Thursday, August 31, 2006

SNB happy socks

SNB happy socks, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

In the last week Ramona learned how to do the magic loop technique and is VERY happily working away on some koigu socks.

SNB man in attendance

SNB man in attendance, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

an actual, bona fide, flesh and bllod heterosexual man was in attendance last night at stitch & bitch! alex plays well with the other children, and while he doesn't knit he does make a mean woven spiders web! sorry girls, alex is taken.

SNB meaghan mini

SNB meaghan mini, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

meachan made this little ballet top in a week! she used araucania nature cotton and a pattern written by Liane (i'll have to edit it, make some adjustments and publish).

michelle 1824 bliss

michelle 1824 bliss, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

and she made this debbie bliss sweater for Lucy using mission falls 1824 cotton

michelle cable due

michelle cable due, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

and michelle knitted this rowan pattern in Needful Cable Due cotton

michelle kikki

michelle kikki, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

and michelle made a sweater from Needful Kikki

michelle opal batik

michelle opal batik, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

ok, michelle has also been knitting. this is a shrug (i know it's hard to visualize) she made from Opal Batik

lucy gets yarny

lucy gets yarny, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i got to see michelle on sunday. she lured me into work, she needed a yarn fix (you can do that if you offer me a lift).

so what has michelle been up to this summer? see picture above. lucy is growing, like REALLY growing. she's gotta be half michelle's size now and she isn't even quite a year yet (almost, but not officially). i suspect that Lucy will be the first supermodel to win the nobel peace prize for being a supermodel.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Terry Cloth
this is sooo funny! for your knitting enjoyment (knit as you watch)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

pluto 3

pluto 3, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i'm going to go now and work on a pattern i've been writing, but i took a few pics of pluto while i was doing adrian's mitts. it's a bit deceptive, he was sitting unusually still when i took it.

koigu sock progress

koigu sock progress, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

sock action taking place. i love the addi turbos/magic loop for the socks, the project is so much more portable and easier to knit now. accomplished mores at Deborah's b-day party last night. meaghan and her leather-clad other half alex took excellent care of us with home made mojitos and bbq. mmmmmeat.

it was a very satisfying party, a good time was had by all. the loot bags were an especially nice touch and i went home with my very own tiara. i'll be washing the dishes in regal style from now on! we were talking about how hallowe'en is our favourite holiday (even better than passover!) and while Deborah was out of the room Meaghan and Alex & I decided to throw a Hallowe'en party at Deborah's this year. and we're going all out. spooky food, graveyard on the front lawn, monster mash playing on the stereo, simpsons hallowe'en specials playing on the DVD, and everyone has to come in costume! i can put that tiara to good use!

streetknit mitts by adrian

streetknit mitts by adrian, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

Adrian made these big mitts for streetknit!

Friday, August 25, 2006

singing Parrot
this keeps consistently cracking me up. the funniest part is when the bird first starts singing a few seconds into the song: "la-la-la-la"! and the dancing. my bike was stoled 2 nights ago. i'm in mourning. shiva at knit-o-matic. happy 60th birthday bob marley. condolences to Pluto, which is no longer a planet because it doesn't have COMPLETE gravitational control of the bodies surrounding it. too much emphasis on control if you ask me. boo!

friday's freebies

favourite free patterns:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


pluto, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

pluto posing for his big moment on a bag that's going into an upcoming book

sock one

sock 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i finished sock no 1 last night at my brother's surpride b'day party. it was ver satisfying knitting. told his other half, katie, that i will make her socks. even more satisfying is the fact that katie's feet are about an inch shorter than mine!

- koigu KPPPM 118A (50g/160m) - 2mm/40cm addi turbo (now i know why they're called addis, they're addictive! at least for magic loop) - wendyknits toe up sock pattern - 1 sock = 31g

streetknit hat

streetknit hat, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

terri made another street knit hat. she got the pattern from hear huggers:

lots of great free patterns there. she made it from a lingering skein of Araucania Nature Wool i gave her that was loitering.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

rebecca downloads

rebecca downloads, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

Rebecca mag (from GGH yarns) now has downloadable patterns available: love tha baby pantaloons

big babette update

babette squares update 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

10 medium squared finished last night.

total finished blanket: small squares: 4 (5.3%) medium squares: 53/75 (70.6%) large squares: 2/32 (6.25%) border: nada, niente (0%) total area: 1875.5" squared/6300" squared (29.77%)

