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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.

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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!!

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How amazing is that?! Genius. Pure genius.

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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.

 

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

 

 

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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?

Socks.

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 🙂

SURFS UP!!

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!

Shhhhh….

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:

MUST SKI TO KNIT.

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 BEST INTARSIA PATTERN EVER...

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.