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January 2021 Round Up

Hi everyone! We made through the first month of 2021. I know this round up post is coming a little bit late, but I was really focusing on the tips for knitting your first sweater post and it was a beast!

That post ended up being so much longer than I originally planned, but I really hope that anyone who wants to knit their first sweater will find it useful.

January 2021 works in progress

I’m still working away on my For Fox Sake. I knit the sleeves this month, sometimes I like to do my sleeves first! I’m so ready to take on the rest of the body. Mindless stockinette is my go-to for knitting while reading and I have been doing a lot of that lately!

I’ve also been making progress on this baby blanket, I was trying to work on it for 30 minutes a day this month. I’ve been slacking recently, but I just need to do two more pattern repeats.

In February I’m setting a goal to knit a row a day and hopefully I’ll be finished by the end of the month.

January Finished Objects

I was so close to not having any Fos this month, but I finished my vampire vibes socks on January 31! I started these on Halloween and this has been my other go-to project lately for knitting and reading.

There were new cast ons in January!

Unless you count….

New design sneak peek

I have been working on a colourwork hat design for the past couple months! This is the Brigand hat. It uses worsted weight yarn and has a cozy double brim.

There are instructions for three sizes baby/toddler, child, and adult. By the time this is posted hopefully this pattern will be in testing. Keep an eye out for this pattern release sometime in February!!

New yarn!

I did some shopping this month!!! I don’t want to go too wild with buying yarn this year, however, I want to buy more yarn this year, specifically buying form indie dyers and local yarn stores.

Breaking Yarn

I won a gift card for Breaking Yarn from a knit-a-long hosted by Knitty Natty. Definitely go give Breaking Yarn a follow on Instagram. And the dyer just started a new podcast, so you should check that out too.

I picked up a skein of worsted and a sock set (showing significant restraint might I add because sooo many beautiful colours). As soon as I saw this yellow I knew I had to have it. It’s going to be a hat, I’m thinking something with cables.

Dragon Hoard Yarn

I am obsessed with the A Court of Thorns and Roses book series by Sarah J. Maas (more on that below) and Dragon Hoard yarn has a Sarah J. Maas inspired collection.

This is Valeris and it’s one of the mystery colourways from January. As you can see it’s beautiful, I will definitely be ordering more yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarn in the future (like maybe I already have some in a cart lol).

Shirley Brian Yarns

When I saw this this adorable knitasaurus bag from Shirley Brian Yarns I could not resist! I love a good dinosaur pun and while I was there I had to buy some yarn. This is Aperol Spritz on the slub base. I have been planning a faded sweater using slub yarn and this just fit right into my colour scheme I had to have it.

Reads of Steele

I have been reading a ton lately. At the end of December I read the whole A Court of Thorns and Roses series and it really brought back my love of reading. Here are all the books I’ve read this month (cheating a bit to include some I read at the end of December).

This is more books than I’ve read in the last two years! I used to love reading as a kid I devoured books, but lately reading didn’t hold much interest for me, which made me sad. I’m so happy to have my love of books back!

What’s my secret to knitting and reading? Ebooks! I read ebooks on my tablet propped up on a stand so it’s hands free, I just need to lift a hand every now and then to flip the page.

Knitflix

I was getting so bored and running out of things to watch, but I’ve re-discovered an old favourite and started some new shows with Matt.

  • Gilmore Girls – I started a re-watch of the series and it’s so nice to remember how much I love it. The early seasons are so fun! I’m halfway through season 3 now.
  • My Hero Academia – Matt and I were in need of a new show so he put this on the other night, he’s seen it before, and I was surprised by how much I got into it.
  • Marvel movies – we’ve been watching a lot of Marvel and other superhero movies lately. It’s a phase!
  • Wandavision – and of course with all the Marvel we’ve been watching we had to start this new Disney+ original

Thanks for reading the January round up! And as always you can follow my day-to-day knitting adventures on Instagram. I’d love to connect with you 🙂

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November 2020 Round-up

I cannot believe that November is over and it’s already time for another monthly round-up! The monthly round-up post is my opportunity to share with you what I’m knitting, my works in progress, my knit finished objects, knitting patterns I’m working on and MORE.

