Number 2: The Keefer Cowl

Something simple, something fun:  The Keefer Cowl.  I seem to keep finding myself in Chinatown this year, whether I’m going for dinner with friends on Keefer Street, checking out my friend Brian’s art studio, or just busing through on my way downtown.  This is a colourful area with lots going on to excite the senses.  I feel this cowl brings together the vibrant colours and the intertwining cultures that blend together in this area.  Whether you are living on the streets in the Downtown Eastside, a Chinese immigrant, or a Main Street hipster, your paths collide in Chinatown. 

This pattern is great for beginners or knitters wanting some mindless knitting…and if you are a knitter, you know you need that every now and then.  

Download for free on Ravelry.


Scrumptious Yarn

I thought I would share a little sneak peak at an upcoming project.  It isn’t one that I am going to design, but these balls of yarn will be used for a pattern I have been crushing on about half a year.  Finally it is time to put yarn to needle and make it happen.  

Displayed above is some Madelinetosh Merino Light in Antler, Wicked and Duchess purchased at Happy Knits in Portland.

I just finished a project and I’m excited to start the next one.  I’m hemming an hawing over with project to start, the one with the lovely yarn above or my rebel knitting motorcycle jacket?  I guess I’ll see where my fancy takes me after I try cooking up some Honey Bananas.

* Thank you so much to my good friend Terry Chow, who has been enjoying practicing with his new camera and taking these great photos of my yarn.  My friends are pretty amazing!

Odds & Ends – Today I feel like this…

Dave and I have been working on some tedious wedding details today:  invites, guest lists, wedding website.  And after a couple hours I feel like just curling up in the above ‘onesie’.  My head hurts, I’m a little cold and I just want to shut off for a bit.  Looks like this would be the perfect way.  Now, does anyone want to whip this up for me ASAP?

The Perfect Grey

What city has two yarn stores a block from each other?  Portland!  Yarn Garden and Happy Knits are literally within viewing distance from each other on Hawthorne Street and I managed to convince my lovely friend Shannon, and somewhat new knitter, to come and check them both out with me while her husband, Brian, and Dave went to Target to look for clothes. 

Both stores had a wide selection and it was no problem finding yarn that I could use for my Nyx Cardigan that I mentioned in the post The Faux Leather Jacket.  I wasn’t asking for much, just a deep grey, alpaca, worsted weight yarn.  Okay, maybe that is a bit of a tall order, especially since we are coming into spring and grey isn’t exactly a hot colour when the cherry blossoms are coming out strong in Vancouver.  But I found exactly what I needed at Yarn Garden and you can see the sample above, a Cascade Eco Alpaca in Charcoal.  It is a very soft and flexible yarn, so I think I’m going to have to knit it a size smaller as it will likely stretch pretty good.  

I’m excited to get it started along with another pattern I picked up some delicious purple yarn in. More details on that one later. I’m so excited it is Saturday and I have no plans.  Time to get my knit on! Hope you are doing some happy knitting yourselves and are having a great weekend!

Portland in Pictures and Food

This past long weekend Dave, myself and 3 other couples drove down to Portland via Seattle.  We ate, we drank, we hiked and walked the city.

Above is the amazing ice cream selection at Salt & Straw.  The ice cream is so flavourful that we went twice.  Their Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons is there most popular and very, very delicious, but my favourite has to be the Arbequina Olive Oil, made from oil produced right in Oregon.  Pure happiness in my mouth as you can see from the picture below, we were all pretty happy.

And yes, that is Dave holding a box from Voodoo Donuts.  It is one of the landmarks that we had yet to experience.  So after the famous maple bacon donut, we went for BBQ and then off to Salt & Straw.  And we all look like happy clams.

Mmm, bacon.  The other donut is a Raspberry Romeo.  Don’t worry though, we didn’t eat them both at the same time, we saved the Romeo for breakfast the next day.  :)

This is another totally delicious breakfast we had.  It’s called the Oregon Croissant.  It has the famous Oregon Marionberry, which we learned about on Portlandia.  I think this is the most amazing croissant I have ever had in my life.

I’ll tell you something we didn’t have a lot of…

Things are so cheap in Portland, they make origami from their money.

We did do some exercises though.  We took a beautiful hike to Triple Falls about 40 minutes outside of Oregon where we saw 6 water falls including this beauty.

We had such a great trip and it wouldn’t be complete without some beer for Dave and I.  

Washed down by some water.

Of course, I won’t lie, there was also a little bit of this…

Keep it weird Portland!  See you next year.