Wool Coast

Hello lovelies.

I’ve been uprooted from the east coast and temporarily repotted on the west coast. At the moment, I am sitting in my Vancouver home, in the office shared by my brother, dad, and myself. Countless evenings were spent in this room as we attempted to slog through our respective homework and work-work. Productivity was at maybe 20% of maximum potential, largely due to my brother’s never-ending web searches of “giant spider,” “giant camel spider,” “camel spider video,” etc. and everyone’s non-use of headphones to listen to such videos and music. Not to mention the clogged feng shui arteries caused by my dad’s small mountain range of paperwork and medical journals and my collection of weird knick-knacks and poorly translated Japanese stationery. Not to mention many ancient crafts and school projects.

photo 1-2My brother’s extra tall man, c. 1996

Of course, there were rules that were implemented to help manage the chaos. They’re still posted in the corner:


Of course, “she upstairs with space” refers to “mom who has her own private office upstairs, and we are very bitter about this.” I probably don’t need to mention that my rules were never followed or really ever enforced, since I didn’t follow them myself.

Anyhow, it’s from this nostalgic corner that I am writing to you today! I’ve packed up and cleared out of Montreal, but that’s a story for another day or we’ll never get to the knitting. Let’s check out some finished objects for Stash Dash.

1. Hanging Leaves

Finished, blocked, and already worn many times. I’m so pleased with how this turned out.

photo 1 (17)100 T-pins, people

The linen content in the yarn (Meadow by The Fibre Company) really softened up and the whole thing grew quite a bit.

photo 2 (15) I do need more blocking mats…

It was big enough to do this:

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But it can also be worn in the hipster kerchief style, which I prefer.

2. Anniversary Socks

These socks emerged out of tragedy. I have started knitting Jason a pair of socks for special occasions like Christmas and birthdays. This month was our unofficial 2-year anniversary that falls anywhere between June 7 – July 1 depending on the lunar cycle, discrepancies between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the observed equinox, etc etc. I had big plans for anniversary socks. They were knit from Piccolo by the wonderful Julie Asselin (a local dyer from Quebec) in two complimentary shades. They were simple, but with a touch of fair isle on the cuffs. I started them early and had the first one finished in May, and the second one started. No last-minute sock knitting this time, said I. So I packed the half-finished socks in my suitcase to be taken to Vancouver, then packed the majority of my yarn stash in boxes to live in Boston for the summer. Once everything was safely stowed in Boston, I took off for Vancouver. Only to realize that I had packed the yarn needed to finish the second sock. Curses!

I thought about ending it all (sock-wise) but in the end, I figured there was still time to pick up the pieces and start a new pair. These crazy Noro socks were born, knit from Silk Garden Sock in the colourway 322 S.

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I knit with the fury of a thousand suns and had them done in less than a week. These are just plain vanilla top-down socks, size 10.5, with a ribbed cuff, heel flap, and rounded toe. They were mailed off and on the boy’s feet last Sunday. Not too bad – still within the June 7 – July 1 timeframe, right?

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I am shocked and amazed that the cuffs turned out so differently while the feet have almost the exact same striping pattern. It’s very pleasing. I am interested to see how well these socks wear, since I found the yarn was very easy to break just by pulling on it with my hands. Hand wash only, yo.

3. Scroll Lace Scarf 

This one happened quickly. Like a tumultuous summer fling. I was visiting Boston just before coming back to Vancouver and found myself at Gather Here, a fabulous knitting and sewing shop in Cambridge (how I ended up there beats me… I was on a yarn diet before the move). Somehow this one tiny skein of The Fibre Company Acadia in the Kelp colourway fell into my hands, hurling me towards the cash register, thus dislodging my credit card from my wallet, and resulting in a yarn-for-money transaction. I was so taken by the colour and texture of this tweedy yarn and under the influence of a store sample of the Scroll Lace Scarf by Ysolda Teague, but also so guilt-ridden for buying more yarn… that I cast on and finished this scarf in a matter of days. It was very quick and satisfying, and I think it turned out great.

photo 1 (15) Hanging out in the Vancouver sunshine

4. Chunkeanie

A week before the brother left Vancouver to go back to Toronto for work, he asked me to knit him a hat. This rarely happens – the asking-for knitting, I mean. And although it was pretty last-minute, I love to knit things for people if they ask for something, and if they appreciate the effort that goes into each project. So we picked a pattern (can be worn slouchy or fisherman’s style, lots of ribbed brim, not stupid looking, dense fabric…) and hit up Urban Yarns. He picked some Debbie Bliss Milano in the eloquent colourway 49007. I would have never picked this odd-looking hodgepodge yarn but the boy had a vision. And after knitting a swatch, I had to agree. It ended up producing a very cool tweedy fabric, and it felt very durable.

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I used the Chunkeanie  pattern by Woolie Wormhead, in the largest size. However, I knit the hat to 9.5″ plain before doing the crown shaping. It ended up being comically shallow on his head when I followed the pattern as written. Nothing like a little last-minute ripping back to get the heart racing.

photo 2 (14)Lookin hella fly if I may say so myself

That’s all for now! This brings me to a total of 1554 m for Stash Dash… quite a ways to go before August but I’m hopeful. There’s still a pair of socks, a wrap, a shirt, and a newly-cast-on Viajante on the needles. So. That’s totally doable, right? Totally. Totally doable.




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