we have figured it out. Chantal and I are both taking French classes this winter in hopes of day being bilingual - this is harder then one thinks, so many verbs and tenses and other weird rules. I am sure learning English is just as bad. My little family has been fighting yet another round of colds and now an ear infection and we just returned from Toronto - I am sure Chantal will explain this trip for you all in another post. She will have exciting things to share.

    So as a treat for your patience here is a free stash busting hat pattern for you all :)

  • How to knit swatches in the round - a brief tutorial

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on February 05 2018

    How to knit swatches in the round - a brief tutorial

    I have recently started to knit pullovers - mostly to avoid purling :) - and have noticed that my gauge while knitting flat would match that specified in the pattern but the out coming sweater fabric would be off. Much like the sleeves above. This led to some extreme frogging lately so I vowed to change my ways.

    Thanks to knit stars and Andrea Mowry I now have some new skills that I will share with you! Here is a quick lesson on swatching in the round so you can avoid the recent heartache I felt.

  • KNIT ALONG || WINTER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on February 01 2018

    KNIT ALONG || WINTER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!
    Our Winter Sweater Weather Knit Along officially launched on Friday February 1st! I am so excited! Have you signed up and joined in? There are a few other KAL's happening right now on Ravelry and we are totally fine if you participate in them as well as ours with the same project! That's just increases your chances to have fun and win prizes for sure.
  • My Notions Kit

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on January 31 2018

    My Notions Kit

    This is my notions box.  It's a little dented on the side and the paint on the edge is starting to chip but it's one of my favourite things and I have it on me almost 99% of the time.  I'm particularly proud of it for one reason: I have never managed to compact this much utility into such a small space.  It's also the reason that most people who know me check with me first when they need random tools that "normal" people don't always carry on them

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