Category Archives: Cardigans


I’m enjoying a rare Saturday off.  There are so many possibilities but only so much time. Here’s how I’m spending it.

On the needles:


Sunnyside Cardigan in Yarn Retriever, Giant Airedale Peaches

In my glass (or about to be):



On the tube: Under the Tuscan Sun

On the stove: Soup stock from Christmas turkey bones.

And in the garden:



Happy Weekend, everyone!


Going, Going, ………….

The time has come for some new challenges. In 5 weeks time, we will be living in a different home, in a different place and doing different things with our lives.  We didn’t plan on this change right now, (though we’ve been thinking about it for some time) but when an opportunity comes knocking, it’s a good idea to answer the door and invite it in.  Besides, once my lys closed, I knew it was time to move on.  Thanks for the push, Kathy. Art of Yarn, here I come!

We are relocating to Kelowna. We will experience less winter and more summer again.  We will be close to local wineries  and fruit farms (really close).We will have a garden again. And neighbours. And …….. so many things that I’ve missed since we left Toronto.  I will miss my friends  here in the Bow Valley and my job at Kitchen Boutique (Claire, please open a store in Kelowna so I can keep working for the best employer on the planet!). I will miss watching newborn elk calves take their first steps and learn to frolic with their friends. I will miss coyote pups, some shy, some inquisitive, learning about their world. I will miss seeing bears walk past my kitchen window after watching them roll in sand bunkers for hours on end. But I have my memories, and lots of photos to keep all that alive.  I’m excited about our new adventure. Wish us luck!

Our move means that BB’s job is open and for some reason, it hasn’t been posted through the usual resources. They could be missing out on some real talent.  So if you, or anyone you know, is interested in applying the for position of Golf Course Superintendent at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course please use the following link to start the application process.  Closing date for applications is January 23/15.   (‘search positions’ and add ‘golf course superintendent’ into keywords).

My knitting has had to take a backseat to packing but a couple of things are in progress.


Birch Bark Cap from Kelly McClure’s new eBook, Bohohats Vol. 2. Just need to crochet the brim and I’m done!


My Roosevelt Cardigan is making slow progress, but progress nonetheless. It’s now ready to join in the sleeves!

A Surprise Gift = Joy

When I got to work last Sunday, there was an envelope with my name on it resting at the register, .  Inside was a little thank-you gift for some work I’d done.


A friend had a knitted sweater with a hole in it and she asked if I might be able to mend it.  Her mother had made the sweater near 50 years ago and it had ‘got caught on something’, was the story she heard to explain the damage.  I’ve mended a hole or two in a sock heel, and thought this job would be a snap.  Then I got the sweater.


Sweater mending in progress.

It wasn’t so much a snag as a gaping 3″ hole.

I managed to find yarn that was slightly similar, but couldn’t exactly match the colour or texture after all those years of wash and wear, and my gauge was the tiniest bit off.  The pattern was easy to decipher and it didn’t take long to do the actual repair.


The real difficulty was trying to integrate all the broken threads – and there were a lot of them.  I ended up sewing in the top of the ‘patch’ and sewing/tying in all the wee loose threads.  Not a terribly professional job, I’m afraid, but at least the sweater can be worn (and washed again), and that was the point.


And now I get to buy myself a little something extra. Thanks, Lynda!




I know it’s still officially summer, but the past few days have felt particularly autumnal.  The start of the school year has always made me think “Fall”, even long after I’d finished with school.  And the weather, yesterday and today, has enforced that thinking.  It’s pretty cool out (6ºC, 43ºF) and a little rainy,  but not as rainy as yesterday afternoon – so far.  I stopped by the Banff Farmers Market before the rain started yesterday  and though much of the produce available still screams summer (and still tastes and smells like it too), a transition is underway.  Bags of onions, boxes of peppers, and bunches of broccoli mounded high are telling us to get ready for the season to come.  There were still lots of cherries and strawberries but it was the pears and prune plums that caught my eye.  I’m thinking pear crisp and plum kuchen.

