My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Fiesta Bag

The mystery project I showed in my last blog post is this:

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Lucy Neatby’s Fiesta Bag!

I following Lucy Neatby on Instagram and a little while back she was offering the pattern for sale pre-publication as a fundraiser for Alberta Fire Relief — so that’s when I bought the pattern. (The fund-raiser is now over: knitters raised $2,800 for the Canadian Red Cross.)

You can now buy the pattern via Lucy’s website, here.

I wanted to make a good-sized bag so elected to make mine from worsted weight yarn. For the solid color I chose Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the “Farmhouse White” colorway. It took my quite a while to find a variegated worsted weight yarn for the contrast. I finally ended up buying a merino/tencel blend from an etsy seller: Felt Buddies and Co.

I added an applied i-cord at the top edge for added stability:

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Anyway, the pattern was very entertaining and well-written and I am enjoying every minute of the knitting.

What’s next?

Well, I can start my next Camp Loopy project on July 1. Until then I will be playing with these:

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I’m going to be doing a colorwork project with these colors. Well, mostly these colors. I haven’t quite finalized the palette yet!

Loki has been a big help to me this weekend:

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Kinsale, Completed

I have finally, two months after starting it, completed Kinsale.

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To recap, this design is from Alice Starmore’s Fishermen’s Sweaters and I made mine out of Appalachian Baby Design Organic Cotton. I love, love, love the finished sweater as much as I hate, hate, hate knitting with that yarn.

That yarn is WICKED splitty. I had to slow down my knitting to ensure that I caught all four plies of the yarn. Even though I was very careful, many times I stopped and dropped down a couple of rows to pick up a loose ply. Very time consuming.

So it seemed like a good time to knit something really fun:

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Do you know what that is?

Loki does, but he is not telling!

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Second Sleeve

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The winner of my review copy of Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living by Andrea Rangel is Jen R., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I am making good progress on Kinsale. I finished the first sleeve and have attached it to the body. I picked up stitches along the […]

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Rugged Knits

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I have another new book to review: This is Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living by Andrea Rangel. You can view the projects on Ravelry, here. (I note that the title says there are 24 projects, but there are actually 22 patterns in the book. Two of the patterns are for hats that […]

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Trellis Tam

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The Feel Good Yarn Company released my pattern this past Thursday: This is my Trellis Tam, knit from two shades of the Feel Good Yarn Company’s SilverSpun Sock yarn. You can order a kit to make this fun hat here, and use this code to get free shipping: JuneDOTM ETA: You can purchase the pattern separately as well, […]

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