October 13, 2005

More knitting!

Ok, Dani! I was trying to space out my knitting entries, but since you’re interested, I’ll get right to that brown rustic wool I mentioned to you. You see, when Mark’s parents were sightseeing up the Acadian coast (the northern shore of New Brunswick) they stopped at a gift shop at the Acadian Village and Mark’s mom, wonderful woman that she is, bought me a whole heap of Briggs & Little wool! This is wool that’s produced in New Brunswick, near Fredericton — I haven’t been there, but I’ve been meaning to get some of it so that I can make something truly local while I’m here. I was intending to get some for a guernsey (or some such thing) for Mark (and I probably still will), but when I saw this wool, I knew it was for me — all for me! And to add to the excitement, I’m using a pattern from one of my new books. Here’s the wool, with the beginnings of the back of the sweater:


And the knitting in more detail:


This is “Hervor” from the Viking Patterns book by Elsebeth Lavold:


The gauge is slightly off, but I’m happily ignoring that at the moment. I’m loving how it’s knitting up, and the way the cables start in the ribbing. I took this photo over the weekend, and I’m quite a bit further now — I’ve just finished the first skein of yarn (which means Mark will have to help me wind off the next one soon).

I’m very happy about this project, not least because it was an unexpected surprise. I think I’ll have yarn left over, so I’ll probably make the hat, too. Yay!

In other, less exciting, news, we’ve just discovered that we can’t watch most of the Leafs games on TSN — only a few of them are being broadcast nationally, most of them are in the Leafs region (the GTA, as far as I can tell) only. And the majority of games are being shown on TSN this year! It’s particularly frustrating because we have digital cable, which has, for instance, all four regional versions of Sportsnet, and the local CBC’s from across the country — but only one version of TSN, the local one. And we can’t get LeafsTV because it’s only available in Ontario due to NHL rules.

In other words, we’re pretty much restricted to HNIC on Saturdays, and the occasional national TSN or Sportsnet broadcast. This may be meaningless to some (most) of you, but it’s very upsetting to us — the NHL is finally playing again, and we can’t watch our Leafs! In fact, often there isn’t ANY hockey on — why would TSN broadcast BOXING, for instance, instead of the Leafs!?

Oh well, I’ll have to find something else to knit in front of. Because I must finish this sweater soon, so that I can wear it!

Posted by Aven at October 13, 2005 05:46 AM

oooooo….so pretty! That is going to be a gorgeous sweater.

No games???? Can you get satelite?? Can I tape them and send them to you???

Posted by: Dani at October 13, 2005 06:48 PM

Ooooo, beautiful brown yarn! And the sweater-in-progress? Amazing!

Posted by: chris at October 13, 2005 06:49 PM

Delish knits! That yarn looks so yummy…I’m wishing for winter to come here!

Posted by: Anita at October 13, 2005 10:25 PM

Oooh! I’m proud of me - I pegged that as Lavold-esque before I even scrolled down to see what pattern it was. :) Niiiiiiice. You’ll look terrific in that!

Posted by: Kathleen at October 13, 2005 11:16 PM

Can’t beat Briggs & Little Yarn on price and there are wonderful colours. Check out their Tuffy yarn (80% Wool 20% Nylon) great for for heavy wool socks which are wonderful our winter.

Posted by: Paula at October 14, 2005 01:23 PM

Nice sweater!
As for the leafs, are they on the radio anywhere? I have some very vivid memories of my mother ( a very rabid leafs fan) in the seventies listening to the leafs play untelevised west coast games. She used to sit in the kitchen with the lights off just listening to the radio.

Posted by: Joyce at October 15, 2005 01:07 PM

I made Fred (DH) a sweater from B&L Tuffy this summer. Usually used for socks because of the 20% nylon content, but I loved the colour. I love knitting with B&L. Satifies my patriotic nature, I love the little bits of plant particles and it knits up lovely. Can’t beat the price either.
Yours looks gorgeous.

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