Colourful Cotton Dishcloths

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I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like January is already flying by! We head out on the Across the Rockies tour on Saturday, so the past few days have been a flurry of working, cleaning the van, and getting ready to go. I’ve also been finishing up some little nesting projects including making some simple knit dishcloths! Knitting has kind of been on the back burner for me, as I’ve been putting most of my focus on writing and demoing new songs, and launching our new Exclusive Content project, which has been a lot of fun! I still love knitting and crafting, but I’m really excited with some of the other, more musical, projects we’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in it even more.

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That being said, making these dishcloths was super fun to do, and I absolutely LOVE the pop of colour they add to our kitchen! I’ve had a variety of colours of cotton yarn kicking around from making friendship bracelets last summer, so I thought I’d use it up and make something for myself. Not only are these dishcloths great for wiping down the counters, but they make great potholders as well! We had our roommates’ band (The Sweets) over the other night for a potluck and hangout/band meeting, and these simple little dishcloths looked pretty cute on the table, if I do say so myself.

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The pattern was inspired by the Purl Bee’s Soft Cotton Knit Dishtowels. I used some of their design ideas, but changed it to make it smaller and used the colours I had on hand. I’ve written out the pattern below if you want to try and make these for yourself! It’s the perfect project for anyone learning to knit, and even if you’re experienced, it’s totally an instant-gratification project.

Materials:

Cotton yarn in various colours

US8 straight knitting needles

Tapestry needle

Size:

Approximately 8-inches x 8-inches

Pattern:

Cast on 36 stitches in colour A.

Knit two rows in garter stitch, break yarn.

With colour B, knit in garter stitch for about 7-inches, ending with a WS row, break yarn.

Pick up colour A, knit two rows.

Cast off, and weave in ends.

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And that’s all there is to it! Do any of you have knitting or crafting projects on the go right now? This winter weather is the perfect time to bust out the yarn and paints and whatever else!

Until next time,
Lauren.

Christmas Shop Update!

Hey everyone! I finally added some items to the Cabin Knits Shop just in time for you to get any Christmas orders in! There’s a little bit of everything, so take a little gander and see if there’s anything that suits your fancy (or a friend’s fancy). If you’re in Canada, make sure to place your orders by December 17 to make sure it’ll get to it’s destination in time for Christmas, or by December 12 (TOMORROW!) if you’re in the US.

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season. Don’t forget to make times for the ones you love; it can be easy to get busy and overwhelmed in a season that should be about peace and stillness. Wherever you are, and whomever you’re with, may your days be merry and bright!

Cheers,
Lauren.

As of Late: December Edition

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Now that December has hit, the commercial world is in full-on holiday mode. We are a bit behind on that front, as we moved to Calgary on November 22 and have been busy getting settled in our new home (and playing really important shows). But we have Christmas lights on the outside of the house (thanks to my dad) and the inside is feeling more and more like home every day, even without a tree or decorations. Asides from all the moving and such, here’s what I’ve been up to as of late.

Reading…

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. I’m only a few pages in to this book, so I haven’t fully immersed myself, but I’m anticipating a really deep and reflective read. Here’s a beautiful quote from page 10:

“Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”

Listening to…

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Ixora, by Copeland. One of my favourite bands fronted by Aaron Marsh (who produced Over Land and Sea) released their first album after six years of silence. And it is a beautiful thing. One of my favourites so far is Disjointed, but all the tracks are so beautiful. You can check it out for yourself HERE.

Making…

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Christmas presents! I can’t tell you what it is in the odd chance that the recipient might read this. I haven’t been making much for my Cabin Knits Shop, but it is equally as fulfilling to make things to give to friends and family. I just hope I get it all done before Christmas!

Exploring…

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We haven’t gone on any epic adventures lately, but we’ve been adventuring in our new home! It’s so much fun getting settled and decorating, and trying to fit all our musical gear into all the nooks and crannies. I can’t wait to get to a point where we can have people over and share our space, especially since so many wonderful folk have shared their homes with us over the years. Time to start giving back!

Watching…

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A few weeks ago we were on tour out to Manitoba and on our way back we stopped in Saskatoon and got to hang out with some friends for a few days. On a rare night off we watched Les Miserables, and as absurd as it sounds, it was my first time seeing it! What a beautiful movie. There were times when I wished there was a bit more dialogue, but I loved the poignancy and how the lack of dialogue conveyed a different set of emotions and connection with each of the characters.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to sharing more about our new home adventures in the next few months as we take a bit of time off of the road to work on music and get ready to record a new album!