And if you’re wondering how radishes fit into the autumn bounty, get yourself a couple of bunches, wash and trim them, cut larger ones in half and put into a bowl with about 2 lbs. of carrots, cut into chunks, and some peeled pearl onions.  Toss the veggies with some olive oil and freshly ground pepper then spread them out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 375ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, turning once.  When the carrots are tender, remove from oven to serving dish and toss with chopped fresh dill and salt to taste.  Bitter radishes?  Not this way.

A trip to our farmers’ market isn’t complete without a stop at the Black Forest Bakery stall for a loaf of bread.

Yes, you’re reading that right.  Bacon Bread.  Made with double smoked European bacon baked right in.  To get the real bacony flavour of this bread, toast it.  It was perfect with White Chicken Chili for dinner.

I finally finished knitting and seaming my Brigid Jacket, known as Ruby Brigid or just plain Ruby to me.  Happily, it’s been cool enough to wear it already and I am totally in love with it.  Totally.

The buttons proved a bit of a challenge in more ways than one.  It didn’t take long to find buttons to suit the colour and style of the sweater but I was a bit disappointed to find that the buttons I liked were, in fact, 3 sizes of the same button, displayed one atop the other (when space is an issue, shopkeepers must do what they can).  The largest of the 3 was the perfect size but it was so plain, sitting there all alone on Ruby’s buttonband.  It looked so much more fulfilled when I put the other 2 buttons back on it.  Obviously there was no choice but to buy the buttons as a set – times 4.  Yes, that tripled the price.  Yes, they were a nightmare to sew together (none of the holes lined up properly – don’t look too closely!).  And yes, they are totally perfect.  No, I couldn’t have done it any other way.  What do you think?

Giving Thanks

We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, which brings us closer and closer to winter here in the mountains.  But oddly, our weather has been pretty fine lately – for October.  It’s been mostly sunny and even though mornings and evenings are pretty darned cool, daytime temps have averaged around 15ºC, give-or-take.  That makes me happy.  Here’s what it looked like on this date last year.

This, from yesterday afternoon, is much better:

Still, morning dog walks make me want to make this ……

Weekend Stroll

….. and this ……

Pewter Cable Pullover

….. and maybe this

Ribbed Cardigan

I am going to pick one (probably the sweater coat ’cause it’s super bulky yarn and should go relatively quickly – don’t laugh; I’m feeling positive).  In the meantime, I’ve taken the Nimbus cardigan out of hibernation and only have about 6″ to go before sleeve shaping and finishing.  Then blocking, seaming and finally, wearing!

I’ve also started Ann Budd’s Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks  for BB, in Patons Kroy Sock FX.  This is Cascade Colours.  I’d bought this yarn for myself but he liked it so ……. There’s plenty more where that came from 🙂

The Berry Patch Socks  have also been finished and were sent to my MIL last week.  They are  scheduled to arrive tomorrow so I’ll know soon how they fit and if they’re what she was hoping for.  Fingers crossed.

While I’m catching up, here’s the finished mystery dishcloth from my September KAL

It’s a mouse!

And here’s the finished October dishcloth KAL, a Halloween spider.

If you’d like to join up and get some great dishcloth patterns, perhaps learn some new techniques and chat with a great bunch of gals, join us at the Monthly Dishcloths KAL in Yahoo! Groups. A

At this time of year, I’m thankful: for pleasant weather that takes me out of “the neighbourhood” with the dog; for the ability to make make knots with string and sticks that eventually turn into warmth for me and my family; for having more than enough ….. of pretty much everything; for friends, old and new, and family, who help me through the bad times and help celebrate the good times; and maybe mostly, I’m thankful for just being.  Hope all my Canadian friends and family had a great Thanksgiving weekend and that my American friends and family will as well.  Hugs, all!

…….frog, frog again.

