Archive for August, 2012

Out of the Loop

Thursday, August 30th, 2012


So far I have managed to keep Hunter from feeding/carrying her brother (mostly) but I was feeling really out of the knitting loop so yesterday I passed the kids to Daddy and spent some solid Ravelry time. It’s not that I NEED a new project with new yarn to match, it’s just that I was looking for an excuse….What should I come across but the latest pattern from Felicia of SweetGeorgia, Twig Shawl!


It’s just what I needed, something fussy to work on in the evening or during nap time! I love how rustic meets delicate in this lacy shawl. The twig pattern is earthy while the fine yarn and open work is sophisticated and pretty. I love a good shawl and one skein of Merino Silk Lace will make a big one or two smaller scarf-sized shawls.

Another New Knitter

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


Meet Jones Stanley Richardson, newest knitter on the scene! He was born on Sunday morning 7 lbs 14 oz and home by Sunday night sleeping in his own bed. It’s been a bit warm for sweaters but I have a few in the wings just waiting for him to put on a few pounds and the weather to cool off. He will be decked out in Tin Can Knits with a cute little Gramps sweater (because lets face it, he looks like a little grampa) and some knits from the newest collection!


Big sister Hunter loves him (with a little too much vigor at times) and demands to hold him. I’m just trying to keep her from giving him Cheerios and trying to pick him up by herself. Thanks for all the good tidings and I’ll be back at knit night soon!


Low Tide

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Emily and I (jointly Tin Can Knits) have been working diligently for the last many months to put together our second collection : Pacific Knits. 18 irresistible earthy knits with sweater patterns ranging in size from newborn to 4XL and many access to choose from. All patterns inspired by the Pacific north west, our neighborhood! The book went to the printers this past week and I will keep everyone posted for the launch in September. We have decided to pre-release one of our patterns due to popular demand, so I introduce to you, Low Tide.
This cardigan is knit in a couple of pieces but stitches are picked up so there is very little seaming. The other draw of this summery lightweight cardigan? It looks good on everyone! Emily’s genius construction and design make this a seriously pleasing knit. It is done in sock weight yarn but with cap sleeves and lace it only takes a few skeins to get it done. We worked in Tosh Sock but really and beautiful hand-dyed yarn will do!

Shattered Sun

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Kynna’s most recent shawl has to be one of my favorite knits of hers of all time. The colour and pattern combination is amazing and the finished product is gorgeous! It’s the perfect time to start a ‘back to school’ or a ‘back to whatever’ project and I think Shattered Sun might be just the thing!


The pattern is Shattered Sun by Felicia from SweetGeorgia. The pattern calls for a lace weight but it’s a shawl so really any weight of yarn and needles to match will do. Kynna went with a sock yarn for her shawl and it came out a pretty perfect size! Some SweetGeorgia Cashsilk Lace, or perhaps some Merino Silk Lace would both be great choices for this shawl. Cashsilk has that cashmere appeal to it but Merino Silk lace has a silky sheen… there a bad choice here?!


Sunday, August 12th, 2012


As my second book goes to print and my second baby takes forever to get here all I have to do now is wait. Waiting is not my finest hour so of course, I knit. I knit and think about what everyone says about second babies: you just don’t take as many pictures of them. I’m beginning to think this must be true because I already take fewer pictures of Hunter than when she was REALLY little and lately all the pictures of her are blurry, not because I can’t take a picture but she’s a mover and shaker and I love that about her.


This got me thinking about baby #2’s knitted wardrobe. It is a little sad really! He has a pair of booties and 1 sweater. Although I plotted many other knits, I haven’t actually managed to cast on for any of them! I’m pretty sure Hunter had several sweaters, a blanket, many many hats, three pairs of booties, and a couple of pairs of legwarmers by this time! So today I cast on for a second sweater but I’m really hoping babe gets here before I’m done!


I’m working with a new yarn in the shop, Madelinetosh Tosh Sport. We have a gorgeous rainbow of colours, which I was immediately drawn to and I picked up some Grasshopper, Cousteau, and Chamomile to make something a little crazy, a little bright, and a little Fair Isle. It’s machine washable but I have to admit I still hand wash all my knits. It’s a great habit to get into and it’s really not that bad!


Something New from Blue Sky

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve written these words: there is something new from Blue Sky! It’s like music to my ears! The latest and greatest is their new yarn Metallico. A sumptuous blend of mulberry silk and alpaca (of course). It is oh so soft and has a pretty sheen to it.


Metallico comes in lovely sophisticated pallette of natural shades of creams, greys, and tans. There are also pattern to go with this new yarn and here are a few to check out!

Etched Rio Shawl

Etched Rio Shawl

Girl in World Pullover

Girl in World Pullover

Smock Top

Smock Top