Category Archives: project spectrum

Nothing is more important to you right now…

…than looking at these photos of adorable chidren:

(Laura with Aven‘s wee guy)

He gets very excited about all the yarn, and expresses his appreciation for knitters through happy wailing.


(Elizabeth with Emily’s wee gal)



She expresses her love of yarn by cutely sticking her fingers in her mouth and watching your every move with a hint of a smile on her face.

I took these pics last week but needed to make sure I had permission from both the mamas to post. And look at me, I went to knit night last night too – a whole two weeks in a row, someone stop the presses! I am going to try to keep going because I like seeing everyone’s knitting and all the yarn and needles (for some reason I never buy on a Wednesday, though – i talk myself out of it and then go back on Friday, heh). But I always feel like I don’t know what to contribute to the conversation. I don’t have kids or a spouse, and talking about my dissertation makes me want to twitch and break out into hives. So mostly I sit and try not to say anything very stupid. Baby steps.

(Poppy progress – 2/3 of a front and the beginning of a sleeve)


And it would just go figure that when I finally do finish the springtime-y perfect-for-April-in-Project-Spectrum socks, we get snow overnight. Ah well, I will prefer to think of it as, “more time in which I can wear the handknitted socks and sweaters I finally finished.” Yes.

(Basic socks in Austermann Step, colour #10 melba, 2.75mm DPNs – please pay no attention to the unwoven ends and ungrafted toes)


This weekend, I predict lots of chocolate-eating, knitting on Poppy, and possibly casting on for something new depending on how the arms and wrists hold up. Happy knitting!


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Lost Objects

I think, had it not been for Project Spectrum encouraging me to notice colour in my daily life, I would not have stopped to notice a few other things – or perhaps I would have noticed, but I might not have felt as compelled to take photographic evidence. (Did anyone see me with my camera? What must they have been thinking…)

My main form of transportation is walking, and even on my daily route through the same neighbourhoods, and in the same buildings on campus, new lost objects always seem to turn up. These aren’t usually handknits, but all the same, it is always clear that some person has taken the care and attention to notice someone’s dropped scarf, hat, or mitten, and display it by the wayside where it might be noticed and found again.

I always wonder if anyone ever reclaims these items. Does the owner realize where they dropped them? Do they just get blown into the gutter and trampled into oblivion? Often I look again the next day and the same objects aren’t there anymore.

I wonder how many hats or mittens a city collects like this over the course of a winter. Do some of them reappear in the spring when the snow melts? Hm. Fleeting curiosities.


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The Joy of Finishing

The weather continues to fall in line with Project Spectrum’s grey, blue, and white theme for February and March:

(Snowy, fluffy footprints outside a local school.)

And, for the fourth time in as many weeks, some more things are done, around here:

(Patons Kroy Socks, ‘Winter Eclipse’, 3.0 mm needles and basic sock pattern; ‘The Woman in White’ for KTC)

The Woman in White was an enjoyable read, all 730 pages of it, and next up (well, currently up, I should say) with a couple of weeks to spare is Brideshead Revisited. Hey look ma, I can read books again!

As I say, this is the fourth knitted item I’ve cast off in the last few weeks, and without immediately casting on for something new. I’m trying to start a new phase of my knitting life where I take projects one at a time (or two at a time), because lately it’s been more like five-or-six at a time and that’s too many for my psyche to handle. Most of the projects I’ve recently finished were things that were on the needles for a few months, and they were causing me stress with their unfinished-ness because they were holding me back from casting on new things that I wanted to start.

So, new plan. I will not allow my knitting to cause me stress. I will take pleasure in project anticipation without casting on all the time.

I will enjoy my finished objects for their own merits, rather than using them as an excuse to immediately start three new projects.

I will remember that limiting the # of current projects on the needles does not limit my knitting abilities, and that in fact it allows me more freedom to choose what projects to try next.

