I love work socks. You know the classic manly ones…heavy-duty grey wool socks with the white and red band. Those are the kind of socks you can get some serious manual labour accomplished in…or just as easily lounge around by a fire with a hot cup of tea and a good read.



I need to get me some of those. I’ve been meaning to for a while now actually, but what reminded me of those beauties was an advertisement I came across while flipping through a magazine lately. It took the “work sock” to a whole new level.

It’s the work sock SWEATER!!




How amazing is that?! Genius. Pure genius.



I know it’s silly, but this is definitely on my wish list…or at least my admire list. I’m not one for buying something just because I think it’s cool or fun or quirky…as much as I would love to. But I can always admire!

As far as knitting goes, this is probably a more practical project for me…and still gives me my work-sock fix.




Timmy Ho’s and wool socks…I suddenly feel more Canadian.



I’ve started yet another project. I know…I totally have ADD and commitment issues when it comes to knitting! I am currently working on a shrug, an afghan, a chunky sweater, and now this beauty…

If you’re a knitter, you’ve probably already heard about the “hexa-puff” or “honeycomb” craze that has taken over knitting needles everywhere. I’ve seen pictures of this gorgeous honeycomb quilt all over the internet, but for some reason, it didn’t really resonate with me. I like to knit things that are chunky, fast, and wearable. And looks at all those hexa-puffs! That would take a girl forever…

But I’ve caught the bug! I went to Stephanie Dosen’s website http://www.tinyowlknits.wordpress.com and shelled out the $ to buy the pattern. And I have to say, these little guys are so fun to make! It takes me about 30-45 min. to complete one, so it’s the perfect project to take on the go or work away at while I watch Game of Thrones, or 16 and Pregnant, or Real Housewives of Vancouver – I know…those shows just got progressively trashy…

And if you have not watched any of Stephanie Dosen’s videos, you MUST! She is so dang quirky and fun…I swear she actually believes she’s a fairy. She is completely obsessed with her hexa-puff collection, and puts dried lavender in each one. I love her positive energy…quirky is the new cool!

So here’s the my first hexa-puffs I made last night!

If this gets old, at least I will have some fun squishy hexagons to give to my children someday!

My Asian-Princess chillin on the couch with me while I knit…

So apparently it takes 365 hexapuffs to complete a decent-sized blanket. I’m not sure if I have that in me. But maybe my dog Asia could use a comfy mat by her food and water bowls…?

Stephanie’s kitty seems to like it…

Float on…

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about knitting. And in all honesty, I do find myself spending less time knitting in the warmer months. However, on my recent trip to Tofino on Vancouver Island (where sadly the weather was so crumby that we opted-out of surfing this time) I came across the most quaint, adorable, and inspiring knit shop called “Knits By the Sea.”

This is the owner, Ellie. You can check out her website at http://www.knitsbythesea.com – And yes…from what I’ve gathered from her website, Ellie DOES love her stilettos…something that is a rare sight in the hippie and surf-loving town of Tofino!

So while I browsed around this gorgeous yarn shop, I was reminded of all the great summer project possibilities. I’ve still got my hopes on making a crochet dress this summer (refer to my previous post for my inspiration), but I would love to use up some of my growing stash of yarn. What to do with so many odd-sized and odd-coloured yarns?


Surprisingly, I have never knit a pair of socks. I guess they’ve always seemed kind of daunting and intimidating. I tend to knit chunky things that knit up quickly and painlessly. Socks have such tiny stitches and I imagine knitting a heel of a sock could cause a god-girl to say some not-so-good things . But I’m needing a challenge, and these sock pictures are just too inspiring! And if I never get around to knitting a pair of my own, at least I found some wicked pics!!

As per usual, here is my inspiration!

And of course, sticking with my current obsession, I found some funky Aztec / Navajo socks! I know…these triangle patterns are everywhere, but I still happen to like them!

This one’s my fave…

Just a few pictures this time. Now whether I actually knit a pair of socks is still debatable. But if I do, expect something along the lines of those photos!

Oh…and here’s me surfing last year 🙂


Spring may be here, and summer fast approaching, but my obsession with “all things knit” still lives on.

