January 11, 2007


I’m breaking my silence to report an exciting appearance of my knitting in the wide world. Can you spot my Bad Penny here?


This (photo by Alana Riley) is the most recent cover of the Montreal magazine Maisonneuve. The model — both versions — is my sister Morel. Doesn’t she look amazing? And I’m so proud that the top I knitted was considered good enough for a cover girl.

Go check out the magazine, if you feel like it — I think they deserve some love, for having the good taste to feature both my sister and my knitting! Also, I think it’s an interesting mag, especially if you’re in or from Montreal.

Update: Apparently it’s a controversial issue, too! Silly Chapters… obscuring my sister’s big modelling debut!

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April 19, 2006

Bad Penny Happy Ending

My dad sent me some pictures of my sister wearing her Bad Penny for the first time, on Easter weekend. It fits perfectly, and she likes it very much. Yay! I think it looks great on her:


Perfect colour for Easter!

I’m glad they had such lovely weather in Ottawa over the weekend, where she was (20 degrees and sunny, apparently!). Here it’s been a howling gale and pouring rain for 4 days and counting — it’s just barely above zero, and truly unpleasant. But I suppose this is an inevitable part of spring, too — I just hope we end up with some nice May flowers!

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March 22, 2006

Belated Bad Penny

I know it’s been a while — but I have been knitting, and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. Do you remember way, way back, before the Olympics, when I mentioned that I was going to make Bad Penny from Knitty for my sister? No? Well, I did. And it’s almost done — so here are some pictures! It’s top down, so here it is just before I started the bottom little lace pattern:


There were a couple of things I found a little odd about the pattern, but the thing that surprised me the most was the sleeves. The instructions say to pick up the stitches left on a holder after the raglan shaping and then knit them flat, back and forth, for a few inches. And it never mentions seaming — perhaps because if they were seamed, they’d never be big enough, since you don’t pick up any extra stitches for the underarm. Now, I know these are little cap sleeves, but I still find this very strange:


Any thoughts? Has anyone done this pattern before?

Lastly, I’ve decided that the yarn colour is definitely daffodil. See?:


Spring’s a’comin’…

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February 08, 2006


(I know this isn’t an Olympics-related entry, but I’m not supposed to start until Friday, so in the meantime…)

Look what I have!


Perfect for brightening up the dull February days.


This yarn, chosen in a late-night marathon online session, is destined to become Bad Penny for my sister, minus the contrast colour trim. (That is, it will still have the trim, but in the same colour as the body). This was originally intended to be a Christmas present, but I knew full well that I couldn’t just choose a top to make for my sister without consulting her — she has very good, but very specific, taste. So I asked her to pick something… and then things got crazy before Christmas, and continued so, and, in the end, we decided on the pattern and colour in the beginning of January, and the yarn arrived about a week ago. I’ve started, and am about halfway through the increases, but there’s a long way to go. I was vaguely hoping to make it in time for Morel’s birthday, but it’s only days away, so that’s not happening — especially with the Olympic knitting starting soon! My guilt is somewhat assuaged by the fact that this is definitely a spring/summer top, so it’s not like she’d be able to wear it in February, anyway.

But I’m enjoying working with sunny, shiny, yellow cotton. So I’ll surely be back to it pretty soon!

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