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How to Create a 7-Stage Gradient

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:30
By now, it's obvious I'm a fan of ombres and gradients in all their forms, but there's something particularly appealing about seven-stage gradients, the next topic in our ongoing series.

Recently in How to Create a 6-Stage Gradient, I mentioned an easy way to adapt that strategy to create a seven-color gradient. Today, we're focusing on a different approach, but it works equally well.

6. Seven-stage gradientColsie Green Gradient

Yarn. Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep)
Stitch. This fast, easy slipped rib stitch is stretchy, reversible and does a respectable job of blending colors.

Strategy.  Solid sections are connected by transitional sections with two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:
  • Choose four related colors. 
  • Arrange them dark to light or light to dark.
  • Work the section 1 with CC1.
  • Work the section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work the section 3 with CC2.
  • Work the section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
  • Work the section 5 with CC3.
  • Work the section 6 with CC3 and CC4.
  • Work the section 7 with CC4.

                  In this instance, the colors were worked as follows:
                  • Section 1: New Age Teal
                  • Section 2: New Age Teal and Sage
                  • Section 3: Sage
                  • Section 4: Sage and Light Jade
                  • Section 5: Jade
                  • Section 6: Jade and Rue
                  • Section 7: Rue

                  Seven-stage gradients work with any color combination, and because they're infinitely adaptable, they hold universal appeal. As a bonus, adding a fifth color makes it easy to expand this seven-stage gradient into a nine-stage version.
                  Uncertain where to start? Try creating a neutral ombre using four shades of grey ranging from deep charcoal to light silver, or four earthy tones ranging from dark brown to light sand. Or try a vivid scheme using saturated shades of fuchsia, purple, turquoise and lime.

                  Small, quick projects like these mitts, which feature leftovers generated by a steady stream of projects worked in shades of green, are an effective way to transform remnants and random skeins into something fun and functional. I'm off to tackle more examples for the next round of ombre and gradient how-to posts, and hopefully make some headway on the way-too-many WIPs on the needles.

                  Meanwhile, I encourage you to choose four colors that speak to you, cast on something simple, and experiment with the rich possibilities of seven-stage gradients. And if you do, be sure to come back and tell us about it.

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                  It’s still a thing

                  Yarn Harlot - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:39

                  A few weeks ago, it was PWA‘s 30th anniversary. This is charity I hold near and dear to my heart, as you’ve probably gathered.  I sit on the steering committee, and I’ve ridden my bike from Toronto to Montreal several years in a row to support them. The Bike Rally (It’s actually The Friends for Life Bike Rally, but we shorten it) is the sustaining fundraiser for this charity – the money we raise provides just about half of their funding each year, which is a rather amazing thing to consider, when you think about the fact that it’s a bunch of regular people getting it done, just because they care.  To celebrate the charity, the Bike Rally organized something we called 30 for 30, and we went and rode on stationary bikes (in shifts) for thirty hours straight, down at City Hall.  It wasn’t meant as a fundraiser – just an opportunity to raise awareness for what we do, and what the charity does – which is provide real, tangible, practical help for people living with HIV/AIDS.  (This help varies – from helping people with money, to providing an essentials market (that’s their dignity based food bank) to helping access medication and services, to haircuts and help with their children when they’re sick, or need to go to the doctor. They also help train medical students, and reduce stigma in the community. It’s important stuff.)

                  So we all went down, a bunch of us – and we each did a few hours on bikes, talking to people as they passed by, and suggesting that they consider riding with us – or finding out more about PWA.  Now, Toronto’s a big, busy diverse city – and if you’re going to hang out in front of City Hall for 30 straight hours, you’re going to meet all sorts of people – and we did. There were people interested in riding, people to cheer us on, City Councillors looking to know more. and even a few people who will end up accessing services through PWA. I want to talk about one particular moment though – one person I met.

                  I was spinning on the bike (well, and knitting, let’s be honest here) when a gentleman approached me, and asked what we were doing. I told him, giving him a pretty standard set of lines, and at some point he stopped me and he looked at me, and he said “Wait – People with AIDS?”

                  Now, there is still a lot of stigma out there. People still have all sorts of crazy ideas about HIV/AIDS, and some of them are pretty negative. A lot of people still think it’s a virus that only gay men get, or that you’ve got to be pretty stupid to get it, or that it’s a punishment, or… well. You get the idea. I braced myself, ready to counter whatever he came up with, or, I thought I was ready, but what he said just about knocked me off my bike.