There are all kinds of gorgeous knit and crochet projects for the warmer months. Yes, I have “laid-off” my bulky wool yarns for colder times (don’t worry…I will employ them again come September), and have rummaged to the bottom of my yarn box for lighter cotton, bamboo and acrylic yarns. I am also finding myself drawn to brighter, peppier and more vibrant hues of aqua, yellow, and orange.

So what’s my current project goal for the summer? Well, I would like to make a crochet market tote, and possibly a cute little clutch, but I also have my sights set on something much more complicated and time consuming…and extremely rewarding.

Crochet dresses (and shorts and tops) are a huge trend right now. I was in H&M at Park Royal Mall in Vancouver recently and couldn’t believe how many items were crochet! There were dresses, skirts, shorts and even vests. It was incredibly inspiring for me and it got me excited to pick up some crochet hooks again…it’s been a while.

Here’s some dresses I came across on-line:

This is no easy task. While crochet works up relatively quickly, it takes a lot of yarn, and lace-type patterns can get pretty complex – but I welcome the challenge. Not sure where I would wear such a cute, feminine item (living in Whistler, I have sort of forgotten how to dress up), but if I wear it out on a Saturday night I could blend in with the tourists quite well! – Just don’t tell anyone I’m actually a ski bum local!


So if my blog has been unclear so far and you haven’t picked up on this already, my two favourite things to do are ski and knit. I’ll admit it…sometimes I am so dang lazy and I would rather sit on the couch with a new ball of yarn than strap on my skis and drag my ass to the mountain (which is only a five minute walk away – yup…that lazy at times). So when one of those lazy-days strikes me, this is my mantra:


There…problem solved! I got up the mountain, which is NEVER something I regret, and now I DESERVE to sit on the couch with my knitting and watch an episode of “Cover Me Canada” (I know it’s an old show, but I just realized the other day that Ali Milner – a Whistlerite – was on the show and I just couldn’t resist supporting her…even if it’s kind of after the fact now…sorry honey).

So in my world, knitting and skiing sort of collide. They go hand in hand. I feel guilty and lazy if I knit on a powder or blue-bird sky day, and I feel cold and exhausted if I just ski all day – haha, just kidding. Skiing all day is NEVER a bad day in my books.

Now a blog post is not a good blog post without some sick pictures. So speaking of knitting and skiing colliding, here’s some pictures I found that reinforce that notion.

Float on…

I bet she knit that sweater herself...

Hmm...very Swiss. This wouldn't fly so well in Whistler.

There seems to be something on your lips?...never mind...

Now for a little throw back to early ski resort fashion…these are pure classics!

Are you wearing safety goggles??!

I know it’s spring soon, and ridiculously warm for my South-Eastern Canada friends and family, but I am not ready to put down my chunky winter yarns yet! My current project?…a Navajo / Aztec sweater.  I just couldn’t resist the bright colours and abstract shapes. Here’s some on-line inspiration that I came across…

The colours may be a little much, but props to whoever designed this sweater - they really went for it!


The above photo is from http://incurablehomebody.wordpress.com/

I contacted Maya – the blogger at incurablehomebody.wordpress.com and asked if I could get the pattern for the detailing of her sweater. I was willing to pay…I just wanted it so badly. And the sweetheart sent me a copy of the pattern that she spent hours laboring over!! Now that is true knitting-sisterhood… THANKS MAYA!

So I am slaving away at my own version of a Navajo sweater with the same print as Maya’s but a completely different sweater. Finger’s crossed that it turns out!

Here’s a sneak-peak at the progress so far…

Basically I just grabbed whatever yarn I had for the print, and I’m really happy with how the colours look together.

So, I have found myself at my favourite blogging spot once again – Creekside Starbucks, at the base of Whistler mountain. And it just started to SNOW again!! There’s 15cms of snow in the forecast for this evening, so I figured today was a great day for studying…or blogging…or both…since tomorrow will be a total powder day where everything else in my life goes on hold!

I honestly came to Starbucks with the best of intentions to work away at studying the mineral Calcium – and yes, I do find it fascinating spending hours and hours learning about nutrition. But I forgot my headphones and therefore can’t listen to the lecture…boo! So I’ll do a quick blog instead!

