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Yarn Along – 5/4/16

May 4, 2016

Popping in for a drive-by Yarn Along post! It is the month of the high school graduation, so we are in major prep mode!

I have managed to add to my sock yarn blanket. Mostly, though, I have determined I need to buy a lot more sock yarn, knit socks, and then use the leftovers for this blanket. This is a strong strategy, one I can get behind for many years to come!

I downloaded book five in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, The Brutal Telling. The last one, A Rule Against Murder was not my favorite, so I hope this one is better. It may have been the setting. It was not in Three Pines, the coziest village in all of Canada! High hopes for this one.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 4/27/16

April 27, 2016

How’s your week going? Last week’s Spring Cleaning has carried over into this week. That’s OK. Better late than never!

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I made good progress on my Business Casual Socks. Both are past the waste yarn for the afterthought heel. Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess. 

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I also am trying to really make some headway on my first fancy fiber to spin, a merino/silk blend that is really lovely. This is my second bobbin that I just started.

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The first bobbin is waiting to be plied, sitting with my audio version of Ready Player One. Can’t wait to start on the book today! 

As I mentioned last week, it is read by Wil Wheaton, and is a story of a post-apocalyptic near future involving a real-life video game. Time to plug in my earphones and sit down at the wheel!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 4/20/16

April 20, 2016

Happy Spring Cleaning Week! At least it is spring cleaning at my house. Washing draperies, wiping down doors, etc., etc.

My little treat has been been knitting on my Business Casual Socks during my breaks. 

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Or at least it is a treat once I picked it up after it has been languishing and made sure I could still get the pattern repeat to come out right.

Once that was resolved it seems to be going quite quickly. I have been cabling with either a locking stitch marker or a toothpick. It can be fiddly, but by the time I had two repeats down it started moving pretty quickly.

Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess. There is enough lights and darks to make the pattern show up. I am really drawn to textured sock patterns lately. Blueberry Waffle Socks and Hermione’s Everyday Socks are definitely in the future. Maybe in a tweed of some sort… dreamy!

The sock yarn blanket is growing fast! Eating up all my yarn! I will have to knit more socks to get more leftovers. That’s logical, right?

I am waiting for the audio book for Ready Player One, my next book club read. It is read by Wil Wheaton, and is a story of a post-apocalyptic near future involving a real-life video game. Can’t wait!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 3/13/16

April 13, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Sock Yarn Blanket Obsession!

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I just can’t stop adding square to it! I am just about finished with the fourth row. My scraps are dwindling, but I will keep moving forward!

This is a great mindless project for when you need something simple.

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I am loving The Gravity of Birds! The chronology of the story really keeps me engaged. I know the far past of the characters, as well as the present, but the story slowing reveals what was in between. Great writing!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 3/30/16

March 30, 2016

Oh 2016, you are flying by!

I am prepping for an early April craft show, so mostly I have been doing production knitting. But I just had to have something fun to work on when I sit down and take a break at the end of the day.

I have seen many versions of sock yarn blankets out there and had never been tempted, but darn it if it didn’t get under my skin after all!

I think the first person I heard about it from was Paula Emons-Fuessle on the Knitting Pipeline podcast. Here’s a link to her project. I thought it was cool, but I didn’t think I’d ever have enough leftovers to make a decent size blanket.

I have since been sucked in by projects by Dani of Little Bobbins Knits, Jennie of Tiny Paper Foxes and Molly of A Homespun House. I was powerless against the tide, I tell you!

Here’s my first row under construction. It is a little wonky, but my technique is improving over time.

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The blanket is made with mitred squares which are picked up and knitted onto the ones next to it, so there is no sewing together at the end. It only takes a small amount of yarn per block, so great for leftovers.

Last week I finally went down and pulled out my leftover yarn bin to see if I had enough to get a good start.

I did! Combining all my fingering weight from socks as well as other projects I have a nice selection. The colors are pretty mellow with a good deal of gray and black mixed in to keep it subtle. Some hits of purple and turquoise make it fun!

There is not much to look at yet, but I did finish one width, so I am adding on a second row.

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I have looked at a number of tutorials and ended up combining ideas from all of them to figure out how to do mine.

If you are interested in the madness, just search Ravelry for “Sock Yarn Blanket” or “Cozy Memories Blanket” or “Mitred Square Blanket.” No one pattern told me everything I needed to know. It’s an adventure!

I have just started reading The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman. Looking forward to sinking into this mysterious, art-centered story.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Eiffel Tower Zipper Pouches

March 25, 2016

 

Popping in to feature a newer shop item: zipper pouches!

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I have been selling these locally to friends and at craft shows, and now they are stocked up in my Etsy shop as well.

These bags feature denim from upcycled jeans combined with a cotton Eiffel Tower print fabric. Graphic and fun!

I am so thrilled to have one of the bags featured in a giveaway recently for the Tiny Paper Foxes knitting video podcast. I really enjoy Jennie’s show about a handmade wardrobe. She talks about her life in Brooklyn and her husband participates by sharing his rare sheep breed wool study spinning project. Check out the show if you want to see some lovely fiber-y stuff!

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The bags come in three sizes:

Small
Perfect for socks or other small projects.

Medium
Shawl or cowl size.

Large
Sweater size –  Fits 5 skeins of worsted wool with room to spare.

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Bags are fully lined with a mini dot pattern and have light interfacing to help hold their shape. It’s been fun to develop this new handmade item and play around with construction techniques. I am really happy with the sturdiness.

You can find all the sizes at my Etsy shop. Happy knitting!

Yarn Along – 3/9/16

March 9, 2016

Lots of little finishes since the last Yarn Along.

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First up, my Tea Cozy.

Pattern is by Lily / Sugar ‘N Cream and is a free download. It is quite easy – just two rectangles sewn together. I also knit a coaster to go underneath for maximum insulation. It works great! Yarn is Paton’s Classic Wool in the discontinued colorway, 77435 Water Chestnut.

Next up I made a quick baby knit for a family baby shower. I did a little unisex cardigan.

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Pattern is the Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel. It is also a free download. I Used Berroco Vintage DK yarn in Cast Iron and Smoke.

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I love the little stockinette angle made between the increases. I choice to make the increase a little neater – notes are on my Ravelry page if you are interested.

This was also an easy knit and I would recommend it if you have never knit a sweater before. If you know the gender of the baby it can easily be made more masculine or feminine with the buttons and color choices. I went gender neutral with black and gray. Mari had a great black sweater she wore the heck out of as a baby.

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As for reading, I finished up a book last week, The Cruelest Month. It is #3 in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I liked this one a lot. In it we finally find out about the mysterious, life-altering case that has plagued Gamasche for years. The author certainly teased us well with that storyline in the first two books.

I will be back to production knitting for the next month as I prepare for a spring craft show. Hopefully I can find a little time for some pleasure knitting as well and spinning on my newly acquired spinning wheel! Thank you tax refund!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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