                  “Hold on,” he said, and paused, looking sort of shocked… “Are there still people with AIDS around? I mean… ” and here he paused again, and looked around like he expected them to be descending upon him… “Is that still a thing?”

                  I got a hold of myself quickly, and I explained nicely that it was indeed,  still a thing, and that there were still people with AIDS around, and gave him a couple of facts, and off he went, as surprised as he could be. I rode my bike for another few hours, thinking about that, and wondering how any right minded person could feel the way that this guy did, and then I came home and I had a conversation with a friend about how wild and crazy that was. How could he feel that way? How was that possible?  My friend is a thoughtful person, and very clever and good with people and they were far, far more forgiving and understanding than I am, and they made some really good points in the guys defence.

                  My friend noted (correctly) that this is a cause that’s been downgraded. There are excellent drugs now, and people with HIV/AIDS are no longer receiving a death sentence with their diagnosis – provided they have access to that care.  It still claims lives, probably more than most people think, but for the most part, with good management, people live a long time. That makes this all seem less important, my friend stressed. It no longer seems like a crisis, and nobody understands how we got here, what’s still going on, and what it takes to make it this way.

                  They were right. Years ago, this was an easy cause to get attention for. The situation demanded attention – the depth of the crisis couldn’t be ignored, it was everywhere. The response was terrific. Drugs were developed, systems of support put in place, education programs begun, a lot of people worked hard to reduce ignorance and stigma around it, and organizations like PWA were at the forefront. In many ways, this all worked, and did a lot of good. That’s how we got where we are now – which is a place where an ordinary person could think “AIDS? Is that still a thing?”

                  (Ken and me yesterday, completing about 60km. In the everlasting rain.)

                  The problem is this – now it doesn’t seem important, it all seems like maybe it’s coming together and it’s going go be okay (as long as we don’t look at Africa or other places where people don’t have access to this stuff, because things definitely aren’t okay there) and now the natural response is to cut funding, quit supporting these programs and charities, and dust off our hands and say “Thank goodness we got that under control” without stopping to think that these programs we’re all backing away from? They’re the things keeping this okay. They’re the things saving lives. They’re the thin barrier standing between the way things are now and the way things used to be. The virus has not changed. It is as dangerous as ever – only the forces allied against it hold our gains.

                  We see this everywhere. Funding cuts, cuts to education, drops in fundraising… even the Bike Rally was smaller and raised less money last year – and yeah – that resulted in cuts in personnel and programs at the agency. There’s less help now. Less access to the things that save lives now, and fewer people trying to make things better. That would mean we’re going to go backwards, and the crisis is still there – it just has a very good bandaid on it, and that bandaid is threatened.

                  This is heartbreaking for me.  I know several people who are HIV+, and I bet you do too, whether you know it or not. (For lots of reasons, we still live in a world where there’s so much stigma around this that a very many people choose not to disclose their status.) I don’t like it- I don’t like what this trend means for their health and lifetime of well-being, and I don’t like what it says about our culture, and so.. this is all a long way around saying that Team Knit (despite 4/5 of us being rather desperately middle-aged) is getting on their bikes again this year, fundraising again this year, and that we would really, really like your help making the magic happen again, if it’s possible for you to do it.

                  Team Knit is:






                  That means that in 9 weeks and 5 days (yikes) we’ll get on our bikes, and ride about 660km from Toronto to Montreal. (For my American friends, that’s about 410 miles.) We’ll give up our weekends and some of our weekdays between now and then to train, we’ll dedicate hours to fundraising, and that’s how a week of holidays will be spent. We’re trying to make the world a place we like better, and sturdy up that bandaid.