Friday, August 18, 2006


sally_lg, originally uploaded by myhighfiber. check this out: .... you can make your own candy Skulls for Dia de los Muertos (or any old celebration of the dead). You can also make dead bread, but it isn't as graphically satisfying. when my friend in san fran got married his wedding band was a silver ring of little skulls (a skully anniversary band) and a few years ago for their anniversary his wife had little ruby eyes set into the sockets. another friend's husband got married with skully cuff links. shiver me timbers! ... excellent new single out from God Made me Funky featuring Thrust. My friend doodlebug used to play with them. are they sampling the theme from the munsters or the adams family? i can't for the life of me remember where "come on, get your back up off the wall, dance" is from ... ...early madonna ...... "get into the groove"! (amazing thing .. i got dragged along to spehora with deborah when i bought my mom a makeover. they were playing early Madonna, very apropos for a makeup store, and i knew ALL the lyrics! didn't know it was lingering down in there. karaoke here i come!) 'sacroiliac' is a reference to Maestro Fresh Wes's "let your backbone slide" - he's also on GMMF's upcoming album. although, i noticed the maestro is also on a late night soap on Omni about a bunch of artists living in a distillery type neighbourhood in downtown toronto. ... and finally, an interesting shaped sweater from Berroco: Sally. Not crazy about the yarn, especially for Canada, but the shaping is very cool, it's fashiony! sub anything worsted or aran.

mission falls jansens

mission falls jansens, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

... it's Jansen's History of Art!!

mission falls pheobe

mission falls pheobe, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i think i'd like to make myself a Pheobe jacket ... ckeck out the book she's holding .....

mission falls kate

mission falls kate, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "Recollection"

mission falls joni

mission falls joni, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "Recollection"

mission falls cirque

mission falls cirque, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "recollections"

mission falls biba

mission falls biba, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "recollections"

mission falls faith

mission falls faith, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "recollections"

mission falls flora

mission falls flora, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

from mission falls "recollections"

mission falls aimee

mission falls aimee, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

the new mission falls book has arrived and here are some of my favourites from "Recollections"

Thursday, August 17, 2006


OMG! OMG! OMG! check this out! i was uploading some inane films of Pluto to youtube and foud this while i was browsing through 'knitting'.

meaghan in headlights

meaghan in headlights, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

meaghan & marla came by for Stitch & bitch last night & we regaled each other with "worst ever date" stories. meaghan 'won', people died in hers.

renika's blanket

renika's blanket, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

see blanket less blur


renika, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

renika popped by yesterday with her mamouth merino blanket. i knew she was still working on it, but it wasn't in the part of my brain that does the stuff that needs to be done.

the blanket is looking so Groovy! all different textures and colours melting into each other. thankfully christa was around (i was helping her with her humungus avacado dog sweater). christa has a great eye for colour and style (she's a fashion designer with her own line of clothing) and she picked out this italian, grapey purple that looked totally avant garde with the others.

sock progress as of yesterday

sock progress as of yesterday, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

see, it really does grow!

sock progress

sock progress, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

the socks are flying on the addis al-la magic loop. so much easier, so much happier am i. now i understand sock obsession.

slipper too big

slipper too big, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

put the slippers in the freezer over night. washed them this morning, again, with jeans & towels & everything lighter than an anville (you know, Acme brand). still about an inch too long. i'll give them another go but i'm going to have to wear my jeans first to get them dirty. i think i've run out of heavy dirty clothes to felt with. maybe i should get a few pairs just for felting at the goodwill next time they have a sale ... good idea waxberg, you get a gold star!

anyway, i'm uneasy about writing a pattern with a yarn that doesn't felt properly. the colour is great (me so smart, me so talented) but i don't want to be accountable for something that doesn't work properly. bummer, i was hoping to have the pattern ready this week. other things have slowed me down also. my obsession with the Babette blanket, a pair of spontaneous socks, work, a pattern that i have to work up & photograph tonight for an upcoming book, life.

Nia in the Park

Artscape Invites You to Nia in the Park

The transformation of the historic Wychwood TTC Streetcar barns in the St. Clair & Bathurst neighbourhood into a multi-faceted arts and environmental convergence centre called the Green Arts Barns has been, and continues to be, a largely community-driven project led by Artscape.

As the capital campaign continues to gain momentum for the Green Arts Barns, the community continues to lead the way with support for this project through a variety of fundraising initiatives. In the coming months you will be receiving information about these grassroots community initiatives and it is our hope that you would support them as you do other Artscape projects. You can help by forwarding the information onto your own mailing list or coming out to attend these events when you are able. Please find information about the first of these events - Nia in the Park - below.

Thank you for your continued support of Artscape and helping us to build creative communities.

