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Blog Week in Review 12/10- 12/17 and Cast On Monday!


Once again, my Blog Week in Review is a little heavy on the accessories. I guess it’s probably because it is the gift-giving season!

First, we have the perfect gift. All Knit and No Sheep’s Snowman toy is perfectly adorable. I’ve never had the patience for knitted toys, so kudos to her for making on that is just so pefect.

Audry’s finished two projects that are pretty great, two. She’s made a headband out of silk hankies (I don’t even know what that even means, but it sure is gorgeous) and an electric blue Rock Island shawl. I really love the contrast on the shawl between the openwork and the denser stitch sections. It’s a wonderful pattern!

There’s also Knitted Bliss’s Nashira Shawl. It’s a lacey rectangular shawl that is supposed to be knitted in lace weight, but she had the genius idea of switching to worsted. It came out looking like an extra-wide scarf that’s perfect for when it is REALLY cold out. I’m thinking I might try something like that, as I really “need” a new scarf.

Finally, there’s All She Wants to Do is Knit’s Cupido Cowl. This looks like a relatively simple textured cowl until you read that it was the first project she’s made out of her own hand-spun. I’ve never even tried to spin, so I’m still enchanted by the magic of turning wool into yarn. Kudos to her!

Now, moving on to Cast On Monday. I was working on a slouchy hat for a friend, but I was silly enough to leave the extra yarn at my apartment when I went home for break. It works out pretty well- I won’t even see her until after I get back from break, so I can just put that project on the back burner for now. Instead, I’m going to work on something just a little bit selfish.

Yesterday, I spent over an hour hand-winding my skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight (80% Merino, 20% Nylon; 420 yds/115g) into a ball. Trust me– that was a challenge! By the way, this skein was a wonderful gift. It is completely soft and warm, plus I love the colorway. It’s called truffle, and it’s made of purples and browns and greens. Wonderful!

Anyway, I decided to cast on the Autumn Gold Beanie by Buttons and Beeswax. I have been wearing my one slouchy hat all over the place, so I figured it might be nice to have a lighter version for once it gets a little warmer. Of course, I don’t have any of the needle sizes required with me. Instead of doing the sensible thing, I’m just going to go up one size. Hopefully, it will just make an extra slouchy hat (fingers crossed!). We’ll see what happens- I will definitely keep you guys posted!

Blog Week in Review: 6/10-6/16


Welcome, once again, to this week’s blog highlights. I’ve got some great things to point out, so let’s jump in!

First off, Peacefully Knitting’s Double Leaf Saroyan is really beautiful. Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that purple and green are my favorite colors ever, and they are both included in her yarn. But really, the pattern highlights the variation in the yarn so well, and it looks like such a snuggly project.

Next up, we have a blogger that I have just started following. Still All Knit and No Sheep’s Brolly Skirt really is very cool. Like most of us, I’m not usually a knitted skirt person. In fact, I don’t think that her post has completely swayed me to the knitted skirt camp, but her’s certainly looks pretty, and I am completely jealous of her photography location, wherever it is!

I also love Stitched Together’s Hap Shawl. She modded a whole bunch of extra repeats to her square shawl, and I’m pretty sure that the intended recipient (and the baby) will probably be able to share it as a blanket. It’s such a huge undertaking, and she pulled it off flawlessly.

For my two fav sock FO’s of the week, there’s Caffeine Girl’s Almondines in a delightful shade of light green and Dona Knits’s Gentleman’s Fancy Socks in a more manly grey. Between the two, they sort of have me itching to cast on a pair. I’m going to try to hold off on the urge, but once the candy skein gets here I may not be able to control myself 🙂

OK, so I know that I’m not such a huge admirer of knitted things for around the house, but after seeing Life on Laffer’s Mystic Comfort Pillow, I might just have to change my mind. There’s something about luscious cables on a pillow that I’m attracted to- there’s no need to stare! Maybe, maybe, maybe something like this may be in the works. We’ll see.

So that’s it for my list of inspiring posts of the week. I highly encourage you to also highlight some of the more inspirational posts that you’ve seen out in the blog-o-sphere this past week and do your own Blog Week in Review. If so, let me know in the comments- I’d love to see it!