The Wayward Skein – Episode 68

Finished objects:

ProjectElven Pixie Baby Blanket by Tall Gal Knits (for random baby)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo (08184) bought at Sew Crafty in Rideau Ferry in 2012
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Started: January 2016 Finished: April 2022

ProjectBaby Fisherman’s Cap by Cate Carter-Evans (to go with blanket)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo (08184) bought at Sew Crafty in Rideau Ferry in 2012
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Duration: 3 days

ProjectLittle Hearts by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo (08184) bought at Sew Crafty in Rideau Ferry in 2012
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
Started: April 2

Works in Progress:

ProjectForest Park Cowl by Liz Abinante (for Sylvie)
Yarn: Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed Homespun, birthday gift in 2016
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Started: April 8, 2022

Project: Mitered Square Blanket
Yarn: Random acrylic & wool scraps
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Started: 2019


Project: Papillon by MarinJaKnits (for Kristie of FiberStash)
Yarn: Fiber Stash Dyeworks Twinkle Toes in Temple of Sap and Grayt Scott, March 2020
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm)
Started: March 2020


Minis from Olive Park Yarns


The Wayward Skein – Episode 67

Hello everybody! I posted a brief teaser on YouTube earlier in the week that I was planning a podcast episode, and here it is! (apologies for production quality, I misplaced my webcam in the move, and I was forced to use my camera to livestream to YouTube)

Finished objects:

Instead of posting photos, I have linked to both my project page and the pattern pages for each item.

ProjectMidas Hat by Laura Reinback (for fella)
Yarn: Zerger Garn Opal 4-ply in 5190 (Marine) bought at Yarns Ewe’ll Love in Kanata in 2022
Needles: US 3 (3.25mm)
Time to completion: 19 days

ProjectJason’s Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson (for Zach)
Yarn: Stylecraft Life Aran (Nutmeg Marl) bought at Real Wool Shop in Carleton Place in 2010
Needles: US 6 (4.0mm) and US 8 (5.0mm)
Time to completion: 23 days

ProjectBasic Children’s Mittens by Elizabeth Durand (for me)
Yarn: Schachenmayr SMC Colorful (00080) bought at Janie H. Knits in Perth in 2012
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Time to completion: 2 months (53 days)

Project: Basic Children’s Mittens by Elizabeth Durand (for Zach)
Yarn: Schachenmayr SMC Colorful (00083) bought at Jane H. Knits in Perth in 2011
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Time to completion: 9 days

ProjectCentral Park Hat by Knitting Expat Designs (for charity)
Yarn: Unknown orange wool/acrylic blend (don’t even know where it came from)
Needles: US 6 (4.0mm) and US 7 (4.5mm)
Time to completion: 6 days

ProjectSpiral Scrubby by Clickety Sticks (experiment)
Yarn: Bernat Super Value Solids (7445 Yellow) given to me well over a decade ago
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Time to completion: 2 hours

Project: Linen stitch coaster (no pattern or project page)
Yarn: leftovers from Zach’s and my mittens
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Time to completion: 3 days

Works in Progress:

Project: Princess and the Pea Socks (self-designed)
Yarn: Mia Bella Kitten (Blue) bought at Stitches Midwest in 2015
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
Started: March 2017

Project: Mitered Square Blanket (no project page, sorry)
Yarn: Random acrylic & wool scraps
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Started: 2019

ProjectElven Pixie Baby Blanket by Tall Gal Knits (for ??)
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo (08184) bought at Sew Crafty in Rideau Ferry in 2012
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Started: January 2016

ProjectPapillon Shawl by MarinJaKnits (for Kristie of Fiber Stash Dyeworks)
Yarn: Fiber Stash Dyeworks Twinkle Toes in Temple of Sap and Grayt Scott, March 2020
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm)
Started: March 2020

Project: School at Play by Sharon Winsauer in Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering (Lilac) gift from Krystal in 2017-2018
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
Started: April 2019

Stash Enhancement:


I got this GORGEOUS set of mini skeins from The CATT Lady – it’s her Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts mini skein set (she still has one or two left at a VERY GOOD price, if you’re interested). They are soft, squishy 20g mini skeins, and I love the colors so much. I can’t wait to figure out what I’m going to knit with them!