In this edition: my woeful neglected WIPs, a FREE hat pattern and my new crafting obsession…let’s dive in!

Current Knitting Projects

For Fox Sake Sweater

I wrote about this knit colourwork sweater in my October Round-up, and I had about 20 rows left in the yoke. Now I have maybe 5-7 rows left. I haven’t worked on it for the past few weeks, but I am done the foxes!

A recent photo of my For Fox Sake when I finished the foxes!

This is going to be my last sweater of 2020, if I finish it this year at all and it’s looking very possible that I won’t. But once I get through the yoke and the sleeve separation my pace should pick up quite a bit.

Vampire Vibes Socks

For a second I thought For Fox Sake was my only WIP, but I am also working on a pair of knit socks. These were my Halloween Cast-on if such a thing exists. I’m using KnitPicks Felici in the colour Vampire Vibes.

In my last post I wrote about my experience with my first afterthought heel and I’m going to do another afterthought heel on this pair.

I haven’t knit much on them, I’m mostly pulling out this project for knitting during movie night.

Coziest Memory Blanket

I mean…this a a forever WIP and I promise I won’t include it in every monthly round-up, but I do want to chat a bit about my scrappy mitered square blanket. I started this blanket in August of 2019 and in August of this year I realized that I was barely 10% through.

Scrappy Sunday mornings are becoming my favourite new habit!

A few weeks back I set a goal of doing 2 at least squares every Sunday and I’ve been pretty good so far at keeping that up. If I manage to stick to this goal all the way through the end of December I’ll be 20% done when 2020 ends!

Finished Objects AKA Mini-FO Spotlight

Bear Lak Cowl

The honour of being the only Knits of Steele FO for November 2020 goes to the Bear Lake Cowl (Ravelry link) by Kacey Herlihy. This was a test knit, when I saw Kacey post the testing call I fell in love with this pretty cowl. And it came at the perfect time in my cowl/DK obession!

I’ve been wearing not only my Bear Lake Cowl but all of my knit cowls recently when cozying up at home!

I used KnitPicks Capra for this project. It was my first time using this yarn and definitely not the last. It is so cozy and warm, the squish factor is unreal.

New (FREE) Knits of Steele Design

I released a new free knitting pattern a couple weeks ago! Hazelnut Latte is a simple knit hat is a perfect wardrobe staple for Fall or Winter. I wrote about it on the blog when it was released, you can check that out here.

And you can download your free copy of Hazelnut Latte from my Ravelry store!

Other hobbies

Part of the reason that my WIPs have been so neglected in November is that I’ve been really enjoying some other hobbies outside of knitting this month.

I did A LOT of knitting in the first three quarters of 2020 and I’m not losing my mojo by any means, but I have taken some time to think about slowing down in the amount of projects I’m knitting. Running out of space in my closet…

Cross stich

Near the end of October I thought that I might enjoy Cross Stitch so I purchased some beginner friendly kits and my journey began. And I love it! Look out knitting…just kidding, knitting will always be my love/obsession but it’s nice to have some variation in crafts.

My first completed cross stitch. So proud of my little sour lemon – don’t look at the back 😉

I haven’t posted much about my cross stitching other than an Instagram story here and there when I’m popping in to give updates. I don’t intend for this to become a cross stitch blog LOL. But I do think I will write a post in the near future about getting started with cross stitch, what my experience was like and some tips for beginners, from a beginner.

I’m approaching my cross stitch journey way differently than my journey with knitting and I don’t think cross stitch will ever reach the same level for me as knitting has what with this blog and my Instagram account.

And that’s exactly how I want it! Posting about my knitting hasn’t taken away my love for it, but it has made that love different and I view cross stitch as a bit of an escape from that.