I will also remember not to be disturbed by mocking laughter, should anyone be amused that I feel the need to write lists like this. ;)

Hey, I always say I like knitting for its challenges, right? ;)


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I’ll show you white…

(The view from my front stoop.)

This is the most snow we’ve had in the T-Dot all winter, but it ain’t NOTHIN’ compared to what the rest of Southern Ontario and the northeastern United States have been getting. A shame, too, because I could have really gone for a rip-roaring blizzard and the excuse to snuggle at home such as people just west of us have gotten. Reports say upwards of 70cm. Is it wrong to be jealous?

In Valentine’s Day news, my pattern-a-day calendar is telling me to “impress my sweetheart or be the hit of the bridal shower, with this unique knitted thong!” Um. Maybe I’ll pass on that one. And since my sweetheart today will be something in chocolate form, and I have no bridal showers to speak of, I shall look elsewhere for knitting inspiration today ;)

(Also, another of my single friends reminds me that “Yarn loves you and never judges.” I feel that this is a wise mantra.)


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Blue, Grey, and White

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No shortage of these three colours in the urban landscape…In fact, the more I start to pay attention the more I notice how they make every other bright colour stand out so much more. I wouldn’t have figured blue for a ‘neutral’, but to my camera it really does seem to appear that way! These are just a few pics I snapped around my neck of the woods on Friday, looking for the first in the Project Spectrum lineup.

In other news, I have finally managed to join Flickr and start uploading my pictures, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to import the pictures into my blog post. I don’t want to “blog about it” and make a whole separate blog post for every photo, I just want an import link, damnit! ::rage subsides:: Ahem. New technology.

Knitting has been happening – I worked in spells on 4 separate projects, and even made some progress on the ticker bar there at the right – the Baudelaires are on the home stretch, I just have to keep on keepin’ on. I have some other projects that I’m shy to show at the moment, in the event that They Make It Into Someplace Cool, but suffice it to say that I feel I am doing very well by knitting the things that I currently still have on the needles without casting on 5 million new ones just on a whim. My willpower, it astounds me and annoys me at the same time ;)


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Firsts for February

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February has arrived (eek! my deadlines!) along with the beginning of Project Spectrum. I wasn’t in blog-land during the beginning of this enterprise in 2006, but I’m excited to be here for Take #2. The idea behind it is to get knitters/crafters to focus on different parts of the colour wheel, and to incorporate different colours into their projects (or not.)

February and March are dedicated to Blue, Grey, and White. I don’t currently have a blue, grey or white project on the needles – or at least I didn’t think I did, until I remembered my poor wee Patons Kroy ‘Winter Eclipse’ sock that I started a few weeks ago on a whim and then put down again.

(Potential Project Spectrum subjects.)

I hauled it out and did a few rows on it before bed last night. Do you know what the singular joy of knitting with Patons Kroy is? Well, maybe you do. It’s the fact that Kroy is plump enough that you can knit it on 3.0mm needles. I underestimated the increase in speed that happens when you go from 64 sts on 2.75mm to 60 sts on 3.0mm. Woo hoo! I might actually finish these socks just as a side project! Plus, knitting from my stash, bonus there.

The February Project Spectrum also makes me feel a little reassured and possibly even vindicated for not having finished The Woman in White yet, which was the January selection over at Knit the Classics. (It may be a Victorian gothic potboiler but it is also 700 pages long. I feel some slack-cutting is deserved.) So I am making the bold move of allowing myself to slot that reading into a Project Spectrum project, in the thematic sense.

Me, this morning: “The groundhogs call for an early spring.”
My sister (singsongy): “I don’t believe them.”
Me: “Neither do I.”

In Groundhog Day news, apparently Wiarton Willie calls for an early spring, as does Punxsutawney Phil, although given the way the wind has been blowing through Ontario these days, I’m still holding out some skepticism. And besides, the longer winter lasts, the longer I get to wear my sweaters and socks. ;)


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