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A scarf I will actually wear come winter….

Haruha

Pattern: Haruha Scarf by Tikru
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Ginger Cinnabar
Needles: Size US5 Clover Bamboo Straight Needles
Mods: Garter rib on the edges and cables instead of twists

Another WINNER!!! I absolutely love love love this scarf. I fell in love with the Jitterbug Ginger Cinnabar colorway when I came upon it at my LYS, The Shabby Sheep. I knew it wouldn’t be enough yardage to make a pair of socks I liked (I like them long!), so I passed it up several times but then finally sucumbed to the lure of Jitterbug (ok, I just had a major case of deja vu and felt that I had already blogged about this!!! Twilight Zone!!). And Jitterbug is amazing. AMAZING! Since I knit this scarf up I have purchased an additional 6 skeins of Jitterbug, enough to make knee highs if I wanted to (most of it on sale thank goodness). I mean how can you resist more of this yumminess??

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I made a few mods to this…I followed Elin‘s lead and knit the edges in garter instead of k1p1 ribbing. I also didn’t like the left- and right-leaning twist that the pattern calls for; instead I knit left and right twisting cables and think it turned out great!

Mia likes it too:

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I’m woefully behind on posting FO’s!! I’ve knit a Helmet Liner for my dad and just took pictures of Sahara, just haven’t gotten around to blogging about them yet!! I also cast on for 2 new projects…have the pics for them too! They are both in cotton blends and my hands HURT! I will be taking a break from them for a day as I’m traveling to L.A. tomorrow for work. Socks will heal my hands, I just know they will!!

Why am I all about !!!’s tonight??

Yup, it hit me big again. I’ve currently got 5 projects on the needles, but hopefully will be finishing several by the end of the month, at least that is the plan. I decided that the Ruby Camp Shirt was just too tedious to devout all my attention on…all that laceweight knitting for a top was just making my head spin, and I needed something a bit easier to knit up. So I started Sahara:

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Not much to look at right now, but I am past the armholes and about to start decreasing for the waist. I also just ordered beads for the project, and I hope they will be dark enough and the right size. I had a really hard time finding the right beads for the project, and still not sure if they will work, but we’ll see.

I also cast on for the Haruha scarf. I was first inspired by Elin when she did her’s…I had the scarf in my queue but really want to knit that puppy up when I saw her finished Haruha scarf. And I’ve always wanted to knit up some Jitterbug in the Ginger Cinnabar as soon as I saw it at my LYS (I would fondle it EVERY I isited the store, that and the Vincent’s Apron and Salty Dog colorways too), but the yardage is pretty paltry for my size 9 feet, and I like longer socks, so I thought what a perfect combination!! Its knitting up nicely so far:

Haruha WIP

I have another FO to report so I’ll be blogging about that soon…But right now I’ve got to get to my parents lakehouse for my mom’s birthday.  Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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 cast on for Elijah on Friday, even though I hadn’t finished the Shifting Sands scarf yet.  I kinda got tired of knitting it (I find it hard to knit a scarf all at once…its too long!).  I’ve only got about 1/3 of a hank left, so I’ll probably finish it by tomorrow.  Here’s what it looks like so far:

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Its curling like a mo-fo on me, so it will need some serious blocking and probably some steam blocking too.  But its a gorgeous knit, and I know the recipient will be very happy with it!

Anyway, like I said I cast on for Elijah on Friday.  Since I’m knitting Elijah in pink, I’m calling her Elisa.  I was so excited to knit this little cutie, that as soon as I got my yarn in the mail Thursday I knew it wouldn’t sit in my stash for long.  However, once I set out the pattern and started to knit, I realized that the yarn I bought was not even the right weight!  Why I thought Elijah was knit in a fingering weight yarn is beyond me, but that’s what I bought – Rowan 4ply Soft in Fairy.  I purchased 2 balls, and it dawned on me that I could probably double up the yarn.  So that’s what I did – and I think it looks great!  I was worried that I might run out but I’m down to just his ears and I think I have plenty left.

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I am in love with this knit.  It has been soooo much fun knitting her up, and the pattern is so well written and easy to follow.  The arms were a bit of a pain because Elisa head and trunk kept getting in the way of those DPN’s, and I ran into a mental block last night how to knit up her ears, but I seriously think think this will become my staple knit for all my preggo friends.  How can you NOT fall in love with this stuffed angel from heaven??  I’ve already planned on knitting him up in yellow for my friends who has chosen to not know the sex of her baby. ABSOLUTELY. ADORABLE.

And why have I just now discovered Inox Double Point needles??  They are FABULOUS!  I have found that my knitting on bamboo  DPN’s is a bit stiff and uneven (my knits are significantly tighter than my purls) and moving the yarn along them can be a bit rough.  The Inox needles glide.  I lurve them.

I also worked on my BFF socks the weekend of Thanksgiving, and although I don’t have pictures, I love how they look.  I’ve knit up through the heel flap, but I think I’m going to rip back and add a short row heel because I like the way short heels look and as of now the heel flap is too long anyway.

I think next up as far as holiday knits go is to finish up the Broad Street Mittens.  They have been hibernating way too long and I need to get crackin’ on them. I am waiting on yarn to knit up The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up and a pair of Fetching Gloves, and I’m waiting for my Christmas mugs to arrive for which I’ll be making many Garter Mug Cozies.  I’m also going to knit up a few more Calorimetry’s but haven’t decided which yarn to use (I want to use stash yarn for them).  Its home stretch time!