That’s all for this episode 🙂 I haven’t decided if I’m going to record weekly, biweekly, monthly… I guess it’s going to depend on how fast I knit. But I have missed you all so much, and I’m very happy to be back. ❤ Take care!

Podcast Episode 62 (Sorry Enid!)

Tea of the Day: Today’s tea was Twinings Peppermint and Creamy Vanilla (sold as Buttermint in the US). It’s one of my favorites, and I’ve gushed about it many times before 😉

Knitting Content

I added two squares to my Mitered square blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis). The first square is Red Sock Blue Sock Sock Adventures in an unknown colourway, and the second square is Fiber Stash Dyeworks Tweedy Toes in “Turquoise” (from Witchyknitts.
Goal is to add one more square by the end of the month.

I finished the first of Rob’s Wedding Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in the Rusty Hook colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

I’m test-knitting the Alyoop Hat by SLOrnamentals (Kasteyl Lukes from Seattle Sky Dyeworks). If you head on over to her website, newsletter subscribers will be given a code to download the pattern for free once it’s released! This is knit out of Bernat Softee Chunky in True Grey, on size 8mm (US 11) needles.

Anotehr new cast-on is A Baby’s Mitered Square Blanket, also based on Martine Ellis’s pattern. For this one, I’m using leftover yarn from Sarah and Steven’s wedding present. I had several skeins leftover from knitting this wedding blanket, and I intended to keep it to make a blanket for their first child. Sarah is now expecting in May, so off to the races! It’s knit out of Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in the Colonial Blue, Pacific Teal, Dark Green Heather, Light Gray, Stone Blue, and Lake Heather colourways on size 10mm (US 15) needles.

On Screen: I’m still slogging through the original A-Team series. It’s a bit more enjoyable since they got rid of the Tanya character in season three. I’m going through it slowly though, because i’ve been watching a lot more podcasts recently.

Reading: I finished Samantha’s Secret Room by Lyn Cook. It was an enjoyable read, but I felt like the climax was kind of rushed. It was a decent read, and I really liked it! It’ll be going on the Free bookshelf at work, and one less book will have to be packed at the end of it all! I’ve started reading The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (again). I had started it a while back, and then misplaced it, so I’m happy to be reading it again. I kind of feel like I need to read this right now, because I need some hope to deal with everything that’s going on in the world right now. I can hear his voice in my head when I read it, and I find that very reassuring.


I’ve watched so many podcasts in the last two weeks!!! Little Big Knits Podcast, Episode 33 with selmaknitsThe CATTLady Podcast, Episode 104 with TheCATTLadyHawthorn Cottage Craft Podcast, Episode 33 with ARunnerBeanThe Knit Girllls Episodes 468 and 469 (I watched the 2nd one last night after I recorded) with LaLa and udontcallmelesHand Me My Knitting Episode 32 and Knit from Stash KAL with handmemyknittingSuburban Stitcher Podcast Episode 182 with dbbstitchBy the Lakeside January Vlog with SandyRanNight Owl Fiber Podcast Episode 43 with sweetknits1997 and NightowlfibersmomStitching the High Notes Episode 77 with OperaJo; and Must Love Yarn Podcast Episode 152 with KellySpins and jrbirdkid.

I have added three new podcasts to my subscription list!!! Podcast On / River City Yarns Episode 36 with HyaCynth and barb77Knitting with Frogginette Episode 3 with frogginette; and Ruby and Roses Podcast Episode 1 with Addyson (she doesn’t yet have a Ravelry presence, but she’s working on it! She does have an Etsy shop over here!)

It’s been a super busy couple of weeks, and I hope everybody’s doing well! We survived “snowmaggedon” last weekend (didn’t really affect me much, I take the bus to work and we really only got a few inches). I hope you all have a fantastic week until we see each other again, and spread that kindness around!

Podcast Episode 52

I recorded this VERY late Monday evening, and it turned into a sort of exhausted stream-of-consciousness thing, which was not my intent. I’m still working on sorting out my recording setup – I still need a tripod, and a new chair, which will have to wait for post-Rhinebeck, unfortunately.

In any case, here’s the episode. There was no tea, and I’ve been knitting on the same project for about two months now, so I have nothing exciting to share on the knitting front either. But here’s the episode, such as it is.

In other news, I’m currently cooking a kick-ass pumpkin and fish curry, and if it turns out, I may share the recipe in a week or two!