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Knitting FO – Los Guantes De Shannyn

‘Well and good’ (some of you have no doubt been saying) but what is she knitting?

These came off the needles a few weeks ago, they’re a gift for a friend (my own Los Guantes De Claudia pattern) and it seems the weather is just chilly enough that she’ll still get a chance to wear them!

Yarn is TFA yellow label DK in ‘Spruce’.

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FO – Autumn Blaze Luna

Firstly an update on my Etsy sale – I was unavoidably delayed, and the sale actually went on at 1:15 instead of noon – my apologies to everyone! Head on over and check it out!

Luna Viridis ©Shireen Nadir 2014

In knitterly news, I’ve finally finished my Luna Viridis cowl by Hillary Smith Callis and I’ve got to say I absolutely LOVE this cowl. I knitted it up in a skein of TFA OOAK blue label called ‘Autumn Blaze’ that was gifted to me by Rayna. The stitch definition is perfect for the piece.

Luna Viridis ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It’s kind of a nifty construction – you work flat as though building  a semi-circular scarf and then join in the round to knit the cowl. This is how I blocked mine – with the result that my cowl came out with a point at the front and back that was not intended by the original design.

Luna Viridis ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It doesn’t bug me one bit – I actually really like the result. I’m already craving another one – possibly in Indigodragonfly, I’ve got a gorgeous sea green silk blend that would be perfect!

Luna Viridis ©Shireen Nadir 2014

In the meantime I’m happily rocking the reds =D

Free Pattern – Man Hands!

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

A few years ago I tried to knit a pair of fingerless mitts for a workmate, but to my eternal shame it got lost in the shuffle of other knitting projects and the joke of ‘hey, when are you gonna get Ben those mitts?’ was born.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It took me a while, (and the office collectively enjoyed much mocking) but I finally got Ben’s mitts together last Christmas. I not only got him mitts, I wrote him his own pattern and then whipped off a pair for Tito to test-drive it.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Man Hands. Easy and quick, these simple gloves have just enough pattern to keep you from going batty but are simple enough for dudes to rock without complaining. The waffle stitch pattern is super warm and can show off a variety of yarns. Instructions are given in the pattern for either knitting a basic pair or customizing them exactly to your recipients hands.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

They take one skein of worsted weight yarn. Samples shown are Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran and Madeline Tosh MCN Merino. As with the man-slouch these are totally free :) Ravelry project page here!

A Pair of Shireens!

A few months ago I hinted to my friend Rayna that I love knitted socks, but never have time to make myself some. It hardly qualifies as hinting, I suppose, since I went on to hint that I loved them ankle-high, in variegated yarns, that I was a size 6 and that, therefore, one skein of koigu oughta do it.


Well, even with my egregious hinting Rayna found a way to take it a step further. Not only did I get birthday socks…


But I got Christmas socks.


And tucked behind the socks? A skein of yarn, and the pattern for… the Shireen! Yep, I have a sock pattern named after me, and I’m more delighted with that than any sane person would think is reasonable. You’ve got to head over and check it out, the pattern is easy, fast and free – Ravelry link here.


On top of that (it gets better!) Rayna taught me to magic loop socks, and walked me though my first sock (and then I walked through both pairs of socks, haha, no really. Ok, I’m lame. Wait, lame, get it?).


Magic loop has been a real treat – my poor wrists were done with dpns and this method makes all the difference. I even knitted my first pair of socks in over 6 months – a pair of Shireen’s, for Tito! (get your mind out of the gutter, they’re socks!).


He loves em. And I love having a man that wears crazy socks. What’s better than that? A girlfriend who loves you enough to knit you socks! Thanks Ray, they’re honestly one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten :) Ravelry page for Tito’s socks here.

FO – Travel Knit Scarf


Vacation knitting is always a conundrum, right? You don’t want to be bored, you don’t want to lose all that precious knitting time, and you don’t want to run out of stuff to work on. Here’s my criteria:

  • Mindless (No charts, no lace, no pattern to carry about)
  • Portable (No multiple balls of yarn, no striping or colour work. Nothing huge)
  • Not Socks (This is just a personal thing. To avoid having someone in an airport confiscate my needles, I prefer to fly with wooden circulars, and I hate knitting socks on anything that isn’t metal)
  • Fast (I wanted to end my trip with a Thing, not another WIP)

In this case I decided to write my own quickie patten for a scarf. It’s been hella cold, and I had 2 skeins of unbelievably soft Alpaca from the Kickin’ Back Alpaca Ranch in their signature grey. I knew that yarn had to be a scarf for my dad.


Daddy is not a scarf kinda guy, so it had to be classy. I wanted just enough detail to keep it interesting and masculine and keep me from dying of boredom, while simple enough that I could knit it on airplanes and on a cruise ship and (since it wasn’t done when I came home), during the gold medal hockey games ;)



The ‘pattern’ hardly justifies the name since it’s so simple, but if you want to get the same results I got, see my instructions below.

