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I think this turned out pretty darn good…

Sahara

Pattern: Sahara by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in Mocha (or Baby Plum)
Beads: Amethyst Silver Lined Beads 6/0, about 2.5-6″ tubes
Needles: Size US4 & US6 Addi Circulars
Mods: Added some short rows, or course

Oh Sahara. The diamond rib stitch pattern is gorgeous. And I’m soooo glad I added beads. They were a bit of a PITA to thread on and knit with, but they really made a huge difference. And I love how this required practically no seaming what so ever (only needed it to seam up the center panel). Top down knits are the bomb!!

The only thing I would go back and change about this is I accidentally knit the hem in the wrong size needles. It doesn’t look bad, but I noticed that it puckers a bit when I wear it, so I may eventually go back and rip that out and reknit on US4’s. The good news is that I won’t run out of yarn! I love how the sleeves are constructed with short rows, and how you can adjust how deep you want the neckline by how far up you seam up the center panel (had to seam mine up a bit far – didn’t want the ladies poking out too much!!).

Sahara

I will say that I’m a bit worried with how much the Ella Rae Bamboo Silk will stretch. I think a little more length will be fine, but I can see how it would want to stretch a bit more, so we’ll see with wear. I was also worried about the color, but think it turned out fantastic, especially with the beads – without them the color would have definitely washed me out.

Sahara edging

All around a fabulous knit.

I also knit up aHelmet Liner for my dad’s Christmas gift while on a business trip. Its a quick knit and I think he’ll love it!!

Dad's Helmet Liner

Pattern: Helmet Liner by Bonnie Long
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Stone Blue #99
Needles: Size US6 & US8 Addi Circulars and Crystal Palace DPN’S
Mods: None

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This was a Christmas gift for my sister, I’m sorry these photos do not do the scarf any justice (they are seriously BAD – I need a new camera). I’ll have to get a pic of my sister actually wearing it…

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Pattern: My So Called Scarf

Needes: US7 Brittany Bamboo Straight Needles
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Stonechat – 1 1/3 skeins
Mods: I only cast on 16 stitches (I think) to make a skinny long scarf as I was only using 1 skein plus 1/3 of what was leftover from other projects I gave her (see Fetching and Calorimetry).

Love the stitch pattern – it looks complicated when its not really complicated at all. I will definitely make this one again!!

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Pattern: Shifting Sands Scarf by Grumperina
Needles: US8 Straight Needles
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Rich Chocolate – 2 skeins
Mods: I cast on 37 stitches to make the scarf a bit narrower.

 

Big thumbs up on this one!! This scarf is for my brother-in-law for Christmas. At first I was a bit worried that the colors wouldn’t be masculine enough, but after asking lots of guys their opinion I believe it will do fine! I love this pattern – its easy and a bit mindless. I did get bored with it after a while and ended up putting it aside for other projects, but absolutely LOVED how it turned out. Malabrigo is some of the best yarn out there…in fact I think I convinced a LYS to carry it – yay me! The scarf also curled like a mo-fo, but after blocking it appears it won’t be an issue.

I actually finished this about a week ago but haven’t had the chance to update it here since Thanksgiving week was so crazy. Plus I gave this to the recipient, my sister, Thanksgiving day so I don’t feel bad about writing about it!

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Pattern: Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf

Needles: US8 Crystal Palace Bamboo Straight Needles
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Stonechat
Mods: I ended up knitting 14 short rows instead of the pattern stated 18 because I thought the wrap was a bit too big.

 

Love love love this quick knit! I need to make one for me!

Since the majority of yesterday was spent on the couch (please refer to previous post), I decided to reknit the Broad Street Mittens on a smaller needle size. I’m almost finished with one mitten and love the outcome.

Here’s the crapola mitten and the new mitten side by side. Can you see the difference?

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If not, here they are up close…

Crapola mitten (Please ignore the bad sewing attempts…I now know better!):

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Happy Mitten:

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Of course I’m assuming these will look a bit better after I’ve blocked them, but the tighter gauge works better for these mittens. And I swear the color looks better in the redo – the pink looks…pinker. I am going to add the flap tonight, hopefully.

Oh, look how purty!

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This is seriously some of the softest yarn EVER! Can you guess what it is?? That’s right, Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the colorway Stonechat. I’ve heard rave reviews about this yarn, and ohmigod are they right. I can’t wait to knit this stuff up! It’s going to be Calorimetry.

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