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Finally got some decent pictures with Salina, and just in time too! Its about to get HOT here in Dallas!

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Pattern: Salina by Kim Hargreaves, Rowan Vintage Knits
: US 3 and US 1 Addi Turbo circulars
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in Rage # 150, less than 7 balls
Size: Large (38″)
Mods: Short rows in bust, cuffs picked up and knit in the round, used size 3 cirs for seed stitch on the hip

My first pullover, my first seamed sweater, and my first experience with Felted Tweed. I love how it turned out! Inadvertently I cast on using the larger size needle, so the hip isn’t really fitted, which may be an issue later but only time will tell. I also added a total of 12 short rows to the bust, which made a HUGE difference I think – it fits perfectly there. Instead of knitting the cuffs separately I picked up around the edge of the sleeve and just knit them in the round. Mostly because I was lazy, but also because I wasn’t sure whether the cuffs flopped around, and I didn’t want to find out. The only issue I see with this knit is where it bunches around the underarms. I’ll have to see how to alter for this problem with my later projects.

Have you ever been so anxious to finish a project that you hunkered down for an entire day adding the finishing touches? I have. With this sweater. See, I live in an area where cold weather doesn’t usually last past April, and I knew I only had a few days left before it was hotter than Hades here. So I went to my LYS on a Saturday, and spent the entire day, and I mean the ENTIRE DAY from noon until 5 knitting those cuffs on size 1 needles. I didn’t eat, drink, or stop but a few times to fondle yarns. I even pulled some yarn for my next project and stared at it while I knit those cuffs. I was friggin’ determined to wear my new sweater out that night, and damn skippy I did. I was able to wear it twice before it was too warm (come on cold front!!). I may be able to take it with me to Minneapolis next week, or to Northern California the week after, if its chilly enough!

I also started Green Gable:

Green Gable WIP

I’m knitting this in Debbie Bliss Cathay in Navy. Love the yarn! Its a bit splitty, but I think it will be a great summer yarn. (please excuse the light burst in the photo, I still don’t have a decent camera and its really hard to photograph dark yarn!!)

I thought for sure I’d be sick of knitting red after Salina, so instead of using the JaggerSpun Zephyr Silk Wool I originally purchased for the Auburn Camp Shirt, I picked up some Classic Elite Silky Alpaca in a beautiful blue. But alas I was not happy with the fabric I got after knitting a swatch on 1’s, and I was NOT going down to 0’s, so Zepphyr it is, in wine. I cast on earlier tonight but there is nothing to see yet so no pics!


I’m so close to finishing Salina – Everything is blocked, and I’m currently working on the collar. Just have the seaming and cuffs left – yay!! So far I”m really happy with how it turned out although I’m a bit worried it may be a bit too small. I may have to do some serious blocking to get it to not be so snug, but I’m pretty sure this will work as I was conservative on how I blocked each individual piece (i.e. not stretching it out too much). Hopefully I’ll have some finished pictures next week.

Of course as I’m on the cusp of finishing one project I’m trying to decide what to start next. I’ve swatched for both Green Gable and the Auburn Camp Shirt…I’ll probably start the latter of the two as I have the needles for it. I plan on purchasing the Knit Picks Options set for Green Gable as it will require 4 different cirs I do not have, and although I love Addi’s I really don’t want to spend the money on 4 pairs where I can spend the same amount on an Options set.

I’m also close to finishing a sock for my pal Elin, but that’s my travel knitting. I’ve also got to start an Elijah for my friend’s baby shower in early May, and I want to start another pair of socks for me. So much to knit!

I started a challenge on the Stash and Burn board on Ravelry called the April Spring Cleaning Challenge. This is a challenge to reduce one’s stash by 1000 yards for the month, with a minimum of knitted yarn at 750 yards. I have already failed at this challenge as I have purchased several thousands yards through the Webs Anniversary Sale, and I also picked up a few skeins of Malabrigo at Imagiknit in San Francisco. In order to counteract these purchases I’m destashing some yarn. Here’s a peek at what I’m parting with:

Debbie Bliss Coton AngoraTrio Lilac FuschiaTrio Candy CaneNatural Dye studioAshabee's PunkLouisa Harding Fauve Pink 9

Louisa Harding Fauve Blue 10All Things Heather Guavaclaudia handpainted yarns

J KnitsPerfect Day Yarns Jazz JuneThe Knittery StormThe Knittery

From the top left and across:  Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora (14),  Trio Crystal Palace (2 in 2 different colors), Natural Dye Studio Sock Yarn, Ashabee’s Fiber Oasis Sock, Luoisa Harding Favre (in 2 different colors), All Things Heather sock yarn, Claudia Hand Painted Sock, J Knits Softee Alpaca,  Perfect Day Self-Striping Sock, The Knittery Slim Sock (in 2 different colors).

I need to get rid of some yarn, so make me an offer!! I have these up on my trade/sell page on Ravelry, but if you are one of the few knitters out there that is not on Ravelry, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know if its available!

That’s what I am. I stay up waaaay too late, especially on the weekends, and then my whole week is messed up. Its not until I have to wake up super early for a flight or a meeting when I get back on schedule, but usually only for a few days or a week, then I’m back to staying up late. Normally I’d be knitting right now, but I’ve been knitting for hours and I just can’t do it anymore today. And plus I feel like I’ve been neglecting my poor little blog!

