Busy Yarn Along post this week.
Yep, that's right, I'm working on my Dad's toque again! I finished the last one and Colin said it felt big. Since my Dad doesn't have any hair I didn't think it would fit. So I started again.
My KAL sweater is coming along nicely. I actually ran out of knitting to do on it this weekend because I forgot to bring my double pointed needles. I'm not sure what I'm thinking about this sweater though. I like the pattern but it's not knitting up to the size it's supposed to. And yes, I did a gauge swatch (always do). It fits Ella perfectly right now, depending on what she's wearing and so long as she doesn't grow. I'm not sure what to do. I also don't like how the stocking stitch part rolls.
And now for the stash augmentation part of this post. Over the weekend I was able to hit 3 really nice yarn shops. All of them child-free!!!
First stop of course was Tina's in Bowmanville. The purple James Brett Marble is for the 5 Hour baby sweater. (I'm not actually starting it now, but that way I can share the pattern) Baby's coming in March but Momma's not finding out so I have to knit pink and blue.
Next stop was The Purple Purl in the old Toronto neighbourhood Leslieville. It's a cute little store and just around the corner from a big park. We left Ella and Uncle Stefan at the park and went shopping. This wool is for my felted mittens. I usually try to buy the same brand when felting, but the girl at the store thinks they will play well together :) This is also where I picked up the Coastal Knits book. What beautiful sweaters. My sister and I want to make nearly every one (well me make, her wear).
Last stop was at Creative Yarns, basically around the corner from Auntie Belinda's house. I was able to get the yarn I need for the Knitivity book (which I am not starting before Christmas). The top 3 sock yarns are for the wise men, the off white is for sheep and the grey is for my donkey. I picked up the other colours from House of Crafts in Pembroke (Kroy sock). There should be enough wise man yarn leftover to make Grandma some more socks.
Ok, I know this isn't yarn but it's adding to my fabric stash :) The blue is more periwinkle in person and will be an everyday dress for Ella. The wine and the Christmas material is for a Christmas dress for Ella. It is also a prime example of why I'm not creative, I just follow instructions well. It took me 15 minutes to come up with this fabric combination, even though the pattern shows wild and crazy! I love the Fabricland in Scarborough. It's actually across the road from Creative Yarns and unlike the Fabricland in Pembroke they actually sell dress weight wool/suiting. They had a gorgeous flannel wool, just what I have been looking for, unfortunately it was a terrible yellow/green.