Monday, December 28, 2009

Where the Cats Go

I finished my first Felicity hat. And Helen, I'm definitely going to knit another soon, maybe one to match these mittens:

But back to the hat. Here are a couple of modelling shots.

The back is really the nicest part:

I tacked down the lining and pressed the edge. Next time, I'll try to make a sharper fold and I'll try it with few stitches, maybe 140. This one holds to the head OKAY. In fact, it's pretty good if you're afraid of mussing up your hair, but it could be a little tighter.

So, where do the cats go? To the Cat Maze, of course!

Most cats are happy enough to stay indoors in winter, snoozing in a warm spot. They might occasionally wander out onto a porch for a few minutes but they soon want to come back in. This is the third annual Cat Maze in my daughter's back yard. It starts out small, but if she keeps it up, the walls get really high. Her two cats actually use it to take walks. It's nice at night too:

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I really like visiting Montreal. I end up walking a lot, which I enjoy, and there's a lot to look at. A few days ago, I took a trip to Chez Mouliné Yarns on Notre Dame West. It's a large store. They had a nice selection of yarns including a nice selection of Handmaiden and Malabrigo. There's a very good sale at the moment so I picked up a few skeins of the former and the latter and put them away in my suitcase.

In a walking city where the average low temperature in winter ranges from 10 to -15°C (6 - 13°F), you really need a good hat. I've been working on a modified version of the Felicity hat for my daughter. Here's the pdf link to the free pattern. I'm making it out of sock yarn.

I started by casting on 150 stitches. My gauge is about 7 stitches per inch on a 2.5 mm needle. I knit a tube 5.5 inches in length. This serves as the hat's lining, or hem to keep your ears warm under the hat itself.

Then I did a picot edge to make a nice fold and began knitting in a lace weight mohair along with the sock yarn. The mohair adds warmth and also depth to the fabric. Anyway, I pretty much followed the pattern for Felicity for the rest of the way, except that since I'm using sock yarn, I followed the numbers on Bluebutton's project page, which are adjusted for sock yarn. I added 3 red stripes which are a little sportier looking than I wanted, but again, the black mohair kind of tones them down. I've worked on it more since I took this picture. In fact, I'm working on the final decreases now, hoping I won't run out of the mohair.

As I said, I've been limiting myself to sock yarn because I'm pretty sure it's moth proof. I used up two different kinds of sock yarn for these mittens.

We had a very nice Christmas today, after all the miserable washing and cleaning of the past week. We didn't decorate until Christmas eve. We limited ourselves to making a wreath out of pine boughs and hanging it above a shelf on which we placed our gifts and a little creche made out of toys and bits.

PS. James - the Yorkshire puddings were spectacular and we ate 5 each!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Where I am

I'm up in Montreal for a family emergency. I'm staying in a house with moths that are only kinda, sorta under control. Wah!

I thought it wise only to bring sock yarn to knit with. I'm finishing the toe on the first pair now - it will go as a thank you gift. It's fun to be back in Montreal though. I lived here for almost 20 years. If only I could get out of the house! Nevermind. Will do so soon! I hope to visit the sale at Chez Mouliné.

Best wishes and happy holidays to everyone!