On the Needles, Friday, March 8, 2013

Lots of projects on and off the needles this week.

First up, I finished my Sunset Shawl project, although it’s not yet blocked:

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I really like how the cable/ruffle is worked on this shawl pattern.  You work the main body area and then leave all your edge stitches on the circular needle.  Cast on at one end and pick up the edge stitches as you go, which makes the horizontal cable!

Cable detail:

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But, of course having finished ONE project, I had to cast on TWO!  I’ll never be through knitting all my projects at this rate!

In my defense, one is a class from Craftsy, the Top Down Icelandic Sweater Class that I’ve been wanting to make for a couple months now.  I’ve actually had my yarn since December!  This class for me is all about steeking, as I already know how to work Fair-Isle knitting style patterns.

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That center section is where the steeking (aka cutting) will be done when the sweater is complete.  Hopefully this won’t take too long to finish, I have a bad habit of getting past the intricate parts (colorwork, cables, or lace) and getting into plain knitting and getting bored easily.

And, I had joined the Wild Prairie Knits Misty Meadows Mystery KAL.  This is a mystery with a clue released every Friday in March.  The first clue was a short, easy one:

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The row of edging between color changes is a design element as we’ve been told.  The votes for this mystery were very close between “Shawl with Lace” and “Shawl without Lace”, so I guess I’ll find out eventually if it has lacework in it or not!  And it’s just that measure of “unknown” mystery that should keep me on track with this one!

On the Needles January 4, 2013

The first week in January!  It’s a New Year and time for lots of knitting and sewing and quilting!

This year I’ve committed myself to being more productive in my personal projects and so far it seems to be working.  No, this isn’t a resolution, as I started towards this in mid-December, but it is a lifestyle change.  One I hope will enhance the quality of life, after all that’s what it’s all about, right?

So what have I done lately?  Well, I finished my Zephyr Shawl:

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And then the crazy knitting began!  I’ve commited to making one dishcloth (minimum) a month this year.  At the end of the year I hope to have a dozen, although as easy and quick as they are it may only take me a couple months to meet my dozen goal.  For my first one I chose an extremely bright variegated yarn by Lily Cotton.  Hey, it was a dreary day and I needed bright!

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Then I continued on my latest pair of Plain Vanilla socks (i.e. no fancy work) using yarn from DEEP in my stash (Serenity Sock Yarn by Premier Yarns):

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Of course I haven’t finished those yet, but had to start my first shawl for my 12 Shawls Forever group (on Ravelry)!  And at the same time work a mystery with the Designs by Joji group (again on Ravelry):

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I went deep into my stash for this yarn as well, using Paton’s Kroy in Maroon and Red Heart Heart and Sole in Tequila Sunrise, then topped it off going not quite so deep for KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Barn Red.

But, did I stop there!!! Oh NO!!!!! I am also committed to making Nantucket Red (in blue for me) with my YOSS group (on Ravelry) and completing this cardigan in the MONTH OF JANUARY!!!!! (yes, I am as crazy as my prior madhouse post would lead one to believe).

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For this sweater I splurged and purchased yarn from KnitPicks, Gloss DK that’s a Merino/Silk blend.  It was a reasonable yarn for my first foray into knitting a patterned cardigan (not just an oversized cardigan) in more years than I want to remember.

 

So, I’ve jumped back in with both feet to the deep end of the kntting pool and am loving every minute of it.  Call me crazy or not, it just seems like the perfect thing to do on these long dark nights.

On the Needles Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

First I have to ask……………
HOW DID IT GET TO BE DECEMBER 7TH ALREADY?!?!?!?!

Okay, now that’s out of my system, let’s get to the needles.

It’s been a week of super-long workdays (10-12 hour days), so I haven’t gotten much knitting done this week.  And last week all my free-time was spent sewing Christmas gifts.

I did manage to get one winter hat knit and a second well on it’s way:

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And as I’m participating in a Winter TDF style spin for 12 days, I got my 12 minutes of spinning in almost every day:

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And that’s ALL I got done!   Perhaps next week, after things settle down at work, I’ll get more knitting time in!  I surely hope so as I want to get my current shawl done so I can use it and I want to get started on my Craftsy class for the “Top Down Icelandic Sweater”.  I’ve not done a top-down, knit in the round, steek it sweater before!  Here’s the yarn I plan to use:

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Please ignore the flash glare, I  really don’t want to take these light colored yarns out of the protective plastic until I’m ready to start the sweater.  Especially with everything going on here lately!

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