Saturday, February 7, 2015

Northern Knitting

I love knitting for many reasons.  I'm a tactile person, I love to touch, to feel, to hold it in my hands.  My favourite needles to work with are birch, the wood just comes alive in my hands. I enjoy knitting with wool and wool blends.  From the soft and beautiful alpaca to the sturdy Icelandic wools.  I would be quite happy with a little meadow of sheep close by.

Notice I said close by, not to have for my own, I appreciate the hard work in raising and producing.  Believe me I will pay for your beautiful products.

As I have been introducing my friends into the world of knitting these past few months (they are little knitting demons now, there's no stopping them) I find I have been branching out, expanding my knitting choices and I am loving it.

In the past I tended to stick with scarves and hats.  Scarves are easy and I would make them  up as I go.  Now I am trying more intricate patterns, actual patterns!  Those that know me know I'm not a pattern follower, but I have found some wonderful designs and designers out there, I can't keep up! I want to knit it all.

I have found many free patterns out there, which are great introductions into different  types and styles.   If you get a chance, have a look through Ravelry sometime and you will be amazed with the creativity so many have ( I'm NorthernKnitter2 on there - I've started keeping track of my knitting projects there).

I absolutely swoon though over a well published pattern.  I love the paper, the photographs and the personality that shines through.  Never Not Knitting for example produces a gorgeous publication and her designs are well written and easy to follow.

My current project is published by Quince & Co. and is the work of designer Carrie Bostick Hoge.  Easy to follow, and the photo and paper it's printed on are wonderful!

This is my first baby sweater and it's coming along great.  I am hoping to be done this weekend.  I have the hood portion nearly stitched then all that's left will be the sleeves.

I really enjoy the portable nature of knitting,  I can carry it with me and work on it in small snatches of time, like a coffee break or while waiting for my daughter's basketball practice to end.  Here are my other daughter and I knitting at the library while waiting for Lisa's practice to end.

I'm so happy Jen has also found a love of knitting.  Above she is working on a pair of purple mittens.

Today though I have been pulled away from my baby hoodie.  We have had extreme Arctic air warnings and with temps as low as -37C (lower with the wind chill) this week.  This morning was no exception, so I bundled myself up in a quilt  and started a new project.  I picked out some Alafosslopi from my stash and began a shawl called Nordic  Wind by cabinfour (on Ravelry).  It calls for Icelandic wool and  its just what  I  need to work on today.

Do you knit? Or crochet?  That's a skill I have yet to learn.

Take care and stay warm!  Vivian

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Little Jelly Roll Fun

My love of fabric is rubbing off on my co-workers!  Last weekend we got togethet so I could introduce them to the world of quilting.  As they were brand new sewers I thought the jelly roll race quilt would be a great jumping off point.  They could learn some skills  (avoiding the rotary cutter for now) and come away with something tangible to whet their appetites.

It went well with only one not done as her machine quit working.

We had a lot of fun and were exhausted by the end of the day.  I was so busy I didn't even work on my own quilt.

This weekend I decided I needed to work on something fun and something that  would make me smile.  I pulled out my Berenstain Bears jelly roll and layer cake and whipped up my own quilt top.  I loved these books when I was a kid so the fabric brings back happy memories.  This quilt will be just for me!

Now to find something to fill my Sunday.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Begins With a Bang!

I had a great start to 2015 by finishing two quilts!   I'm instructing at our local quilt shop again this session and I managed to get my two models done in  time for sign up day on Saturday.

First is Homestead by Fig Tree and Company.  I love this quilt.  The first time I saw it, it just touched my heart.  It called to the little girl in me.  I chose some charming fabrics that just made me happy.  I  quilted it myself with an all over  leaf and flower pattern.

I will also be instructing the pattern Swoon by Thimbleblossoms.  It was so big we had to fold one row back to fit it in!  I quilted it as well with a denser stipple amongst the block, a larger stipple around the blocks and finished it off with some handstitching in the star of the blocks.

And here it is before I quilted.

So far I am enjoying 2015!

Have a great day!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Yukon!

Greetings to all.  I hope everyone has had a safe and happy Christmas.
I can't believe the year has gone by so quickly.

It may seem  like I've dropped off the face of the earth, its just my lack of a laptop that is creating this hole in my world!  I can't quite get the  hang of posting on my phone.  I need all my fingers on a keyboard!

Thank you everyone that stopped in on the  Sew Sisters Canadian Blogathon.  It was really touching to read your comments.

I'm still stitching and knitting and yes quilting!  In fact I am instructing at our local quilt shop now.  It's just too mhch fun.

As it seems my phone is more user friendly using social media I have taken to using instagram for my photos.  You  can find me at @vrbales  .  I do miss  my blog and blogger  friends. next priority, get a laptop.

Have a wonderful New Year everyone!