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Sunday, December 14, 2014

A couple more happy dances

I finished another gift hat, this one is for my nephew Chris.

Once I finished it, I decided that a little selfish knitting was in order, and so I finished my Saroyan Scarf. I've been wearing it around all weekend. I LOVE it. This photo is not the best, but it shows it off alright. It is wrapped from the front around my shoulders and back again.

I wore it to the Yarn Bus and promptly purchased some yarn for new projects I will be starting next year (or maybe I'll cast on Christmas or New Year's Eve?). My friend Teresa over at A Quilt and a Prayer has already made one Ombre Infinity cowl and recently purchased kits to make some additional ones. I love hers, and I loved these colors, so I bought this kit. Aren't the colors just yummy?

I also picked up yarn to start my next sweater. Haus of Yarn is planning on a top-down sweater KAL in the new year, and I am joining them. I chose a different pattern than the one that is the "official" design (and that is okay) - I bought the pattern for Beck by Dani Sunshine after seeing Aimee's beautiful one on the Knitting in Circles Podcast. I've been back and forth about what yarn I wanted to use (and I may do this one again in a stashed yarn if I like it enough), but I went ahead and bought some Berroco Folio to use. Now to swatch and confirm measurements before I begin! The top teal is my main color, and the gray is the accent around the yoke. I decided to go for a subtle accent this go-round.

Having finally pretty much gotten through my recovery (I still have a little stiffness in the shoulder but I've been told that is not unexpected), 2014 has turned out to be a pretty decent year. I expect great things of 2015!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Some more finishes!

I forgot to share the third twist hat I finished the first of December. Here it is in the Violets colorway.

Saturday I started and finished 5 crocheted coasters that I had promised I would make for our new house. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (fingering weight yarn) in the color Dachshund. I think these are so pretty, and I plan to make a few more. There are 101 different patterns in the book I used (101 Small Doilies), and while several of them do not lend themselves to coasters, there are a few more left that do.

And yesterday I finished CC's Falling Water Scarf! I washed and blocked it, and it is beautiful and so very soft. The yarn is 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk. He is so very happy with it too!

Friday, December 05, 2014


That's the term that comes to mind every time I see this block. Here is its transformation over time. The first picture is the star, even though it's not sewn completely together yet. That blue just pops and sizzles for me.

Monday, December 01, 2014

It's fun to watch the metamorphosis

I didn't have a really good photo of the first stage, but I took a part from another photo and enlarged it a little. It is really neat to watch how these blocks develop from one stage to the next. Today I put the background diamonds in this one block. I'd like to set a goal of doing at least one a week from here on out. This makes the fifth block complete (out of 16). Slow progress is better than none, right?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Age of Brass and Steam

Yes! I have finished another Age of Brass and Steam that will be a gift, so things are cooking along here. This one is similar to the last, but it's in the Archangel color way, which has orange and purple in addition to the red.

I have a third Twist hat on the needles, and should have that finished in the next few days.

Here is my latest progress on the Josephine Shawl. This is a project I keep with me to work on at lunch or in waiting rooms, so it's a PLOP, or Project in Longterm Ongoing Progress. That's a new acronym I've picked up from Tilly Trout, a most delightful podcaster over in the UK.

And today I made a little dpn (double-pointed needles) case for while I'm sock knitting. This was a prototype with some scrap flannel fabrics. My next ones will use some of my pretty stashed fabric.

Tonight I'm going to work on those socks and CC's scarf. I'd like to get the scarf finished for him in time for Christmas also. And I need to pick up another skein of Malabrigo Arroyo. I've decided to make another AoBaS kerchief, this one for my sister-in-law. It seems like my holiday knitting is multiplying!