                  Our decision to ride our bikes to Montreal helps nobody, and makes no difference, not without you – as a matter of fact, you’re the important part.  Once again, I’m going to try and raise a ton of money, and like last year, I have a private and deeply personal crazy-pants goal. To this end, I’m going to do things the same way as last year, because knitters, you were amazing.  We’re going to do Karmic Balancing gifts again. Once a week (or so- maybe a little more or less) between now and the Rally, I’ll choose from amongst the people who’ve helped and redirect a knitterly (or spinnerly) gift from someone else who wants to help.*

                  It’s going to be all about the Karma – just like we try to make it every year. We’re trying to change lives here, make things better for some people, and there’s so much more to that than money, so, here’s the thing. If you donate to anyone on our little family team then please send me an email letting me know you’ve done so. Make the subject line “I helped” and send it to stephanieATyarnharlotDOTca. (Note the .ca it’s a Canada thing.) Include your name, address, and whether or not you spin.  (For the love of all things woolly, please use the subject line. It makes your email go to a specific folder and you have no idea what a difference that makes to my sanity.) You don’t need to say what you gave, or include proof. I know you’ll do your best, whatever that is, and I know you wouldn’t lie.

                  Now, we know not everyone has money to help with – so we’re taking all kinds of help.  If you can figure out some other way to do that, that counts.  Maybe you can tell a friend. Maybe you can post about it to social media. Maybe you can forward the email to people in your family who will give…  There’s lots and lots of ways to help, and if you can figure out a way? Send that email, letting me know you did. No money needed. (Of course, money is always good too, and even small gifts make a big difference.)

                  Knitters, lets go big. Let’s fill up the world with amazing, and when everyone at PWA asks who these people are, like they always do?  Ken, Pato, Cameron, Jen and I will smile and say what we always do. “They’re knitters. We keep telling you that they’re awesome.”

                  *If you want to contribute a gift, I’m trying to make it easy -It’s a ton of work, and I don’t mind doing it, but I have a better shot at getting it all done if you do this: Take a picture of your gift. Email me with the subject line “Karmic Balancing” with the details, picture and a link, if you want me to use one. When one of the helpers is chosen for a gift, I’ll email you the address, and you can ship it right to them. (It’s not a bad idea to let me know if you have shipping restrictions –  I’ll keep track.) I’ll try to get through them all, though it can be overwhelming. Thank you!

                  Now, please find attached a completely gratuitous baby picture, because sometimes when I’m riding my bike it helps to think of someone I’m trying to change the world for, and it can’t hurt you either.

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                  Modification Monday: Prairie Herb Vest

                  Knitted Bliss - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:00


                  Original Pattern: #07 Fair Isle Hat Knitter Extraordinaire: Nataly (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the fair isle hat as a starting point, Nataly created a colourwork vest with the same details as the hat. Additional photos can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: How incredible is it to take a far

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                  seasonal socks

                  Autumn Geisha - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:26
                  Hello and happy Sunday! Just wanted to post a quick sock update. The sock knitting has really slowed down this year, especially since starting two blankets and several shawls. These things tend to go in circles so I am hoping my sock knitting mojo will return soon. I did manage to recently finish a few that have been hanging out on the needles for way too long.

                  {Winter solstice socks} pattern: charade, yarn: endoftherowyarns
                  {Spring wildflower socks} pattern: blueberry waffle yarn: lichen & lace
                  So I guess instead of a pair a month, my new goal will be a pair each season. Guess it's time to pick out some yarn and a pattern for summer. I can't believe how fast the seasons are changing!

                  Leaving you with some pictures of my Mother's Day present. According to my little guy, the fairies who live in this garden love to knit, eat pie and drink tea :)

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                  Knitting and Breathing...

                  My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:45
                  Hello and happy Sunday! Today I find myself craving bit of quiet and squishy yarn for company. I've talked about it before, but silent time is a sort of fuel for me. Do you ever feel that the world get's too loud? Pattern~ Simply Ginny socks Yarn~ Wee Chickadee Woolery... Andi
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                  Risky Business

                  Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:30
                  I'm still enamored with the vivid colors and clean lines of the not-so-scrappy rainbow afghan, so I decided to cast on another.

                  As luck would have it (ahem), there are enough Cotton Fleece partials and leftovers to make a second one featuring a slightly different mix of rainbow banners set against a creamy background. The first strip is done (and the second is underway):

                  So far, so good, right? Sure, except another colorful design has been loudly clamoring to get out of my head and onto the needles.

                  From experience, we all know working multiple large projects at the same time can be a risky business, especially if like me you're a slow knitter with limited knitting time.

                  Of course the mature, disciplined approach would be to ban new cast ons, focus on what's already on the needles and finish ... which is precisely what I kept muttering under my breath as I started this new number:

                  It doesn't look like much yet, but there are a few interesting twists ahead, so I'm optimistic. 