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I finished my intarsia sweater – the one that I made out of pure jealousy of everyone in Whistler walking around in their expensive Aritzia sweaters. Yup…it didn’t stem from the “holy-of-holies” of my heart, but it has taught me a lot about perseverance, patience, and delayed gratification.

So here she is in all of her glory!

I’m going to do some changes to the neckline at some point – I was wanting a collar that would lay flat, and this once seems to enjoy standing upright. Also, I may be adding pockets because my theory is that EVERYTHING is better with pockets! – dresses, tops, skirts, scarves…you name it.

I made this sweater extra-long, and am glad I did.

Haha...I think it was 1am or something ridiculous like that! I just HAD to take pictures as soon as I was done.

I love the wood buttons...

And my favourite part - snowflakes on my back!!

Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this project! As always, there’s lots to learn along the way, which just leads to better garments in the future.

I’ve mentioned this already, but the reason I was drawn to knitting in the first place was because I wanted to make a sweater. I have made a few over the years, but none have been as successful as this one. So it’s been a long road, but I think I have finally arrived and proven my ability to knit a sweater. What a ride…GO ME!!

So there’s a reason that I’m a “Powder Hound,” and that reason is spelled D.A.D. Luckily I had the glorious opportunity to hang with my Dad in one of the most powderific places I know – Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.

And it turned out to be one of the best powder weeks we’ve had at Snowbird. Here’s some proof in pictures. Not that anyone particularly cares, but heck, this is my blog and I want to re-live the magic…yet again!

My Dad - still ripping hard!

Sister Becki charging...

My husband Dan eating the pow...

Me in my happy place 🙂

Mmm…such great times.

But anyway, the reason for this post – being as this is a knitting blog – was to share with you what knitting project I was working on while in Utah.

Here’s the pattern I came across at lionbrand.com

Adorable right?! And it was extremely easy and fast to crochet – something that was MUCH needed for me since all I ever seem to do are long, tedious knitting projects like sweaters!

Me happily working away on my bunny blankie on route back to Canada...

Love this road trip...

I wasn’t exactly done the blankie by the time I got home. This was a 20 hour drive, so there was plenty of time, but apparently knitting in a car makes me car sick.

But here he is…

He’s obviously not exactly like the pattern…I tried to do the embroidered face, but it was a nightmare. So two button eyes it is! Kinda creepy…but kinda vintage-looking.

I guess this means it’s onto the next project…

I see them everywhere…I mean EVERYWHERE. Maybe it’s because I wanted one so badly, or maybe it’s because I live in Whistler where there’s not a lot of shopping options. But whatever the reason is, it seems that everyone has a knit Aritzia sweater.

I am jealous.

Not only have I wanted one for a couple of years now, but I am also on a shopping hiatus until April, which puts purchasing one completely out of the question. Isn’t that how it always works?!

Of course Megan Fox has one...figures...


Now I know it’s horrible to want something just because everyone else has it. That is a recipe for feeling constantly unfulfilled and can produce a fairly ugly heart – I don’t want an ugly heart! And quite honestly, the whole point of NOT buying clothes for five months is so that I can feel what it’s like to say “no” – something we are not necessarily that accustomed to.

My solution? Well…I am a knitter…and it is a knit sweater…so I’m making my own! Yup. Instead of spending $100 on the sweater that everyone else has, I dug through my yarn stash and found some acrylic yarn that I purchased from Walmart. I know…sounds cheap, but fyi, those Aritzia sweaters are made of the same cheap-o yarn, and that’s not really a bad thing. Acrylics can take abuse!

So here’s the pattern that inspired me to tap into my creativity and test my knitting endurance…

Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2011

It’s been over two months now, and I’m ALMOST done! Here’s a peek at my progress. I have swapped the gray and white around since I had so much white yarn to use up. So stoked about how it’s going…just hope it fits!

Here's the back piece - I made the sweater a few inches longer than the pattern.

Snowflakes up close and personal...

Front panel without buttons at this point...

My husband Dan was so proud of me for sticking with my shopping hiatus, that he bought me an Aritzia sweater for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. He has bought me clothes in the past, but this one was special – his way of saying “Good job hun…”

Me in the sweater which I wear practically everyday (*Note the little white piece of knitting to my left - my sweater in progress!)