My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Camp Loopy July Project

Happy July! I am very happy to be working on my July Camp Loopy project:

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This is a shawl pattern called Sur le chemin de l’école. The directive for this project, lifted from The Loopy Ewe blog:

Theme: Buried Treasure. You just never know what you’re going to find buried, do you? The challenge this month is to make something that has been in your Ravelry queue or on your Ravelry favorites list (or on your internal “must make” list) for more than a year. It has been buried in your list – now it is time to unearth it! Your project must use a minimum of 600 yards in this single project.

I really don’t queue things in Ravelry, but I do favorite patterns, so I looked back and found this pattern that I had favorited quite a long time ago. So long ago that I had no recollection of the pattern, but I love it. It is very entertaining because there’s a lot going on! I’m using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the “Rain Water” colorway, a total of over 1000 yards, so it meets the yardage requirement for the project.

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Because this is a holiday weekend, I predict a lot of progress by the next post!

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Do the Twist

Here is my Fiesta Bag that I showed in my last blog entry, now with handles!

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Rather than knit the handles according to the pattern, I’ve made i-cord handles. I started out knitting the handles from the pattern but decided I preferred i-cords, so ripped out what I started.

On Friday I will start my July Camp Loopy project, a shawl called Sur le chemin de l’école. I will be knitting it in this yarn:

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That’s Madelinetosh Pashmina in the “Rain Water” colorway. I’ve got three skeins. Such a pretty colorway!

ChiaoGoo Twist Mini

Have you seen the new ChiaoGoo Twist Mini interchangeable needle set? I pre-ordered a set when it was announced and got it a couple of weeks ago.

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(Diet Coke included for scale.)

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It’s a set of very small-sized needles: five tip sizes US000 (1.5mm) to US1.5 (2.5mm), three cables, a wee box with the little parts and pieces, and a ruler. This set is packed in a tidy little black mesh pouch.

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The whole thing packed up will fit very neatly into your knitting bag. A nice little set!

Loki Sez

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“Hello, Lady Kitties!”

That is his “come hither” look.


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

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 body edge and then attached the sleeve via a three-needle bind-off. Because I did raised exposed shoulder seams, I did the same for the sleeve seam:

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Then I sewed up the side seam and sleeve seam using a mattress stitch:

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I am working along on the second sleeve and should have it done in a few days.

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Loki was a big help in the seaming — he sat on the end table and watched!

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