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Friday, April 21, 2017

Zoom!

Isobel's Antique lace 
This thing is just flying off the hook!  Using a big hook and fine yarn probably helps to make it look like it's going quickly, but it really feels like it's practically crocheting itself!  I've worked the first section of shells and the first lace section (you can kind of see the more open section - that's the lace) and now I'm back to shells again.  Each row gets a little bit longer than the previous one, but the crocheting is really simple.  I've been rewatching True Blood and just working away at this in the evenings (definitely a TV project). 

I'd also like to mention how much I'm enjoying this yarn.  It feels amazing.  This is my first time using it (Winning by Nerd Girl Yarns) but I think I'll be using it again.  It's perfect for Texas!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A New Shawl!

Isobel's Antique Lace 
I've started an new shawl, and for the first time ever, it's crocheted!  This is my project for Eat.Sleep.Knit's second quarter KAL which is based on Summer yarns.  I'm making Isobel's Antique Lace shawl with Nerd Girl Yarns Winning in the Different Sizes of Infinity colorway.  I was hoping for kind of a tea dyed neutral that would work for Summer around here and that's exactly what it is.  The yarn is 65% silk/35% linen, so it fits the Summer yarn criteria and it's super soft! 

Once I got past working the first row into the foundation chain, it really started moving quickly.  Making those crocheted amigurumi has really helped me figure out what I'm looking at and where I need to go with the crocheting.  I have actually learned how to count the chains now!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meditative Blanket

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Row 15 is finished.  Ends must be woven in, but the crochet portion of the row is finished.  I'm still fully planning to finish this blanket this year.  Must.  Crochet.  Faster.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A Return to Eyre

Eyre 
I can't remember the last time I worked on my Eyre pullover, but I got it out this weekend and knit past the shoulder shaping, neck shaping, front armscye and now I'm knitting down the front!  I had been putting this section off because there was a LOT going on and every time I sat down to knit, I either didn't have a lot of concentration or time.  I'm glad I got back to it because I love knitting with this yarn!  (It's Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Magic Orchid.)

Do you remember how about a week or two ago I wanted to cast on all the things?  Well, I behaved and didn't cast on anything, and now I can't decide what to cast on.  I need a sock/mitts/something small type of project but I'm not finding anything I'm dying to cast on right now.  I will be beginning my crochet shawl this week, so maybe I'll wait until I've got that going before I cast on something else.

Any ideas for a small, portable project out there?

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Marled Magic Mystery Shawl - Finished!

Gypsy Mermaid finished 
I finished knitting my shawl from the Westknits 2017 MKAL!  This was so much fun to work.  The whole thing is done holding two strands of fingering weight yarn at once, so depending on how you change yarns and how often you change them, you can get all kinds of different color effects.  I loved watching the colors change and each section is a little different - not just in the stitches used, but also the way the colors are worked.  I used the design to use up some leftover stash yarn, and this time I actually didn't buy any new yarn - it's 100% stash leftovers!  The finished shawl weighs 668 grams, so since my starting pile of yarns weighed over 1500 grams, I used just under half of what I started with.
Gypsy Mermaid finished
My favorite part of the whole shawl had to be the brioche part (in the picture above, it's the section at the top left that looks like horizontal rib).  I've never done brioche before but I've seen some really interesting patterns that use it (mostly two color brioche, which this is not, but you have to start somewhere), so I've been curious.  This little bit of brioche was really fun and I'm definitely wanting to do more.  (I might have bought the Craftsy class on brioche knitting last weekend, but Max likes watching Craftsy too for some reason.)  The braid and tassel was also a fun way to deal with some of the ends.  I only went with one tassel on the main point because Max may or may not allow a tassel in the house.  I didn't see any reason to make more when it might be ferociously disemboweled.  We'll have to see what happens.

Caleb saw me blocking the finished shawl and he told me he thinks it's the strangest thing I've ever knit.  He might be right, but I love it!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Pair of Finished Socks

Decathlon socks 
I finished the Decathlon socks I've been knitting!  These are Mickael sized and have been blocked and set aside for gifting at the end of the year.  They are knit in Madelinetosh Twist Light in the Kitten colorway, following the Decathlon Sock stitch pattern over 80 stitches.  I used a Fish Lips Kiss heel.

This was a fun pattern to knit, easy to memorize and very portable.  Also, the stitch pattern has a lot of stretch, both vertically and horizontally; so if you're knitting gift socks, as long as you're in the ball park, size wise, they should stretch to fit.   I don't mind occasionally making Mickael try on Socks In Progress, but it's nice to be able to surprise him sometimes too.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Clue 3 Finished!

Gypsy Mermaid 
I've finished all of Clue 3 and I'm ready to begin Clue 4 (the last clue) for this Mystery KAL!  The shawl is flipped around from the way it was last time you saw it, but if you find the blue backwards L shaped section, the latest bit is the section coming out from that into a point off to the right.  (It did occur to me that if I had turned the shawl the same way in all the pictures, it would be easier to see what I was doing.  Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me until this morning, after I'd taken the picture and at this stage in the game, it's too late to even pretend I'm approaching this whole blogging thing with any logic.)

The last part is Clue 4 and I'm all ready to go on it!  I'm really enjoying this project and I've had SO much fun playing with colors, but I'm trying to get it finished this week.  My Eat.Sleep.Knit. Second Quarter KAL project is also a shawl so I can't (shouldn't) start it until I finish this one.   Also, it's crochet, so it might take me a longer than usual time to make it, so I want to get going.

But first, groceries!

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