10.12.2013

Dummy Clap Shawl

I finished my Dummy Clap Shawl during my stay with my Dad back in March, when he had colon cancer surgery. But then didn’t knit again until just recently.

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I would recommend this pattern, I originally picked it because I was always attracted to the Clapotis shawl in the Knitty Fall 04. I never knitted it, but found this pattern and decided to try it. I will say, love the pattern, knitted it with Brown Sheep single ply yarn. Love this yarn, but I knitted this over a long period of time and it started to felt, due to all the packing around I did. The night before my Dad’s surgery, I decided to unravel the laddering, it took me 8 hours to individually unpick them, but that kept me busy and my mind off of other things. I’m pleased with how it turn out, length, width, it is easy to wrap around and small enough to use as a scarf. I only used about 2/3 of the cone of the Brown Sheep yarn, I would buy it again. (although it seems hard to find, I bought it in a spinning shop)

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BTW, I still am shocked when I see a photo with my hair undyed, I dyed it for so many years, I still forget what it looks like, even several years after I let it grow out. Periodically I want to dye it again, and then I remember what a pain the upkeep was, my DH assures me it looks good *snort*. Well it sure saves me $$ that I can use on yarn.

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Since then I have found several other similar patterns. (all have the dropped stich technique, which is slightly frightening/fun)

 

I love the one below, It is lovely with the different yarns. I think I’ll give it a go, it would make a nice gift.

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Terraform by Cheri McEwen pattern, similar but knitted in a triangle, looks nice to drape on neck/body.

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City Tweed Dropped Stitch shawl by Knit Picks

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Dropped Stitch scarf, super easy, and you can make it bigger for a wrap, free pattern from Christine Vogel

Happy Knitting!

10.09.2013

Break Over…

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In my hiatus from blogging and knitting I missed the fact that Google Reader has been retired. Yes, I guess I’ve been living under a rock. I’ve had to reset my email passwords etc..

Working on my Citron Shawl, I know! Shawls look a mess when I’m knitting them and then beautiful after blocking!

So I’m left trying to figure out how to read my blogs!  I’ve looked into Blog Bridge, and Feedly, what are you using?

I’ve bought several knitting magazines, and been trolling Ravelry, looking at patterns and inspiring knitters and their projects.

Patterns I’m loving!!

Sideways Rib/Cowl Hood from V.Vine (rav link) free

The Lonely Tree shawl (free pattern

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A basic super soft merino hat from PurlBee (free pattern)

Thanks to all of the great designers!

10.06.2013

A little spinning at the house

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One day I was reading blogs, and saw Paul The Quilter was making The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West (rav link, free pattern), and decided that would be the perfect gift for a girlfriend! Off to my stash to see what yarn I had to start it! I came across my handspun, I haven’t spun in around 2 years and was lost in looking at my spun stash. I have around 17 oz. of a strange pumpkin-ish colored yarn that I spun, I even ran it back through the wheel and added a multicolored thread to make the color pop a little, because I thought it looked a bit flat. I don’t look good in that color and it would be perfect for her! Yay!

My husband and I thought it would be perfect for her due to the fact that she makes persimmon bread, and especially yummy cookies this time of year. We had just been to visit her and my husbands best friend to go to a music festival. I took some photos of a backdrop on one of the venues. Seem like this color was everywhere!

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I got so excited I finished up some fiber that I had been playing around with, the blue combo below.  I think I’ll make a small scarf with it. I found this great list by Simple Knits.com of 653 patterns to make with 1-285 yards of yarn. It is a blog link list to patterns, Not all of the links are still active but most of them are. Check them out. It is a great source of creative bloggers  (saving this link for possible gifts!)

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I’m still working on my Citron shawl, it is going so well, I’m making it larger than the pattern calls for, I have a 2nd skein and I’m just going to keep knitting until I’m tired. I did leave a row out. Of course it was a decrease row and I didn’t figure it out until around 2 inches later. So I’m just going with it. Needless to say it got really large fast. How did I overlook that? I was knitting and visiting and just kept going, for two days.

Also working on the Lala scarf and ditto there, not the mistake part but the making it larger than the pattern calls for. I am wondering if I’ll leave off the frilly edging? Can’t decide.

photos later