Gaming

Like many people I got really into Animal Crossing new Horizons during lockdown when it came out earlier this year. But over the past couple months my enthusiasm for the game was waning. And while I didn’t feel like I wanted to play, I was sad about that because it’s such a cute game and I was having a lot of fun.

In November I’m happy to say that my Animal Crossing motivation was back and I’ve had a lot of fun improving my island (hello five stars!) and making plans for cute little areas I want to create in the future.

Pikman

If you’re not familiar with Pikman it involves cute little creatures called, well Pikman! I had one of these games for my Nintendo DS and Matt surprised me with the new one for the Switch.

I just started so I’m not very far along, but this game is also going to be keeping me entertained when I’m not knitting!

Bugsnax

This game is the reason I have played on the new Playstation more than Matt has! It’s so cute.

You can check out the trailer here.

One of the reasons I am loving this game is the world is so whimsical and cute it’s nice to escape reality for a bit. And it’s like Pokemon, but sometimes I find Pokemon overwhelming, in Bugsnax it seems really do-able to actually catch all the critters.

Knitflix

This blog is already loooong enough so I’m going to try and keep the knitflix section short! Here are the shows, movies, podcasts I’ve been enjoying while I work on my knitting projects.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

If you have been following me on Instagram than you know that Buffy is my favourite show. At the beginning of lockdown I started a re-watch and it has taken me until now to finish it.

This was my first time watching the series beginning to end since I first watched it back in 2015. When Buffy aired I was too young for it and although I caught some of the later episodes on cable when I was older I didn’t really follow the series.

I’m a bit of a collector and I have way more Buffy stuff than I realized. When I dug out props for this photo I had totally forgotten about that colouring book!

Now that I’m finished the series I’m going on to read the comics which pick up where the show left off! And if I can get my hands on it, I’ll re-watch Angel which is a spinoff show.

Big Mouth

Matt and I love adult animation and after watching Archer a dozen times and finishing Rick & Morty we needed something new. With the 4th season of Big Mouth coming this week we figured it was a great time to get into this show.

This show is SUUUUUPER for adults only – very R rated and if a lot of sexual content is going to make you uncomfy I would avoid it. That being said it is hilarious and has had us laughing out loud and cringing all at the same time.

Wine and Crime Podcast

I used to be really into the podcast Wine & Crime (this is another one with graphic content for adults only), but with so many podcasts to keep up with, and not having a commute in 2020 I’ve fallen behind on episodes. Near the end of November I started listening again and now I’m working towards getting all caught up.

I really love the format of this podcast compared to other true crime shows, it’s broken down into segments with each host tackling the background of their topic or a case. And they have a wine pairing for every show!

That’s a wrap on November 2020! I’m not sure how this post got so long when I feel like I’ve hardly done any knitting…I hope you enjoyed it. Please share with me in the comments what you’ve been up to this month.

What’s coming up in December….I mean who knows, but I think I can say that the December Round-up will include a few words about chunky knits, a new cross stitch project or two, some Christmas knitflixes and maybe even an FO!

OH and my Christmas Eve cast-on because I already have that planned! Maybe I’ll even share some of my favourite cookie recipes here on the blog.

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October 2020 Round Up

Welcome to my first monthly round up post! I wanted to start this post series as a way to capture all of my projects as well as share some other things I’m into at the moment like snacks and what I’m watching on TV.

I decided on starting this category because it was just too much to share all of my projects through FO Spotlight posts. Especially because I’ve been doing so much knitting this year (thanks COVID…), I’ll still be doing my FO Spotlight posts for certain projects. Especially when I have some interesting notes to share about the process. And with these posts I can give you an update on my current WIPs!

I also wanted a place to share what I’m reading, listening to, and watching because I’m also doing more of that these days (also thanks to COVID). And share any other fun things like snacks or drinks I’ve been enjoying.