                  For those of you who've inquired, the pattern for the not-so-scrappy rainbow afghan is heading to the tech editor.

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                  Mummy’s Little Sweatshop

                  Yarn Harlot - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:13

                  The paper and silk jacket continues to trudge along, though I’m feeling better and as my energy and will to go on returns, I’m trying to get a bunch of stuff done. I cleaned up around here,  zipped out to get a new bank card (I lost mine over a week ago and somehow decided I didn’t need or want money until now) and then Samantha and I went to the fabric store, because the other yarn still isn’t here, and we decided that the two of us could probably churn out two skirts, a pair of pants and some shorts in…

                  (Obviously, the Power Rangers fabric is not for me. I think.)

                  Well, fine. We think we can do it in about 24 hours. This is likely a bit of a dream, and we’re making all summer clothes and it’s freaking freezing so it wouldn’t matter too much if we didn’t finish, but it would be nice to have them done before the next blanket yarn arrives and I go in deep.  (The baby is due very, very soon.)  Both Sam and I know how to sew, so with the two of us cutting, pinning, ironing and using the machine, we should make good time. The first batch of fabric is in the washer, and as soon as it’s clean and dry, we’re off.

                  (PS. Sam is clearly my kid. Today in the fabric store she pretty much shrugged off the fact that we don’t really have a pattern for the skirts. Or the shorts. “How hard can it be?” she said.  I smiled to myself, because really, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that right before all hell broke loose.)

                  (PPS. Being an infrequent sewer, I don’t really know what’s out there. Anybody bi-craftual want to point me to some of your favourite sewing blogs? I can’t see myself sewing any more than I do, but I’d still like to see what’s going on out there.)

                  (PPPS. My heart lies with yarn.)

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                  Block(ing) party

                  Knitting to Stay Sane - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:03
                  My name is Glenna and I’m here to tell you that you too can be a stubborn pouty knitter and do the bare minimum progress needed to eventually finish a knitting thing…and still eventually finish the knitted thing. Two knitted things, even! And then end up using almost your entire apartment floor to lay out […]
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                  Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

                  Knitted Bliss - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:00


                  My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Why you need ‘white space’ in your daily routine. Sad portraits of your recycled electronics. This was a pretty amazing talk by Glennon Doyle Melton. I’ve watched it a few times now, and it’s so good. Have you guys heard about this whole eating cold oranges in the shower

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                  Review: Brooklyn Tweed Vale

                  Knitted Bliss - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:20


                  The lovely folks at Brooklyn Tweed very kindly sent me two skeins of their new yarn, Vale. Vale is the newest member of their permanent collection of yarns (you might remember they have a limited edition laceweight called Plains), and an excellent edition, considering how many wonderful lace patterns there are. Brooklyn Tweed even put

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                  Turns out those two words are a thing

                  Yarn Harlot - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:14

                  The quickest trip to my computer today (actually, if I tell the truth I wrote most of this on my phone and then texted it to myself) as I’ve been felled by that most ignoble of all ailments, the dastardly UTI. I’m clearly going to make it, although there was a patch in there where I didn’t really care to, but now that the antibiotics are starting to work, there’s a chance I’ll decide to carry on. I haven’t even been knitting much, so great was the horrors bestowed upon my by this fierce foe, but when I have, it’s been the little Habu Jacket that I’m trying to finish before the next round of blanket yarn arrives in the mail. (Yes, on Monday when there was no sign of it I did indeed freak out and order it from somewhere else. A knitter can only live with the unknown for so long. A fresh batch is now wending its way here from WEBS – and their shipping is so great that only the border will slow it down.)

                  A funny story about that little jacket – the astute among you will notice, if you clicked the link for the pattern and then glanced at my photo, that they don’t exactly look the same. When I tried this on at that Habu booth at Madrona, it was a perfect, fetching post-apocolyptic-my-clothes-are-all-rags-but-like-the-matrix jacket, knit in garter stitch, out of paper and silk.  I have a thing for all of those things, so I bought the kit, and brought it home to hang out with all other other Habu stuff I buy and then don’t knit. (I love it all, I really do, but without exception the projects are all simple, gorgeous, and as annoying to knit as a three year old who tells you they have to pee right after you get them in their snowsuit – but I digress.  This time, I actually decided to knit it, and I got out the stuff, and sat down to interpret the pattern, and that’s when I realized that the thing is written for stockinette. I called Debbi (’cause she was with me when I tried it on) and asked her if it was definitely garter stitch, and she confirmed that it was, and said she remembered specifically because that was one of the things we liked about it.

