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Friday, May 27, 2016

Loopy Academy Extra Credit, Finished!

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I've finished my extra credit for Loopy Academy!  I made On the Spice Market with Loopy's Solid Series yarns.  I love these yarns because they have a pretty complete color range, but they're also a nice quality superwash, soften up quite a bit when they are washed, and the fact that they come in 50g skeins, makes them affordable for color work.
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One of the fun things about this design is all the colors you get to use, and this was a project that made me glad I had bought the color cards!  I used Cornflower for the main color and the contrast colors (in order from CC1 to CC6) are Pesto, Olive, Pine, Evergreen, Lake, and Navy.  This was such a fun project to knit, even though it was a lot of knitting.  I kept going just to see the next color change!

I did make one change to the pattern, on the second set of stripes, I made mine all the same size.  I had plenty of yarn, so I just worked three repeats of Section 4 in each of the colors.  This probably made my shawl a little bit bigger, but since it's essentially a wearable blanket anyway, I'm not going to sweat it.

I'm now finished with Loopy Academy for another year (Year One for sewing and Year Two for knitting), all my pictures and project details are turned in and awaiting approval!  I've decided not to do Camp Loopy this summer, but I'll be back in Loopy Academy this fall.  I'm going to be working on some random stash projects, and finishing up a few things, and sewing this summer!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Helpful

I pulled the Carson Throw out last night so I could get some work done on it.  I haven't done much with it this month between finishing up Loopy Academy (extra credit is blocking!) and the Mad May/ESK Free For All KAL.  Now that those are off the needles, I can get back to Carson - or so I thought.
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After about one round, someone discovered that the Carson makes it's own cave, and promptly climbed in to explore.  Then he fell asleep.  I just went with it.  Maybe I can get some work done on Carson during his big daytime nap today.  I'm obviously not going to get the remaining 25 rounds for this month completed by the end of the month, but I was planning on dragging my Carson out an extra month to get the Long Haul Boosterthon badge anyway, so I'm still on track for that.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Third Time's A Charm!

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You've seen the start of this pattern twice before, but the yarns were all wrong.  This time, all is right with the world.  The gauge is right; the color is right.  This time the socks will be completed!

The pattern?  Oh, that's Twisted, but I added three rounds of knit at the beginning, to get the little roll at the top.  The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in H.R.H, Crown Princess of Purple, Violetta (yes, that's the color name).  It was a skein from the Rockin' Sock Club one year.

This time, I will get my pair of Twisted socks!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Stripes

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My Loopy Academy Extra Credit project is slowly creeping to its end.  I'm about halfway through the second to last stripe, but each row is VERY long.  This thing is already huge!  I had to stand on the table to get the whole thing into the picture frame, and I didn't really even stretch it out to its full length and width.  (Sorry about yet another super dark picture.  As soon as I got back from my run this morning the sky opened up and it got very dark, which is not great for pictures, but I was glad it waited until I got home.)

I'm hoping to get the knitting finished in the next few days so I can get the ends woven in and get it blocked.  It doesn't need a hard stretching, and I might just take Sir Steamy (my iron) to it and give it a good overall steaming.  I can decide that after I finish all the knitting.  I've got until May 31 to get the photo uploaded, but that's coming faster than I think.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Finished Project!

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I finished my Winchester socks!  These are just plain vanilla socks, stockinette with ribbed cuffs.  I knit them in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in It's a Supernatural Thing (hence, the name: Winchester socks).  The pooling worked differently on each sock and I don't know for sure if it was a tension thing, or a dyeing thing, or both, or maybe evil pixies.  It's hard to tell.  I'm OK with them not being identical twins though, they're still clearly related to each other.

I will be spending the weekend working on my On the Spice Market.  I also need to get back to my Carson throw.  That thing isn't going to knit itself!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Finished!

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I've finished my Oceanbound (or Wine Dark Sea, as I'm calling the project).  This was knit for Mad May (the Madelinetosh KAL) and Eat Sleep Knit's May KAL.  I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Vermillion and Fragrant (both have just recently been discontinued).  The project was fun to knit and even the lace was easy.
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I didn't measure it after blocking, but I can tell you it's huge.  You can see that from the length of the drape on Fifi.  Why is Fifi modelling it, you ask?
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Because Logan just wasn't feeling like modelling this morning.  I think Max started taunting him right after this picture, because as soon as I snapped it, he was chasing Max, still wearing the shawl. The shawl was rescued and I went to Fifi for help this morning. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

More Sock!

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I've finished my first Winchester sock, and gotten a good start on the second!  I'm definitely preferring this yarn in a simple, stockinette sock with no frills.  The yarn is BMFA Socks That Rock in It's a Supernatural Thing.  There's not a lot to say about these except that these are the ultimate in portable auto pilot knitting.

As soon as I finish these, I'm going to knit the Twisted socks that I've tried to start twice.  I've got the perfect yarn chosen for them!  I will knit those socks!

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