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Blog Week in Review: 9/24-9/30

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Wow, thanks so much for all of your kind words about my newest design, the Daniela Cowl. If you like it, don’t forget to download it for free from ravelry before it goes up in price this Friday. I like to have this introductory period as a thank-you for all of my wonderful blog readers, so please take advantage of it!

Daniela Cowl

And as for Blog Week in Review, I have some great projects to highlight for you guys. First, there’s Autumngeisha’s Summer Crush. It is a seriously bright shawl scarf thing that just looks so amazing!

And if you’re in the mood for some colorwork, there’s Remily’s Sheep Hat. I love how her natural color choices work with the sheep pattern. It looks great and I am so jealous of her colorwork skills.

There’s also Chronicles of a Fiber Engineer’s Portlander Mitts. The deep cables just scream fall and winter, and I am increasingly drawn to cable patterns as it FINALLY starts to cool down here.

Finally, we have the socks. Dona Knits has a new sample of her By the Seine River pattern, and I just love how they look. As soon as I get through all of the sock patterns I currently have to knit I will definitely take a look at this pattern. Next, Fern just finished a pair of “Happy Sunshine Socks.” These might be the brightest socks that I’ve ever seen! It’s a colorwork pattern, and she mixed some bright yellow and self-striping sunny colors. It’s just what you need to brighten up a rainy day (like today!). And if you need an inspirational intricate/takes forever/but finally finished! pattern, try Oftengrumpy’s Lissajous Socks. The twisted cables took her over a year to do (plus the self-dyed yarn). If she could finish, so can you!

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Blog Week in Review: 6/16-6/24

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Wow, do I have a lot of posts to show you guys this week. You would think that, with the summer heat encroaching, FO’s would slow down. Oh no, it’s totally the opposite. Over the week I have favorited ten (10!) posts to share with you. You all better get excited!

First, we have the hats. Knitting Love’s Beret is really cool. I love the lacey rib stitch pattern, and it seems to fit perfectly. There’s not so much flop that the hat seems to explode out from your head, but it’s not so small that you feel like you are just wearing a large hat. Very awesome.

The other hat is the Bored Knitter’s Wild Apple. It is an explosion of colorwork and skill that I know I will never be able to achieve. The stitch pattern just looks so intricate and I really love all of the colors she picked. And, of course, the most important thing is that she loves it so much that she’s willing to overlook her mistakes and flaws- perfect!

We just have one finished pair of socks today- Dona Knits’s Embossed Leaves. I think that most of us would probably agree when we say that this pattern is a classic, and her knitting skills and yarn choice don’t let it down. Simply put, this pair is the reason this pattern became so popular- the crisp stitch definition, the leaf motif, and the wonderful color options!

I really like Don’t Drool on the Wool’s improvised tea pocket. At first I was all “doesn’t tea already come in pockets,” but then I gave it a thought. You can put a couple of different options into one pocket and then just keep it in your purse (or backpack, if you are me), and that way you don’t have to dig around, only to find decaf when you want caf, or lipton when you want herbal, etc. It really is a good idea, and I might have to whip one out today.

Dropping Stitches Serenity Blanket is nothing short of spectacular. I love the combination of the cables and the lace, and the garter border in a contrasting color is such a nice touch. There will definitely be one lucky baby out there!

Of course, you can’t have a Blog Week in Review without a huge section on shawls and scarves. I love Sezza Knits’ Oaklet. It’s a perfect little shawlette for that in-between weather! The bright pink is adorable, and I’m sure it creates a great pop of color for any outfit.

Next, there’s Smoking Hot Needles’s Cameo Shawl. The fact that it is make with her handspun is so impressive- I never would have guessed it. Plus, the pattern is just so freaking cool. I’m really starting to like these non-traditional shawls, and I’ll probably have to find some yarn with much longer color repeats to try one out!

Moving on to garments, I’ve got 2 to show you. First, there’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Georgia Vest. It’s so simple and stylish that I kind of want to go over there and steal it!

And, to close, there’s Nook’s Driftwood. This was a test knit and I really, really love it. Off of the top of my head, I would say that a worsted weight pullover would probably be way too warm for me to wear very often. But still, I love this pattern so much that it would probably be very, very hard to resist. It’s a free one, too, so there really isn’t anything stopping me from picking out some yarn…Uh oh.

So that’s it for my Blog Week in Review. I hope you enjoyed it! If you are joining me in sharing your inspiration from the last week, please leave me a comment- I am feeling just a little bit too lazy to put up a Mr. Linky, but I’m not too lazy to check out your blog 🙂

Blog Week in Review: 6/10-6/16

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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!