                  I think I know what happened though, the pattern is written in the Japanese style, which is to say that it’s charted like this:

                  That’s about all the instruction you get, which is cool, because once you know how those patterns work, that’s all the instruction you need, but like all Japanese patterns, the only instructions you get about knit or purl, or right side vs wrong side is one line at the very beginning of the pattern, which reads “Stitch: Stockinette.” Then all the other instructions (when there are some) read “knit this many rows” or “knit direction”. You’re supposed to interpret the instructions in the light of that first note – Stitch: Stockinette.

                  I think that the sample knitter missed that one line, and nobody noticed and it turns out I like it better that way so… It’s going to be a variation. If I ever finish.

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                  Knitted Bliss - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:01


                  My knitting has screeched to a dramatic halt: Over this past weekend, I fractured my ring finger. It was late at night and I was heading up to bed. I turned off the lights and was heading towards the stairs when I stepped on a kiddie toy, slipped, and in that slow motion panic of

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                  How to Make a 6-Stage Gradient

                  Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:30
                  It's time to tackle the joys of six-color gradients, next in our ongoing series on ombres and gradients.

                  There are, of course, countless ways to create such a gradient, but this one happens to require only three colors, so it's easy and highly adaptable.

                  6. Six-stage gradientColsie Mitts Plumberry
                  Yarn. Richesse et Soie (Knit1 Crochet 2)

                  Stitch. The fast, easy slipped rib stitch is stretchy, reversible and does a respectable job blending colors.

                  Strategy.  Solid colors are separated by transitional sections consisting of two-row stripes. To achieve a similar look:
                  • Choose three colors and arrange them dark to light.
                  • Work section 1 with CC1.
                  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
                  • Work section 3 with CC2 only.
                  • Work section 4 with CC2 and CC3.
                  • Work section 5 with CC3 only.
                  • Work section 6 with CC3 and CC1.

                  In this instance, the colors were worked as follows:
                  • Section 1: Jet
                  • Section 2: Jet and Plum
                  • Section 3: Plum
                  • Section 4: Plum and Cranberry
                  • Section 5: Cranberry
                  • Section 6: Cranberry and Jet

                  I paired rich gemtones with black, but you could use any color combination that appeals to you. Try red, yellow and blue to create a fun rainbow effect, or select three colors in the same color family for a graduated ombre. As an added plus, you could quickly turn this into a seven-stage gradient by working a final section in whatever color you designate as CC1.
                  While I continue to work up samples for upcoming posts, why don't you spend some quality time at your LYS or with your stash. Choose three colors you love and make something fabulous featuring your own custom six-stage gradient. 

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                  Modification Monday: Journey with Hemp

                  Knitted Bliss - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:00


                  Original Pattern: Journey Knitter Extraordinaire: Carol (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the pullover into a cardigan, adjusted the length, and substituted the main cable from the pattern with the Plaid Lattice pattern from “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns” by Barbara G. Walker. Details on Carol’s cardigan project can be found here. What Makes This Awesome: I’m not surprised so

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                  May Indie Dyer Feature~ Ruataniwha Dye Studio

                  My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 13:32
                  Happy Sunday! It is that time of the month where I have the pleasure of featuring another wonderful indie dyer. This month we are chatting with Ruataniwha Dye Studio! Who wouldn't want to know more about a company that describes themselves as~ "Ruataniwha Dye Studio is the colour collaboration between... Andi
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                  Knitter's Choice

                  Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:30
                  Designers in designing mode tend to gravitate to two types of yarn: Desirable evergreens or newly released yarns.

                  This makes sense.

                  Evergreens have gained popularity due to their sustained performance over time. New releases are fresh and current, which creates buzz and appeals to knitters, publishers, producers and yarn store owners. In both cases, patterns written for a particular yarn boost the chances the design and yarn will attract attention, capture a following and be promoted across more venues. This is a very good thing, whether you're a designer, yarn producer or yarn seller.

