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

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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!

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Hurrication in Review

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For those of you with your heads buried in the sand, the hurricane of the century is about to hit one of the most populated areas in the US. Of course, it is already hovering over my hometown. I’ve lucked out in that we still have power, but there’s not much to do. Classes are canceled, so it’s day two of huddle-inside-around-the-TV weather, and I’ve already watched 2 Resident Evil movies, 2 James Bond movies, almost an entire series of a strange British TV show. I also managed to put in 2.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s a real achievement for me, because I absolutely HATE the treadmill. I’m much happier when walking to a location, with pretty things to look at as I go by. Well, that’s enough rambling. I have a long, long overdue Blog Week(s) in Review, plus an award to share!

First, for the blogs. In the amazing brightly-colored, skillfully knitted, and magnificently huge category, there’s Snapdragon Crafts’ Many Hearts Blanket. Seriously, this thing is amazing. You guys HAVE to see it. Eventually, when I ever get around to making another bed-sized blanket, I will never be able to achieve something half as awesome as this.

Only on a slightly smaller scale, there are the garments. Gynx’s Holla Back Tank is fantastic. I would never have thought to mix a variegated yarn and that pattern, but her’s came out wonderfully. I love the lace on the back- very sexy!

Smoking Hot Needles has busted out another fantastic shawl. It’s not very often that you see something like this pattern. It has cables and a smidge of lace, but the drape makes me think that it is knitted on a lace gauge.

For a real lace experience, check out Remily’s Aeolian Shawl. It’s the epitome of a traditional lace shawl!

Finally, there are the socks. I have three pairs to share with you guys today. First, I love how Bethany inversed the stripes on these socks. It’s something different, plus it helped her even out the stash-busting. Cloudberry’s Zig Zag Socks are just an awesome combination of yarn and pattern. Knit the Hell Out’s Birthday Bell Flower Boogies used a solid yarn to highlight the more intricate pattern, which is a decision I respect immensely. It can be so hard to drop the variegated yarn when it is just so beautiful!

The second part of this post makes me so happy! Almost two weeks ago, Feel Good Knitting did me the honor of nominating me for a Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks so so so so so much. Without further ado, here’s the rules:

The rules:

FIRST:  Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. (Done – see above!)

SECOND:  Answer 10 questions.

  1. Your favourite colour?  Green and Purple. Sometimes together…sometimes not.
  2. Your favourite animal?  PUPPY
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? It depends on the weather. When it’s hot out, I love iced coffee. When it’s cold, though, I could guzzle hot coffee and tea all day 🙂
  4. Facebook or Twitter? Ravelry? Facebook
  5. Your favourite pattern? I don’t know if I’ll ever have just one. Probably whatever I’m working on, though.
  6. Getting or giving presents? Definitely giving.
  7. Your favourite number? I’m not sure I have one. Maybe 3?
  8. Your favourite day of the week? Thursday, I think.
  9. Your favourite flower?  Not sure I have one…
  10. What is your passion?  Whatever I’m doing at the time!

THIRD:  Nominate other bloggers for the award.  This was a really hard list to put together. I read A LOT of blogs, but these are some that stuck out to me as particularly enjoyable.

Although it’s a podcast, I love Playful Day. Listening just makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Audry over at Bear Ears is a great knitter, and I love hearing about the trials of writing a (gasp!) book.

Fern Knits is also a great read. She regularly comes out with awesome patterns, plus I’ve enjoyed hearing about her forays into other hobbies.

Kiwi Yarns is a glimpse of the other side of the world. Hearing about her wooly winter in the middle of my hot summer gave me hope that there would be a time when I could touch my stash without breaking into a sweat.

Knitting to Stay Sane is another one of my knitting/designing idols. I’ve been salivating over her new design, a delightfully cabled cardigan, although I will probably have to wait until after the Holidays to have the excess cash to get the yarn and pattern, much less the time to make them! Also, her url is Crazy Knitting Lady. I mean, what’s better than that?

Another favorite is Ramblings of a Fiber Obsessed Transplant Vermonter. The title says it all!

There are so many things that Redshirt Knitting writes about that I enjoy. Of course, there’s the knitting, but there’s also chickens, puppies, drawings, Sim recaps. A little bit of everything!

Finally, there’s Tami’s Amis. I love popping by her weekly WIP and FO recaps, finding all sorts of new blogs. She’s one of the staples of my knitting community!

A Lazy Week In Review

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I have tons of things to show you, but, for some reason, I feel no desire to write about them right now. I’ve been shopping, and I have a new pattern out, but I guess the spring break recovery/lethargy has even spread to the knitting.

I’m almost, almost to the sleeve cap shaping for my first sleeve on the Locke St. Cardigan. Ok, so this picture is kinda of old, my it’s rainy outside and I don’t really feel like getting my camera out for what will probably be some really, really bad pictures. Just think of this one and add a LOT of inches!

The same thing, just about ten inches longer and with a bunch of well-placed increases!

Instead of spending a bunch of time talking about my knitting, however, I thought I would show off some of my favorite posts from other blogs that I read. They’re all from the last couple of days- I didn’t plan this ahead, so I couldn’t really find ALL of my favorites, but I really would like to do something like a ‘week in review’ on my Saturday posts. I think it sounds rather fun, how about you?

Without further ado, I would like to point out the My Sister’s Knitter blog, where, not only did I get the idea for doing this at all, but she’s also showing off a rather adorable crocheted baby blanket.

Over on Learner’s Per-Knit, the author is voicing the complaint a lot of us have- no light! But she’s also showing off a GORGEOUS Ginevra Pullover in two shades of purple. Just simply amazing.

Gilda is introducing a new pattern: an adorable baby hat with bear ears! Awww!

Ramblings of a Fiber Obsessed Transplant Vermonter is…rambling…about her love of stripes. And how could you not love her orange and purple striped socks?

And Bear Ears is also talking about socks, although her TARDIS socks are distinctly more geeky than anything I’ve seen in a while!