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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Next Color

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I’ve started the second color in my Carrie shawl.  When I used mini-skeins to knit my first Hitchhiker, I changed colors at the ends of rows.  On this project, I’m changing in the middle of the row, whenever each skein runs out.  I’m not quite sure why I’m doing it differently, but it just seems like the right thing to do.  The rows are starting to get longer, but I’m moving right along now that I’ve got a feel for the pattern.  It’s easy and a great portable project!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Socks

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I’ve finished my first Snow White sock and I’ve started the second.  Back in Semester One of Loopy Academy, it was suggested that we use a new cast on for one of the projects, so I tried the Old Norwegian Cast On for the first time (I believe it’s also called the Twisted German Cast On).  I’ve kept using it on socks since then.  It’s related to the long tail cast on, but it’s a little more elastic.  Just goes to show that while I’ve been knitting socks for years, I can still find a new way to do things!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Something New

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I’ve started a new pair of socks and a new sweater recently, but I didn’t have any shawl-like things on the needles after finishing my scarlet hood.  Yesterday, I took care of that problem.  I went through my collection of mini-skeins and grabbed a set to make Carrie.  When I realized that I was a little low on yardage, I found two more mini-skeins from another set that would work perfectly, so I added those to this project too!

You’ll have to wait to see what the other colors will be, but you can see my first color is kind of a turquoise and blue combination.  I’ve already gotten a feel for the pattern, so this should be pretty easy to knit up!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crochet!

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The fourth row is finished!  It’s getting wider and Max is having more luck climbing underneath it while I work.  It’s time to weave in ends and then I’m on to the fifth row!  (Logan toes included for scale, and because he wanted to be in the picture.)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Stripy Socks

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I’ve started a new pair of stripy socks, and once again, they’re flying along!  The yarn is Biscotte and Cie’s Felix Self Striping again, this time in the color way Princesse et les 7 Mailles (princess and the 7 stitches) - a play on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  I love that she has fairy tale inspired yarns!

Same plain vanilla stockinette sock pattern with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  I didn’t quite get a bullseye on the heel, which is what I was going for, but I got close.

Oh, and just in case you’re curious, I’m still amused by the striping.  It just never gets old!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Starting Over

This weekend I tried on my Alys cardigan to check the sleeve length and I realized something.  I realized I wasn’t happy with the way Alys was fitting.  I don’t know if I got off gauge or if it was the A-line shaping, but Alys was huge.  Since there was no reason continuing on, this:
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became this:
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I’ll give the yarn some time to think about what it’s done, but in the meantime, I started another cardigan.
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This is the Alpengluhen Cardigan (it means Alpine Glow, and is not a reference to a liquid adhesive used in high altitudes).  No, I don’t speak German, why do you ask?

Anyway, the yarn is Jaeger Shetland Aran in a lovely Robin’s Egg Blue color.  It was actually reclaimed from another failed project a few years ago (which is why the knitting seems so “textural”).  It will smooth out once it’s all blocked.  I’ve forgotten how quickly worsted weight yarns knit up!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ain’t Nobody Like Me, ‘Cept Me

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…according to Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy.

These socks are knit in Biscotte and Cie’s Rocket color way (I’m pretty sure the inspiration for the yarn dyeing had nothing to do with a genetically modified, trigger happy raccoon, but that’s where my brain went) and knit in a plain vanilla, stockinette stitch with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

I started the first sock with the blue and the second sock with the pink and worked from the opposite end of the skein on the second sock.  My finished socks, while clearly a pair, are not identical at all!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I’ve started another pair of self striping socks!

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