Works in Progress

I though I was going to have more WIPs at the time of writing this, but I’ve managed to finish off a couple of things so those will be further down in the FO section.

For Fox Sake Sweater

I’ve got about 20 rows to go for the yoke of this sweater. I’m enjoying the colourowork, my first time doing three stranded colourwork, but I also can’t wait to get to the mindless stockinette stitch in the body!

Wrap & Cuddle Blanket

Be prepared to see this one on the WIP list for the next little while! I have quite a bit of time to finish this one so I’m just working on it here and there.

Finished Objects

Afterthought Heel Socks

These were my first afterthought heel socks, I’ll be writing up a separate post sharing more of my experience.

I used Lion Brand Mani Pedi and Sock Ease. And although I wasn’t aiming to make the stripes match up they came out exactly the same!

City Limits Sweater

If you were following my Insta stories at the time you know this sweater caused me a lot of of issues with gauge and yardage and i had to rip back a decent chunk of the yoke.

It didn’t turn out quite how I expected, it’s a bit tighter, but I’m happy with the fit and the way the colours are working together. If I made this again there are a few things I would do differently starting with my yarn choice.

Falling For You Cowl

I had the privilege of testing this cowl pattern for Leslie’s Lake Life (Ravelry Link). It was an absolute joy to knit and I can’t wait to make another one, and then maybe a third one and pay more with different colours.

The pattern comes out November 3rd so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

Pātikitiki Cowl

I just can’t get enough of cowls lately! I had this in my queue for so long I just needed to find the right yarn and I finaly did!

I used a unique dyelot from Sweet Georgia that’s been in my stash for a little while and Campfiber Yarns Eeyore colourway from the Winnie the Pooh collection.

Reads of Steele

I used to do a story highlight on Instagram called Reads of Steele where I posted about books I was reading and gave a bit of a review when I finished. I’m so glad to be resurrecting Reads of Steele and including it here in my monthly round-ups!

A Blade So Black

I really enjoyed this novel that puts a twist on the story of Alice in Wonderland. It was a quick read partly because it was so good I couldn’t put it down at some points.

The Witcher

This is another book that took me a little while to finish, but I was finally able to complete it this month. I watched The Witcher series on Netflix and little while ago and I wanted to give the book a try.

I really enjoyed it. It’s written as a compilation of short stories and reading most of the book before starting the series really helped me track the timeline and plot.

Artemis Fowl (graphic novels)

Artemis Fowl was one of my favourite book series when I was a kid. I started reading the graphic novels by getting the e-books from the library.

I’ve read the books quite a few times so this is a nice way to revisit the story in a different format.

Knitflix

Ratched

I just wrapped up watching Ratched this past weekend, it took me about a week to finish it. I wasn’t sure I would like this series, but I was looking for something to watch so I figured I would give it a try.

I found the story really intriguing, the acting was great and I was happy to find that familiarity with the story of One Flew Over the Cuckoos next was not required.

Scream

I’m watching this movie now while writing this post, in preparation for Halloween. This is my favourite scary movie I watch it every year around Halloween and sometimes the sequels as well. I don’t even mind watching it alone, probably because I’ve seen it so many times i know exactly what to expect!

If you’re looking for some scary movies to watch for Halloween you can check out my Halloween Knitflix Guide!

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Matt and I recently finished this series earlier in October, and although we didn’t enjoy it as much as it’s predecessor The Haunting of Hill House it was still a pretty good series. It wasn’t necessarily scary, but it had some serious creepy vibes.

Listens

And That’s Why We Drink

I recently discovered this podcast (check out their website here) and I have been loving it. It brings together two of my favourite things, true crime and paranormal stories/investigations.

The Hidden Djinn

I’ve been enjoying listening to this podcast which delves into folklore and history related to the djinn. Like most people I’ve heard of djinn, or genies, but I didn’t know much about them. The history and stories in this podcast are fascinating!