Celebrate community, come dance…

Monday August 21st and Tuesday September 19th 7:00 - 8:15pm "Nia in the Park" A Fundraiser for the Green Arts Barns

Join us for an evening of Nia! Graceful, dynamic and soulful movement taught by some of the finest Nia teachers, accompanied by live musical grooves

All proceeds support the development of the Green Arts Barns - A Toronto community's vision of a centre where people meet, learn & create, and the arts & the environment converge.

WHERE: The park at the Green Arts Barns (Wychwood and Benson Avenue, South of St. Clair W. & East of Christie)

COST: Pay What You Can: Recommended donation of $20 Receive a charitable tax receipt with a donation of $25 or more Please make cheques payable to "Artscape Foundation" Pre-registration available on or before August 16th by sending payment to: Mai Duong, 219 Arlington Ave., Toronto, ON M6C 2Z4

Rainy day location: Community of Christ Church- 1443 Bathurst St. just 1/2 block S. of St. Clair (side door entrance) location will be confirmed by 4:00pm on outgoing voicemail If you are unable to attend this event but you would still like to support he Green Arts Barns by donating online, please visit to and type in the keyword Artscape Contact Nia Instructor: Mai Duong 416-651-0869, or For more information about the Green Arts Barns contact: Elizabeth Dalgleish, Artscape Foundation, 416-392-1038 x 29 or Pass this message on far and wide

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

interweave fall 06

interweave f 06, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i don't know if i'll actually make this one, but i like looking at it.

interweave fall 06

interweave f 06, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i like mohair, this one is slated for the needles ... eventually. hee-hee!

babette squares

babette squares, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

more squares made yesterday at work. but this has to be a home project, i can't carry all the yarn around with me every day. too many yarns!

sp i figured out that every medium sized square i complete equals 0.48% of blanket. that means i made 3.84% blanket yesterday.


bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

the shoppers i made for my cousin's wedding (this saturday) were too bright, i don't think his partner will like them. i'm making them some more metrosexualized ones in denim yarn. the dark indigo colour is coming off on my hands (it happens, that's why new jeans come with a warning about washing), but they look very Caban (now going out of buisness).

big slipper

slipper, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

what the F$%#@%!& Hell is wrong with this yarn?!! the kureyon is giving me the colouration i wanted for the slippers, but the stuff won't felt! it's fuzzy, but barely shrunk. an article on knitty says this may happen. i put them in the fridge to cool off (sent them to their room to think about what they did) and i'll throw them in ice water before I try again. but i'm also going to make up another pair in another, reliable yarn. i'd feel guilty posting a pattern in a yarn that's a pain in the arse. screw the colour, screw this yarn, i'll just use my artistic abilities to make it look interesting.


sock, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

in knitting news today ... haley switched from bamboo dpn to addi turbos a-la magic loop and her socks are FLYING! makes for much more satisfying knitting, especially on the bus.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

koigu special 118

koigu special 118, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i travel light. worked on a sock toe on the boat on sunday.

that is Koigu Kpppm colour #118A. it looks like a phantasmagorical sunset, i can't believe how many colours are in it! now that is good yarn for the money, LOL!

it will be an ankle sock for fall.

VK Rozaneh

VK Rozaneh, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

picked up 2 vintage Vogue Knitting magazines at the Rozaneh vintage sale on sunday.


blanket, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

this moody shot is brought to you by my toes (bottom of the pic, the thing on the right is my lamp) and by bad interior lighting. it takes me back to the days in grad school when all the students shot slides for seminars with our fingers in them. so here are the beginnings of my babette blanket. i took some mission Falls 1824 wool home to fill in some of the colour gaps (i was getting bored with the yarns i was trying to use up). the mission falls wool is soooo nice! so soft, i've started to resent the leftovers i'm using up, although aesthetically it makes the palette much more interesting. i did some math this morning and figured out that i've completed 16.8% of the blanket (i'm making it big to fit on a bed, 6300 inches squared). it was a little disappointing at first, i've gotten a bit spoiled with the instant gratification of the small summer projects. but hey, 17% is a very good chunk for just a few days. Finished to date: 26 medium squares 4 small squares 2 large squares approximately 126 m of yarn will be required for the inner border and 129m of yarn for the outer border. i love math.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

brown & sporty

022520060932164712, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

yup, that's it, that's the bomb!


