Road Trippin’ with Tin Can Knits

I love test knitting and this summer I had the great pleasure of testing a clutch of beauties for Tin Can Knits and now that their print and e-book  is available for pre-order, I can finally talk about them.  (I also did some projects for Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond but will write about those when the veil of secrecy has been lifted.) TCK’s latest book is called Road Trip and, like any good road trip, it’s awesome. According to their website, Emily and Alexa say that the book is “inspired our adventures across Canada; winding roads through mountain passes, coffee in quaint towns, and bonfires on remote beaches. With cables, colourwork and lace, Road Trip is full of delicious designs.” The three patterns from the book that I tested were two gorgeous cardigans – cable-yoked Caribou and stranded-yoke Clayoquot and a matching Clayoquot toque.  I made wee baby sizes for the gift stash (come on young, fertile friends of mine – have some more babies so I can give these a good home!) but the patterns are written for all sizes, from newborns through 4XL.

Caribou Cardigan

Caribou Cardigan

Clayoquot Cardigan

Clayoquot Cardigan

Clayoquot Toque

Clayoquot Toque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, the patterns fit perfectly, are beautifully written and photographed and full of great tips and tutorials.  Pre-order here or on Ravelry and knit until the wheels come off!

Yarn and Needles – just what the doctor ordered

Most of the time, knitting for me is great therapy.  Watching stitches turn into fabric is a soothing, multi-sensory pleasure that calms me and helps take my mind off my troubles and helps me think more clearly.  It’s also an effective distraction from the nerve-wracking business of watching the Canucks’ playoff games.  I think Virginia Woolf said once that knitting was the saving of life and I couldn’t agree more.   I found working on my latest project very healing indeed.  A co-worker and his wife recently had their first daughter, Ariane.  As I always do when starting something new, I feverishly scoured Ravelry and my copious library to find just the right project.  I first thought a February Baby Sweater was in order but I’ve made so many of those before – I wanted something new.  As soon as I saw Baby Kina by Muriel Agator, I knew I had found the perfect little cardie for a summertime baby.  Here’s my version in a lovely robin’s egg blue Sirdar Snuggly DK with shell buttons.  I’ve also made some matching Baby Janes by Wandering Cat (aka Valerie Johnson) to coordinate.  Ain’t it a purty outfit?

Oh, Baby!

I absolutely LOVE this little jacket, Tiered Baby Jacket by the hugely talented Lisa Chemery (aka Frogginette). I just need to find some buttons in my stash that complement the fairy princess look of this adorable little jacket. Then I whipped up a matching hat using Jane Richmond’s Amelia. Ain’t it cute?

There is a major baby boom happening at the office and after the debut of several boys, finally someone is expecting a girl. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love knitting for girls. Knitting for baby boys can be a challenge since it’s hard to find patterns that are babyish yet manly. Looking at frogginette’s blog reminded me that I’ve got the perfect boy pattern in my library: Baby Sophisticate, a snappy top-down shawl-collared number that can be whipped up in no time. I have some powder blue Needful Yarns Bambini Soft in my stash that would be perfect for it.