It’s hosted by Rabia Chaudry who is a well known figure in the true crime world, so that’s how I discovered this podcast. She is an excellent host and really brings a lot of depth to the history and folklore that she shares.

Extras!!

We carved pumpkins for Halloween! I made a cat-o-lattern. Garfield was mostly interested iwth eating the discarded pumpkin guts.

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Halloween Knitflix Guide

Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready to get into a spooky mood?

I love Fall, I love Halloween, I love scary movies…and I love knitting of course! Here’s a list of some of my favourite spooky movies and series for a Halloween Knitflix!

I’ve given them all a jack-o-lattern emoji rating 🎃 from one: not scary at all, to five: bonechillingly terrifying. And I’m a huge baby so you can count on those ratings to be generous towards the terrifying side! 

Scream 🎃🎃🎃

Image Credit: IMDb

Rating: R

Let’s start off with a classic! This movie is great for knitflixing if you’ve seen it 1,000 times like I have. Scream is mandatory Halloween viewing in my opinion so if you haven’t seen it then grab your project and press play. 

This movie is not too scary, it’s just scary enough, and you’ll have your knitting on hand to distract you from the gory scenes. If you’re in the mood for a marathon you can watch all 4 of the Scream movies in a row. 

With all that knitflixing not only will you be in the Halloween spirit you’ll make a lot of progress on your knitting. So pull out that large project you haven’t touched in a year and get to work! 

Nightmare Before Christmas 🎃

Image Credit: IMDb

Rating: PG

Now there is some debate on if this is a Halloween or Christmas movie. But the movie’s director Henry Selick settled this debate saying that it is indeed a Halloween movie

The easy to follow plot means you won’t lose your place while you work on your WIP (work in progress). 

The best thing about the Nightmare Before Christmas, in my opinion – remember I said I’m a huge baby – is that, despite its name, it will put you in the Halloween spirit without giving you nightmares! Dynamic characters, catchy songs and some dark humour make this a great pick for your Halloween Knitflix marathon. 

The Haunting of Hill House and/or The Haunting of Bly Manor 🎃🎃

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Rating: TV-MA

I’m lumping these two series together and giving them an average of a 2 jack-o-lantern scare rating. However, Haunting of Hill House is closer to a 3 while Bly Manor is closer to a 1, or maybe 2, depending how easily scared you are. 

These are two entirely independent stories so you can watch only one or both and watch them in whichever order you like! The Haunting of Hill House is a truly chilling tale and much closer to a horror movie in a series with plenty of jump scares. While The Haunting of Bly Manor is a bit slower, less startlingly scary and has more of a creepy vibe rather than horror. 

The Fourth Kind 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Image Credit: IMDb

Rating: PG-13

Okay, now for a scary one! I would have given this five jack-o-latterns, but when I saw the rating it made me feel like a huge scaredy cat that it’s PG-13!

This alien mystery thriller left me with that creeped out feeling for DAYS after watching it for the first time. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. It’s filmed in the “this is a true story” style which adds to the scare factor. 

This movie is well suited to knitflixing, it’s a bit of a slow burn plot-wise. But by no means boring, you’ll definitely be able to get in a few rows. And you’ll have something on hand to distract you when things really get going! 

Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix Reboot) 🎃🎃

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Rating: TV-MA

Here’s one for the documentary lovers who like a real life true crime/scary story. Netflix just dropped the second collection of episodes for their Unsolved Mysteries reboot that came out earlier this year. 

Depending how scared you get by true crime this could be a 1 or a 2 (or even a 3) for you. And it’s all in the name these are unsolved cases which adds to the creep factor for me. 

I haven’t watched the second collection yet, but I binge watched the first season in one day when it was released. With a WIP in hand of course!

If you want to watch the OG Unsolved Mysteries it’s streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Halloweentown 🎃

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Rating: G

Here’s a classic everyone in the family can enjoy! Just because this movie is a one jack-o-lattern rating doesn’t mean it’s boring.

