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From my Etsy, my living room and my Ebay. Pretty makes everything better.

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Monday MKal

Go away Monday. Nobody likes… Wait. It’s a holiday Monday. Yay! Civic Holiday here in Ontario, most things are closed and it’s lovely and quiet here in the neighbourhood. As yet, my ferret-y visitor hasn’t shown up to say good morning. I hope he found his way back to his own back garden. I am having my second coffee of the day and a toasted tomato sandwich for my breakfast. Reward for finishing the first clue of the Addewid MKAL.

I am loving the Ella Rae Lace Merino. It’s soft with a lot of “sproing”, particularly good for stitch definition and it shows already in the proliferation of Star Stitch that is used in this first bit. This is the first time that I’ve used my Addi Rockets and I like them. The lace tip of the Addi Lace needle and the slick finish of the traditional Addi Stumpos is a great pairing. I loved the lace needles but the finish just didn’t stand up to the chemistry of my skin.

Addewid MKAL

 

I was off to a slow start with this, most of my knitting and craft items made it to the appropriate room but I’ve not unpacked much, so many other things to do first.ย Sure feels good to have needles back in my hands though! This will be a good time to get back to finishing up my last MKAL piece, the Peter Pan Shawl. That one last side, with its numerous colour blends and changes – the ends! omg all the ends! – just seemed too tedious in the face of the Elizabeth Shawl and the rest.

Had a lovely day downtown with the daughter yesterday for “piercings and pints” (the boy child was working and couldn’t make it out this time). Some good sales, glorious weather and a lovely Italian supper at The Grande in The Byward Market.

At the Byward Market Mother Daughter Day in the Byward Market

Alas, today I’ve no excuse for avoiding unpacking and sorting and so… off I go!

This Is My Kind Of Happy Hour

From The Needle Nerd:

2013

And definitely MY kind of olive!

Nerd has some neat and nerdy crochet patterns here, at her Etsy shop.

I am still working away on the last scarf to finish but have been a little sidetracked by my Concetta Cardi. It is looking good so far, I’m just finishing up the body decreases and should have a photo soon. The deep, blueberry shade doesn’t photograph well unfortunately but it is gorgeous in person.

I’m using the Addi Natura bamboo circualar to work this. I’m trying to find the “perfect” bamboo needle and this one is lovely. As I was knitting away last night – huge snowstorm, so a good time to cozy up with yarn – I found myself paying more attention to the needle. I knew I would like the cord, Addi has had that down pat for years, the joins are smooth – not a single snag or drag. I like the tips – they taper in a similar way to Addi’s Lace tips, a little less sharp of course. What I do find, is that the finish on these makes them very slick. They are more like an aluminium needle in action than a bamboo needle. This isn’t a bad thing per se but when I choose bamboo, I’m looking for a little of that integral “drag” for stitch control and better uniformity of stitches. I’m declaring these as keepers – Addis are always worth the cost (the shop wouldn’t take my firstborn, so save up if you can) but I think that my favourite are the Crystal Palace bamboo. The cord is a little stiffer but they make up for that with the ball-bearing join – best knitting needle enhancement ever – the tips are strong, sharp and smooth and the finish is more natural, a nice “hug” to the stitch but no drag, warm and lightweight in the hands.

Now, to find a “Lllama Daddy”

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