Category: Knitting

Fall With Sweet Georgia Contest!

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to announce my inclusion as a designer in the collection ‘Fall With Sweet Georgia 2015’ for my pattern, the ‘Siesta’ cowl. It was such an amazing experience, I’m not afraid to tell you that I literally embarrassed all my friends by doing a happy dance in a parking lot when I got the email letting me know that my pattern had been chosen :)

Today I want to focus on some of the other, absolutely stunning patterns in the collection. I want to get knitting, and it’s super had to choose! One of these will definitely come along as my honeymoon knitting project, the question is, which one? Let’s see….

First off, here’s the release post and Lookbook. Absolutely a must-see – check it out!

Here are my faves:

Number one (and no wonder, it was used on the cover): Reiland by Corrina Ferguson.

I LOVE the shape. I love how it looks like it sits on the shoulders and does. not. budge. That lace! DK weight lace! *swoon*.



A little too complicated for vacation knitting though, so next up is ‘Aine’ by Linda Marveng. How comfortable does this look? And, be still my beating heart, the cables are REVERSIBLE. That one detail alone is enough to make me want to sequester myself with tea and knitting for a few days. Yes, this is definitely my lead contender.023_SGY-FW15 024_SGY-FW15

This one is *probably* too ambitious for vacation knitting, but then there’s all that time in airport where you can use something a little spicier to work on, so who knows? And just look at that texture… this is ‘Vineyard’ by Klever Knits. I’m not usually a purple person, but even the colour of this knit kills me.052_SGY-FW15

And finally, the ‘Waggle Hat and Mittens‘ by Yvette Noel, and not only because the name is awesome. Toronto got super chilly this week, and the first place I always feel it is in my hands! I’m sure by the time we come home it will be that much chiller, perhaps the prudent thing is to come home with smooshy new mittens?057_SGY-FW15

So what do you guys think? Check out the rest of the collection on Ravelry here and leave a note in the comments telling me what I should take on vacation! Leave me your email address and/or Ravelry ID as well and you could win a free copy of your favourite pattern! Winner will be chosen at random on Monday morning and be contacted via email or Ravelry, stay tuned to the blog find out what I’ll me taking on my honeymoon :)

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1

Big news at the Blue Brick! The Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1 Collection is out, and I’m one of the designers =D I’m super honoured, and excited to be a part of this, with my new design the ‘Siesta’ cowl. Check out the lookbook here, and the entire collection on Ravelry here.

© SweetGeorgia Yarns / Josh Yong, 2015. Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1.

© SweetGeorgia Yarns / Josh Yong, 2015. Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1.

Siesta began as a series of sketches, based on my love of bandana style cowls. I’m always looking to cover that gap that traditional cowls leave, just where the jacket closes. Also, not being particularly long of neck myself, I love the idea of a cowl that leaves bulk and warmth only where I need it, and has a slim line otherwise.


I played with a textural stitch that I really loved, and added a slipped stitch edging that resembles an i-cord when done, while keeping the edge from rolling.


And the pattern is finally live! The other patterns in the collection are _stunning_ and I am so thrilled to be part of this! Thank you to the folks at Sweet Georgia, and I’m already casting on one of the other gorgeous patterns tonight :)

© SweetGeorgia Yarns / Josh Yong, 2015. Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1.

© SweetGeorgia Yarns / Josh Yong, 2015. Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 1.

Furbaby Love


Whenever we show in Niagara-on-the-lake we get to stay at our friend Kim’s place, aka the Gryphon Ridge Highland Cattle Farm. It’s always a treat for us city mice, and I sleep far better at Kim’s then I do at home. The crickets at night and the rooster in the morning sure beat the sound of the highway.


In the morning there is a great exodus of cattle, as Bucky the patriarch moves the herd from the back of the field, where it’s cooler at night, to the front where there is a lean-to that gives good shade.


This past weekend there was an extra treat; a baby! This furry little guy is less than 2 weeks old in the photo, and he’s all kinds of cuddly. Just look at that fur!


There is more than one baby, just look at this adorable little bull. He’s super friendly with people and even gives kisses.


Here’s another baby pic – love this guy.


I found out recently that you can spin highland cattle hair! It’s unbelievably soft, to my surprise. Kim has a lady who takes the hair that the cows shed  and spins it up. She named it by cow and brought it to the Frogpond show:

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Dyeing at Home

The mega project that left me with sore wrists continues to plague me, so I’ve switched my sights to dyeing for a while ;) Last night I started experimenting with some new acid dyes, and I’m quite pleased with the results! Both of these are 500 yard skeins of 100% super wash merino lace. I bought a cone of the stuff, so half of my dyeing time is spent hand-winding skeins onto my niddy-noddy, but once you get into the zen of the thing it’s not so bad…. until you lose count, that is.

Experiment 1: “That looks just like all your other s#!t’ (So says Tito every time I dye something turquoise).
A greenish-blue, with just a touch of yellow-brown added, something to make me think of the sea.

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Experiment 2: Terra Cotta (that was the goal, though this came out more cayenne).
A rich orange-red with small hits of mahogany here and there, to add variegation and interest.

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Now, of course, all I want to do is knit them up and see how they do. They are generous sized skeins, and will make lovely shawls. More experimental dyeing is in my future!

Alpacas at Eighth and Mud

On Saturday, after the farmers market, Tito and I decided to pay a visit to Alpacas From Eighth and Mud, a farm that I’d learned about during the Frogpond Farm art show. We got to visit with John and Sharon (the owners), meet the herd, view their fibre mill and learn about their processes, and finally, purchase some spinning and knitting fibre, an excellent tour all round! Thank you John and Sharon for the tour, we’ll definitely come back!


My spoils included 100g of undyed white fibre, I'm dying half of it (more on that later) and leaving the other half natural.

My spoils included 100g of undyed white fibre, I’m dying half of it (more on that later) and leaving the other half natural.

This stuff drafts like butter! This is an effortless lace weight spin.

This stuff drafts like butter! This is an effortless lace weight spin.


Check out that beard!

Check out that beard!

The store, where many, many lovely things are sold.

The store, where many, many lovely things are sold.

A spinning machine. I'd never seen one before, fascinating!

A spinning machine. I’d never seen one before, fascinating!

Making roving, and blending their own hand dyed colour.

Making roving, and blending their own hand dyed colour.


Soooo soft.

Soooo soft.

The biggest carder I've ever seen.

The biggest carder I’ve ever seen.


You can buy poop! Had to take a photo, lol.

You can buy poop! Had to take a photo, lol.

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FO – Tut Tut, looks like rain

What’s a long road trip good for? Casting off a Henslowe, that’s what.


The yarn is from ‘See Jayne Knit’ and the colour way is called ‘Tut Tut, looks like rain’. I decided to take the FO pics yesterday because the day and the yarn were a perfect match.

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Normally I’m not a fan of variegated yarn and lace patterns, but I don’t think this turned out too badly.


It’s a comfortable size, the yarn is super soft, and I’m sure it will get lots of wear this winter :)


FO – Custom Fit Featherweight

The Custom Fit Featherweight is off the needles, fits like a dream, and I’m totally in love.





Magic. Gets me every time.

Magic. Gets me every time.

As soon as I really came to terms with having to seam it all up, I briefly panicked.


Luckily Amy Herzog has a number of fantastic tutorials on her blog that made it super easy. I got better as I went along, much faster than I expected to. Before I knew it, it was done.


Tito and I are currently road tripping through the US. Tennessee is stunning so I thought, ‘what better place for FO shots?’.

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We even got photos with some super friendly State Troopers :)



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