My cardigan-in-process is getting the better of me.  I really hope that I still love like it once it’s all of a piece because right now, if I have to tink one more stitch or frog one more row, it’s going to be a vest!  I fell for the Nimbus Cardigan when I first saw it in the October 2009 issue of Knit ‘n Style, enough so that I went straight to the LYS.   Not having the recommended yarn, a substitute was suggested and bought.  The Diamond Luxury Collection Lima   was my first ever real wool purchase and it’s GORGEOUS! (Thanks, Kathy).  I had some trouble casting it on ; I only knew how to do a long-tail cast-on, and my own version of a left-handed combo of backward loop and long-tail (please don’t ask) and both of these made the yarn stretch, split and break.  I really owe a lot to  for teaching me, among other things, the knitting-on cast-on.  The Diamond yarn approved of being handled this way and immediately stopped wasting itself.  It’s an easy pattern and though it’s mostly garter stitch, this yarn makes it look more interesting. 

I didn’t notice a problem with the pattern until I was well into the right front (the left front being done already, as I’m left-handed).  There was an extra line of patterning and I wasn’t about to frog it out to match.  The sweater was now uniquely my own. 

But the sleeves!  I merrily cast on both sleeves at the same time and whipped through the first 2″.  Then there was an increase, and after that, well, the instructions just didn’t make sense.  I plugged on anyway, making my own sense out of the wording, but realized 10 rows in that this couldn’t possibly work.  The increases were too fast and there was no way there would be enough stitches to make the darned thing go around my upper arm.  That’s when the little light in my brain finally turned on and sent me to the magazine website to search for errata.  Bingo!  But changes were only for that front patterning I’d already discovered.  No mention of sleeves.  None!  I quickly sent a letter off begging for guidance – could I be so inept, or so tired, as to be incapable of reading a simple instruction?  As I fell asleep, the answer came to me.  I couldn’t wait to frog out the bad rows (really, I was happy to frog it) and fix it once and for all.  I zipped along 30 new rows, per sleeve mind you, feeling confidant.  Then I got a reply to my email.  Not only was my fix not going to work but the correct instructions were so far removed from the original in the mag, that it seemed like a totally different pattern.  Aargh!!

It was a quick back-track (considering it was 60 rows), and ‘though it took a few hours and a glass of sauvignon blanc before I could pick up the needles again, I’ve righted the wrongs and have 10 new rows done.  I’m just glad the yarn has held out through its ordeal.  Here’s hoping I can do the same.

From Sticks to Pics

Living in a resort town means that we get to visit with a lot of friends we don’t see very often, as people take the opportunity to vacation rather than “staycation”.  Our guest room is booked most weekends from mid-June through the end of August and we normally spend a lot of time touring the area with guests, taking them on hikes, shopping for souvenirs and of course, eating.  This year’s been a little different.  Guest visits have been for shorter stays, and with BB still recuperating somewhat from his Spring injury, we haven’t been on a hike all season.  I’ve been feeling a little trapped here in the park.  Yesterday BB suggested a day trip.  We’d never been to Kananaskis yet and even though the day was cloudy and cool, we decided to pack up and take the dog for a Sunday drive.  On the way there, I finished this:
The second Lacy Mock Cable Sock is now done though I had a heck of a time with the toe seam.  I used kitchener stitch on the first sock (my first time ever!) and it worked beautifully.  I followed the instruction in the “techniques” section of Creative Knitting and it worked like a charm.  For the second sock I went online to my favourite knitting website, and followed the video for kitchener stitch.  Then I had to undo it (please note that kitchener stitch is an EXCELLECT way to seam a sock as it is almost indestructible).  I tried again.  This time I had to unlock the stitches AND frog back a couple of rows.  Cue the wine (just a small glass).  And dinner was going to be a little late.  I finally dug out the magazine instructions again and it worked as perfectly as for the first sock.  I absolutely love them!


Kananaskis proved to be a lovely get-away  

Kananaskis Country Golf Course



Reflections: Wedge Pond



Merganser mom & chicks: Beaver Ponds


 Skyler had a good time, too, though it seemed to be thisty work!
 We don’t have anyone scheduled to visit for the next couple of weeks, so I’m back working on my cardigan. 
Annie's Blues Fest

 I started the sleeves last night and am working them both at the same time on circular needles, so this should go pretty quickly.  That’s all I have left to do before blocking and seaming.  If this cool weather holds, I’ll be able to wear it as soon as I’m done.