There’s the coming of age plot line, magic, and some great costumes. This movie is perfect for knitflixing because the plot is easy to follow so you won’t lose track of the movie or your knitting. And it’s not super scary so it’s just right to get you in the spooky spirit without spending the whole time with a blanket over your eyes!

Halloweentown is also a series, there’s four of them, so if you’re working on a big project plan a movie marathon!

Ratched 🎃🎃

Image credit: IMDb

Rating: TV-MA

Here’s another creepy series for Halloween knitflixing. Full disclosure at the time of writing this post I haven’t finished watching this series, I’m half-way through the eight episodes. 

The lead character of this series, played by Sarah Paulson, is based on Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’ve never seen or read it so I can safely say it is not a prerequisite for watching Ratched the series. 

This show is not necessarily scary, it has more of a creepy feel, but it certainly is gorey and has some disturbing moments. I was watching it last night and found myself saying “oh my god, that’s messed up” except messed is not the word that I used 😉.

The Conjuring 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Image Credit: IMDb

Rating: R

I love The Conjuring, and all of the movies in the franchise actually – they’re so well made, but I will not lie it scares the pants off me every time! 

Having a WIP on hand while watching this movie helps distract me from the total terror that is taking place on the screen. And gives me something to do with my hands other than hide my face! 

It’s also nice to be able to get some rows done during the lighter plot points. 

Are you planning to watch any of these movies this weekend? Leave a comment to let me know and give me your spooky rating 🎃! 

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Valentine’s Day Movies to Knitflix

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know this is a commercially created holiday to sell chocolate and flowers, but there’s nothing I love more than a good knitflix and Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to take in some great movies. 

Young Caucasian woman sits on a grey couch knitting a pink sweater smiling at the camera
There’s nothing I love more than getting cozy with a good movie

Here’s a list of movies you can knitflix this Valentine’s Day to get in the romantic spirit:

Disney Princesses

Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin – take your pick! I’m lumping all the princess movies together into one section because I honestly couldn’t choose just one. These movies are great for Valentine’s Day knitflixing because of all the prince charmings of course, but also because you’ve probably seen them like a hundred times so you can keep up with the plot and knit at the same time without losing your place if your pattern is on the more complex side.

I also think the princess movies are great for knitflixing because you can do a whole movie marathon or watch a different one every day leading up to Feb 14th and make a lot of progress on you WIP while getting in the romantic spirit.

Crazy Rich Asians

This movie has everything! So it’s perfect to add to your Valentine’s knitflix because I do think it has something for everyone. Drama, romance, comedy, all-star cast. 

I love this movie for the exact reasons listed above, it has a bit of everything, the comedy to keep you laughing, several doses of drama to keep you intrigued, and some really great characters that you can love and hate. And it’s a bit of a newer release so chances are you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet! Which makes it an exciting addition to your Valentine’s knitflix line up. 

Murder Mystery

I know what you must be thinking, but this is a list of romantic movies what’s with the murder?! But this movie is really a romance!

It’s not your typical rom-com, not just because of the murder, but because it features a couple in a long term relationship rather than a newfound love. That’s one of the reasons why I love this movie….also the murder because I love a good mystery! 

Grab your WIP and get a few rows in while you enjoy this comedy, romance, murder movie. 

P.S. I Love You

Okay…well here’s one if you want to cry your eyes out. I love this movie but it is pretty sad at certain parts so be prepared!! But you can always wipe your eyes with your WIP. (I don’t recommend that just have some tissues on hand). 

I think there’s a good balance between the movie being sad, but also has it’s funny and sweet moments and I think the characters in it are great. I wouldn’t call this movie boring, but it does have a bit of a slower pace so you won’t miss too much if you need to concentrate on your knitting at certain points. 

 

Well there you have it, a handful of movies you can knitflix to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Grab your favourite movie cuddle buddy, stuffed animals count, and your WIP and don’t forget the chocolate and popcorn!