The Wayward Skein – Episode 4

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Wayward Skein podcast! Apologies for the picture quality – I’m saving up to buy a better camera than the built-in on my laptop.

Knitting content:

Finished Object – Barley hat by Tin Can Knits, out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the Lookbook colourway, on size 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8) needles.

Works in Progress – Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Nova Sock Print in colourway 174, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles. Also working on the Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho, out of Ancient Arts Yarns Big Squeeze in the Orange Tabby colourway, on 6mm (US 10) needles.

No tv or reading content this week, but I do talk a bit about my travels with Rob in Sault Ste Marie, riding the Agawa Canyon Train, visiting Burlington, VT, and checking out the boat rentals on Dow’s Lake in Ottawa!

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What I’m drinking: Caramel  Apple Spice Slim Life tea by Yogi.

What I’m knitting:

FO: Harvest by Tin Can Knits (6-12 month size shown). Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the “Lookbook” colourway. Needles used were 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8).
WIP: Barley by Tin Can Knits (baby size shown). Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the “Lookbook” colourway. Needles used were 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8).
Frog Pond: Rob’s socks, based on the Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. The yarn used was Nova Sock Print, colourway 174. Needles used were 2.5mm (US 1 1/2).

What I’m reading:

Finished: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle, and Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle.
Currently reading: An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama.

What I’m watching:

TV: Midsomer Murders and Champions on Netflix.
Podcasts: The Uncreative Crafter Podcast, and The Canadian Knitter PodcastThe Canadian Knitter Podcast.

 

I knitted a thing!

This past week has been hard on a lot of us, so let’s look at something a bit lighter on the palate today. I finished a knitted thing!!!!! My Harvest baby sweater is finished!

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This is the Harvest sweater by Tin Can Knits. The pattern is free and ranges from sizes 0-6 months all the way up to 4XL for adults. It’s a quick, easy, intuitive knit, and I enjoyed every second of it. I love Tin Can Knits patterns, and I’ve knit up several of them over the years (my usual go-tos are the Flax sweater and the Barley hat). I talked about this knit on last weekend’s Two Tangled Skeins podcast, if you’d care to tune in. It’s knit in worsted weight yarn, which makes it work up very quickly. I’d even knit this for an adult, under the right circumstances (those circumstances would be one of my children begging for it). Our friends have already had their baby – she was born last Sunday, and she is absolutely adorable! I won’t share a photo, for privacy reasons, but trust me when I say she will look fantastic in this sweater 🙂

I only barely broke into the second skein of this gorgeous yarn (Lorna’s Laces Haymarket 100% Blue-faced Leicester in the Lookbook colourway), so I decided to cast on a Barley hat with the remainder.

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I imagine I’ll be able to finish it before I record Episode 3 of the podcast this weekend. (Right now, you’re looking at the inside of the hat). I also have my next project queued up, although that one might not see a cast-on until my return from Chicago – we’ll see how much room I have in my luggage! I’ll give you a hint though… it will be knit in this gorgeous yarn that was sent to me by the wonderful folks at Ancient Arts Fibres for review:

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A small bite of politics… In other news, many of us have watched in horror while border patrol and ICE agents have separated thousands of children from their parents and detained them in warehouses filled with chain link cages. I discovered a few days ago that, while Canada does not separate children from their parents, it DOES incarcerate children with their parents (awaiting immigration and refugee/asylum hearings) in detention centres in several major cities. The biggest and most crowded of these is in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. I won’t go into the morality of this or any other political statements, but if you’re Canadian, I invite you to read this report, titled “Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention”, published by the University of Toronto. The topic will be revisited at a later date. (Thanks to an online friend of mine who works as an immigration lawyer for educating me on the subject.)

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I’ll be leaving for Chicago on Friday, so there may not be another blog post until I arrive there, but there will definitely be an episode of the podcast posted before Monday, and I’ll take lots of pictures, I promise! (Not of the actual trip down, since I’m driving, but once I get there.) I hope everyone has a great week, and maybe hit a protest up this coming weekend if there’s one in your neck of the woods!