I have way too many projects on the needles at the moment…why is this you ask? Holiday knits, soon-to-be-born niece knits, and personal knits – that’s a lot of stuff to knit! I’ve got 4 holiday gifts finished, 2 on the needles, and 4 to go. Plus I’m knitting a bunch of the Garter Mug Cozy for gifts too – I figure I can knock a bunch out in a day (just waiting for my mugs to arrive!). Since my sister’s baby shower is right after Christmas, I want to knit up several things for her too…including Baby Bobbi Bear and Elijah, but I decided to start her Twining Vine Baby Blanket. She picked the blanket out herself, so I can show you what I’ve got so far…

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The pattern has 4 different pieces that are seamed together, but I think I’ll probably need 5 because I’m using Sandes Garn Lanett, which is a fingering weight yarn while that pattern uses sport weight yarn. I love how Lanett feels – sooo soft and its machine washable which is a plus. I spent hours agonizing over what yarn to use with this project and am real happy with my what I ended up choosing. The pattern is very complicated – line by line instructions – so I can really only knit it when I’m fully alert, otherwise I make mistakes and have to rip back. It is fun though!!

I also worked on my Tangled Yoke sleeves this weekend, and have about 2.5 inches to go before attaching them to the body…I might knit those up tonight. And I’m working up a My So Called Scarf to go with Fetching and Calorimetry, but I had to order more yarn so that’s hibernating at the moment.

So I finished my Noro Entrelac Scarf last night – stayed up until 2:00am furiously knitting so that i could go to bed happy that it was completed! I originally had bound it off about 5-6 inches shorter than it is now but wasn’t happy with the ending color, so away I frogged. I must say that I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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Here’s a cheesy pic with me wearing the scarf. It’s hot as hades here in Dallas but I wanted to show it with my pea coat…

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Pattern: Entrelac Scarf
Needles: Brittany Art Deco Straight Needles Size 7US
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden in Colorway 211 – 3 balls
Finished Size:  69″ long x 4.5″ wide

I have one more ball of Noro left and I want to knit a matching Entrelac hat, but that’s for later…

And I got mail! I received my Manos del Uruguay yarn in Flame from Jimmy Beans Wool a few days ago and it is as gorgeous as I thought it would be! It’s for the My So Called Scarf, but since I just finished a scarf I’m gonna hold off on knitting it – just for a little while.

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Instead, I started the Adult Devil’s Hat in the Stitch ‘N Bitch book. I decided not to use any fancy yarn quite yet as I have never knitting a hat before, but the yarn I do have is Paton’s Merino Wool. The gauge was about 3 stitches off per 4″, so I’m being a brave knitter and attempting to change up the pattern a bit to accommodate for the smaller gauge. Eeek!

Another project that is very close to being finished is the striped bamboo handle bag. I used the pattern for the Chinese Charm Bag in the Stitch ‘N Bitch book (can’t you tell I love that book?!) as inspiration. I still have to go get some fabric to line the bag, which I might try to do this weekend. The bind off is a little tight so I may go back and rework that.

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Oh, and I discovered a new knitting store! I have been frequenting Passionknit, which is a great little store and I love to peruse there yarns and patterns. I also discovered The Shabby Sheep, and although their website is not up and running yet (the owner Rhonda said they had someone working on it starting September 1st), the store is great! It might be the only store in Dallas that carries Manos del Uruguay yarn, and their other yarn selection is fabulous. Rhonda was such a great help, chatting with me for over an hour and also tried to help me find out how to knit this scarf by Lorilee Beltman. I will definitely go back!

I’m new at blogging…So be nice.

So, I’m really a novice knitter. I started teaching myself to knit I guess late last year after I fell in love with the Stitch ‘N Bitch book by Debbie Stoller. I started knitting the Entrelac Scarf a few days ago and think its coming along nicely. I’m using Noro Silk Garden #211 which I am now totally in love with. I have become obsessed with this scarf! I started working on it Tuesday night after I got the yarn in the mail *happy dance*!! I have never worked Entrelac before so I used throw away yarn at first to make a few rows to make sure I got the gist of it. And I’m glad I did because I had to fiddle with the pattern. Anyway, I stayed up until 2am working on it. However the lack of sleep did not deter me from staying up late last night either.

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I love knitting with Noro and have since scoured the Internet for all patterns involving the yarn. I found this scarf by Lorilee Beltman but do not know where to find a pattern for it! If anyone knows please let me know 🙂

I went to my LYS Passion Knits yesterday for several reasons. One was to make sure I was picking up stitches correctly in the above mentioned Entrelac Scarf (and I’m gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back because, yes, I was). The second was to peruse their sale yarns and patterns upstairs, and i spent over an hour just touching everything. i did end up picking up some Berroco Softwist for 40% off:

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It’s more of a burgandy than what the photo looks like. Haven’t decided what I’ll knit with it yet, maybe a couple of hats, but it sure is pretty.

I’ve also bought some Crystal Palace Trio yarn to make this Trio Knit Tote Bag. I knew I was going to love the Candy Cane skeins, but didn’t know they would be this gorgeous!

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Trio Yarns

Happy Knitting everyone 🙂

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