Update on my knitting…I finished all of the major gifts I had to finish for March on time, so I found myself at the end of March with some freedom to choose!! I had 2 socks on the needles that I ended up frogging…the Nutkin socks and Leyburn which I never even posted about here. I plan on restarting the Leyburn socks with an additioanl 5 stitches, as soon as I’m done with these:

Stockinette sKNITches WIP

I love them. This is a basic stockinette sock over 60 stitches in sKNITches Syncopation Self-Striping Sock Yarn in Collegiate. I had been stalking the sKNITches website for weeks when I finally discovered that I could have the yarn custom dyed, so I ordered!!! I was in need of a mindless sock after the insanity that is called Bayerische. One of the things I love most about this is the afterthought, or peasant, heel. Love love love it. Its perfect for self striping sock yarn. I’ve got one sock finished and am just past the toe on the second.

Salina WIP

I also picked up Salina again. Its another mindless knit – all stockinette, and its turning out great so far (I think). I’ve got the back knit up and plan on starting the front tomorrow.

I also swatched for the Auburn Camp Shirt today. I’m going to use JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in Ruby (more red!)! I missed the Project Spectrum boat and I’m a month behind…Every time I look at yarns I’m drawn to the reds. I’m hoping this will change soon or I may have red yarn everywhere!!

An update on life – I’m soooo glad March is over. That was one crazy month. It took me a week to recover!!!  I do miss my niece though…I cna’t wait to see her when my sister and her husband come to visit in May for Mother’s Day.  I still do a lot of traveling this month, but at least they are to cool cities – San Fran, Seattle, and Portland. I’m going to try and check out Artfibers when I’m in San Fran just to see what it is all about as Nicole and Jenny of Stash and Burn talk about it all the time (well, they did last year as I’m still listening to the old podcasts!)!  Oh, and if you are interested in burning through your stash, I have set up a challenge on the Stash and Burn Ravelry group here.  You can win yarn!!!

I also started taking Bikram Yoga and it has totally changed my body. I need to buy another 10 session package, its really worth the $$. I’m going to be planting some tomato and pepper plants tomorrow in my garden, with maybe a cucumber plant too. I was so excited to see my strawberries are already blooming!!!

I got a new iPod as my ancient one finally died. Oh, and I bought a swift which has made a HUGE difference in ball winding. My sock yarn stash has grown exponentially. Oh, and I’m going to see Radiohead in May – pit tickets baby!!!

Ok, I’m pooped.  Catch you guys later.

Ooooh, WordPress got a face lift in the editing section!  Woo hoo!

You know when you area *this* close to finishing a sweater, how you can’t wait to finish it but at the same time your mind starts to wander to what’s next? Yeah, I have that bug. I have been waking up dreaming of my next project and how lovely it will be when finished…this is how obsessed I am with starting something new. I think that all that unselfish knitting from last month boiled over and all that is left is knitting for me me me!!!

I can’t say that’s true though, as I have been knitting for others, mostly the Twining Vine Baby Blanket for my sis (there are no updated pics because its mostly the same, just a bit longer). I need to have this finished by the time I go visit my sis in March before she is due, so I’m trying to work on it a little bit each day. Its such a complicated lace pattern that I really have to focus on it whilst knitting. The good thing is I’ve discovered that the blanket will only need 3 panels instead of 4, so yay!

Onto the chronic-project-starting. I had purchased 8 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed for half off at my LYS and couldn’t wait to knit it up. After a lot of research and some help from some knitting friends, I decided to knit Salina (Ravelry link). I immediately ordered a copy of Rowan Vintage Knits off and swatched as soon as I could. I cast on a few days ago, but will not allow myself to continue until the Tangled Yoke is finished (mainly because its bogarting the circs I need). But here’s what I’ve got so far:


The colorway is Rage #150 and its beautiful. I am in love with how this yarn knits up and the texture. I love tweed but I’m not a huge fan of the kind of tweed that has specks of a multitude of colors…I like my tweed kinda boring, but still tweedy. That’s what I love about this yarn – the specks are grey, black and white, with no purples or greens. Love that.

With Salina on a short hiatus I was itching for something else. I had purchased a beautiful ginormous hank of Alpaca With a Twist Baby Twist, (also half off!) and decided I wanted to knit up a shrug. After checking out the available patterns on Ravelry, I realized that I had the perfect pattern in my copy of Fitted Knits. Soooo, I cast on for the Two-Tone Ribbed Shrug (sorry, another Ravelry link) last night, except mine will not be two-toned:


The color is Cotton Candy #1003 in the blue family, and oh my how soft this yarn is. Its gorgeous and I want to buy more. The hank has about 550 yards, and I hope that’s enough. If not the sleeves will be just a tad bit shorter 🙂

Tangled Yoke will be finished soon. I’ve just got the button bands to knit and blocking – I actually knit up one side last night and realized that I did it wrong – I made my TY a bit longer than the pattern stated and didn’t realize you are only suppose to pick up but 3 stitches for every 4, or something like that. I’ll be doing some math tonight to figure it out.

I also got some yarn p0rn for you. I sat by the computer and waited for Sundara to update her website so I could order her sock yarn as I have heard rave reviews about it. I don’t think I was the only one because I didn’t get one of the colors I wanted, but that’s ok, I’ll wait until next time!


This one is Sangria over Garnet.


And this is Ember over Flame.

The sock yarn is gorgeous! Beautiful vibrant colors and soft yummy yarn. Now I need to knit me some socks – I have so much sock yarn and no socks as of yet! Ooooooh, something else to cast on for!

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