A few notes on construction – the slipped stitch at the beginning of each row was to give the piece a nice attractive selvage. The ‘purl through the back loop’ instruction twists the stitch immediately following the cable to keep it nice and tight and eliminate that horrid ladder that occasionally can happen with cables. If this is not your thing you can ignore that bit; just give your yarn a little tug after the first purl and the results will be the same. There are 4 stitches of garter at each end to keep it from curling.


You will need:

  • 3.5 mm needles (I’m using wooden 16” circular needles per my point above)
  • 200g of sport weight yarn (approximately 400 yards)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • 4 stitch markers (Optional. The knitting will be very easy to read.)
  • Cable needle (Optional. I cabled without a needle for this project, here’s a great tutorial)

Gauge: It’s a scarf. Live a little.

Note: Work the ‘Slip 1’ instructions at the beginning of each row as follows:
Slip one as if to purl with yarn in front. Move the yarn to the back of the work and continue in pattern.

Cast on 62

Garter stitch edging:
Rows 1-4: Slip 1, knit to end

Begin Cable section:
Row 1 & 3 (RS) Slip 1, k3, pm, k30, pm, p3, k6, p3, pm k12, pm, k4
Row 2, 4 & 6 (WS) Slip 1, k3, sm, p12, sm, k3, p6, k3, sm p30, sm, k4
Row 5 (RS) Slip 1, k3, sm, k30, sm, p3, C6F, p1tbl, p2, sm k12, sm, k4

Work rows 1 – 6 until you only have a few yards left.

Repeat Garter stitch edging:
Rows 1-4: Slip 1, knit to end

Bind off loosely

To really get all that stockinette to lay nice and flat I soaked it (in Soak, of course) for about 20 minutes to really saturate the fiber and then used blocking wires (see photos) to open the piece up.


Finished dimensions: About 12 inches wide (may vary because of my lackadaisical attitude towards gauge in this case) by about 50 inches long.


  • k – Knit
  • p – Purl
  • p1tbl – Purl 1 through the back loop.
  • pm – Place Marker
  • sm – Slip Marker
  • Slip 1 – Slip one as if to purl with yarn in front. Move the yarn to the back of the work and continue in pattern
  • C6F: Cable 6 front: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, K3 and then K3 from cable needle


Super warm and just the right length to tucking into a winter jacket and covering up the chest – daddy loves it! And where practicality took off, guilt came in, which means that he actually wears it too!

Road Trip Pt 2 – Woolverine

While Rayna and I were in Waterloo we decided to check out another brand new store in nearby Kitchener, called ‘Woolverine’ (great name!).


This store is literally a week old, and located in a fantastic space above street level. It feels a little tucked away but I have no doubt that once the word gets out the store will get some great traffic.  We met the owner, the lovely and warm Tia, sitting below this fabulous Elvis quilt.


The store is nested inside of a gorgeous space, big and airy with colourful shelves full of fiber goodness. At the moment her stock selection is in it’s fledgling stages, but she gave us a sneak peek of some of the lines she’s going to be carrying soon, and we’re looking forward to seeing the new additions the next time we visit.

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Tiny details and comfy nooks make this store, you can tell that a lot of love has gone into putting it together.

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I walked out of there with 5 balls of Patons Beehive sport for a baby blanket, and 3 balls of Patons Astra for a friends hat. Normally acrylic isn’t my thing, but for items that will get heavy-duty wear (and for people who are allergic to natural fiber) sometimes acrylic is the answer!

Congratulations on your store Tia!

Fiber Road Trip (or the Great Dearth of Shame)

Last Saturday, Rayna (my partner in fiber-related crime) invited me on a road trip to Waterloo to visit a yarn store I had never been to, ‘Shall We Knit?’. Much damage to my credit cards ensued because, wow, what a gorgeous store. Good thing I’m shameless when it comes to yarn.




We met with the lovely Karen, isn’t her hair the best? You know this is a woman who possesses a great love of colour. She’s the owner of the store, friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgable about her product.


And the store reflects it. Larger than it looks from the outside, it has entire rooms dedicated to spinning fiber, bulky, dk weight, books, (yes, sales) and a sock yarn room that will, well, knock your socks off.


Shall We Knit? boasts a few brands I had never heard of – and I was immediately taken in by an Australian company called ‘Skein’.  These are destined for a 2-skein shawl. I’m hunting for just the right pattern now, oh, the pressure!


I shopped predictably, buying blues and greens and fulfilling Tito’s regular expectations of ‘wow, that looks just like all your other s**t’. To break it up I bought a bright orange bag of something called pencil roving. It’s pre-drafted, which I suppose sounds pretty lame, but it might be just the thing to get me spinning again. Pencil roving was also a new discovery for me, I’ve never found it anywhere else.


I also picked up 2 skeins of String Theory Caper Sock, they are well-matched, have beautiful drape and stitch definition, and are destined for my new adventure, the Taliesin.


And this beautiful stuff… because I couldn’t resist…


I would definitely do the trip again – the drive was enjoyable, the day was sunny and Shall We Knit is a blast! Fiber road trips might just become a thing… if we can afford it!

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