Introducing Adera

Well folks, it’s time to introduce my first pattern: Adera.  This little gem is named after the street by Dave’s house.  I love the name and wanted some kind of reference to Vancouver.  It seemed like the perfect fit.  

My inspiration came from the desire to make something pretty and clean in style that was warm and would protect from the winter wind.  When I think of winter, I’m always reminded of the snow pilling up in London, Ontario, where I used to live for 10 years, and the freezing walks I would take to the bus stop or the gym.  This cowl certainly would have come in handy.  

The white colour version is made from Malabrigo Rasta in Neutral, which I am obsessed with in all its beautiful shades, and the blue is Cascade Magnum in a shade that makes my eyes pop.  If you are sensitive to wool, I would suggest the Rasta with its pure merino wool blend.

The pattern is currently available through Ravelry here.  You do not need an account to view the site.  I am hoping to have it as a direct download from my blog soon, but one thing at a time.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to many more pattern releases.

Special thanks to Dave Prescott for taking the photos…what can I say, he loves taking pictures of me!


Parcel Pour Moi?

What are the chances of two mystery knitting items in three weeks?  High apparently!

I received a notice in the mail on Friday that I had a parcel to pick up.  I thought about it quickly and couldn’t think of anything I had ordered.  I concluded that I must have forgot, which also doesn’t seem like me.  I usually wait in anticipation for a package to arrive.

I went to the post office yesterday and a they handed me a rectangular package, and yes, that was my name and address on top.  It was from a company called Uppercase Living, which I had never heard of before.  I definitely didn’t order this.  Of course, I didn’t mention that to the postal worker because I was to curious to know what it was.  I opened it up as soon as I got home and found it was a wall decal that reads “Knitting Soothes The Soul”. Okay, I definitely didn’t order it, but it couldn’t be a mistake.

It only took a moment to look on the receipt and realize the email address that it was ordered from was my boyfriend’s sister, Ali.  What a nice surprise!  We haven’t seen each other in over a year, because we live on opposite sides of the country, so it was a really pleasant surprise to get such a sweet gift.  Thank you Ali!  Those words speak such truth to me and I’m sure you will be receiving more hand knits in your future.

Now I need to find the perfect wall in my apartment to put in on.  Hmmm, close to the stash perhaps?

Never Ever Days

This past weekend, Dave and I went with some friends to Whistler Blackcomb to ski.  The last time I skied was probably 1996, and it only happened once and was never repeated because I was terrible at it.

Since Dave is into snowboarding, I felt like I should give skiing a try since my snowboarding attempt two years ago failed miserably.  I wanted to be able to do an outdoor winter sport with Dave, so when the Never Ever deal of $25 for a lesson and rentals came up, it was a no-brainer.  And guess what?  It went great!  I had such a good time and our instructor was really impressed at my ability to pick it up.  He said having XC skied before was a big help.  I’m planning to use the discount for additional lessons to really get a good foundation, so I can get on the mountain with Dave.  

He’s pretty excited too!  He was so relieved when he saw me with a big smile on my face at lunch.  Here is a picture from the afternoon.

Skiing aside, we finally had a sunny weekend in Vancouver and I was able to get some good pictures during the day of the first knitted item that I designed.  The pattern should be up soon and I’m really excited about it.  So keep watch; the pattern should be up by the end of the month!

PS – The mystery yarn is still a mystery!  But it definitely was for me because the people upstairs don’t knit.  I’m thinking of turning it into a pair of mitts or a touque for someone in need that attends my churches free Monday night dinners.  What do you think?  Also, if you are the generous person who left it on my mailbox, tell me.  I’m dying to know who it was!  

Mystery Yarn

What a strange item I found on the mailbox today.  It was just sitting there on top.  Some nice Debbie Bliss Riva yarn.  No note, no name.  It is like it just dropped out of the sky and happily landed on a knitter’s home.

Now, it could belong to the people who live upstairs, but what are the chances that they knit too?  I’ve emailed them, so I guess we will find out if I luck out or if the yarn and I have to part ways. I’ll keep you posted!

New Year, New Knit

Lucy's Hat by Carina Spencer
Lucy’s Hat by Carina Spencer

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you have had a healthy start, though I know many have not with the flu stretching across Canada.  I left the East to return to the West to find people sick with the same thing.  Amazing how fast it travels.  I’m optimistic though, even with a stomach that barely made it through Bootcamp at the gym today.  I’m on the mend and 2013 looks like it is going to be a great year.

Dave and I are already out with a list of restaurants that we want to venture to this month.  We are foodies at heart and love trying new places.  I met my weight loss goal (7lbs) in 2012 with mostly just changes to my eating, but it certainly doesn’t feel like a diet, as I enjoy everything I eat.  I plan to continue to lose a little more, but frankly it seems to be taking care of itself.

I’m itching to start a new knitting project to use up some of my stash.  Can you believe I only have 1 project on the go at the moment?  It is going to be a really nice hat for Dave, but I need some variety.  I’m teasing with the idea of Lucy’s Hat pattern by Carina Spencer, but i fear the model is perhaps what makes the hat look so good.  What do you think?  Could I pull it off?

What’s new on your needles?