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  • New Year, New Plans, New Cast Ons

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on January 17 2018

    New Year, New Plans, New Cast Ons

    So this list of nine new projects took me a lot longer to put together than I thought it would. It is more of a dream list because lets face it, there is very little knitting time in my life at the moment and I am not too sure if that will change. There is also a huge pile of wips that have to be finished up but more on that in another post.

    Stop by the blog and see what I have been dreaming about

  • A Quick Mitten Lining Lesson - It's easier than you think.

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on January 07 2018

    Hey guys! Welcome to week 2 of January! How's everyone's resolutions holding up?  I can honestly say that my will power is fading guys.  First goal of the year - don't take on too much - is mostly just a guilty false promise that I made to myself.  Just the other day a friend of mine, who's planning her wedding, sent me a message saying, "wanted to solicit your creativity... I know you would have some good ideas."  To which I responded, "I feel like you just made my life.  Let's get this Pinterest board started!" Nevermind that, while sitting in a workshop today, I took a few minutes to plan my school schedule until the end of summer.  I promised myself I would not take on more than two classes this semester but I'm legitimately sitting here thinking to myself, "whats the difference between two and three really?"  I guess the fact that I dragged myself out of my super comfortable bed at 7 am to travel in -30 weather all the into downtown Toronto on a Saturday is a testament to how much fun I'm having so can I even complain at this point?

    Anyway, all of this is getting away from the topic of the day: Mitten lining! I've done it a few times now and I love the way it feels to add just that little bit of extra warmth to you favourite hand knit mittens.  It's like taking your bed with you when you have to leave the house on a cold winter morning.

  • Three Needle Bind Off Tutorial

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on December 20 2017

    Three Needle Bind Off Tutorial

    Guys, do you realize that you haven’t heard from me in two weeks?  Did you miss me?  I missed you.  It’s been sooo hectic around here but now the crazy has sort of died down.  The to do list is shorter and way more manageable.  Final assignments and exams have been submitted and written and I can finally get to my favourite part of the season: Christmas prep.  Time to sort out all the shopping and see what's left to do.  Start real work on the handmade projects which, sadly, always get left until the last moment.  I've finally accepted that the girls cardigans are probably not going to be done on time for Christmas.  Maybe by Valentines day.  We'll see.

    I can at least say that their hats will be done on time which I’m super pleased about.  I actually saved the bind off so I can give you guys a little tutorial in case you haven’t seen a three needle bind off before.  The first time I heard of a three needle bind off I was pretty intimidated. I could barely handle two needles without adding a third into the mix but a three needle bind off is pretty much exactly the same as a basic bind off but you’re knitting two parallel stitches together to close a seam.  Take a look below.

  • Fave Free Patterns on Ravelry

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 29 2017

    Fave Free Patterns on Ravelry

    Guys, I'm starting to panic.  The countdown to Christmas is about to start and I already feel unprepared.  How is this possible?  I feel as though I've been prepping since September.  In fact I'm pretty sure I've been prepping since September.  Now we're two days away from December and I feel like I'm way behind schedule.   

    I don't know why but countdown to Christmas always starts on December 1.  As soon as that first box is popped on our advent calendars it feels like we need to get things done NOW.  Invariably, I end up paring down my grand plans to manageable plans almost instantaneously.  I'm not gonna tell you my grand plans because I'm super confident that one of these years, I'm actually going to execute them and I still want everyone to be surprised.

  • Mrs. Claus Boxy Hat Kit!

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 22 2017

    Mrs. Claus Boxy Hat Kit!

    Guys look what I made! I'm so happy with the way Mila's Mrs. Claus Boxy Hat turned out! 

    To be honest, this wasn't the plan.  Originally the plan was these very beautiful colour work hats that both girls were going to get with cardigans this Christmas.  It turns out that colour work raises my blood pressure and triples the contents of my swear jar.  I really need to embrace the fact that, for right now, two handed knitting sits just outside of my patience threshold.  After realizing I had switched pattern rows halfway through a round, I had to park that project for a moment when I have less going on.  Like in February... 2000 never.

    Honestly I'm grateful because this was exactly what I needed.  Brainless knitting that makes me feel like I've actually accomplished something at the end of the day.  Even if the Christmas cardigans turn out to be more of a New Years cardigans at least they'll have something adorable to open Christmas morning.


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