My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

MatchMaker

My Matchmaker is done!

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To recap, this is the Matchmaker pattern by Martina Behm, knit from fingering weight Wollmeise in the Mistelzweig and Bob colorways on a U.S. size 3 needle. Because the pattern called for a 2.5mm needle, it is knit at a looser gauge, so my Matchmaker is larger than stated on the pattern.

It also used more yarn. I ran out of the solid color 4 rows before the end, so simply worked 4 fewer rows. I ran out of the variegated color in the “triangle” portion (this makes sense if you have knit this). But I had a second skein of the variegated “Bob” so used some of that. I also have a second  skein of Mistelzweig, but because it was so close, I didn’t bother to break into it. I just stopped the piece a little sooner.

To block it, I put it in the washer/dryer. Best idea I had this week! I put it in a mesh bag and washed it on the delicate cycle, using a warm water wash and rinse. I used my regular detergent — it’s one of those no-dye-added for sensitive skin detergents. Then I threw it in the dryer on the delicate setting until it was just dry. It came out looking perfect. It softened up beautifully and the stitches are all nice and even. Wollmeise unblocked feels sort of stringy so it really needs a good blocking. And this did it perfectly.

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I have found that I wear my knitted cowls more than any other item I have ever knit. So I foresee a lot more cowl knitting in my future! Here’s the yrn for my next cowl:

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Chemo Caps

Someone I know is a caregiver for a family member going through chemotherapy right now. She mentioned the following about the chemo caps at a cancer center:

The baskets filled with colorful hats is a cheery site, but a woman who is still working came in for chemo infusion dressed in a dark, professional suit and was looking for a neutral hat. When she found a dark grey hat, you would think she had found gold! So happy! I told her I will spread the word to knitters that neutral colors are needed and appreciated!

So I’m doing my bit here to spread the word a little further. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to knit a hat for someone going through chemotherapy.

Loki’s Plan for the Day

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Watching his favorite television show. I hope it doesn’t give him any ideas!

Comments

  1. I just watched about 6 1/2 hour episodes of that show last night while sorting through boxes of junk! Saw an episode with a 12 year old who was going to lose her cat if the behaviors were not fixed. Was so nice to see it work out!
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  2. Love that Matchmaker project, will add to long list…
    Makes sense about the neutral chemo hats, I will spread the word to the volunteers at the hospital I work at :)

    I put the Cornell Lab Bird Cam on for Sadie some days: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/40/Cornell_Lab_FeederWatch_Cam/

  3. I was so happy when my knitting friends got together and knit hats for me when I was going through chemo last year. Some were colorful and some were white. I am still paying it forward and probably shall for quite some time.
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  4. Did you keep it in the mesh bag in the dryer? I was thinking if you don’t, it might stretch out of shape (and if you do it might remain wadded up).

    I wore lots of cowls this past winter and my mom (in her 80′s now) has decided that (after receiving a few cowls from me) they are infinitely more practical than scarves. They will be my hot weather knitting (along with socks) this summer.

    I have been enjoying my copy of Happy Feet (thanks again for picking me). The publisher got it to me within a few days — I was amazed at the speed! Several of my favorite designs call for heavier weight yarn than I usually use, so I plan to calculate new numbers to work with my preferred gauge. The book should keep me busy for quite awhile.
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  5. Love the finished cowl, but have to laugh @ the color names: some exotic German name & “Bob”! They’re so incongruent, it’s made me smile each time you’ve mentioned them.

  6. Oooh! Ahhh! Love Matchmaker. You definitely have a knack with color. I’m working on Seriously Simply Shawl. More fun in my day. Thank You.

  7. Love the look and color choices!

  8. Thank you for the good reminder on chemo caps!
    Another tip for chemo caps and other small knitted items – I use a salad spinner to spin out excess moisture after handwashing yarn I wouldn’t trust in the washer!

  9. Looks like you are UNFEARFUL to put the Matchmaker (1) in the washer and (2) in the dryer … (I would not dare to do either one) but the result is STUNNING! I love you color choices.

  10. You didn’t say what kind of washer you’re using, but I love my front loader and work with a bunch of people who either hate theirs, or have grown children who hate theirs. Mine has an “ultra handwash” setting, and for this kind of thing I’ll skip the mesh bag, especially when washing only the one item. My dryer also has both a very low setting and an air tumble, and I use both of those regularly.

    And I love your next choice of colors.

  11. Savannagal says:

    Our local hospitals have requested the same thing. Dark colors like browns, blacks, grays or neutrals.

  12. Midnite Baker says:

    Love the colors you picked for the shawl. So glad you can entertain Loki with TV programs. Wish Sparky would. Right now, she is nagging me about more food for her dish. The Boss Speaks….
    Take Care, M