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Happy Valentine’s Day! โค

I’m getting ready for my Mosaic Knitting class in a few weeks. (If you are in the Charlotte, NC area you should totally come take my class!)

Here’s one of the washcloth patterns in progress…

Mosaic knitting is so much fun! I’m having a ball whipping these washcloths up!

As soon as I’m done with these, I have designing to do! I got my yarn yesterday from Hedgehog Fibres – and it is SO pretty! I’m doing a pair of socks with this for the Spring issue of Cast On. This is not normally a color I gravitate towards, but I am loving this shade (Coral) so much! It’s so bright and sunny!

(See, I couldn’t resist submitting to at least one sub call! I did pass on two other sub calls – but there are two more currently that sound up my alley, so I will try to come up with something – I have two weeks until the deadline on those…)

I also bought a few supplies for teaching, and picked up some neat notions while I was at it. The extra large stitch markers seemed like something I should have on hand, as well as the stitch markers with the clips attached. You can never have too many cable needles, and I wanted to give the circular stitch holder cables a try, too! I never really use yarn guides when knitting Fair Isle, but they come up whenever I teach my Fair Isle class, so I figured I should have some on hand to show students.

Anyway, that’s what I have going on right now – knitting-wise! Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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So, here is my Adventurous Wrap shawl blocking:

I grafted in garter at the join instead of doing the three needle bind off called for in the pattern. (See yesterday’s post for how to graft in garter.) And let me tell you, I was seriously questioning my sanity when I started grafting those 171 stitches! It took me about 5 hours (while watching a movie in there too, so not really 5 straight hours) to get it done. And when I was about 20 stitches from the end I realized that my stitch counts had gotten off!!!!ย  I found a dropped stitch about 20 stitches from the beginning, and a graft mis-step about halfway in. I put the sucker in time out over night. lol.

After a night’s sleep, I decided to let the mistakes lie (there was no way I was ripping that graft out and starting over!) So, I tacked down the dropped stitch and worked 2 double stitches in the graft randomly towards the end. The 4 boo-boos (two double stitches, dropped stitch and graft mistake) aren’t noticeable unless you’re: 1. me, or 2. very very observant and looking at the shawl with a magnifying glass. Which hopefully no one will be breaking out a magnifying glass around me while I’m wearing it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now that it’s been blocked, my next step will be to work the edging. I am going to do a row or two with white in single crochet and then I’ll decide after that whether I will do a contrast color to finish it off. I may have it done by Friday, and if so I’ll do a FO Friday with it. Otherwise it’ll be next week!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Hi again!

I’m plugging along on my Adventurous Wrap KAL piece. I have just two more contrast colors to go!

I’m enjoying just knitting away on this. And I’ve been putting off some other knits I ‘should’ be working on – new designs and swatches for sub calls. But I find myself not motivated to do ‘work’ knitting right now. I guess I’m still a bit burnt out from all my winter designs. I’m telling myself it’s ok to take a bit of a break. But in the back of my mind there’s a voice telling me that a break is no good because I will miss the current sub calls! That voice really needs to shut up, I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I’m not motivated then I won’t come up with good design ideas. Right? ….right.

I am still ‘working’ – just more on the paperwork side of things – handouts for new classes coming up and developing new classes. Hopefully by the time I am done with the KAL knit I will be refreshed and ready to tackle new designs, though. There are always new sub calls, so even if I miss this round there will be another one right after. Listen to me still trying to convince myself!! lol.

Anyhoo – by next time I might just have this wrap done, maybe! I promise to show you the garter stitch Kitchener graft that I plan to use on it.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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I’m coming along on my Adventurous Wrap KAL now that I have some time to work on it!

One triangle is done and the second one is started:

I did some extra rows on the first triangle (the non-symmetry of the pattern really bothered me – I needed two one-row stripes of the contrast color at the end, not the one called for in the pattern). And I worked two rows of white, followed by another knit row (with no increases) to the middle, then binding offย  the second half of the stitches (using suspended BO so it’s plenty stretchy). I have a plan for the edge, which is why I did a basic BO instead of something fancier. You’ll see my plan later. ::wink::

I am going to work 2 rows of white at the end on the second triangle, and do a garter graft instead of a three needle bind off. That way it will work out to be the 6 total rows of white (3 rows on triangle 1, 2 rows on triangle 2, and one row graft.) I’ll show you that as well when I get to that point.

In other news, my Workshop with the Charlotte Knitting Guild went very well this last weekend. My students seemed to enjoy themselves and learn some things, so that’s always a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do so love teaching knitters! With that in mind, I’m working on developing some new classes. Feel free to let me know some topics you would be interested in as a class – I’d love to hear your ideas! If you have a fiber event in your neck of the woods that you would like to see me at, let the organizers know about me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And I’m always open to private/group classes, just contact me to make arrangements!)

That’s it from me for now! I have some classes that need prepping, and a few design calls that I’m hoping to submit to – if I can just get inspired enough to come up with some good designs…

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and are starting 2018 with renewed energy! I sure am!

I’ve had a lot going on recently – lots of deadline knitting that was all-encompassing for a few weeks there (right in the middle of holiday stuff going on too!) But I’ve finished all that up and can concentrate on some other things for a bit before the next designing deadline hits! ๐Ÿ™‚ (A note on what was keeping me so busy – be on the lookout for 2 articles and 3 accompanying patterns of mine in the next issue of Cast On magazine! I especially can’t wait for you to see the sweet baby dress I designed!)

I finished up a little project/pattern I was working on, and just published it. It’s a Cabled Ear Warmer, using just one skein of sport-weight luxury yarn, and an optional 2″ pom-pom if you wish. This ear warmer is perfect for when you wear your hair up, but still need to keep your ears warm (hair buns do not fit in some hats well!) With the recent cold snap we had, I really needed this! It knits up really quickly, so you can whip one up in time to use it the rest of this winter.

 

 

 

 

I’m participating in the Cheers To Ewe ADVENTurous wrap knit along as well, and haven’t had much time to work on it, but I’ve added a few rows to it here and there.

I’ll be teaching in Charlotte on the 20th at the Charlotte Knitting Guild January Workshop! Registration info is located here. I’ll be teaching Estonian Stitches and All About Socks.ย  Lunch is included. It is sure to be a fun day, so if you live in the Charlotte, NC area you should come join us (and me!)

Then later in March (on the 17th) I’ll be teaching two classes at Cheers To Ewe, Fix It and Mosaic Knitting. The Fix It class is a great class to take if you want to learn to fix your knitting mistakes and gain confidence as a knitter. And mosaic knitting is a fun technique! You can find out more info by going to the Cheers To Ewe website here.

That’s it from me for today, I’m planning to post a bit more regularly this year (we’ll see if I can stick to that resolution!)

Happy Knitting!ย  Here’s to a great 2018!