Until next time,
Lauren.

Cabin Knits Hits the Road!

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It’s that time again, when we head out on tour playing music for people in far away places, and I’ll be bringing my suitcase of knitted creations with me! Since we don’t have any more huge projects to type up for the Peak Performance Project, I plan to spend a great deal of driving time knitting bowties and cowls and other cozy accessories. Right now I’ve got lots of headbands, lots of bowties, a few cowls, and more.

Hopefully I’ll be adding a bunch of these projects to my Etsy shop, but in the meantime, come out to a show for some tunes, and maybe pick something up for the approaching winter, or get a head start on Christmas presents! I also love doing custom orders, so if there’s anything you fancy for yourself or someone you love, let me know and I’d love to try and make it for you!

November 4th – Caronport, SK @ Briercrest
November 5th – Regina, SK @ The Artful Dodger
November 6th – Brandon, MB @ Lady of the Lake
November 7th – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
November 9th – Gimli, MB @ Ship & Plough
November 11th – Winkler, MB @ House Show
November 12th – Sprauge, MB @ Sprauge River Inn
November 13th – Otterburne, MB @ Providence
November 16th – Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
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ovember 27th – Calgary, AB @ Republik

Stay warm and well, and hope to see you sometime soon!

-Lauren.

As of Late: November Edition

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Hello lovelies!

Today I’m starting a monthly blog feature called “As of Late” to share the various things I’ve been up to lately. Partly as an attempt to blog more regularly, partly to document the little moments that I don’t want to forget, and partly to make sure I don’t neglect certain activities that keep my mind and body active. So without further adieu, here’s what I’ve been up to as of late.

Reading…

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The Gift of Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok, an amazing book about a Hasidic Jew whose career as a professional artist has created divisions between him and his family.

Listening to…

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Leelanau by Dana Falconberry, a beautiful album that is the soundtrack to my quiet moments and rainy days.

Knitting…

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Lots of bowties and random accessories to re-stock the suitcase for our upcoming tour. I also made my first mitten, and although it turned out a lot smaller than I expected, it’s super cute, and I can’t wait to make a pair that fit me!

Exploring…

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We got to spend a day off just outside of Dawson Creek, BC a few weeks ago, and our friend Randy took us quadding through his 300 acres of land. The weather was great and we had so much fun traversing through rivers, forests and up and down muddy hills.

Watching…

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Nashville, Season One, which Zoltan definitely makes fun of me for. In my defense, it’s an entertaining (although extremely dramatic) show to knit to.

I’d love to hear what’s keeping you lovely readers busy this fall. Any fun projects or hobbies on the go?

-Lauren.

In The Shop: Bows for Him and Her

The bow is a classic accessory, not just for pretty ladies, but also for handsome men. It has been adapted to take many forms, colours, and fabrics, and, thankfully, it has never gone out of style. I took a fresh take on this timeless classic with handknit hairclips and bowties and since I started making them and selling them at shows, they’ve definitely become one of my most popular creations!

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I have these listed in the shop with a selection of colours to choose from, but they can be made to order in any colour you’d like. And if you have a wedding or special event coming up, why not order them for your bridal party or as a party favour?

Here’s Zoltan sporting the Handsome Man Bowtie and looking rather sharp, if I do say so myself!

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And here’s a quick styling of the Pretty Lady Hairclip taken before our show in Edmonton the other night.

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Head over to the Cabin Knits Shop to order one, or a few!

Cheers,
Lauren.

In the Shop: Tiny Knit Bow Necklaces

Today I added a new item to the shop and I’m really excited about it! This is my first time venturing into the world of jewelry, and I don’t think it’ll be my last. Lately I’ve been very inspired by handmade jewelry, and I love how there’s no limit to what you can do, and really no limit to what materials you can use.

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Even though you can knit for every season, knitting is most often associated with winter. Cozy blankets, sweaters, socks and the like all make the cold winter months more bearable. I’ve been challenging myself to think of ways to incorporate knitting into projects that can be worn year round, and one of the first things I thought of was jewelry.

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These tiny bow necklaces feature a very simple antiqued brass chain and a tiny knit bow that adds a splash of colour and a healthy dose of cute to your spring, summer, or really any outfit. It’s simple, but it makes a great statement.

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These necklaces are made to order, so you can choose the colour of bow you’d like, and the length of chain. I personally like longer necklaces, but sometimes you need something shorter depending on how you like to wear it. Head over to my Etsy shop to order one for yourself or for a friend!

Cheers,
Lauren.