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christine
Knitting addict, binge reader, and all 'round good sport (except when I'm hungry).
Interests: knitting, spinning, yarn collecting, baking, horses, reading, cats, chickens, Iceland, cross country skiing, wool, wool, wool
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I don't know who will ever read this, but in October 2019 my husband passed away suddenly without any warning (cardiac arrest of a completely healthy heart) and I am now a 48 year old widow. I haven't felt much... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at Frazzled Knits
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I don't why I keep knitting patterns that combine written instructions and TABLES. How I hate that combination. I always miss something! Rewriting it helps. I did that with this one, where I could. I still messed up a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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One of my favourite crafty friends just had her first baby, and I was invited to the shower this weekend. I decided to knit another "In Threes" cardigan for the baby, in a colour that matches the store-bought outfit I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I had this project in my favourites for so long! When I saw it I fell in love and ordered the yarn for the tail right away, on ebay. Then it sat for seven years until I finally put a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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On Saturday I took a road trip out to the town of Mundare to spend the afternoon knitting (and eating perogy plates!) with some friends. I finished my Wurm hat, and then realized that the sweater project I'd brought was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I've been carrying this hat project around with me since last fall, and I finally finished it this weekend! Pattern: Wurm hat by katushika. Size: One size Yarn: Caron Cupcake in 16003 Strawberry Pie (used the whole thing!) Needles: 3.5... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I made another pair of these crazy garter stitch socks from DROPS Design: The socks are knit flat and then folded together kind of like a Baby Surprise jacket (see photo below). They are very stretchy, comfortable socks. The ankle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I've had a gift card to a local yarn shop burning a hole in my wallet since my birthday, and today (three months later) I finally had time to stop in. My plan was to be very responsible and just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I am the slowest ribbing knitter in the world, so it took a while, but I finally finished my Exeter hat! Pattern: Exeter by John Horigan Yarn: 102 grams Briggs & Little Heritage in Hunter Orange (just under 1 skein)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I ordered some faux-fur pompoms off ebay, and I am so pleased with them! The price was US$7.75 for 12 pompoms. They are really nice faux fur, very fine and fluffy. I got three each of grey, white, black and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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The scoop: Pattern: My own (see notes below) Yarn: 65 grams Patons Kroy in Sweet Stripes ( 1 1/3 balls) Needles: 3 mm square dpns (equivalent to 2.75mm round). I actually broke one of my square wooden needles on this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I finished my Bermuda scarf! I am so madly in love with this scarf, the yarn and pattern were made for each other! Pattern: Bermuda Scarf by Ilga Leja Yarn: Gauge Dye Works MCN Fingering in Azurite F, small skein... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I decided to try one more T-shirt in my avocado dye bath. It seems to be getting stronger the more it gets used, so I tie-dye wrapped a long sleeved shirt that was all stained with sunscreen and threw it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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After seeing how much better the dye take-up was on the under arms of my old T-shirts, I decided to try drawing on the shirts with anti-perspirant and then re-immersing them in the dye bath to see if those areas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I had some avocado pits & skins sitting in my freezer, and a couple of old T-shirts that had gotten too dingy and stained to wear, so this weekend I decided to try putting the two together! I scrubbed the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I am getting so good at putting off that colourwork cardigan for my son! Ha ha. Two weeks ago a friend from my knitting group brought in some yarn that she'd found at a thrift store for $3.50. She had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I'm getting really great at putting off my next project, which is a bottom-up, colourwork sweater for my younger son. I've decided that he has slowed down growing enough to get his first sweater in many years. I've bought the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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Before Christmas I fell in love with this little kit from the Mary Maxim catalogue: I didn't grow up with towels like this and I've never knit a towel topper before. We do use terry cloth towels with a little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I needed a palate cleanser so I knit this up this week: Pattern: Scarf and hat for Bernat Roving, by Bernat Design Studio Needles: 6 mm for eyelet portion, 5 mm for hat band Yarn: 1 skein of Katia Inca... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I finished my Holly Sweater! Snowy day! I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I did knit it quite a bit longer than the pattern stated, continuing the eyelet pattern as established. I was worried that the yarn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Frazzled Knits
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I gave the first tiny chicken away for Christmas and missed her so much I decided I needed one for myself. So I knit another, same as the first except I used black beads for eyes this time (instead of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Frazzled Knits
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Every year right before Christmas I somehow get hooked on knitting tiny objects. After finishing the tiniest chicken, I decided to surprise DH with these little fried eggs from the same book: Pattern: Tiny Fried Eggs from Teeny-tiny Mochimochi by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Frazzled Knits
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I knit this little chicken from the Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book by Anna Hrachovec and it is so adorable I can hardly stand it. I used scraps of mystery sock yarn for the white and yellow, and some Icelandic Einband for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Frazzled Knits
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I had to rip out more than half the body on my Holly sweater last night. I'd messed up the eyelets, waaaaaaay back, and somehow never noticed. In more than one place, too. The time it would take to ladder... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Frazzled Knits
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In August I started on the Holly sweater from Ankestrick. The yarn was brought all the way from the Briggs and Little mill in New Brunswick by my good friend canadianneedles. She took an absolutely epic road trip across the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Frazzled Knits