Five Things | September 24 2014

88 Stitches & I have teamed up to host a Sweater Knit-a-long this Fall! Tomorrow we are hosting a cast on party at the yarn shop to get things started. Of course, you don't have to cast on tomorrow night, just sometime between now and November 27th that will leave you enough time to complete your perfect Fall sweater. Not from around here? We've got you covered over on our Ravlery forum! More details can be found over at the Sweet Fiber Blog. Now for those five things.. you guessed it, they're sweaters!


Five sweaters I'm currently coveting for Fall in no particular order.


1. CLAYOQUOT by Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits

I've always been a big fan of the colourwork yoke. Alexa uses some of my favourite shades of Sweet Fiber to make this North West inspired cardi.


2. OPPOSING FORCES by Annamaria Otvos

Part slouchy, part fitted, this new cardigan pattern has intrigued me with its unique construction. It reminds me of something I'd buy in a store, which is always a plus when it comes to choosing a sweater to knit for myself!


3. EYELET YOKE SWEATER by Courtney Spainhower

This simple sweater would be perfect with leggings and a pair of boots, which is why I've chosen it as my tentative #88SFKAL sweater! I really love the simple lace yoke detailing and the high-low hemline. 


4. WOODSTOVE SEASON by Alicia Plummer

I love the subtle chevron motif on the back of this sweater. I could definitely see myself wearing this sweater camping or hiking in the woods.


5. EFFERVESCENCE CARDIGAN by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

I've been dreaming of this sweater for quite some time, ever since I saw Megan's on instagram. It's both elegant and unique and I love the yarn over / cable combo.


Five Things | May 7 2014

Five Things I'm lusting over this week in no particular order. 

1. GREY ABBEY by Elizabeth Olwen

This modern take on vintage fabric is perfection - the colours, the flower motifs, that name! Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto based surface designer inspired by pastoral beauty, nature, folklore and romance. I'm usually pretty good at resisting fabric temptations but I might just have some of this on its way to me. And by might, I mean most definitely. 

2. This AMAZING watercolour book 

Created in 1692, this 800 page book illustrates how to create different hues and tones by mixing colours and adding water. The ENTIRE book is available for viewing here in high resolution. Never have I missed art school so much.

3. HOMEMADE Grapefruit Mint Poppyseed Soap

The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have put together a delicious recipe for homemade soap using a pre-mixed goats milk soap base and fresh ingredients. I'm looking forward to trying it out later this month for part of an upcoming wedding shower gift. 

4. POMPOM Quarterly | Summer 2014

It hasn't even arrived yet and I'm already drooling over the designs in Pompom Summer 2014. Beautiful designs aside, my favourite thing about Pompom Magazine is the quality of the production. From concept to form, photographed, printed and in your hands, each Pompom reads like a small book. It's such a refreshing change from the cheap, rushed, glossy paged magazines we are so accustomed to today.

5. FREE Knitting Printable from VERY SHANNON

Check out this new printable by Shannon Cook. Perfect for keeping track of your million knitting projects and the notes you wish you kept for them. Now there's no excuse not to!