catching up

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? It feels like I’ve been spinning my wheels a little bit (but unfortunately, not the yarn-producing kind) – I keep starting and stopping on different things, and I have so many various projects on the go that even though I’m knitting all the time, I’m not actually finishing anything!

That said, I’m putting a bit more effort into trying to finish things up for the end of the year. I guess late fall is a good kick in the pants, since it gives me a reasonable amount of time before the new year to get things off the needles and my to-do pile. I even have some photographic evidence of said effort!

This is more backward than forward, but I ripped back the body of my mitten. It just wasn’t working out the way I wanted. I’m not sure what I want to do with this now, but it feels good just to admit it wasn’t working. Maybe I’ll just do something really simple, like an all-over colourwork lattice pattern or a checked pattern. I could use some new mitts!


I picked up my neglected Hanne Falkenberg kit – Diva in Olive/Cyclamen – and finished a sleeve! That is a whole lot of fingering weight garter stitch right there. I’m almost done the body, but it’s too big to carry around so it’s not seeing a lot of time at the moment. I’d really love to get this done my Christmas, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s more of a long term project.


And, I finished a pair of simple socks that I started a few months ago! They’re meant for a Christmas present. Just my basic sock recipe, 64 sts on 2mm in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I’d really love to get another pair or two of socks done for presents, along with some woven projects. I guess I’d better get on that, hmm?


How’s your year end knitting wrapup going?

Fred+Ginger Cardigan


Fred+Ginger is a sophisticated fitted cardigan with set in, three quarter length sleeves and softly ruffled edges. The lightweight ruffle is worked in dyed to match cashmere silk laceweight for a fun feminine twist on the basic cardigan. Twisted ribbing completes the buttonbands and collar.

Shown in size 37” / 94cm with no ease. Technical Editing by Jaya Purswani.
Knit in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport and CashSilk Lace Available at


Finished Bust: 31 (33, 35, 37, 39, 41)(43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 55)” / 78.5 (84, 89, 94, 99, 104)(109, 114.5, 119.5, 124.5, 129.5, 140)cm

Body: Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport (100% superwash merino; 256 yds / 234m per 4oz / 115g skein) or other DK weight or light worsted weight yarn, approximately 220-260 yds per 100g
Ruffle: SweetGeorgia CashSilk Lace (45% cashmere, 55% silk; 400 yds / 366m per 1.75oz / 50g skein) or other laceweight yarn, approximately 400-450 yds per 50g

Body Skeins: 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5)(5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6)
Ruffle: 1 skein, all sizes.

Body Yardage: 950 (980, 1010, 1024, 1050, 1125)(1140, 1160, 1175, 1250, 1300, 1380) yards
Ruffle Yardage: 175 (180, 190, 200, 210, 220)(230, 240, 250, 260, 275, 300) yards

US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles, 32” / 80cm or longer depending on size of sweater
US 4 / 3.5mm double pointed needles*
US 3 / 3.25mm circular needles, 32” / 80cm or longer
US 3 / 3.25mm double pointed needles*
US 2 / 2.75mm circular needles, 32” / 80cm or longer
US 2 / 2.75mm double pointed needles*
* or needles of choice for small circumferences

stitch markers
eight 5/8 in / 1.5cm buttons
tapestry needle
smooth waste yarn

22 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm square in Stockinette Stitch on US 4 / 3.5mm needles


Each 7 page colour PDF includes photos, schematic and abbreviations. This pattern features fill-in forms – fill in the numbers for your size!

This pattern is split into 2 files – one contains sizes 31-41”, the other 43-55”. You will receive both files.

Cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease, knitting in the round. Suitable for an intermediate knitter.

Available through Ravelry (no account needed), payment by Paypal.

$7.00 CAD



colourwork inspiration

A little while ago I was looking through my knitting books for something (I can’t remember what, obviously) and found a book I’d completely forgotten about!

"Fair Isle Knitting"

Seriously, I don’t remember buying this book at all – I might’ve bought it in Japan, but on the other hand I might’ve gotten at a Knitter’s Frolic here in Toronto. At any rate, I’m glad I found it again, because it has really awesome designs in it! The book is crammed full of patterns. I’m totally on a colourwork kick right now, at least in my head if not yet on my needles.

tunic and scarf

This tunic and scarf combo just look so cozy.

yoked sweater

A classic yoked cardigan, with a great chart!



You can’t really tell from this photo, but that’s a button-down capelet – straight across the bottom and really cool.

The diagrams and charts make any of these patterns totally doable, even if you don’t read Japanese (I don’t). And of course, the inspiration is priceless – the garment shapes, the colourwork patterns, the colour combos.

button cowl + mitts

This button-up cowl would make a great intro to colourwork and steeking, if you don’t want to commit to a whole sweater.

I have been knitting a bit of colourwork, although it’s stalled out a bit. You can’t really tell what it’s supposed to be yet – there’ll be some embroidery as well. Hint: it’s not supposed to be leopard print!