New Pattern: Diode Toque

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Diode Toque is a slouchy wool beanie with a diagonal bobble pattern. Its double-knitted ribbed brim adds extra warmth and the fine-gauge knit offers a professional finished look.

Materials Required:
Approximately 400 yards of sport weight wool
1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport (100% Wool; 430 yds [393 m] / 113g; 1 ply) Photographed in Navy
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on

8 stitches and 13 rows = 1” in the bobble pattern.

1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5 – 2.75mm DPNs

18” circumference at brim, unstretched; 9 ½” from base of brim to top of crown.

Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, double brim, increasing, making bobbles, decreasing and finishing.

Ravelry Page

Rockin' Around

Monday, 24 December 2012

Custom Christmas Cards!

Back in July(!), Jim and I decided we would really like to make custom Christmas cards to send out to our friends and family. We love Tanya's work for her letterpress company, Snap+Tumble so we contacted her with our idea based on this holiday tune.What Tanya came up with is so beautiful, we couldn't wait to drop them in the mail.

Our little family of two cats and two humans wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday!

Christmas craft bug.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Good Night, Day Pattern
I've been bitten by the crafting bug. Tara-Lynn, extraordinary knitter/designer behind Good Night, Day, created a gorgeous booklet of her knitting patterns. In a weekend I completed the Simcoe Headband and started on a Meaford Cowl. What I appreciated most, as a knitter, was her helpful customization instructions with each pattern to make them to your own specifications!

Grainline whale ornaments
Next, I went absolutely crazy for Jen's Narwhal ornament pattern. I rushed out for the proper supplies and headed to the Workroom to use one of their machines (thank goodness for the Workroom!). My favorite part of making these whales had to be sewing on the sequins (though, now I know why sequined garments cost so much, it is a labour of love to sew each one on!).

Grainline Whale Pod

Jim's Sweater

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Jim's Sweater

Jim's new sweater lovingly handmade by me from the Charlie Sweater pattern. (Ravelry info here)

I'm so excited to attend this studio sale tonight! I plan on making a huge dent in my holiday shopping: Falconwright leather goods, Caitlyn's illustrations and cards, Good Night, Day knits and patterns, Fieldguided totes, scarves and calendars and Sojourn necklaces.

The biscuits that dreams are made of

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Whipped together these biscuits from Katie's recipe. I substituted left over thyme for the chives. This recipe is now a staple in my baking repertoire.


Good people.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
Travel has done wonders for restoring my faith in humanity. Not that Toronto is an unfriendly place to live, but sometimes, with so many people crushed together we forget to stop and lend a hand, and protecting ourselves from unwanted attention, we rush on by. The other morning I watched a women in a crowded, rush-hour subway station ask three people ahead of me for directions, each one rushing past, until I stopped.
Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
Jim and I have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit this year and so many times we've been blown away by the kindness of strangers who stop to help a bewildered and lost couple (us) find their way. In our travels to Islay, Scotland we met two very wonderful gentleman who personify the generosity of spirit on this beautiful island. In another post I mentioned how Jim and I are not the best of travelers - our planning is vague at best, and it has taken me some time to put into words the story of our trip to Islay.
Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
We typed in our departure (Edinburgh) and arrival destinations (Port Ellen, Islay) into a travel planner and printed out our schedule and directions. The next morning we hopped onto the train that would take us from Edinburgh to our bus-stop in Glasgow (n.b. trip planners will always give you the fastest route, not necessarily the easiest route). Alas, the day went bad from there - we missed our bus, waited three hours for the next one, missed our boat, and waited three hours for the next one, again. We boarded the ferry thinking all our problems were solved, but alas, we had once again missed the bus at our final destination - the last bus of the day. Now you know just how great we are at traveling! Thankfully, this is when our travel angels came to the rescue. If you're ever in Port Askaig, Islay, please say hello to the man who owns the convenience store. He graciously let me charge more money than he had in his till, requiring a trip to the pub for more cash, on my credit card in order to take out cash - after discovering that our debit cards were useless in Islay. Then, when the only cab driver on the island was unavailable, he arranged transportation with a lorry driver for us. Which brings me to our lovely lorry driver, a man who had traveled to Toronto years before and found himself lost with a cab driver who, when they finally arrived at his destination, only charged him $20 for a two-hour ride.

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

We were lucky to have met such wonderful people that day, who took time out of their days to stop and lend a hand to weary travelers. I only hope we can repay the favor forward someday.

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

CanelléI don't know about you, but the colder weather has me craving sweets. Canelés from Nadege are my favorite way to remedy this problem! Maybe one day I will learn to make them at home, which will be much more convenient when the temperature slides even lower. 

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