My current work in progress:

Toorie, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Felted Tweed, using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

Archives for January 2015

Bunny Fever

The other day I took time out from shawl knitting because I felt the need to knit another bunny. Meet Inga:

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She is Dotty‘s new best friend! She is knit from Cascade 220 and a variety of Loopy Cakes. Like Dotty, she is knit from Julie Williams’ excellent pattern Bunny girl in a dotty dress.

I can foresee knitting little matching dresses for the bunny girls for different holidays and seasons!

I am also working along on my  Stay Awhile shawl. I am past the halfway point:

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I actually have negative progress. I was blithely knitting along and didn’t realize I had knit way past the halfway point of the amount of yarn I had, so had to rip back a couple of inches. Very painful. 😉 But I don’t want to run out before the end!

Loki is helping me today by lying in my lap, demanding attention.

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I am happy to comply!

First FO of the Year

Happy 2015!

I spent the first two days of the new year knitting something completely frivolous, and totally fun:

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Meet Dotty, knit from Julie Williams’ excellent pattern: Bunny girl in a dotty dress. I’ve admired this pattern for a long time because it is just so stinking cute, and shortly before the holidays, I purchased the pattern and gathered up yarns.

My bunny’s body is knit from Cascade 220 superwash in colorway #875. I decided to make her “tights” in a generic colorway, cream and black, so I could change her dress should I decide to make more.

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The black is a mystery fingering weight yarn, left over from something, and the ivory is Loopy Ewe Solid Series.

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Her dress is also knit from Loopy Ewe Solid Series, colors grape and lime. Instead of doing a button and loop at the back neck, I knit wee 2-stitch i-cords to tie in a bow.

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This was such a fun knit — quite fiddly and detailed with lots of finishing, but the detail is what makes it so adorable. The pattern is 14 pages long with lots of detail and great photos. I highly recommend it if you need a bunny. After all, who doesn’t need a bunny!

I did finish my bamboo chemo cap, a half an hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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I wanted to finish so I could have a new project on the needles at the start of 2015. Here is what I started shortly before the beginning of 2015:

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This is Louise Zass-Bangham’s clever Stay Awhile pattern. I am knitting mine with gift yarn, sent to me by my friend Johanne: Visjö Karamell from Östergötlands Ullspinneri. It’s a sportweight wool in a lovely gradient colorway.

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I am a sucker for gradients and I think this yarn is looking great in the pattern.

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So . . . 2015 is off to a good start, knitting-wise. Tomorrow I return to work after extended leave for the holidays. Loki will probably be annoyed that his servant will not be at his beck and call all day, but I think ultimately he will be happy to go back to our regular routine. He has been so confused by the break in our normal schedule!

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Here he is striking an artistic pose. 😉