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Look – I have actual knitting!

Hi again!

January was great, because I did some actual ‘me’ knitting for a change!  I squeezed it in among my design submission call swatching and whatnot.  And I finished a couple things, too!

First up: I had these socks on the needles, and had completely forgotten about them until I went looking for my needles to knit another pair of socks! lol!  So – those got finished first (just the one sock was done to start).

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Pair of Socks #1

Yarn:  Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in color Beach House
Pattern:  none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels. Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Then, I knit up a second pair of socks.  I used some of the oldest yarn in my stash (so that I could play along with the TKGA KAL prompts for the month – check it out on Ravelry if you want to play along too – there are new prompts each month!)  These are just another pair of plain socks with short row heels.  I did wrap and turn short rows and didn’t bother to hide the wraps at all – I love how they turned out!

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Pair of Socks #2

I was knitting merrily along on the first sock and ran out of yarn before I got to the toe!!  The skein was woefully short of yardage – ugh.  (It’s in 50g put-ups, so you need one skein per sock.) So I rummaged and found some leftover blue to knit the toe.  Then on the second sock I would have had enough yarn to finish, but of course I had to make it match, so I used the blue again at the toe. 🙂

Yarn: Claudia Handpaint Yarns Fingering yarn in color Toast
Pattern: none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels.  Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Short Row heels
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‘Frozen Icicles’

Anyway….  And wonder of wonders – I have casted on another ‘me’ project!  This will be a lace shawl using some new yarn I got as an xmas present from my secret santa.  She knows me well, and got me a very ‘Frozen’ looking yarn. ❤ 🙂 The yarn has silver sparkle running through it!

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Yarn:   CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles
Pattern:  Sacre Coeur
Needles: Size 6

I’m knitting this to fit one of February’s TKGA KAL themes, but I really don’t know if I’ll get this done by the end of February.  I’m busy swatching madly for a couple new calls that have deadlines mid-February, and I have to get working on two patterns (and samples) and an article as well.  So, sadly my ‘me’ knitting time is going to dwindle again in February and into March. 😦  Oh well.  I do tend to love my design knitting as well, so it’s not that much of a hardship!

Happy Knitting!

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FO Friday: Queen Anne’s Lace shawl

I finally finished the shawl I’ve been working on for forever.  (Well, I finished it a while ago but only just now got around to a blog post about it.  oops!)
It was my ‘downtime’ knitting project for when I wasn’t working on my own designs and when I needed some knitting with me, so it was worked on very sporadically.
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Pattern:  Queen Anne’s Lace by MMario
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in color ‘Altitude’ – 3 skeins
Needles: US 6
Started:  March 14, 2014
Finished:  May 20, 2015
Modifications:  I followed the pattern pretty much as written, except for the very end.  I didn’t like that the final motif didn’t come to a point, so I added rows bringing that motif to a point, then added about 12 rows of basic point lace to the very edge to give the edge a more lacy look.

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I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, now I just need Fall to get here so I can wear it!

I have a few blog posts in the works, so hopefully it won’t be so long before my next post.  Until then, Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: May Day Flowers Socks

Did you get your copy of Cast On in the mail last week?  I have another new pattern in the Spring issue that just came out – a pair of socks, called May Day Flowers Socks.  look for them on page 16. I am really pleased with how these came out, and I almost didn’t want to mail them off to the magazine- I was so in love with them!  I’ll just have to knit myself a pair soon, I guess, yes? 🙂

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These are very pretty and feminine, with a picot cast on at the cuff and a lovely lace pattern running down onto the instep.  The short row heels and toes use German short rows  (one of my new favorite ways to do short rows!)  The yarn is A Hundred Ravens Iachos in colorway Rose Tyler, and the yarn was a dream to knit with.

I’m quite pleased with these, and I hope you are too!

Happy Knitting!

PS – I know I’ve been unforgivably quiet – sorry about that!  It’s hard when all the things on my needles are secret projects!! 🙂  I do have some more tutorial ideas that I promise I will blog about soon!

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FO Friday: Baby Blanket

I finally have a FO I can show you!  I finished this a few weeks ago, but couldn’t show you right away since it was a gift.  🙂  Well, my new nephew Cole was born a little over a week ago, and I can show you his blanket now!

 

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Pattern:  Sweetie Baby Blanket by Terry Morris
Yarn:  Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in color #9875 (4 skeins)
Needles: US 7
Started:  August 25, 2014
Finished: October 16, 2014
Modifications: none.

This was a very nicely written pattern.  It used short rows on the garter stitch sides to keep the blanket square and offset the different row gauge of the lace.  I thought that was a very nice touch.  The yarn was some yarn I won a couple of years ago during the Charlotte Yarn Crawl – and it was perfect for this pattern!  The perfect colors, and superwash to boot!  I hope it keeps baby Cole warm during this winter. 🙂

So, that’s what I have to show you today!  I do have a new WiP to show you, and my SAFF purchases as well, so I’ll post about those soon.  I also hope to be able to post about another secret item in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for that as well! 🙂

Until then, Happy Knitting!

 

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FO: Sheherazade

I finished my Sheherazade shawl a while ago, but never got around to posting about it!  Well, here she is!

Pattern: Sheherazade by Anna Victoria
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley Lace (50% silk, 50% merino) 1.5 skeins
Needles: (Can’t remember – I think it was a US4 or 5)
Started:  April 3, 2014
Finished:  June 26, 2014
Modifications: none.

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I used gold beads, and I think they look lovely against the green yarn.

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I still don’t have any pictures of me wearing it, though!  I took it to NH  and wore it one day.  It’s a very nice size, and the silk gives it a really lovely sheen, too.

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’ve been busy with my new job of reviewing MK notebook submissions, and we’re getting into a very full swing of things with our homeschooling!  I also have a few designs in the works, so there’s not much knitting I can show you yet. 🙂

We have a fantastic Disney World trip coming up, so I’ll pop back in after that and fill you in on all our fun!

Until then, Happy Knitting!