My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Free Your Fade

Yesterday I finished my June Camp Loopy project, a Free Your Fade shawl.

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I knit this from Andrea Mowry’s pattern and used 5 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in the colorways (from light to dark): Typewriter, Shiver, Budgie, Dragonfly, and Wish. I used a U.S., size 6 needle and ended up using 1131 yards approximately. This is a BIG shawl! Here it is draped across my couch:

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And here it is curled up (sort of) on my dining room table:

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This is going to be a wonderful cozy shawl next winter. My pattern mods included doing just single yarn overs throughout. The variegation in the yarn masks the yarn overs somewhat so there didn’t seem much point in varying them.

My other mod was done on the fade into the last color. Because I was trying to use up as much of each skein as possible, I worked the 4th color until I calculated I had just enough to complete the fade to the last color, so I started the fade halfway through a plain garter section. The yarn over row is in the middle of the final fade, and I did a couple extra alternate rows of color 4 and 5 to use up the last of color 4. Then I did a plain garter section with the last color until I had just enough to do the picot bind off.

Loki seems impressed, doesn’t he?

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June Camp Loopy Project

It’s finally June so I finally started my June Camp Loopy project on Friday!

Here’s the yarn:

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I am making a Free Your Fade shawl from An Andrea Mowry pattern. I am using Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK, and I have 5 colorways: Typewriter, Shiver, Budgie, Dragonfly, and Wish. Here is the start of the shawl:

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And here is the first fade, from Color A to Color B.

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So far so good!

It’s a gloomy rainy day here, so I plan to get some more work done on this.

Here is Loki’s plan for the day:

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FOs

I finished a couple of things last week. Like this:

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This is the Wood Warbler Cowl, designed by Martina Behm. I made mine from Socks That Rock Heavyweight on a U.S. size 7 needle. A fun and fast project!

Next up, these:

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These mitts are made from the Hedda Mitts pattern, designed by Trin-Annelie. I made the Hedda Hat a few months ago and now have the matching mitts. I usedSocks That Rock Mediumweight and U.S. size 0 and 2 needles. I tried out some new needles with this project:

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Those are Addi Flexi Flips. It’s a dpn with a small cable in the middle, so you have your project on two needles and knit with a third needle. Each needle has a blunt point on one end and a sharp point on the other end so you can choose to knit with the tip you prefer. I usually knit small circumferences on two circulars, and I found these to be a great time saver — no shoving the stitches from one end of the circular to the other. People seem to either love or hate these. I am definitely in the “love” camp.

Loki sez:

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“Happy Memorial Day to all that celebrate. Thank you to my Daddy and all veterans who have served our country. Use this weekend to relax!”

The Joy of Garter Stitch

I spent most of this past week on a non-public project, and when I finished that, I started this:

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This is Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, originally published in Jen Arnall-Culliford’s A Year of Techniques. It’s the design on the cover.

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, so into the stash room I ventured. I pulled these two gems from deep stash:

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Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the Spinel and Big Brain Blue colorways.

I started with a crochet provisional cast-on — you had a choice of that or of using Judy’s Magic Cast-on.

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The pattern calls for a U.S. size 8 needle, but I got gauge with a size 7. And here is my progress so far:

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After completing the knitting you graft the live stitches at the end to the cast-on stitches, hence the provisional cast-on.

It is a fun knit — mindless enough to work on while bing-watching a royal wedding, for example, but with some fun shaping to keep things interesting.

Here is my little prince, doing his best “smooshy face.”

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The Shift

Here’s what I did last week:

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This is The Shift, a cowl design by Andrea Mowry. I’ve turned into an Andrea Mowry fangirl, it seems. Her patterns are very well-written and her designs are pretty. What’s not to like?

I used Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool sportweight wool yarn in three green colorways: Deep Bump, Huldra, and Swerve. The cowl is worked flat and then seamed. Here it is lying flat:

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And the flip side, showing the back seam:

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The color is most accurate in the first photo. This was a very fun knit, and it took me just exactly a week to complete. I’m now working on a non-public project, but that should take me just a few days, and then I need to find a project that will last me to the end of May. Why is that? Because Camp Loopy starts on June 1! I’ve already picked out my June project and have my yarn. Do you?

Loki sez:

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!