My current work in progress:

1. Ropewalk, designed by Norah Gaughan, knit from Berroco Indigo in the "6410 Relaxed" colorway on U.S. size 6 and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Done and Done

Before I get into my completed items, check this out:

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This is a Christmas stocking that Linda created using my Sanquhar Cowl pattern charts. Isn’t that a great idea?

I had a productive weekend! I finished my Birka hat:

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This is knit from Woolfolk FÅR on a U.S. size 6 and 7 needle. A great marriage of yarn and pattern, I think.

And I finished this:

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My Stay Awhile wrap, knit from Östergötlands Ullspinneri Visjö Karamell yarn that was a gift from my friend Johanne in Sweden. I used a U.S. size 5 needle.

I love, love, love how this turned out!

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It’s a gloomy rainy day today, so I plan to stay in and knit while doing laundry, etc. Loki is on sentry duty!

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This and That and Also a Hat

I am past the two-thirds mark on my shawl, as I am well into the third and last skein of yarn. I am loving how this looks!

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I decided to start a hat for commuter knitting, so I cast on Birka.

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You start by knitting a hat band, then join and pick up stitches around the top for the crown of the hat.

I recently got my greedy little paws on some Woolfolk FÅR yarn, so that’s what I’m using. I’ve used Woolfolk Tynd for a couple of projects, the most recent being my Sanquhar Cowl. That’s fingering weight. FÅR is worsted weight and has an intriguing chained construction.

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It feels just as fabulous as Tynd does and is lovely to knit.

Loki sez:

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“I love you this much!”

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. icon wink Bunny Fever 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. icon wink First FO of the Year

 

Hats Off!

The year is drawing to a close . . . time for one last blog post of 2014.

Guess what I finally finished? Woodfords!

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I am very pleased with the finished product and think I’ll actually wear it. To recap, I knit this from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the “paper” colorway on a U.S. size 3, 5, 6, and 7 needle.

Other than that, it has been hats, hats, hats. Here is one I knit in stealth:

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This is a simple watch cap (no pattern) I made for the King of All Remote controls as a holiday gift. I used Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in the “black tie” colorway (I believe that’s a limited editions colorway available at Jimmy Bean’s Wool only) on a U.S. size 7 needle. I knit a deep ribbed cuff that can be turned up or pulled down, depending on how cold it is outside.

Another hat:

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This is the extraordinarily clever Tensfield, designed by Martina Behm, knit from Jade Sapphire dk weight cashmere in the “bluestone” colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle. It’s a fast and easy knit and such a clever design. You can use any weight of yarn to knit it.

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Unfortunately, this cap is knit as a chemo cap for a friend about to start chemotherapy. Since she is starting treatment in January, I thought she could use a warm outdoor cap. But I also wanted to knit her an indoor cap. So I am working on this:

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This is a plain ribbed beanie being knit from Bee Sweet Bamboo in the “sea green” colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle. The yarn is a gorgeous color and very soft, but is extremely splitty! I have to pay close attention while knitting to ensure I haven’t split it. My Signature Needle Arts stiletto tip needle is a big help with this.

I’m hoping to finish this before midnight tonight, so it will be my last FO of 2014.

Loki, the King of All Remote Controls, and I are celebrating the New Year quietly at home tonight, so I’ll have some good knitting time, albeit tempered with champagne. Loki is resting up for later.

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Happy New Year to all! 2014 was a tough year for a lot of people I love, filled with tragedy and loss. On the plus side, it has given me a finer appreciation for all that I have, including dear friends. Thank you all for reading and knitting along with me thus past year. I’ll see you next year! icon smile Hats Off!