022520060932453892, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

this is what i need, what i want, what i long for. found it on, from sportmax (max mara). i used to know someone who worked for max mara in milan. i ownder if she's responsible for my heart's desire?


slipper, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

making a slipper pattern, and slippers. i tried to felt them yesterday but something was wrong with the washer at the store.

i was a bit bored yesterday. i was updating the freebies and started reading a knit blog. i know, i don't read blogs. well, i didn't really read it, but it was fun & funny & informative and i liked it alot: knit and tonic. got to the PHOTO ALBUMS at the bottom of the left column and check out the WINNERS & LOSERS sections and you will be informed & amused. I really liked her not so shrunken cardigan. i have some lavold silkywool in my stash that i'm going to dye for the project. the somewhat cowl is great too, like that a lot. i've gotta go slog though the shopping guide on to decided on a colour. i also kinda dig this sweater by berroco, Kyra, but if i see any more self striping yarn (expcet socks) i'm gonna vomit in stipes.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


oops! i forgot a few nuggets. 1. i learned how to make a pull skein by hand! 2. i learned something very useful from Liane: when storing yarn, put it in a ziplock with BAY LEAVES to keep it smelling fresh. 3. i kept wondering why my cousin's upcoming wedding (the shoping bags) was on a tuesday night ... duh?! i looked up the date, it's next saturday. i wonder what is on tuesday? i'm sooooo pretty!

Babette Blanket

BabetteBlanket, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

last night's SNB was pretty sedate, mostly me & carla & ramona. Everyone seems to be out of town right now. can't blame 'em, i would be too (if i had somewhere to go). ramona is excellent company, i love it when she comes to visit and hang out. i taught her how to make socks last night. i've received reports that the eureka moment came and she is happily ensconced with sock yarns. she picked up the last 2 balls of red striped Regia i was eyeing yesterday. i'm secrety happy to say that romona is the only person who also liked the mashed banana opal handpaint. she's a real artist, we get each other. and i'm still going to make mashed banana knee-high socks.

last night when i got home i started playing around with some off balls of superwash wool i had around the house & started working on the above blanket. it's a long term scrap project, but it is easy and mindless and gratifying. i was watching austin powers at the time, i can only assume it was a motivating factor if not a catalyst. Liane is working on a striped baby sweater for the store in Mission falls 1824 wool and i'm eyeing the extra yarn greedily. wha-ha-ha! (my evil laugh)

one of my favourite things are utilitarian patterns and one just popped up for universal short row socks! it's a never have to look for a sock pattern again pattern. i relate to it, it's a very knitting store owner pattern, the kind people keep asking you for and nobody has written, so you just go and do it yourself and publish it on the web. blah! so there!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

FREE: Fast & Easy Flat Mitten Knitting Pattern

liane's flat mittens, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

Fast & Easy Flat Mittens
By Liane Schwartz

● 7.5mm straight Needles
● 100m Super Bulky yarn (calls for 9mm to 10mm needles)
● small stitch holder or scrap yarn (a lg safety pin works well)

Total Length: 10.5”/27cm
Palm: 5.5”/14cm wide
Cuff: 4”/10cm wide, 3”/8cm long
Fingers: 4”/10 cm wide, 5”/13cm long
Thumb: 2”/5.5cm long

10sts & 15 rows = 4”/10cm

K knit
K2tog knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
M1 Make 1 stitch: increase made by lifting the band of yarn between the stitches, twist it, place it on left needle and work it. To twist left, turn stitch left, to twist right, turn stitch right.
P purl
R row
Rep repeat
RS Right Side (knit side)
St stitch
St st stocking stitch (k 1 row, p1 row)
WS Wrong Side (purl side)

R1-10 Cast on 22sts, work in K1, P1 rib for 3 inches/10 rows.
R11 (RS) K1, *M1, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, M1, K1. (29 sts)
R12-18 Work in St st.
R19 M1 on the 10th & 18th stitches.
R20 M1 on the 10th & 22nd stitches.
R21 K11, place 10 sts on a holder, K11.
R22-32 Work in St st.
R33 *K2tog, K3; rep from * to end.
R34 Work in St st.
R35 *K2tog, K2; rep from * to end.
Break Yarn, thread through darning needle and thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and fasten off. Sew side seam using mattress stitch.

Pick up remaining 10 stitches from holder and work in st st for 5 rows.
Next Row: *K2tog; rep from * to end. (5 sts)
Break Yarn, thread through darning needle and thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and fasten off. Sew seam using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.

sara's mitts

streetknit sara's mitts, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

Sarah makes mittens for!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

joe & laura

joe & laura a, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

joe makes a mess! click on the picture to see all of them. thanks to Linda & Laura & Mike & garce & Joe for inviting me to dinner on Saturday night & letting me keep them up so late!