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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

We are having a really nice, low-key Christmas day around the house. We spent some time with CC's family yesterday, and we'll spend a little time with mine tonight. I've just made a cup of Peppermint coffee, and wanted to show you my latest before I get back to doing some more knitting.

I finished my Lacy Leaf Hat Monday! I have been wearing it around ever since. I love it, it's so soft.

I've slowly been plugging away at the baby blanket for my niece (due in March), and was pleasantly surprised to see how much progress I've made. If I can work one repeat each day or at the very minimum every other day, I should have this finished on time, even if the baby's a little early (which could happen, since it happened with her mother). The blanket is so soft and squishy. I figure it's around half-finished at this point.

And I've been working on my socks. I've turned the heel on both, and just finished knitting the gusset on the first one. I'm starting to pick up stitches for the gusset on the second. I already tried the first on at this point, and it's fitting like a dream!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful year's end, however you may or may not celebrate. I know I say it every year, but it's hard to believe that this year is almost over and we're about to begin the next! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Just a couple more gift finishes

Here is the Age of Brass and Steam knit with Malabrigo Arroyo in the Candombe colorway which I've knit for my sister-in-law Sherry. I absolutely love this colorway, and with good reason - I had chosen it for myself. But when they came over for a visit a few weeks ago, I decided to knit one last version of this for her for Christmas. And when I looked at this skein in my stash, I knew it would be perfect for her.

I am going to visit a friend this week who has kitties, one of whom likes to investigate the contents of my purse. I thought I would surprise that kitty with a present, so I knit up this cute catnip mouse (pattern courtesy of Wendy Knits), and I stuck it in the top of my purse where she'll be sure to find it. I watched a YouTube video to make the tail - I've never knitted i-cord before, and it's super easy to do. I started out with 4 stitches, then decreased to 3, then to 2 very close to the end. I think the effect is just right.

The legs on both of my waving lace socks are now finished, and in this photo, I had just started the heel flaps on both.

I just finished knitting the heel flap on the second one yesterday, so it's time to turn the heels.

I've been waiting to start my Lacy Leaf Hat (as of this blog post, a free pattern from Red Heart) until after my Saroyan Scarf was finished. I was originally going to knit it in two colors, but decided to stick with one after seeing how beautifully it was knitting up. This is Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Piedras. I am a huge fan of Malabrigo yarn, in case you hadn't noticed. :)

I made a modification to my hat, based on several others I have seen knitted this way - I knitted 3 pattern repeats for the brim, then I switched over to stockinette. I can't wait to have this done! I may have to knit the mittens in the other ball of Malabrigo Rios I have, which is a darker shade of the same colorway I used in the Saroyan scarf.

And I managed to get one more block finished on Eldon. Here is its journey so far.

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?