                  Naturally, I've taken a slightly different approach. My patterns identify the yarns used, but they're deliberately written to accommodate the yarn of your choice, along with easy modifications if you want to adapt the pattern.
                  To me this makes the most sense, because it gives you the maximum flexibility. It's frustrating, both as a knitter and designer, to see how quickly many lovely yarns are discontinued, but with knitter's choice, you can work from stash, invest in something new or do a combination of both.

                  If you're a relatively new knitter, you're probably thinking, What's the big deal?

                  If you're a long-time knitter, you intuitively understand my point. Back in the day, the universal assumption was every knitter would use the specified yarn and work the pattern precisely as written. This viewpoint was so pervasive, producers knew demand would skyrocket and manufactured massive quantities of the pattern's featured yarns in the colors shown.

                  Many of us have always bucked this mindset, choosing yarns and modifying patterns to suit our preferences, an approach that used to earn quizzical looks from fellow knitters and puzzled LYS owners alike.

                  Today, thanks to bloggers, designers and Ravelry, independent inclinations aren't merely accepted, they're actively encouraged. This is a welcome advancement, producing a crafting environment that's fluid, flexible and accommodating, just like the knitted pieces we love so much.

                  No judgments here, but I'm curious: Do you use the yarn recommended in the pattern? Make your own choice? Do a mix of both?

                  Have a happy Mother's Day!

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                  Knit Faster

                  Yarn Harlot - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:00

                  Our little man Elliot is bigger by the moment.  I see him every few days, and every time I pick up his little body it has a greater heft. He’s gaining so well, absolutely thriving on his mother’s milk.  I suppose you would expect nothing less from a babe who’s grandmother was an IBCLC, and from a mum who went to La Leche League meetings in my arms. I was a Leader back then, and it all seems to have come together nicely. They got off to a grand start, and with very little trouble or fanfare, have stepped neatly around the pitfalls that make it so hard for so many mums and wee ones. (As an aside, it helps that parental/maternity leave in Canada is one year – paid. It’s so hard to nurse a little sweetie if you’re gearing up to be parted out of financial necessity.) He is fat, and glorious and his cheeks are a thing to behold.

                  Here, I assure you he is smiling – you just can’t tell because his cheeks are a bit much to heft.  He was born just about five weeks ago at 7lbs 3oz,  and now tops the scales at a spectacular 9lbs 10oz.  He is brilliant, and his mum is too. He is probably smiling in that picture because he is about to spit up on his brand new sweater.

                  Nice – right? He looks right fetching – and we haven’t even begun with his wee feet.  I made him a pair of booties before he was born, but they’re too big (unbelievably) so I whipped out another pair – but those were seeing hard duty. It’s still very cool here in Toronto and a little guy needs his woolies. So…

                  Voila.  Pirate booties.  Knit from bits and pieces of fingering weight hanging around the house – which downsized them nicely from the 3-6 month size they’re written for.  I did them on 2.25mm needles, and they suit just fine.

                  For the moment. though the little fatty will likely have outgrown them by Monday.

                  It’s all a grandmother can do to keep up, I tell you. I’ve called a brief hiatus to the baby knitting while I wait for some yarn to come in the mail – we’ve another family baby due here shortly, I’ll be an auntie again, as Joe’s brother Chris and his wife Robyn get ready to welcome their second. The blanket yarn is back-ordered though, so I’m back to knitting for me – until Monday. Then if it still hasn’t shipped, I’m going to freak out. If needed. I don’t want to waste any energy.

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                  The familiarity cure

                  Knitting to Stay Sane - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:46
                  In my travels at the end of April, not only did I treat myself to a new sweater project to cast on, but I also started a new pair of socks. My Pi Shawl is getting close enough to being done that it is not really very portable any more, so that meant it was […]
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                  Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

                  Knitted Bliss - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:00


                  My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How did I miss this fantastic trick for when I’m worrying too much? Trying to figure out what the heck is going on with all this ‘unicorn food’? Here you go! This does not surprise me in the lest – apparently almost half of moms throw away, re-gift,

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                  Book Review: Margeau Blanc

                  Knitted Bliss - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:00


                  This is a collection that I’m really surprised more people aren’t talking about, although it is a fairly new release.  Margeau Blanc: A New Perspective on Winter White Knits is the sort of collection that is perfect for knitters who want to knit classic wardrobe basics. And if you are a knitter who wants to knit

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